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  • Obama's Worst Foreign-Policy Mistake?

    Obama and Medvedev sign new START

    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney makes a strong case against the Obama administration’s New START with Russia in today’s Washington Post. We have posted the entire op-ed below. You can find The Heritage Foundation’s work on the treaty here, including The New START Working Group‘s Independent Assessment of New START. But now, Gov. Romney:

    Given President Obama’s glaring domestic policy missteps, it is understandable that the public has largely been blinded to his foreign policy failings. In fact, these may have been even more damaging to America’s future. He fought to reinstate Honduras’s pro-Chávez president while stalling Colombia’s favored-trade status. He castigated Israel at the United Nations but was silent about Hamas having launched 7,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip. His policy of “engagement” with rogue nations has been met with North Korean nuclear tests, missile launches and the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, while Iran has accelerated its nuclear program, funded terrorists and armed Hezbollah with long-range missiles. He acceded to Russia’s No. 1 foreign policy objective, the abandonment of our Europe-based missile defense program, and obtained nothing whatsoever in return.

    Despite all of this, the president’s New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New-START) with Russia could be his worst foreign policy mistake yet. The treaty as submitted to the Senate should not be ratified.

    New-START impedes missile defense, our protection from nuclear-proliferating rogue states such as Iran and North Korea. Its preamble links strategic defense with strategic arsenal. It explicitly forbids the United States from converting intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silos into missile defense sites. And Russia has expressly reserved the right to walk away from the treaty if it believes that the United States has significantly increased its missile defense capability.

    Hence, to preserve the treaty’s restrictions on Russia, America must effectively get Russia’s permission for any missile defense expansion. Moscow’s vehemence over our modest plans in Eastern Europe demonstrate that such permission would be extremely unlikely.

    The treaty empowers a Bilateral Consultative Commission with broad latitude to amend the treaty with specific reference to missile defense. New START does something the American public would never countenance and the Senate should never permit: It jeopardizes our missile defense system.

    The treaty also gives far more to the Russians than to the United States. As drafted, it lets Russia escape the limit on its number of strategic nuclear warheads. Loopholes and lapses — presumably carefully crafted by Moscow — provide a path to entirely avoid the advertised warhead-reduction targets. For example, rail-based ICBMs and launchers are not mentioned. Similarly, multiple nuclear warheads that are mounted on bombers are effectively not counted. Unlike past treaty restrictions, ICBMs are not prohibited from bombers. This means that Russia is free to mount a nearly unlimited number of ICBMs on bombers — including MIRVs (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles) or multiple warheads — without tripping the treaty’s limits. These omissions would be consistent with Russia’s plans for a new heavy bomber and reports of growing interest in rail-mobile ICBMs.

    Under New START, the United States must drastically reduce our number of launchers but Russia will not — it already has fewer launchers than the treaty limits. Put another way: We give, Russia gets. And more troubling, the treaty fails to apply the MIRV limits that were part of the prior START treaty. Again, it may not be coincidental that Russia is developing a new heavy-load — meaning MIRV-capable — ICBM.

    New-START gives Russia a massive nuclear weapon advantage over the United States. The treaty ignores tactical nuclear weapons, where Russia outnumbers us by as much as 10 to 1. Obama heralds a reduction in strategic weapons from approximately 2,200 to 1,550 but fails to mention that Russia will retain more than 10,000 nuclear warheads that are categorized as tactical because they are mounted on missiles that cannot reach the United States. But surely they can reach our allies, nations that depend on us for a nuclear umbrella. And who can know how those tactical nuclear warheads might be reconfigured? Astonishingly, while excusing tactical nukes from the treaty, the Obama administration bows to Russia’s insistence that conventional weapons mounted on ICBMs are counted under the treaty’s warhead and launcher limits.

    By all indications, the Obama administration has been badly out-negotiated. Perhaps the president’s eagerness for global disarmament led his team to accede to Russia’s demands, or perhaps it led to a document that was less than carefully drafted.

    Whatever the reason for the treaty’s failings, it must not be ratified: The security of the United States is at stake. The only responsible course is for the Senate to demand and scrutinize the full diplomatic record underlying the treaty. Then it must insist that any linkage between the treaty and our missile defense system be eliminated. In a world where nuclear weapons are proliferating, America’s missile defense shield must not be compromised. As currently drafted, New START is a non-starter.

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    3. Nancy Wells, Doylest says:

      This needs to be in all the papers to help inform the people about what is happening.

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    5. Stan says:

      The liberals have jumped on this op-ed and have done everything possible to trash Mitt Romney's thoughts. Unfortunately they don't realize that these opinions are not just Romneys but every concerned conservative citizen in America.

    6. Donna, Stuyvesant ny says:

      It figures. Once again our so called leader is undermining our national security. He should be kept away from Russia. He is such a danger to America. How dare him give Russia the upper hand in nuclear arms. He will do anything to globalize the United States using treaty's. This treaty can not take place!!! Wake up people!!!!!!

