The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, simply put, is an international accord banning above-ground nuclear-weapons testing. Most of the world has embraced it, including every nuclear power except India. The two nuclear powers that have signed the treaty but have not ratified it are China and the U.S., which failed in 1999 to get the 67 Senate votes necessary for full ratification. Even still, the issue of ratification is academic: President George H.W. Bush ordered a halt to above-ground nuclear testing that has held to this day.
Today, Marc Ambinder previews Vice President Biden’s speech this afternoon on steps to implement the Obama administration’s nuke-free-world vision, a radical idea first embraced by such socialists as Ronald Reagan, and Marc’s preview contains this highlight:
Vice President Joe Biden will mount a stout defense of the Obama administration’s commitment to the nuclear test ban treaty today, vowing to pursue its ratification as part of its comprehensive non-proliferation and nuclear security agenda.
At the risk of stepping on Mike’s beat, Biden has been out in front in criticizing Senate dysfunction. Does he really think that in an election year a GOP minority that’s grown reflexively hostile to anything the administration proposes and which thinks it can retake the majority is going to work with him on this?
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