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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  1. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    The only thing this neo-idiot should hammer....is his head to the floor.

    July 6, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. one voice

    Mitt must be another GOP hack that gets a hard on thinking of endless war.

    July 6, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Robert

    And we all know that Mitt Romney is an EXPERT on foreign policy. Perhaps he and that other expert, Sarah Palin, should get together and just keep yammering about things they know absolutely nothing about. Dear Mr. Romney, you want to get elected by demonizing the current President. We get it. Now shut up and go back to your lilly white country club.

    July 6, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. CommonSense

    I thought Mitt was in retirement for while but he comes out of hiding with a Sarah Palin like statement.....Wow!!!

    If you didn't open your mouth so much, most people wouldn't know how dumb you really.....with you, Michael Steele, Ron & Rand Paul staying in the spotlight, we should create a Treaty to Reduce dumb Republicans from this planet......

    July 6, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    The only thing Romney knows about is how to lie about his government-run healthcare plan while claiming to be against govt healthcare, how to tie his dog to the roof of his car for hundreds of miles, how to lie about illegal aliens working on his chateau while he claims to be against illegal aliens and how to make a bunch of $ swindling people and sending American jobs overseas.

    July 6, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Susan

    Barbara,
    I am sorry that you believed Mark Levin. What do you expect from Levin, Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh (the greatest one)? They cannot be fair. They have to say nasty lies abt Obama to frustrate people like you.

    Grow up.

    July 6, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. David in Houston

    Can the republican party be any more out of touch with reality?

    July 6, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. RJW

    Does anyone remember that President Reagan was ready to sign a deal with the Russians that would completely ELIMINATE ALL nuclear weapons (yes, he backed out b/c they wanted to eliminate "Star Wars")!! The point is, one of the most hard-line presidents against the Russians was going to give up all of our nukes. Every President since the 1950's have worked to figure out a way to get rid of as many nuclear bombs as they could b/c once it was invented (and used by us – the only country to ever use them by the way) everyone knew the devil had been unleashed and that he must be driven back to hell. This treaty is no different than prior treaties. Let the people who understand reason make the right decision and ratify this treaty – not the idiot idealogues like Mitt Romney.

    July 6, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Mike D In Germany

    Wait...what? Is this not the EXACT same level of nuclear arms reduction as the START I treaty? Was that very treaty not the brainchild of one Ronald Reagan? Mitt please! Oh and as part of the treaty, we inspect their facilities as they do ours to confirm the reduction in levels is legit.

    July 6, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. mme

    I think the main issue is not that it will reduce the nukes, which should always be a good thought, but the idea that we have to get Russian approval on our nuclear decisions. How can anyone be in favor of that?

    And how come so many have to bring in religion with Romney? I don't see anyone talking about the other candidates beliefs. Let's just leave that part alone and focus on what their politics are.

    July 6, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Linda

    Please, would someone tell this idiot to shut up – let's look back
    at Romney's Olympic record and bring it forth on the front
    pages.

    With no credibility, he should be investigated for kick-backs!

    July 6, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. bill

    romney is a fool.why caint obama and russians.call a truce on xxpanding nukes.makes sense to me.SINCE BOTHY NATIONS HAVE ENOUGH IN STOCKPILE.to blow the entire coninet to smitherines.as i said romney is a fool.

    July 6, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. chad

    peace bad, bombs good. ugg.

    July 6, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Steve, New York City

    Mitt Romney – this guy really makes me yawn!!

    I would trust this guy to narrate a "My Three Soons" marathon, but he seems to be on the clueless side when it comes to foreign policy. However, to his credit, he's somewhat more relevant than his best friend Sarah Palin.

    July 6, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. hypocricnnation

    It's Good Ol' "Catchers Mitt" Romney Running Off At The Mouth Again, And Here's Good Ol' HypocriCNN Salivating Over Every Cheap Criticism That Any Fool Like Romney Has.

    July 6, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Muffet

    Romney is nothing more than a male version of Palin....a clueless camera chaser.

    July 6, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Ferret out the BS

    The continuation of an arms race, no matter what form, is unsustainable. The people of the United States does not want to support it with higher taxes, the global population does not want to see it due to insecurity and the real threat of danger from nuclear annihilation. There are, to be sure, some rogue countries out there but what we have right now is plenty to ensure mutual destruction should any of them resort to that solution. Mitt needs to do some real critical thought to what he says instead of just resorting to fear mongering, it's getting old and tired.

    July 6, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. andrey

    Are we reducing nukes? Are we insane? Did anyone think about the space aliens? For sure they will side with the Russians, and then what? Yes we can vaporize our planet several times over, but what about the aliens??? Romney 2013!!!

    July 6, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. BEAUTY BOY OF GOP SPEAKS...

    Thank you for your unnecessary input...now please go back to your beautician you are due a tan, a hairdo, a manicure and a pedicure...see if they can drill a hole in your head and fill it with cow dung...at least something is better than nothing....

    July 6, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Blkman

    RIGHT...............so now we should listen to this yo-yo? Republicans are disgusting!

    July 6, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. SGT. Bob

    I think his underwear are on too tight. So Romney, was Reagen wrong then?

    July 6, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit July 6th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

    Oh, I see....because he's so battle-tested and experienced in terms of military matters and has been privy to all kinds of top secret national security briefings
    -------------–
    Interesting question you posed, Sniffit! Was Obama battle-tested and experienced in miltary matters as a candidate? Seems to me, no candidate is! Was candidate Obama privy to classfied briefs? Did it stop him from speaking on military matters? Nope! Why should it stop Romney, or anybody else for that matter?

    July 6, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Deborah/Kansas City

    Ever the war hawks, I am so sick of Republicans thinking war is the answer to everything. Americans are tired of war. Can anyone remember when we were not at war? Peace used to be one of the most important roles the Government could provide. Peace and security. If, Republicans were in office, we would be at war with Iran.

    Thank you President Obama for being reasonable and for trying to reduce the threat of nuclear accident, or theft, or deliberate use by some crazy person, like John Mc Cain for example, who would use nukes. Americans still value peace and are not a war like people, despite Republican ideology.

    July 6, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    When Romney speaks, God laughs, because even God likes a good joke like Romney sometimes.

    Romney why don't you go create more jobs (for India), by breaking up the companies you bought and selling them piece by piece so your stock can go up 1/8 of a point...

    ...like I said, God likes a good joke sometimes.

    July 6, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. RUDOLPH DANSBY

    hey mitt ask anybody in the military except the ollie norths do u realize the sick firepower we have having been in the navy it mind boogling

    July 6, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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