Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has terse words for Barack Obama’s nuclear policy, describing it as characteristic of an “inept” leader who seems intent on living out a “left-wing dream.”
The Obama administration nuclear policy unveiled Tuesday calls for reducing the number of potential American nuclear targets and says the United States would not necessarily use nuclear weapons in response to attacks by chemical or biological weapons.
The policy, called a nuclear posture review, followed a year of Pentagon deliberations in consultation with allied governments and was released in advance of Thursday’s signing of a new treaty to succeed the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
“A nuclear-free world has been a 60-year dream of the left, just like socialized healthcare,” Giuliani said during a recent interview with National Review Online. “This new policy, like Obama’s government-run health program, is a big step in that direction.”
The United States should not be downgrading its nuclear capabilities at a time when the nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea is increasing, Giuliani said.
“President Obama thinks we can all hold hands, sing songs and have peace symbols,” Giuliani said. “North Korea and Iran are not singing along with the president.”
The former mayor and presidential candidate believes Obama fails to understand how to negotiate from a place of strength, and his desire to prevent Israel from using a military option against Iran along with his decision to back down with the Russians on missile defense show this in his opinion.
“The president doesn’t understand the concept of leverage,” said Giuliani, who was an associate attorney general in the Reagan administration. “Leverage means the other guy has to be afraid of you. I worked for a president, Ronald Reagan, who understood that brilliantly, and that’s how we won the Cold War. You need to appear to be unpredictable.
Reagan’s “State Department understood that you need to create pressure, to create something they’re afraid of. Tell me where Obama has done that.”
Instead of taking steps to guarantee national security, the Obama administration has “taken many steps backward” on a number of national security issues, Giuliani said.
“Beyond nuclear policy, this is still an administration in a state of confusion about how to deal with terrorism. They’re out of control. And they have shown an inability to make tough decisions,” Giuliani said.
“It’s not inconsequential how the president dithers over so many issues, yet when it comes to dealing with Israel, one of our strongest allies, he doesn’t show much ambiguity. With Israel, he has been extremely hostile. His treatment of the Israeli prime minister [during his recent Washington visit] was shocking.”
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