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How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?
April 2nd, 2012
04:00 PM ET

How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Top Democrats are jumping all over Mitt Romney for comments he made about Russia.

Both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paint the likely Republican nominee as stuck in the days of the Cold War.

This all goes back to President Obama's so-called hot-mic controversy - when Mr. Obama was heard asking Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for some "space" on a European missile defense system. The President said he would have more "flexibility" after the November election.

Romney slammed Mr. Obama after that incident, calling Russia "our number one geopolitical foe."

But now Biden and Clinton are going after Romney for his limited foreign policy experience - and for calling Russia enemy number one.

Biden says it's not the Cold War 1950s. Although we have disagreements with Russia, he says they're "united with us on Iran" and that Russia is one of only two ways the U.S. is getting supplies into our troops in Afghanistan.

Hillary Clinton calls Romney's views on Russia "dated" and says there are more pressing foreign policy issues.

Romney's campaign shot right back at these criticisms, pointing out Russia's "opposition to crippling sanctions on Iran, its obstructionism on Syria and its own backsliding into authoritarianism." Romney insists that President Obama is too open to concessions when it comes to Russia.

The missile defense system has been a prickly issue between the two nations. The U.S. and NATO insist it would be used to protect Europe against an Iranian strike.

But Russia worries it would violate its sovereignty.

Here’s my question to you: How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tim:
Jack, The better question is: How big a threat are we to them? Their military is a hollow shell of what it once was, and so they have become reactionary. Their only offensive weapon in a conventional military sense is the destruction of the world. So they bloviate. This from a country with such poor health and such high alcoholism that it will be dead in a few decades if it's not careful.

Brian:
Jack, I'm a Canadian who married a Russian 14 years ago, so I've traveled to Moscow every year for a couple months at a time and spent the last 6 months there. I have news for Romney: Russia has been capitalist for the past 20 years, it is a Caucasian country like Canada, modern, progressive and wealthy. I love the place, the people are warm and friendly. Just like North America, they’re fed up with their politicians.

J.K. in Minnesota:
Not as much as Mitt would like you to believe.

Randy:
Honestly, I think Russia is a bigger threat to us than Iran. Everyone knows Russia and China and Pakistan want Iran to have nukes. All four countries would then come together to form a nuclear powerhouse, with Russia leading the pack.

Larry in Rhode Island:
As big a threat as Santorum is to Romney for the nomination.

Renee in Illinois:
Russia is clearly not our best friend but they're nowhere near the threat the Soviet Union was. A better question: why is everyone and everything classified as a threat by the GOP? I think it's just one more good example of a party that has no positive, viable solutions to offer so they continue to fall back on that good 'ol standby scare tactics.

J.D.:
Russia is about the last thing on my list to worry about and, don't forget, Sarah Palin is keeping an eye on it from her house.

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  1. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Not as big you think. Indeed, it never really was. We know that now that the cold war is over. Even when we thought they were a threat, they weren't, especially as they were down-wind of any European nuclear exchange.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  2. Jesse DFW

    Russia is only a threat to the Republican Party, because Russia will not do everything the Republican's want.

    Russia is not a threat to the U.S. ... just because they are making investments in America and our own citizens will not, it is just a matter of time they will own us.

    The question is will they start acting like Republicans?

    April 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  3. ImALibertarian

    A more appropriate question would be: How big a threat is the USA to Russia?

    April 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  4. ken from connecticut

    Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. They are thinking the same thing. ( As the undercover stuff goes on, to find that info they are hiding, and we are hiding ) That's life on this world now! It's all about us staying on top of things, in control, and being strong. What are they up to? They say what are we up to? The question should read, How much of a threat to Russia is the USA? And that is what they are reacting to. They are not much of a threat to us now. But soon they will be. And we better have leadership in place in all of our political parties to deal with it!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  5. Larry, RI

    As big a threat as Santorum is to Romney for the nomination.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  6. calaurore9

    Ask Sarah, she can see it from her house. Or, Romney. He's channeling his Dad, George. Nevermind, he was brainwashed.

