Is START in the Best Interest of America, or Has U.S. Been "Snookered"?

By John W. Lillpop

Ratification of the New START Treat was achieved when the Senate voted 71 yea and 26 nay.

All of the chamber Democrats voted to ratify; they were joined by 13 Republicans.

Aside from the obvious question about giving a badly-damaged, and, some would say, dangerous president a last minute political victory, Republicans who voted yea should be required to address legitimate concerns:

Does START really “snooker” the U.S. as alleged by Senator Kyle and other respected critics?

Was the vote rushed through the Senate because of concerns about the political make-up of the 112Th Congress?

If the treaty indeed makes the world and Americans safer, why in the world would the 112Th Congress not be trusted for ratification?

Did the rushed vote circumvent the process required for a complete and thorough examination?

Has the defense of the American people been compromised to accommodate the political agenda of President Obama?

The last minute cajoling and chicanery in the Senate on START an unhealthy resemblance to the witchcraft used to pass ObamaCare in 2009.

The big question: Why would the world’s most deliberative and respected political body ratify a treaty in such a haphazard, rushed manner?