October 13, 2012
“SMART DIPLOMACY:” Russia Withdrawal From Arms Deal Shows Failure Of Obama Reset.
Russia announces it will withdraw from a post-Cold War deal to dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year. Is this what President Obama meant by a “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations?
The so-called Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which had been renewed twice by the U.S. and Russia, was a major post-Cold War success.
It led to the deactivation of more than 7,650 strategic warheads from the old Soviet Union, and seemed to put the former USSR onto a far more peaceful path. It helped seal President Reagan’s hard-won U.S. victory in the Cold War against its former foe.
But after four years of Obama’s weak stewardship of our nation’s national security, the Russians are saying “nyet” to renewing the deal in 2013. It’s easy to see why.
Everywhere they look, they see U.S. weakness and a failure to respond to overt provocations by others.
They see world affairs as the U.S. retreats from previous strong alliances, such as those with Britain and Israel, and ignores or downplays others, including our ties with Japan.
Why continue to disarm after losing a cold war if your enemy is already busy disarming itself?