    Carol in MA

    April 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  7. Martha Brooks

    Well. according to "60 Minutes" they are buying up all our contemporary artworks. We will be deprived of the translucent blue john seat to hang on our walls. Wait a minute...that means they may actually be saving us from our own insanity...
    Martha, Rew, PA

    April 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  8. Elizabeth From Toronto

    No threat at all. The big threat to the US is Islam to a lesser extent and Radical Islam to a greater extent period. Unfortunately, given the Human Rights Movement which is mostly supported by Western Countries when the US finds out that Russia is not its enemy it will be too late. We will have all the problems that Europe and Russia are experiencing today but worst since Americans will not taken any erosion of their Anglo Society lightly as easy as Europe and Russia. And then I hope I am dead! So I don't have to experience the horror of war.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  9. Doug Ericson

    Russia votes against the USA every time we want to go crusading in their region. So the biggest threat they pose is to back their positions militarily someday. I think they just wish we would mind our own business, and to end the crusades for once, or at least give the crusading a break for a few decades. The Mexican drug gangs are a bigger threat to the USA than Russia. The biggest threat to the USA is the US Federal Government. What was once a Two Party Democracy has become a One Party Machine whose only fuction is to promote the will of the biggest and most powerful special interest groups. Just today it was reported that The Supreme Court thinks its fine to arrest a guy for a traffic fine that was already paid, jail him, and to strip search him too. Thats sick. Congress thinks its ok to float 16 trillion dollars of debt. Thats dumb. The Millitary thinks its ok to lose ten year wars to Nomads. Thats pathetic. Meanwhile the Russian Middle class is growing stronger and ours is growing weaker. And Putin rides horseback half naked laughing all the way. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  10. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    Not nearly as big a threat as the NeoCons and the press make them out to be. We should worry about China a lot more, we are in bed with a strange bedfellow on that one.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  11. jk in MN

    Not as much as Mitt would like you to believe.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  12. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The USSR was a threat and they destroyed themselves by putting all their money into the military and invading a country they should not have invaded, sound familiar. Today I think Russia has learned its lesson. I would not trust them but I would not consider them to be a threat. We have become our own worst enemy. What scares me the most is we are going down the same road the USSR went down. You cannot go around invading countries, building up your military and cutting taxes like the Bush administration did. It just doesn't work.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  13. A.B.

    Hi Jack. The only threat to the U.S. that I see is the U.S. itself. We are always afraid of ourselves, even if when there is nothing to be afraid of. the Republican know this very well, and so they play on the fact that we afraid of our shadows. because the way I see it, when it comes to the Russians, they have nothing on us, both militarily and economically. But give credit to the Republicans, because they know which country they are in charge of. While the Democratic Party is still in the bushes playing catch up.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  14. JD in NH

    Russia is about the last thing on my list to worry about and, don't forget, Sarah Palin is keeping an eye on it from her house.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Probably not near as much as during the Cold War. Of course following the Reagan Slogan TRUST BUT VERIFY is still a good idea.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  16. Bill of New Mexico

    Russia is a big threat.

    Is the US going to survive its $ 15 trillion dollar debt?

    How many more Iraq wars would bury the US under unsurvivable debt?

    Russis knows this better than we.

    Do not be surprised if Russia and China become very pushy as long as the US cannot handle its debt.
    If Russia and China thumb their noses–why not North Korea and Iran?
    The debt is the #1 enemy. If the US wants peace, the US must increase taxes and eliminate that debt as fast as possible. It ain't gonna get any easier!

    April 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  17. Loren

    Russia would like to be a threat to the U.S. The problem for the U.S. is that Russia isn't but wants to be able to, so rather than go along with the U.S. on security threats like Syria and Iran, Russia takes a contrary position to show that it still is a global influence. The result is that Russia is merely obstructionist without useful policy. Russia needs to rethink its place in the world and realize how much it has in common with the U.S. and how effective they can be as allies.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  18. Frances

    Russia? Maybe someone should let the Republicans know. They think we are still fighting the cold war with the Soviet Union. And Palin can see them from her porch.

