I just want to draw everyone’s attention to the comment thread of this post. The post itself isn’t particularly interesting, but the comment thread is fascinating in that it reads almost as a direct mirror image of dozens of comment threads that you’d find on progressives blogs decrying the latest “surrender” by Democratic office holders.
Wow, this is a stunning example of the unjustified equivalence. Farley would have us believe that the right-wing freakout over the passage of START is somehow equivalent to liberal angst over the the Boehner-Obama tax deal. That is, simply put, horseshit.
Look, I am a security expert. I know arms control issues pretty well. My first article on arms control issues was published back in 1991. I’d edited a book on proliferation. I am genuine expert on strategic arms.
START is essentially irrelevant. It has some minor useful provisions about on-site verification, and some even more minor technical language regarding encryption of various tests. But its effect on the strategic nuclear balance is non-existent. Its impact on missile defense is non-existent. It is a minor, routine agreement. Only a lunatic would see it as either essential or a threat to U.S. national security. It the international relations equivalent of a sit-com. Mildly interesting and immediately forgettable.
The tax deal, on the other hand, adds tens of billions to the debt. It continues to exacerbate the ever widening incoming inequality in the U.S. It is the first direct assault on the Social Security funding stream in decades. It is a dagger aimed at the heart of progressive politics.
Now DADT is a different issue. And I can understand why the right wingers would freak out over that. Much bigger issue, though again, I would argue that the moral equivalence implied in this post is horrifying. You want to compare concern over long-term economic stagnation and the collapse of the middle class with the right-wing desire to continue to institutionalize their idiotic bigotry? Please.