Romney: START Must Be Stopped

Mitt Romney: Obama's rushing a dangerous treaty
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 3, 2010 1:35 PM CST
In this Sept. 17, 2010 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – President Obama is trying to rush the New START treaty through Congress—but it’s far too important not to explore thoroughly before a decision is made, writes Mitt Romney in the Boston Globe. The president has already gotten Congress to speed through his stimulus package and health care reform. “Fall for his rush once, shame on him; twice, shame on Congress; a third time, shame all around,” he writes.

Romney lays out his various objections to the treaty, beginning with the assertion that it would limit our missile-defense capabilities at exactly the wrong time. It also has "gaping loopholes," which the administration explains away "by insisting that Russia is not the bitter Cold War enemy of the past." But if that's the case, then why the rush to implement the treaty? "The president can't have it both ways."

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