Jacob Heilbrunn at the National Interest points out what I think most nuclear weapons policy wonks have been thinking to themselves for the better part of a month:
Missile defense doesn’t work. Nuclear weapons modernization is a waste of money. And it’s moot: nothing in the New START treaty restricts either. The only disagreeable thing about this treaty is that it doesn’t do much. Why are you wasting our time, you sad little men.
I don’t know if I agree with Heilbrunn’s diagnosis that the GOP’s resistance to START was a paroxysm of neoconservativsm, but whatever the hell we just witnessed sure wasn’t smart politics or smart policy.