July 6th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney hammers Obama's 'worst foreign policy mistake'

Romney is getting tough on President Obama's foreign policy moves.
Romney is getting tough on President Obama's foreign policy moves.

(CNN) – Calling the arms reduction treaty with Russia signed earlier this year President Barack Obama's "worst foreign policy mistake yet," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is urging senators not to ratify the agreement.

In a strongly-worded op-ed in the Washington Post Tuesday, the onetime and potential future Republican White House candidate says the agreement – signed last April – dangerously impedes the United State's ability to protect itself form potential nuclear proliferating states such as Iran and North Korea.

"By all indications, the Obama administration has been badly out-negotiated," Romney writes. "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," he adds.

The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - known by its acronym, START– builds on a previous agreement that expired last December. It cuts the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about a third.

"It significantly reduces missiles and launchers," Obama said in April of the new treaty, which lasts for 10 years. "It puts in place a strong and effective verification regime. And it maintains the flexibility that we need to protect and advance our national security, and to guarantee our unwavering commitment to the security of our allies."

It remains unclear when the Senate will vote on ratification, but more than 30 national security figures from multiple administrations and both parties expressed their support of the treaty late last month.

But the treaty's detractors, including Romney, say the proposal forces the United States to seek Russian approval with respect to its own nuclear defense decisions.

"America must effectively get Russia's permission for any missile defense expansion," writes the former Massachusetts governor. "Moscow's vehemence over our modest plans in Eastern Europe demonstrate that such permission would be extremely unlikely.

Romney's foray into a hot-button international issue is another sign the former presidential candidate is gearing up to challenge Obama in 2012 and seeking to expand his foreign policy portfolio. While the Massachusetts Republican and former businessman has been a constant critic of Obama's economic policies over the past two years, his commentary on international issues has been noticeably less pronounced.


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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Idiot - all it takes is 2 nukes for Iran and 1 for N. Korea. We don't need thousands of nukes to take out 2 countries - should the need arise.

    Go spray your hair some more – and light a match immediately.

    July 6, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    That MORON MORMON will NEVER be president.

    July 6, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Ok...
    Just between you guys and me...
    Is it THAT important that the USA are able to destroy all life on Earth 8 or 9 times with the push of a single button (metaphorically speaking of course) than 'just 6 or 7 times?

    July 6, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Hendrik

    Oh, shut up Romney,

    You are not the preside, nor will you ever be the president. We are out of the cold war. Perhaps that is hard for you Republicans to understand. You live by fear. Until you are president SHUT THE BLANK UP.

    July 6, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. ja

    who made romney and expert

    July 6, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Stewart - Las Vegas

    Sounds like treason talk from another GOP fear monger!!

    July 6, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks for the input Mitt, now go back to your beautician for a new dye job!

    July 6, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Mike

    Mitt Romney, desperately trying to stay relevant and garner attention, even at the risk of damaging what little credibility he has at this point... pathetic.

    July 6, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. vet in tx

    Romney may need to ask the Ghost of Reagan if the treaty was ok, it's just like his was...........Mittens, the architect of Obamacare.

    July 6, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Johnathan

    Mitt, just playing to defense contractors, aren't ya?
    Get the old jingoistic juices flowing back into GOP veins, huh?

    Why even borther to run. You will lose. Save your money.

    July 6, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Brandon

    Mitt is blowing out hot air. The US still has over 2,000 nukes at their disposal. No need to worry here... we sitll have enough nukes to blow up the world 100 times over.

    July 6, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Carl Justus

    If Obama would have negotiated a complete ban of nuclear weapons with all the nations of the world the republicans would have said it was a bad deal.

    Instead of working with Obama to get our problems solved the republicans would rather see us go bankrupt or owned by China who owns most of our debt now and it is increasing daily.

    July 6, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. colinzoomushi

    umm getting rid of nuclear weapons is a good thing. republicans are just looking for something to argue about. just like my wife

    July 6, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Dave

    No matter how much President Obama wants to pretend the world is safe, the facts do not change. Romney is right on this.

    July 6, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Edwin

    I would trust the 30 national security figures from both parties more than Romney. I won't pretend to know whether missile expansion is necessary or not - so I trust the experts on this.

    July 6, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Jeff

    "dangerously impedes the United State's ability to protect itself form potential nuclear proliferating states such as Iran and North Korea." Has Mr. Romney clarified or supported this statement in any way? What evidence other than is uninformed and biased opinion does he have to support such a statement? Why doesn't the media do its job and ask him to support such a statement so that his rambling non-answer can expose the truth, or lack thereof, of his argument.

    July 6, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. pat

    How many nuclear devices does he think we need to protect the U.S.? Geez, we still will have enough to blow every other country into smithereens. He acts like we're disarming our whole arsenal and the agreement is far from that. Again, the Party of No is against something that should have been done years earlier.

    July 6, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. drednm

    Isn't Romney the one who bankrupted Massachusetts?

    July 6, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Once again, Romney is distorting the facts – and conveniently forgetting that President Obama's approach to arms reduction is viturally identical to President Reagan's.

    Romney's like the rest of the GOP: Uses misinformation and scare tactics to rally its "base," treating them all like a bunch of idiots.

    Pathetic!

    July 6, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    The more Romney tries to act tough or knowledgable, the funnier he becomes. He's such a dunce, I suspect even his supporters know it. Also, could someone please tell all of the neocon blowhards that START was initiated by their idol, President Reagan? Could just one person bring this up to them? I'd love to see them try to spin it.

    July 6, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. norb

    Is he the best thing the Republican's got? Wonder how many Gremlin's he's got in his driveway? Who names there kid Mitt anyway?
    Maybe his first name is baseball?

    July 6, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Bubba Hotep

    I would love to see a B-Movie about Mitt Romney starring Bruce Campbell. Would that be awesome or what!!! Muhahahaaaa!!

    July 6, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. PalmReader

    Calling the arms reduction treaty with Russia signed earlier this year President Barack Obama's "worst foreign policy mistake yet," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is urging senators not to ratify the agreement.
    ___________________________________________

    This recent statement of Romeny's is why he, Romney, will never be President of the United States.

    Expanding his foreign policy portfolio, indeed.

    July 6, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Joe

    Who cares what this opportunistic flip flopper thinks about anything? He's just tying to call attention to himself so he can waste more of his money on another unsuccessful political campaign. The US still has and will retain enough nuclear power to wipe out most of humanity and kill the rest in a long nuclear winter. Do we really need more?

    July 6, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Jules

    The only thing Mitt Romney has to offer is distain, insults, and negativity. I guess you is a believer in bad press is better than no press. Because really, unless he is spewing his hatred, he has no press.

    July 6, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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