If you were to ask the average American what they wanted from their government, what percentage of the population do you reckon would list “heightened tensions between the planet’s two great nuclear powers” in their top ten?
Do you reckon it’d be anywhere remotely close to 100 percent of Americans who would wish for such a thing? I ask because almost every single Capitol Hill lawmaker opted for exactly that last week.
After the House voted 419 to 3 and the Senate 98 to 2 for codified sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea (how cool and retro is it that we’ve got a new Axis of Evil, by the way? Russia replacing Iraq feels kind of like Shemp replacing Curly, but beggars can’t be choosers), Vladimir Putin ordered hundreds of US diplomats expelled from the nation. It’s unclear if the Kremlin will be taking additional action.
Ninety-eight to two in the Senate. The vote was 51–49 on whether to keep Obamacare. A knock-down, drag-out, skin-of-the-teeth barn burner of a fight over whether to keep the ACA or replace it with something that will kill even more Americans than Obamacare does, but escalating tensions with the only nation that has a reasonable shot at annihilating the United States in a matter of minutes gets passed with near unanimity. Even Bernie Sanders said he only voted against it because of the Iran provisions, not because a new cold war with Russia threatens the life of every terrestrial organism. Had Iran been excluded the vote would have been 99–1, the lone dissenter being the Republican Rand Paul…