The Drive for Thermonuclear War in the U.S. Senate
March 15, 2012 • 9:13AM

In their infinite wisdom, 17 U.S. Senators from both parties jumped feet-first this week into London's drive for global thermonuclear war between the U.S., Russia, and China, by launching a drive to "punish" Russia for its continuing support for the government of Syria.

The Senators sent a letter to the Pentagon demanding the U.S. breach its $900 million contract with Russia's state armaments company, Rosoboronexport, for supplying helicopters and parts used by the Afghan military. Given the fiasco faced in Afghanistan now, such a breach of contract might well "punish" the U.S. more than Russia, but that didn't stop these Senators from using this to feed a dangerous, bellicose climate against Russia. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), co-initiator of this show, is babbling to the press that "Russia has Syrian blood on its hands." The letter itself lies that "the regular flow of weapons from Russia" is feeing "crimes against humanity" by the Syrian government.

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) initiated the letter along with Cornyn. Signing with them were Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), James Risch (R-ID), Roger Wicker (R-MS), David Vitter (R-LA), Robert Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), and Mark Kirk (R-IL).