December 2, 2015

Clinton Launched The Reset While Russia Launched Missiles

Yesterday, Principal Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon told members of Congress that Russia may have been in violation of a U.S.-Russia missile defense treaty “as early as 2008,” posing a challenge to the wisdom of Clinton’s “reset” with Russia.

McKeon said that “the evidence is conclusive” that “Russia has tested this ground-based system,” adding that the U.S. is considering a “range of military options” in response to Russia’s treaty violation. From AP:

The U.S. announced last year that Russia is in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that President Ronald Reagan signed with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987… The treaty says the U.S. and Russia cannot possess, produce or test-fly a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles. Possessing or producing launchers of these type of missiles also is banned under the treaty, which helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East.

Hillary Clinton first launched the “reset” with Russia in 2009, an initiative which she remained the face of during Obama’s first term and has since defended as a “brilliant stroke.” As part of the “reset,” the Obama administration made missile defense concessions to Russia in 2009, a year after Russia may have already began violating the INF treaty.

The new revelations show that Clinton’s initiative was a mistake from the beginning and highlights the failed judgment that characterizes Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.