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December 22, 2010

“Santa Baby, put a Treaty under the tree, for me…”

Filed under: Politics: U.S.,Too Much Information — poemless @ 5:32 PM
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“Bring Tovarisch Kerry and Lugar a pony, ok?”

So I’ll be away for a bit for the holiday. Well, one is never actually “away” anymore, is one? But the point is, if I’m not responding to your insane comments, it’s because I am busy getting sloshed and overfed and spoiled, or sleeping, or rocking the ‘rents new outdoor hot tub sauna thing… But don’t think that means you can get away with a coup or something. I’m not going into the desert – I can still see what crimes you’re committing here; I just may not be willing to care about them, is all.

On that note, thanks for the intriguing conversation, debate, Nemtsov love-fest action in the comments section of the previous post. I truly -no, really- appreciate your participation, even if I think you’re a bit, well, annoying. I’m all “defender of free speech” that way. Please continue to talk amongst yourselves if you like. Hopefully the solution to Russia’s ethnic tensions will be solved by my extraordinary commenters by the time the New Year arrives. That would be grand. Seriously. And probably nearer the realm of possibility than dissuading me of my perverse Surkov infatuation. In fact, just yesterday I was thinking, besides his own private self-identity issues, didn’t Vladik have a hand in placing the pro-Kremlin gangsters in power in Chechnya, getting flack because their corrupt bandit ways were being ignored because the Kadyrovs would dance to Moscow’s tune? Like, you could even blame Surkov for turning a blind eye to Caucasian gangs, actually! And then I thought, well, in this way, he could be in part responsible… OMG, what if fomenting national extremism and ethnic gangs is all part of his plot to send the nation reeling into chaos? Who would even do something like that? The devil? Scary. I felt kind of ill… Then I thought about all of the candy and cookies I’d eaten – I don’t even like candies and cookies, but people just keep giving them to me – and how stressed I am about seeing my relatives. Then I thought about how unfair it is they don’t come to see me. And I ate some more Christmas treats and packed…

Before I go, I should gloat that I’ve already received want I wanted for Christmas, even though I’ve tried my damnedest to get on the “Naughty” list. There is always next year… In the meantime, baby Jesus has blessed Washington D.C. with just enough sanity (Christmas week one-time special only) to ratify the new START [T]reaty. I know! As hard as the Republicans fought against appeasing the Soviets, it appears the Commies have won this round! Wait, ok, back in reality, it’s pretty fucking pathetic that getting a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia rammed through in 2010 qualifies as a huge triumph for the Democratic president. (Past US-Russia arms reduction treaties have been ratified 93-6, 87-4 and 95-0.) But since Obama has some kind of learning problem, it is important to praise his small accomplishments. Though perhaps it is even more important to praise the Republicans who voted in favor, as they are just kind of evil and really didn’t have to. And for all those Republicans wetting their pants now, do not worry. We will still be able to destroy human civilization several times over if we need to. We’re just a small step further from being provoked to do that by the Russians now. That’s a good thing. Really. Think of the unborn children!

Here are the 13 Republicans who voted for ratification of the New START:

Alexander, R-TN
Bennett, R-UT
Brown, R-MA
Cochran, R-MS
Collins, R-ME
Corker, R-TN
Gregg, R-NH
Isakson, R-GA
Johanns, R-NE
Lugar, R-IN
Murkowski, R-AK
Snowe, R-ME
Voinovich, R-OH

Bravo. The Little Lord Jesus, aka “Prince of Peace,” thanks you for understanding the meaning of the season, and Santa’s put you on his “Nice” list. But both warn you that the bar has been set rather low this year, so don’t get too smug.

Ok, wishing you all a safe and lovely holiday, Christmas, Orthodox Christmas, Novy God, Festivus, any excuse for godless drunkenness – whatever you celebrate. Peace out.

7 Comments »

  1. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20101223/161902308.html

    “Russia is waiting for the text of the U.S. Senate resolution on the ratification of a new strategic arms pact to proceed with its own ratification procedure, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

    He said the document’s wording was crucial for the ratification process in the Russian parliament.

