WHITE HOUSE: It’s official “al-Qaeda – not Russia is America’s number one geopolitical foe”, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest. This in response to Mitt Romney’s assertion that Russia is the number one enemy (See: Romney: Russia Is ‘No. 1 Geopolitical Foe’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY_7pH5XV_w)
In fact, the Russians are “working well to isolate” nations with rogue nuclear programs that the U.S. is trying to contain, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “This is somewhat true”, says Tony Killian of Charlotte, N.C. “Actually Russia takes the lead in isolating rogue nuclear program. Russia also takes the lead in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) with the United States, not the United States”, he said. But all that is besides the point.
See President of Russia respond to Romney comments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnIh7ZE1cPM
COLD WAR ENDED 20 YEARS AGO
“You don’t have to be a foreign policy expert to know that the Cold War ended 20 years ago and that the greatest threat that the president has been fighting on behalf of the American people is the threat posed by Al Qaeda,” Josh Earnest told reporters in the daily White House briefing.
The remarks came a day after Romney complained about President Obama’s posture toward Russia, while criticizing Obama for remarks he made to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev this week about his having more “flexibility” on missile defense after the November elections. Which was without question revealing…
In other words Obama won’t do the right thing on missile defense until after he is re-elected. Romney seeks to highlight that by portraying Russia as the new nation threat he can wave in front of the America people to scare the hell out them.
Romney called Russia “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.” Before that Romney was calling China a threat and before that the Taliban… “Romney will, of course say anything, do anything to get elected President, even if that means spouting lies.
While Earnest didn’t exactly tell the truth about Russia or call Russia a force of good in the world, he did note that Russian officials have worked to isolate Iran and North Korea.
WHITE HOUSE UNDERSTATEMENT
“The irony is that Russia,” said Earnest, “has worked very well with the international community to isolate those two regimes and to seek a diplomatic solution to hold those two regimes accountable for living up to their international obligations.”
ROMNEY CAMP RESPONSE BY TRYING TO DEFEND COMMENTS
“It is unfortunately not surprising to see more effusive praise for Russia’s leaders coming from the White House,” policy director Lanhee Chen said.
“President Obama has utterly failed to stand up to Russia on issues ranging from Iran’s nuclear weapons program to Syria to Russia’s own backsliding into authoritarianism. At the same time, he’s given away concession after concession to Russia. We can expect more such ‘flexibility’ if President Obama is re-elected.”
“Russia still has the most nuclear warheads sitting on the most deliverable systems in the world, most of which are pointed at us”, says Dominic West of Charlotte. “IF you look at the situation that way Russia is a bigger threat by far than a group of rag head terrorists in the desert or in caves”, he said.
While it is true that Russia has warheads pointed at the US, it is the only nation that has pledged not to use nuclear weapons except in response to a first strike by the US which has adopted a pre-emptive war strategy, which says it can attack any nation if it feels threatened. NATO and the US has repeatedly rejected calls for adopting “no first use” policy, arguing that preemptive nuclear strike is a key option it retains – which is a threat. In 2000, a Russian military doctrine stated that Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons “in response to any pre-emptive large-scale nuclear or conventional aggression” on the part of the United States or NATO.
Viewed that way the United States is a greater threat, not only to Russia but world peace in general.
START TALKS STALL ON OFFENSIVE MISSILE SHIELD DEVELOPMENT
“As for the need to reduce tactical nuclear weapons, the US is burdened by the provisions of the START-3 agreements. President Barack Obama recently sent a letter to the Senate, the contents of which cause doubt that the Americans are really ready to take Russia’s concerns about the offensive Missile shield”, says Andy White of Charlotte. “The START Treaty obliges each party to reduce their nuclear potential seven years after its entry into force The number of carriers of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) for ballistic missile submarines (SLBMs) and strategic bombers should not exceed 700 units. For warheads, this figure is 1,550 units and for deployed and non-launchers (PU) ICBMs and SLBMs, as well as TB, 800 units. The annex to the START Treaty says that Russia reserves the right to withdraw from the document in the case if it feels that the deployment of the U.S. missile ‘defense’ system at its borders poses a threat to Russia’s security. Obama made it clear that he was strongly opposed to such interpretation saying that the U.S. will develop its missile defense anyway, and that this does not pose a threat for Russia. A move that threatens both present and future START talks”, he said.
FLEXIBILITY COMMENT VIEWED IN CONTEXT
“The flexibility comment may indicate that Obama will listen to Russian concerns, but won’t admit it for political reasons. Russia has been viewed as an enemy since the Cold War days when Ronald Reagan called it “an evil empire”, says Tully Gilroy of Charlotte, N.C. See OBAMA & Medvedev CAUGHT ON MIC ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’ (Nuclear Summit 2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orYmyRYBJ8M&feature=related
According to Pravda.ru “The concern of the Americans is based on the fact that Russia has several thousand tactical nuclear weapons, while the U.S. has fewer than a thousand. However, Russia has its own claim to the States. A part of the US arsenal is still based in Europe. Moscow insists that Washington takes it out of there without any preconditions. However, the U.S. is hopeful that the Russians will ease their position and that negotiations will begin in late 2011. After a consultation with the NATO allies, the U.S. would seek talks with Russia on an agreement to eliminate the disparity of stocks of non-strategic (tactical) weapons, but no later than one year after the entry of START into force” (see: USA to deprive Russia of all strategic nuclear arms?
Some are critical of the US defense shield saying European nations are more than capable of defending themselves. “Why should we bear the cost of a missile defense shield in Europe and Asia? Are we responsible for defending the entire world? How can we do that when we are $15 trillion in debt…Generational debt. It is time for Europe to pay their own defense costs and for the US to stop playing policeman of the entire world. We can’t afford it”, says Dorothy Love of Charlotte, N.C. an anti nuclear weapons activist, who opposes the so called Defense shield. She agrees with Russia that that shield is unnecessary and could be used offensively if pointed in the opposite direction toward Russia. “Russia certainly doesn’t want or need the US to defend it from nations like Iran. Russia is more concerned about the US which still targets sites all over the Russian Federation”, she said.