Lugar rips Romney over nuclear weapons

As you may have heard by now, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post this week about the New START treaty rivaling only Sarah Palin for sheer incompetence. Fred Kaplan, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the US-Soviet arms race, called it “shabby, misleading and—let's not mince words—thoroughly ignorant.” I highly recommend Kaplan’s article at Slate, which points out the factual flaws in nearly every single line of the piece.

What’s particularly remarkable, however, is that it’s not just experts like Kaplan taking on Romney – it’s his own party. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an equally devastating critique not as an op-ed or blog post but as an unsolicited 782-word statement from his own office. "Governor Mitt Romney's hyperbolic attack on the New START Treaty in the July 6 edition of The Washington Post repeats discredited objections and appears unaware of arms control history and context." The full statement is below the jump.

Lugar and Kaplan both point out many of the same errors in Romney’s screed. Romney is deeply offended by a non-binding preamble that will have no affect on policy whatsoever, claims that Russia will control our arms while ignoring that the provisions in question cut both ways, screams bloody murder that we are now unable to harm our own national security by converting ICBM silos to defense against our military’s wishes, claims Russia will harm us by exploiting a loophole with weapons they don’t actually have, and says another loophole will allow Russia to hide missiles on bombers even though a) we have more bombers and b) as Kaplan points out, they’re “bombers,” not “missilers.”

I would also point out that Ronald Reagan said on multiple occasions that we need to reduce our nuclear stockpile with the ultimate goal of its elimination. The man who conservatives like to pretend single-handedly won the Cold War. This is one time when they should actually listen to him on national security.

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Halperin floating Sen. Lugar (R-IN) as surprise Obama VP pick

Just posted moments ago under the banner "HOOSIER VALUES"

http://thepage.time.com

This would definitely be a surprise and, if it happens (which I think is unlikely) would likely prod McCain into choosing Lieberman or a moderate Republican like Ridge who supports abortion rights.

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Senator Warner's Wave of Dissent

Here we go again, another so-called WAVE OF DISSENT by Republicans.  One more political STUNT.

Two senior Republican senators, John Warner and Richard Lugar of Indiana, introduced a plan in mid July, refocusing the U.S. mission in Iraq toward counter terrorism and training Iraqi forces.  Both men were SUPPOSEDLY breaking from Bush's current war strategy, while remaining opposed to specific deadlines for troop withdrawal.

They were GETTING in the HEADLINES by IMPLYING they want a NEW strategy - one DIFFERENT then Bush's.

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Webb, Allen on ABC's This Week July 9

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2006
Guests:
* Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Senate Foreign Relations Committee
chairman
  • Sen. George Allen, R-Va., candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia
  • James Webb, D-Va., candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia
Confronting North Korea: Pyongyang's missile test-firings this week have put
the world on edge. The threat of a possible nuclear attack has the Bush
administration trying a new tack, forging an international diplomatic solution.
Our headliner this Sunday is one of America's leading internationalists --
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind. He joins me in
an exclusive interview to discuss the latest developments in North Korea and
the U.S. response.
Then, I go "On The Trail" to explore how the war in Iraq is heating up the
race for U.S. Senate in Virginia. In exclusive interviews, incumbent Sen.
George Allen, R-Va., and his challenger, former Reagan Navy Secretary James Webb,
debate the president's strategy in Iraq, immigration reform, and what impact
Webb can have on Allen's 2008 presidential ambitions.
On our roundtable, the New Republic Editor at Large Peter Beinart, ABC News
consultant Donna Brazile and ABC News' George Will join me to debate the
week's politics.
Finally, Alonzo Mourning of the NBA World Champion Miami Heat, on the kidney
transplant that saved his life, his amazing comeback, and what we can do to
make organ donations available to more Americans in need.
See you Sunday,
George Stephanopoulos
ABC News' "This Week"

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Truth per Hutchinson, McCain, Lugar, and more

What is truth?  In January of 1999, several United States Senators outdid themselves in calling for `truth' `honesty' and `integrity in the oval office. Anything less would confuse our children and destroy our society.

Here is my second diary from researching the Congressional Records, I have pointed out statements that are so powerful they still reverberate today. As with my first diary, I did not take their statements out of context, or play with quotes to change their meaning.

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