    7. A Chinese visitor says:

      I want to say that a negotiation needs compromises from the both sides.

      The new START does not limit the American national missile defense which was a very important focus that the Russians emphasized before the signing of the treaty.And we should admit that national missile defense is really related to the effect of strategic ICBMs.

      And tactical nuclear weapons do not belong to "strategic weapons",so the two countries should open another negotiation on this issue,but not in the START.Otherwise no negotiation will be reached at.

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    9. virginia grossman Pr says:

      Please stop this man I believe he dislikes Americans. He is full of hate and is on a fast train to destroy white people. By the way I would like our Churchill bust back .It belongs to the american people. This is American property, it does not belong to

      any one person. For the first time in my 67 years I am afraid . May God stop him.

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    11. Dave, Illinois says:

      This President has no experience in International Negotiations and should not have been allowed to negotiate anything with anyone until he learns about the real world, besides crippling the US. He appears to have a lifelong experience of disdain for the US learned at the knees of his Socialist friends, Teachers and Preachers. He is NOT to be trusted in any way. If the Senate approves this, every member voting yes should be run out of office. He is, by all appearnaces, a communist or at best a Socialist.

    12. Dave, Illinois says:

      This President has no experience in International Negotiations and should not have been allowed to negotiate anything with anyone until he learns about the real world, besides crippling the US. He appears to have a lifelong experience of disdain for the US learned at the knees of his Socialist friends, Teachers and Preachers. He is NOT to be trusted in any way. If the Senate approves this, every member voting yes should be run out of office. He is, by all appearnaces, not up to the task.

    13. Dave, Illinois says:

      This President has no experience in International Negotiations and should not have been allowed to negotiate anything with anyone until he learns about the real world, besides crippling the US. He appears to have a lifelong experience of disdain for the US learned at the knees of his Liberal Associates. He is, by all appearnaces, not up to the task.

    14. Dave, Illinois says:

      This President has no experience in International Negotiations and should not have been allowed to negotiate anything with anyone except where to park

      Air Force One on his many trips around the world.

    15. Dave, Illinois says:

      This President has no experience in International Negotiations and should not have been allowed to negotiate anything with anyone. A rank Amatuer.

    16. Dave, Illinois says:

      OK, I give up, as respectfully as I can say it, this President is not up to the task of negotiating with anyone especially the Russians.

    17. Dave, Illinois says:

      Why this President has not been impeached yet is beyond me.

    18. Karen Garst says:

      Anyone who takes the time to read this can clearly see that the New Start is clearly not in the best interest of our nation. As a child we said the "Pledge of Allegiance" each morning before school began. We were proud to be Americans and were respectful to our leaders. Things have changed. We now have a president who is trying to save face rather than serve the good of the people. I am deeply saddened by the way our government today runs our nation. I am disillusioned when I read articles like the New Start. I also am fearful of what the future holds for the United States of America.

    19. Ole Ed says:

      I have lived for 80 years now and am glad that I soon will go to my creator.. I am glad tp leave this world and country that I have loved and been proud of for so long. After serving 26 years in the United States Air Force and doing my part to keep America secure and free I am terribly sadden by the things the current president is doing to degrade and forfit our American freedoms and way of life.. and for what? His own idiologies of a socialist state. He has in effect denied God and has told the world that Americans are no longer Christians.

      Let this traitor speak for himself!! This isn't his country, it's his playground used to destroy our way of life to suit his hateful ego.

      I'm glad I will soon be gone before he completely destroys our American way of life. I pity my children and grand childern who will remain here after I'm gone. If Obama is not the anti Christ then he certainly is in line to be his assistant.

      God will still bless Americans, but you may have to go to heaven to get that blessing. Americans would be well advised to get rid of Obama and all his supporters.. down to the very last one!

    20. William, Texas says:

      I think they know what they are doing, it should scare all of us. Has all the Demacrate Congress turned against the constitution? And what about China? If I was Japan or South Korea I would go with my own nuclear program. Regan said peace through strength, trust and varify, but not this current bunch in Washington. If I was Japan or South Korea I would arm nuclear now.

    21. Matt, Iowa says:

      Mitt Romney for President. Man what an eye opening article.

    22. Susan Grant, Frankli says:

      The title of this article should read:"OBAMA'S WORST FOREIGN POLICY BLUNDER SO FAR THIS YEAR"!!!!!!!

    23. TERRI LYNNE says:

      I have never been so afraid of losing our country and what we stand for as I am now. I never in my wildest dreams thought we'd have such a rotten president in the white house. All of us that remember America need to stand together and get it all back. There are Senators and Congressman that need to leave Washington for good. Let's do it now. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!!!! I'm still damn proud to be an AMERICAN. I don't apologize to anyone for being born and raised here.

    24. Ken St Louis says:

      Hey I didn't vote for this anti American Socialist piece of dung!! He needs to go, and most of the democrat incumbents along with him!! Then we need term limits, and a recall option on all of them. Our founding fathers would get their muskets and march on Washington!

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