    ‘We do not have the final text of the resolution approved by the Senate; we know what it is all about, but the final official text is prepared in accordance with the standing rules of procedure in the Senate,’ he said.

    Russia’s lower house of parliament may ratify the treaty on Friday, State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov said, adding that the text may be received from the United States within hours.”

    —————

    “The Senate’s passage of the resolution of ratification of the New START treaty should be greeted as good news by sensible people interested in a sound American foreign and defense policy. The administration’s willingness to accommodate Republican concerns on missile defense and modernization of the aging nuclear force has significantly strengthened the original modest agreement. In exchange for Republican acceptance of relatively small cuts in nuclear weapons, President Obama is now on record supporting missile defense in a way that he had not been before and has committed more than $80 billion to modernizing the nuclear arsenal. Republicans ought to be delighted with the deal.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/22/AR2010122203206.html

    —————

    Let’s see how will it go on.

    Comment by Evgeny — December 23, 2010 @ 9:47 AM | Reply

  2. By the way, what do you think about the possibility of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsular? I think it would be such an embarrassment for all us who like to boast of our options to nuke the world many times, to see the world successfully nuking itself without our participation.

    Comment by Evgeny — December 23, 2010 @ 9:51 AM | Reply

    • RE: Nuclear warfare in Korea

      Although the question wasn’t addressed to myself, I’ll take the liberty of replying that the North Koreans are bluffing, as always. The North Korean military, once again, is simply asserting itself as a political player on the Korean peninsula and in the North Korean government. Since the 1990s, North Korea’s threats of military retaliation have become routine, and they’ve always been bluffing. This is merely one more episode of that routine.

      Comment by Poeschl — December 23, 2010 @ 12:10 PM | Reply

      • Hopefully so. I did not address the blog owner exclusively, so, thank you for a reply. Now I’m not so terrified of the prospect of a major war / me being conscripted.

        Comment by Evgeny — December 23, 2010 @ 1:26 PM | Reply

  3. sorry i was away and could not check wordpress (and facebook) because they are blocked in china.

    otherwise china is beautiful and even lhasa tibet is better looking than moscow. it’s my first visit to russia after five years and i receive here shock after shock – the country seems so poor, infrastructure so dilapidated, roads so terrible that they were probably last time paved under the tsars.

    and these shocks, note, do not include neonazi festivities in big cities of european russia.

    who is guilty that russia finds itself in eternal shithole?

    i think putin and surkov and corrupt moscow-peterburg elites. they have plundered the country, played with neonazis and now got the fire. people are angry – here in the far east they see how russia is let down by corrupt leadership. she is left behind china and asia by decades.

    imho you should visit russia in person and make your mind.

    Comment by FarEasterner — December 23, 2010 @ 4:09 PM | Reply

  4. Murkowski proved herself to be a more reliable vote for Obama in the lame duck session than 18 Democratic senators. She seems a bit annoyed at the national Republicans, doesn’t she? I do hope it lasts, so there is some room for sanity in the Senate.

    Comment by Melissa — December 23, 2010 @ 8:53 PM | Reply

    • Lisa Murkowski’s example as a “rogue Republican” might be the model for other Senate Republicans to follow, because employment trended upward slightly last month.

      I suspect Murkowski’s recent voting pattern is guided at least partly by her expectation that, by 2012, Republicans will be in a weaker electoral position as long as employment continues to trend upward. And since the lame-duck tax-break extension is meant to stimulate employment, it’s reasonable to expect employment to continue improving and Republican electoral prospects to start declining during the same period.

      So, in terms of electoral strategy, it’s now wiser for GOP senators to be seen as collaborating with Obama rather than obstructing him, so the GOP can get at least part of the credit for improved employment.

      Murkowski and the New England Republicans (Snow, Collins, & Brown) are probably not the only GOP senators who see how improved employment changes GOP electoral strategy for 2012. But these four and the nine other Republicans who voted to ratify the treaty are the first to publicly show that they understand how to get the best results for the GOP in 2012.

      That might seem a cynical way to explain Murkowski’s voting pattern, but I think there’s a lot of truth in it.

      Comment by Poeschl — December 23, 2010 @ 11:25 PM | Reply


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