“When it comes to Russia – which he recently called “our number one geo-political foe” – Governor Romney remains mired in a Cold War mindset. We have serious disagreements with Moscow, but our cooperation has made the American people more secure. Russia cancelled the sale of cutting edgeradar to Iran and joined us in imposing the toughest sanctions in history on Tehran. Together, wenegotiated a major nuclear arms reduction treaty – New START – that virtually the entire Republicanforeign policy establishment supported but Governor Romney and a very small group of Cold War holdovers opposed.
On Poland and missile defense:
“On the eve of his trip to Poland, the Governor is either profoundly misinformed – or misinformingthe American people. He asserts that the President abandoned a missile defense system in thatcountry. President Obama asked me to secure Allied support for a new missile defense plan for Europe. Who did we ask to host its main components? Poland, along with Turkey, Romania,Germany and Spain. These countries and all of NATO embraced our approach because it protectsmore of Europe more quickly than the old plan.
“Governor Romney continues his long litany of untruths about our administration’s policies towardIsrael. We’ve provided record levels of security assistance, funding for the Iron Dome missile defensesystem that intercepted nearly 80 percent of the rockets recently fired from Gaza, close collaborationon longer range missile defense systems, the largest joint military exercises in history, the mostconsistent and comprehensive exchanges ever between our top political, defense, security andintelligence officials. And, contrary to Governor Romney’s outrageous accusation that the President joined in the chorus of insults levied against Israel at the United Nations, President Obama has stoodup repeatedly, publicly and often alone against efforts to delegitimize Israel at the U.N. and around theworld.
“On Iran, Governor Romney does a compelling job laying out exactly what the Administration isalready doing. The only step he seems to think we should take that we are not already taking is tolaunch a war. If that is what the Governor is for, he should tell the American people.
On al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden:
“One thing the Governor did not talk about today was al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. That’s notsurprising. When he last ran for President, Governor Romney was asked what he would do about binLaden. He said then: ‘it is not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just tryingto catch one person.’ We know how Obama answered that question: by ordering our intelligenceservices to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for bin Laden, and then authorizing one of the highest
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