    Fran
    San Diego

    April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  19. Joe

    From Frederick, Maryland,
    Russia will always be a threat, but, smaller with Obama and larger with a neo-con in the White House.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Robert Emery

    I had a friend in Miami 30 years ago that had served a 3 year mandatory hitch in the Soviet army. He used to laugh about the U.S. paranoia over a soviet attack through the Fulda Gap where he was stationed. According to him, 90% of the Soviet army would have marched straight into the nearest NATO unit and laid down their arms and surrendered. We spend more on defence than the next 5 biggest nations, we have 14 Carrier battle groups and no other nation has even one! Our "Military Industrial Complex" is trapped in a "Use it or lose it" mode. If they don't spend it this year, they won't get it next year. Our military was supposed to protect us from "Socialism" but it has become the highest expression of the concept of socialism. To his credit, Ronald Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union by forcing them to keep up with our defence spending. Now our enemies are spending their money building economies and laughing at us for wasting money on a World War that will never happen. Every time some two bit dictator or terrorist says BOO! we spend another 30 or 40 billion on defence. Go Figure!

    April 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  21. Harry Heneberger

    Romney's pathetic attempt to criticize Obama for not treating Russia as an enemy has it backwards. Our continued careful raproachment with Russia could result in an occasional ally in the future when we really need them.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  22. CW from Irondale

    Not nearly the thread that we are to ourselves, Jack, if we are stupid enough to get into war-mode again. Notice how each time Republicans start campaigning, the first thing they have us all do is check under our beds for terrorists and "enemies" and the next big threat. I think we have to look closer to home to find our greatest threat.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  23. diridi

    Are you kidding, jack, they do not have bread to eat....you are talking about threat. No threat at all...Obama is dealing good.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  24. riley oday

    None. they have internal problems that cannot survive trouble with the U.S.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  25. Phyllis G. Williams

    How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?

    The Bible says "Love covers the multitude of sins" (1st Peter 4: 8)
    so if the Presidents show love to Russians they will respond
    accordingly, "grievous words stir up anger" (Proverbs 15: 1).

    April 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  26. randy lee

    honestly, i think Russia is a bigger threat to us than Iran. Everyone knows Russia and China and Pakistan want Iran to have nukes. All four countries would then come together to form a NUCLEAR POWERHOUSE, with Russia leading the pack, funded by Pakistan (with US money) and supplied weapons by China causing the U.S. to run and hide in the nearest hole.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  27. Floyd - California

    It seems Russia's take on Democracy is to vote in the same old Communist into the Presidency. Here we can only vote in a rich person or someones puppet. Russia , like China, know that with our super power mentality, we will bankrupt the USA into a second rate power. They jare now getting oil and mineral contracts from the countries we are trying to save. We pay the price in blood, and they get the spoils. They are less of a threat to us than we are to ourselves.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Russia likes high gas prices better than they like Communism. Since the end of the Cold War Russia has been building their oil industry as the national money maker. It stands to reason that supporting Mideast instability is also keeping oil prices high and profitable for them. The more oil the U.S. produces for itself the less of a threat foreign oil dependence will be.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Russ in PA

    To me? None. The biggest threat to me is the wanton destruction of my liberties by the government. The government has become our own worst enemy, and I believe Thomas Jefferson made just such a prediction many years ago.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    April 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  30. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Not as big a threat as Romney or any other current Republican candidate is.

    Same old attitudes, same old stuff. Romney has no vision into any area affecting the U.S.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  31. Paul

    Not as big a threat as if Putin continues to win rigged elections. To paraphrase Bush-43, I looked the man in the eye and found him to be not straight foward, and not trustworthy. Putin is a dictator, plain and simple–and a Russian dictator is scarier than a Mubarek, Hussein, Ghadafi and al-Assad combined.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  32. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    I've visited Russia four times ... I love the place! We only hear or read about what politicians have to say. For certain, the Russian 'people' don't consider us enemies ...

