U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, today made the following statement after news reports that President Obama told Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election:
"President Obama's comments to Russian President Medvedev are very disturbing. By telling the Russians that "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," the clear implication is that he cannot tell the American people before the election what he plans to do after the election.
One of the fears, of course, is that the President intends to bargain away the ability to defend the U.S. and its allies from missile attack and perhaps that he will make further cuts in our already minimal nuclear deterrent.
One of the President's most serious and solemn constitutional responsibilities is serving as the country's Commander-in-Chief. National security decisions should not be based on politics or election calendars; they should be based on what will keep Americans safe. And any President must be honest with the American people about actions he believes are needed."