Foreign Policy

White House: Ending the war in Iraq

Shortly after taking office, I put forward a plan to end the war in Iraq responsibly. Today, I'm pleased to report that -- thanks to the extraordinary service of our troops and civilians in Iraq -- our combat mission will end this month, and we will complete a substantial drawdown of our troops.


Cloning mad cow

In 2001, when it became apparent that animal cloning may become a commercial venture to help improve the quality of herds, the American FDA requested livestock producers and researchers to keep food from animal clones or their offspring out of the food supply. Since then, FDA has conducted evaluations that included examining the safety of food from these animals and the risk to animal health. Based on a final risk assessment, a report written by FDA scientists and issued in January 2008, FDA concluded that meat and milk from cow, pig, and goat clones and the offspring of any animal clones are as safe as food we eat every day.


Outgoing Ambassador briefs press on Iraq one last time

MR. TONER:  Good afternoon.  Welcome to the State Department.  It’s my great pleasure to introduce a man who literally needs no introduction, Ambassador Christopher Hill, who is just out of his 16-month tour in Iraq and here to answer your questions about his time there and about the transition and, looking forward, to give his perspective.  Thanks for coming.


Rep. Sherman wants to help Ahmadinejad punish innocent Iranians

Iran’s rulers hardly need assistance to make the lives of Iranians miserable. Iranians are suffering mightily under their government’s flagrant human rights abuses, political repression, and economic mismanagement but, writing in the Hill last week, Representative Brad Sherman argued that punishing the Iranian people is exactly what the US should do.


Time for new START: Four responses to treaty critics

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), signed in April 2010 by the United States and Russia, is currently pending before the U.S. Senate.  Over the last three months, the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees have held 20 hearings and built a formidable, bipartisan case in support of New START.

Current military leaders and former senior officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations have testified that New START would increase U.S. security by reducing the nuclear threat from Russia, providing transparency about Russian strategic forces, and bolstering U.S. efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to terrorist groups and additional states.


It's a no-brainer: ratify the arms control treaty

The Economist magazine is launching a new ad campaign in 11 American cities showing an ostrich with its head buried in the sand. The picture next to it has the bird raising its head, over the caption: “Get a world view. Read The Economist.”

In the last few weeks, watching the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on New START unfold, I have sometimes felt like shouting out “Senators, get a world view,” because in the minutiae of 18 public hearings, the bigger picture has been lost.

The fact is that the fate of this arms control treaty will not only affect the United States and Russia but also how the rest of the world views America.


Senate must ratify START treaty when it returns in September

August 11, 2010 – Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech on the new START treaty ratification in the Treaty Room in Washington. Her speech, as prepared for delivery, follows:

SECRETARY CLINTON: Rose, why don’t you come up here and Rich, come on up here. They are two of the numerous people here in the State Department, the Defense Department, the Energy Department, the White House, you name it, across our government who have worked on this treaty and are now working on its ratification. 


My support of the new START (Sen. Ben Nelson)

August 11, 2010 – Today, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson addressed the U.S. Strategic Command 2010 Deterrence Symposium at the Qwest Center in Omaha. Nelson, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, discussed the New START arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia. His speech, as prepared for delivery, follows:


Senate delays put national security at risk

This morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to the podium with one message: “Our national security is at risk.”  The Senate, she said, cannot afford to delay on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) any longer.

“When the Senate returns they must act,” she urged.  New START, she said, “will advance our national security and provide stability and predictability between the world’s two leading nuclear powers.”

What prompted Secretary Clinton’s passionate warning? Deep concern that partisan politics and parochialism will trump national security interests in an election year.