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

Romney hammers Obama's 'worst foreign policy mistake'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/22/art.romney.0321.gi.jpg caption ="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. Waiting

    He's a Mormon who also believes spacecraft brings us the word of God. He's no less crazy than the Muslims. Ignore (like Sarah Palin) and move on with your day.

    July 6, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Angie

    Strange that the Republicans and Tea partiers have said nothing about the Republicans in Arizona who are trying to pass legislation to eliminate Amendment XIV Section 1 of the 'Bill of Rights'. Before you defend that move try reading the Amendment XIV Section 1 of the 'Bill of Rights' . Dear Republicans and Tea Partiers be careful of what you wish for, because eliminating Amendment XIV Section 1 will deny all American Citizens across this country their due process of law and it will deny their protection of the laws.

    July 6, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Another GI Joe

    If Obama wants to last his term, he'll have to learn to out-wit, out-play and out-last all others. Seems like this time he was out-witted.

    July 6, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Joseph-Ohio

    It is so easy to sit on the side and Bark. Romney it is a little too soon to be running for President. Must we be subjected to Romney Rumbles already?????

    July 6, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Geoz

    Romney makes a point, and that point is, that Romney just doesn't like Obama.

    Got it. Now, can you also make some sense Mitt?

    July 6, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. mary

    Romney is an idiot to think that such cold war fear mongering is an effective political strategy. He is only saying this for his own political gain. If he really believes his retrograde words, then God help us all if he ever gets into any position of power. He should educate himself a little more deeply about nuclear proliferation, nuclear disarmament, history and nuclear capability. Ignorance, i.e. just a little bit of knowledge, is such a dangerous thing – especially in the minds of ideologues, demagogues and self serving prosyletizers like Romney and his other Republican ilk. Now the right wing will pick up on this fringe opinion and run with it until they fall down again, tripping on their own tongues.

    July 6, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Redleg

    The person who thinks RVing through Iowa is the same as patrolling Fallujah is discussing military policy?

    July 6, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. David

    I think the point that the honor students here fail to understand is the art of negotiation. Obama was badly out negotiated by the Russians regarding the Start matter and he gave away missile defense in Eastern Europe without getting anything in return.

    July 6, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. onlysanetexanleft

    "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."

    Poor reporting CNN. Romney actually wrote an entire book complaining about President Obama's foreign policy. You guys need to at least do some research before you write dribble about someone with Zero foreign policy experience attacking the president for something that Romney's heo Reagan sought to acheive.

    July 6, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Adam

    Can we all stop arguing and start talking about the typographical error found in this article? It's staring me in the face and I can't concentrate on anything else.

    July 6, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Heaven Help US

    Think he meant to say "worst foreign policy mistake yet"...

    July 6, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. miken

    So many people are ignorant of the fact that they live in a great country with freedom and liberty because we are the strongest military power. Russia is a third world economy and we shouldn't be letting them dictate our future. People who think we only need 5 or 10 nuclear weapons to be safe are incredibly ignorant and might just as well bow down to our enimes as obama does.

    July 6, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Robert

    Mitt Romney and Sarah are relatives....lol

    July 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. cardog

    Look..this nonsense continues with the republican party. If Barak Obama was able to bring absolute peace to the middle east, sign a treaty with Russia and China to eliminate all nuclear weapons, these people would still find something to be unhappy with this President.
    For more then a year now I have commented on the stupidity of the right wing and their parade of lies and more lies. For 8 years they nearly destroyed this country and have the gall to claim that they represent the American people. What is even more concerning is the number of Americans who believe their lies, believe that they will now make everything wrong with our economy, our housing market, our banking system and most importantly, our lack of jobs situation better if we only would give them another chance.

    July 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Chas

    Mitt – No one is lestening to you and there is no need to listen. The Republicans need new strategy and you aren't listening to that message either.

    July 6, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. David

    Perhaps somebody on the GOP has a better idea. No, that's right, they are the party that just complains.

    July 6, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Ramses

    Romney is another Republican Genius. Another Political reteric

    July 6, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Thanh

    The stockpiles are too high. We have enough to destroy the whole world and render it uninhabitable for years.

    Regime change is the modern way. The everyday citizens of an enemy country are innocent.

    July 6, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. aj

    I love the mitt romney = bruce campbell movie suggestion. Perfect.

    July 6, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. 'Bama Grandma

    Uhhhh..where was Mitten's outrage when Reagan signed a virtually identical nuclear reduction treaty?

    July 6, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Superhiro

    Is someone supposed to care what this guy thinks? It's not like he's gonna be president let alone win a GOP nomination.

    July 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Leslie

    Sorry Mitt, you have just shown your "worst foreign policy argument", obviously just another stupid, empty slam at Obama. Why don't you try to be the first Republican to actually say and do something positive for the American People?

    July 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Randi L.

    The picture clarifies that Romney is telling a fish story. Seriously, I question anything Romney says because of his history of saying whatever is politically expedient at the time with no regard for the truth. He embellishes and flip flops like that imaginary fish he's describing. Romney's just a little too slick. A little too opportunistic. A lot too narcissistic.

    I trust that bipartisan group of national security experts that endorse the treaty, more than I trust this varmint hunter.

    July 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. JOhn

    The republicans would object to Jesus Christ himself just to be on the other side of the black president. These are the same idiot that said Obama invaded Afganistan, they have no limit to reality.

    Any of you fools voting R for the next election had better be prepaired to vote with your childrens blood. We cannot afford another Republican controlled government without bringing back the Draft.


    July 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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