Ex-Sen. Tom Dascle delivered a speech at the uber-leftie Center for American Progress recently where he accused Mitt Romney of advocating policies that would result in “nuclear anarchy.” Really? What would need to change for that to happen?
Last time I checked that’s what we already have. Iran’s program to “generate electricity” from it’s nuclear reactors continues unabated. Their development of long range missiles continues as well. If we are naive enough to believe that they only want to “generate electricity” with their nuclear program, then I guess the missiles must be to deliver the electricity to other countries that want to purchase their excess production.
Kim Jong Il has thumed his nose at the Clinton, Bush and now the Obama administrations and continues to rattle the nuclear sword when ever his dreary little criminal organization runs low on cash and the the world beats a path to his doorstep to bail him out.
So that’s why I am puzzled at Mr. Daschle’s agitation over “nuclear anarchy” developing as a result of some alleged change wrought by Mitt Romney’s foreign policy proposals. Mr. Romney is just advising Obama not to give the store away and then get bupkis in exchange. You know, like he usually does.
The normally mild-mannered former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle blistered Republican presidential potential Mitt Romney and some of the GOP’s favorite talk-meisters this morning, reports our Gannett News Service colleague Chuck Raasch.
Appearing at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, Daschle targeted a Washington Post op-ed in which Romney urged the Senate to reject a proposed new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. America’s military leaders favor the update of the 19-year-old pact and with good reason, Daschle said.
Failing to renew the deal would trigger “nuclear anarchy,” Daschle argued, not only by renewing an arms race with Russia, the world’s only other nuclear superpower, but by encouraging rogue states such as North Korea, to join the fun.
Daschle was just getting started, according to Chuck’s report.
Ratification of the treaty requires 67 votes, which means President Obama will need some Republican support. Republican senators “can choose Mitt Romney or they can choose the entire U.S. military establishment,” Daschle said.
The former senator went on to accuse some Republicans of caring more about scoring political points against the president than about the future of the country. He suggested that they are ignoring the responsibilities of their office to pander to the conservative chattering class.
“If Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh choose to make a living peddling partisan hate and anger and mangled conspiracy theories, there will always be people for them to sell a bill of goods,” Daschle said. “It is not healthy for our democracy.”
Daschle has been close to the White House. President Obama tapped him to be Health and Human Services secretary in his Cabinet, but Daschle withdrew his name after embarrassing disclosures about his failure to pay taxes on some of his compensation. Daschle has worked as a consultant for various corporations and causes since losing his Senate seat in 2004 to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.