If you ask Mitt Romney who poses the biggest threat to the United States' security, he'll tell you that Russia, "without question," is "our No. 1 geopolitical foe."
His top foreign policy advisers take it a step further (back in time). Today, former Navy Secretary John Lehman warned reporters of the threat from the USSR: "We're seeing the Soviets pushing into the Arctic with no response from us." And on the same press call, former Bush administration Ambassador Pierre Prosper added, "The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia."
The Romney campaign appears to have missed the news that the Cold War ended decades ago. Combine that with Romney's failure to release a detailed plan for keeping our country safe and strengthening our alliances, and it's clear that this is not the team we want navigating the ever-changing foreign policy challenges of the 21st century.
It's in stark contrast to the leadership President Obama has shown as commander-in-chief and diplomat-in-chief, Vice President Biden noted while speaking at New York University today. President Obama's record, the Vice President said, is "the strongest foreign policy in decades."
"Three and a half years ago, when President Obama and I took office … President Obama began to act immediately. He set in motion a policy to end the war in Iraq responsibly. He set a clear strategy and an end date for the war in Afghanistan, which has been going on for close to a decade. He cut in half the number of Americans who are literally serving in harm’s way. He decimated al Qaeda’s senior leadership. He repaired our alliances and restored America’s standing in the world and he saved our economy. He saved our economy from a collapse with some very unpopular but bold decisions that have turned out to be right, including the rescue of the automobile industry, all of which has made us much stronger not only at home but abroad.
"If you’re looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."