“Everybody slips,” Biden said, but added that Romney’s mistake sounds like “a mindset.” – TPM
I WARNED YOU about this last year and it has begun.
Team Romney tried to launch a prebuttal against V.P. Joe Biden’s foreign policy speech Thursday on a conference call, but it backfired.
Mitt Romney’s foreign policy adviser, Ambassador Pierre Prosper, has stepped into it up to his ear lobes. I’m not surprised, because it’s another cold war team, this one meant to revive the good old days of Ronald Reagan. They’re doing it with embarrassing gusto.
PROSPER: The United States has become a spectator on issues of national security. We’ve also been embarrassed by North Korea where again it continues to be a conciliatory leaning forward approach and yet the North Koreans will launch a missile surprising the United States by violating their agreement.
You know Russia is another example where we give and Russia gets and we get nothing in return. The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia, yet Russia does nothing but obstruct us, or efforts in Iran and Syria.
Prosper is 20 years late.
There’s another problem with this statement. From the New York Times way back machine:
The administration’s new four-phase plan would deploy existing SM-3 interceptors using the sea-based Aegis system in 2011, then deploy an improved version in 2015 both on ships and on land. Rather than the 10 bigger interceptors originally envisioned for Poland, there could be 40 to 50 of the smaller missiles on land by then and more on ships. A more advanced version would be deployed in 2018 and yet another generation in 2020, the latter with more capacity to counter intercontinental missiles.
The interceptors Mr. Bush wanted to put in Poland would not have been deployed until 2018, officials said.
Another issue, as you can see above, the missiles weren’t there in the first place.
Mitt Romney is on very shaky ground any time he ventures into foreign policy. With aides who clearly have been put in place to conjure up memories of days gone by it’s not going to get any better.
Clang the gong.