James P. Rubin

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The centerpiece of President Obama’s recent trip to Europe was a $1 billion program of new military exercises on land, at sea and in the air, to reassure our friends and allies of America’s commitment to their security. That may sound like a lot of money, but in terms of military spending, it’s not much at all.

More important, the so-called European Reassurance Initiative has failed to impress America’s Eastern European allies. Polish officials, for instance, quickly labeled it insufficient.

Instead of spending money to transport troops and equipment in and out of Eastern Europe, President Obama should adopt a bolder strategy: American and NATO forces should have new, permanent bases in Poland and elsewhere on the territory of NATO members in Central and Eastern Europe.…  Seguir leyendo »

Despite months of negotiations on Capitol Hill, Senate approval of President Obama’s New Start arms control treaty is in serious jeopardy. And it raises the question: Are treaties, and in particular arms control treaties, even worth the trouble anymore?

In fact, most of our international objectives on arms control and other matters can be met much more easily with domestic actions.

For much of the world, treaty ratification is a simple matter. In parliamentary systems like those in Britain and France, ratification is virtually automatic, because the government also controls the legislature. In China, it is a mere formality ordered from the top.…  Seguir leyendo »