Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Quote of the Day

“Desperate Deal”

Tom Rose and I interviewed Ralph Peters on the Bauer and Rose radio show last weekend. Peters retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 as a Lieutenant Colonel, and he is currently a military and intelligence analyst. This morning in the New York Post, he wrote about what Obama has just done in Moscow. Here are some of the excerpts from the article titled, “Desperate Deal.”

“President Obama went to Moscow desperate for the appearance of a foreign-policy success. He got that illusion- at a substantial cost to America’s security. …We got nothing of real importance. But the government of puppet-master Vladimir Putin (nominally just Prime Minister) got virtually all it wanted. In Moscow, this was Christmas in July. …

“[Obama] agreed to trim our nuclear warhead arsenal by one-third and-even more dangerously-to cut the systems that deliver the nuclear payloads. In fact, the Russians don’t care much about our warhead numbers (which will be chopped to a figure “between 1,500 and 1,675). What they really wanted-and got- was a US cave-in regarding limits on our nuclear-capable bombers, submarines and missiles that could leave us with as few as 500 systems, if the Russians continue to get their way as final details are negotiated.

“Our problem is that many nuclear-delivery systems -- such as bombers or subs -- are ‘dual-use’: A B-2 bomber can launch nukes, but it's employed more frequently to deliver conventional ordnance. Putin sought to cripple our ability to respond to international crises. Obama, meanwhile, was out for ‘deliverables’ - deals that could be signed in front of the cameras. Each man got what he wanted. …”

“Our president also got some generalizations about North Korea and Iran, but no hard commitments. Russia-which designed many of Iran’s nuclear facilities- wouldn’t even promise to permanently deny Iran the sophisticated air-defense systems that would make it harder to hit Tehran’s nuke sites. …Great news for the Russian Federation. Bad news for America. Until an adoring media spins it of course.”
Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families