Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cluelessly pressed a reset button for Russia, which smiled and then invaded Ukraine, a sovereign nation. The Middle East and much of North Africa is in chaos. China grows more assertive and builds a navy that will be larger than ours in five years. We shrink our nuclear capabilities as Russia upgrades theirs.There really is nothing earth-shattering in Romney's cluelessness, but I thought it would make sense to point out that Russia's economy is in shambles and not about to recover. While she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made sure Russia could do no such upgrading. Shouldn't a presidential candidate have some knowledge of foreign affairs?
If this is an example of a big Romney attack, bring it on! He doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell.
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Remarks After Exchange of Instruments of Ratification for the New START TreatyRemarksHillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of StateWashington, DCFebruary 5, 2011Today, we exchange the instruments of ratification for a treaty that lessens the nuclear dangers facing the Russian and American people and the world. Two years ago, we all laughed about the translation of the ceremonial "Reset Button" that I gave the Foreign Minister in Geneva, but when it came to the translation that mattered most, our two countries, led by our two presidents, turned words into action to reach a milestone in our strategic partnership. And when it comes to the button that has worried us the most over the years -- the one that would unleash nuclear destruction --today, we take another step to ensure it will never be pushed. Our countries will immediately begin notifying each other of changes in our strategic forces. Within 45 days, we will exchange full data on our weapons and facilities, and 60 days from now we can resume the inspections that allow each side to trust but verify.
Additional information on START is available. See links below.
New START Treaty Entry into Force
The Role of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers
Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday Al Jazeera America was running a ticker header saying that after this wrong-headed speech by Romney, key donors turned to Jeb Bush. Then today, this.
BY Annie Karni
All’s well that ends well.