US and Russia
Which treaty would reduce these levels by a third and re-instate an arms verification practice that was put in place by President George H.W. Bush and expired last year? (i.e. We check them out, they check us out, to make sure we're keeping our promises)
The New START treaty
The Senate is soon voting on whether or not to participate in this treaty. The top Republican in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Jon Kyl of Arizona has stated that he's not planning to vote for it creating a domino effect of other Republicans who had indicated support and are now changing their minds.
This treaty, while operationally important, is also symbolically important. It is an olive branch of sorts. That we are voting on whether to extend it is international news. That Republicans might block it is also international news. Democracy, that double-edged sword that both saves and destroys, thus keeping us from any extreme, is at work. While I wouldn't have it any other way, sometimes democracy feels less like balance and more like impotence.
A girl can dream, and this week I'm dreaming for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lay party, ego, and money aside, and vote with Peace as their inspiration and intention. Idealistic? Absolutely. Naive? Absolutely not. Peace is my intention. Peace is a decision I make, and daily, in large and small ways. It is my expectation that our leaders make the same decision, and daily.