Saturday, June 28, 2008



Mittens Romney reminds us why the GOP is unfit to govern in this clip from David Kurtz at TPM. In it, Romney asserts that non-proliferation is a liberal issue, not a conservative one!

I went to the WH site and searched for "non-proliferation" and found a few counter-examples to Mittens assertion:

Bush, 3/7/2005:
The United States remains firmly committed to its obligations under the NPT. Our record demonstrates this commitment, including the Moscow Treaty concluded in 2002. The United States will continue to play a leading role in strengthening the nonproliferation regime. We have undertaken concrete actions and made several proposals to strengthen the NPT, the IAEA, and the broader nonproliferation regime, including launching the Proliferation Security Initiative.

Text of U.S. - EU Declaration on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, 6/26/2004:
The United States and the European Union reiterate that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems is a major threat to international peace and security. ... We are committed to strengthening the consensus among nations that proliferation is unacceptable. We call attention to our 2003 Joint Statement and our individual and collective joint efforts since then. We have identified the following joint actions to express our continuing determination to prevent, contain, and reverse proliferation:

Bush, 5/13/2008:

I am pleased to transmit to the Congress, pursuant to sections 123 b. and 123 d. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2153(b), (d)) (the "Act"), the text of a proposed Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation for Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

The proposed Agreement provides a comprehensive framework for peaceful nuclear cooperation with Russia based on a mutual commitment to nuclear non-proliferation.

National Security Advisor Hadley, 2/28/2006:

One of the things that is part of this discussion over several years about enhancing U.S.-Indian civil nuclear cooperation, is that that is a vehicle for bringing India onto the same page as we are on the issue of proliferation. It is a way we can make India a global partner with this non-proliferation.

2007 U.S.-EU Summit Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Democracy Worldwide, 4/30/2007:

In our critical efforts to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), we continue to make individual and collective efforts to implement, strengthen and universalise key multilateral non-proliferation and disarmament obligations, treaties and initiatives. We reaffirm the value of continuing consultations on these issues and will continue to seek ways to strengthen coordination and accelerate implementation.

We reaffirm our commitment to the objectives and obligations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). We call for all States Parties to support and strengthen the non-proliferation and disarmament regime and to make a constructive contribution to a balanced and structured review of the NPT

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