The Corner

Fighting START

Washington — Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former senator Rick Santorum, and Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.)  spoke out this afternoon against New START. At a Capitol press conference hosted by the Center for Security Policy, the trio highlighted the pact’s flaws and urged senators to vote against ratification.

Bolton, who has been one of the treaty’s leading outside opponents, encouraged senators not to “jam”  START through this month. He also outlined his take on why the treaty is flawed policy.

“To me the issue is purely a national-security issue,” Bolton said. “It is backward looking — the wrong treaty at the wrong time,” written like the U.S. is in the “depths of the Cold War.”

Bolton believes the president is using the treaty as “a very clever political construct” to ensure that the U.S. does not build up its national missile-defense system.

Santorum turned to how Senate Republicans can fight START, including using “every procedural tactic,” should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bring it to the floor in coming days.

Price, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee in the House, said it is an “open question” whether START will make the country safer. He railed agaist the treaty’s negotiation process, which he says was not sufficiently transparent. He would like to see the new Congress, not lame-duck legislators, have final say on the issue.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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