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    April 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  33. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Russia is not as big a threat to the U. S. as the destructive, divisive, and nonproductive political climate that is dominating American politics. America is at a point in it's history where it needs to come together under a common goal to restore a healthy and robust economy which will be based on "Big ideas and Big national projects" . We have to return to the politics which is based in results focused on the common good of the American people at every station in the U. S economy.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  34. John from Alabama

    Jack: Mitt Romney is off the mark about Russia. This is nothing new, because the Republican Party can not believe the Berlin Wall came down, and Russia wants to do business with the USA. Now, if Mitt Romney and the rest of his croonies want to start a cold war, please move from the USA. We need Russia as a tading partner, not an enemy. Remarks like that of Gingrich and Romney that shows how out of touch they are on World Affairs.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The way Romney looks at things really disturbs me and scares me in a way that I can't describe. They would have us in a few more wars without regard to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness while cutting all programs in the US but increasing DOD spending.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  36. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, The GOP is a bigger threat to us than Russia. Why,you ask? With their latest proposed legislations in many GOP controlled states,they seem to want us to BE 1950's Russia. That's the fact Jack. Greg M. FL

    April 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  37. Annie, Atlanta

    Many of us grew up with the commie threat looming in the background, yet survived, somehow, without them or us destroying the world 20 times over. I'm more afraid of people who are spoonfed lies and hate of their fellow Americans by rightwing radio and tv, than anyone nearly half a world away. A planned parenthood clinic was bombed last night in Appleton WI. When are we going to say enough to this yelling fire in a crowded theater? How many people have to die before we put our collective foot down and say enough of this madness?

    April 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  38. Gary in San Jose, California

    Russia is not threat the way they were during the cold war. Russia is now more of a competitor with us in a global economy with China being a more capable adversary. Calling Russia our number one foe was just plain dumb on Romney's part.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  39. Pete in Georgia

    Russia like many other ruthless regimes in this world has zero morals or ethics. ZERO. It's been in their culture for over 100 years now. Most young Americans have no concept of what "absolute" corruption is like. Russia is rife with it. It's in their DNA. All the liberal contemporary enlightened hogwash can't change the truth.
    Connect the dots.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  40. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Maybe Mr. Romney can see Russia from his car elevator. He will lead us down a path of destruction that we've never seen, even worse than W.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  41. andy Lynn, MA

    As of this date Russia is not an immediate threat to the United States. China and her surrogates are far more dangerous both economically and military. However, if and when Mother Russia re-incorporates her former satellites; WORRY! If Russia and China become allies, as they were years ago, build a bomb shelter.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  42. Mr. D

    Russia is a bigger threat to itself, as is Rommney. Romney will probably have more "flexibility after the election since he will be unemployed. Out of the mouth of babes.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  43. Tom

    Most of the countries around the world are threat to the United States. Russia may be one of our least problems right now. We are at war in Afghanistan, in a political war with Pakistan, Syria is a mess, Israel and Iran are threatening to annihilate each other, oil-rich countries affect our economy, North Korea, South Korea, China? Where do the biggest problems lay. The European economy or our own inapt political system. Which is our biggest problem?

