Mitt Romney needs headlines. It's been so long! And what's more eye-catching than calling a nuclear reduction treaty that the Obama administration negotiated with Russia his "worst foreign policy mistake yet"? Wow! What's the problem, Mitt Romney?
Mitt Romney urges Senate Republicans to block its ratification, which they could do quite easily — treaties require 67 votes to pass. Although the treaty's moved swiftly out of committee, with bipartisan support, Mitt is probably just the first of many useless chest-thumping future presidential candidates to start screaming "Obama's selling us to the commie Russians forever" as the treaty reaches the full Senate.
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.
Russia has reserved the right to walk away from the treaty if the U.S. doesn't do what the treaty requires it to do?? Blasphemy. No country has ever walked away from a treaty before.
Sign this treaty, and in ten years all American schoolchildren will be speaking Russian and learning about Lenin in pre-k and also getting nuked all the time. Why? Because of Barack's Obama's Hubris.
As currently drafted, New START is a non-starter.
That's a very important closing line. You can tell that Romney came up with that little play on words laying in bed one night and built the rest of the column around it. "Eureka!"
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