    April 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  44. TomInRochNY

    That's just hope M, Q and 007 are still around to protect us.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    April 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  45. Jim

    Jack, Russia is no threat when States like Tennessee are voting to challenge the teaching of Science with Creationism. The threat to America is from within where progressive thought and education are considered targets for suspicion and Presidentiol Candidates want to march us back to the 15th Century. Russia need do no more.
    Lee Los Angeles

    April 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  46. Kevin in CA

    We're not a threat ... we aren't a super power anymore and sure can't afford an economic confrontation with them much less a military one. Besides, we need them to be able to get a man into space ... unless the Chinese will charge us less.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  47. David of Alexandria, VA

    I don;t think we can dismiss Russia as a threat until their political strature settles down - maybe anothert generation or two. They have tentacles in the economies, energies, political regimews, and the like all over the world and are an unproven ally (and maybe enemy)in dealing with some of the more rogue states. They have nukes and a formwr KGB officer calling the shots. I'd say that a strong measure of caution is warrented.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  48. Tim Northrup

    Jack, the better question is how big a threat are we to them. You see, their military is a hollow shell of what it once was, and so they have become reactionary. Their only offensive weapon in a conventional military sense is the destruction of the world. So they bloviate. This from a country with such poor health and such high alcoholism that it will be dead in a few decades if it's not careful.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  49. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Everything happening in the world is a "threat!"

    April 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  50. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Under ordinary circumstances, Russia would not be much of a threat. I do not believe they have any intention of wiping us off the face of the earth as the delusional Romney seems to be thinking. However, given that our military is spread so thinly around the globe and we are still in at least one shooting war, (I don’t believe for a minute that we are not still pouring billions into Iraq and still have a presence there), it might give them ideas. In the currently weakened condition of all of our resources, we probably could be defeated by Monaco. But that doesn’t change the fact that Romney’s money has insulated him from all sense of modern reality.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  51. Paul P.

    The U.S has no reason to fear any nation from a military standpoint. Simply because Russia has different interests and their viewpoints aren't always aligned with ours is not a reason to consider them a threat. America needs to start building bridges with other countries because feeling threatened by everything will eventually lead to your undoing.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  52. Paul mcknight

    Considering that Iran, Syria, and North Korea enjoy the support of the Russian government is the real issue. While Russia itself may not be a direct threat, the actors they support globally certainly are a threat. Until Russia stops actively supporting this governments, they need to be included with the group.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  53. joshua

    When Russia has enough nukes to blow up the world 50 times, I consider them a threat. Especially since they have been known to "lose" nuclear material and have assisted Iran in their nuclear build up. Anyone speaking otherwise is lying to the American People for their own self serving purposes.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  54. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, the Russians have seldom been a country to trust. We can't count on their support very much, but I also think they are not a diect threat right now. The problem with Russia may come in the future because Putin is only tacitly approving some freedoms since Russians now largely believe in voting rights and free eneterprise. However, if hardliners prevail in China an Russia gets to be closer to them as in the old days, it could spell trouble.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  55. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    I don't think Russia is a "big" threat to the USA. I do believe they have their own best interests at heart, just as any other nation has. Now is the point where diplomacy and negotiation come into play to ensure amicable and bilateral agreement on how best to proceed. Please note... If the diplomatic corp and and executive branch follow the recent course of action taken by out legislative branch, well then, we're in a heap of trouble.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  56. curtis in philadelphia

    Sorry Jack, but on this one I'm going with Biden and Clinton, who combined probably have over 40 if not 50 years of foreign policy experience. Now if we're talking about perfect hair or pet care, Romney's my guy.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  57. Wilhelm von Nord Bach - Las Vegas

    Russia is NO way as big a threat as COMMUNIST CHINA to US interests. the ChiCom's took a lesson from Lenin's statement that "The Capitalists Are SO Greedy, They Will Sell Us the Rope With Which We HANG Them". and have used it to almost DESTROY or manufacturing base. with the help of the Wall Street Weasels and Corporate Outsourcing Quisings in our OWN country.

    and guess WHO one of those WAS, Jack? MITT ROMNEY when he was runnig Bain Capital.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  58. Dave R

    The Republican party in general is stuck in the past. The invasion of Iraq is a perfect example. Powell, Schwartzcoff, and GHW Bush had already declawed an defanged Sadaam in the 90's. He was a toothless tiger. The US has 93% of the nuclear weapons in the world. We shouldn't feel threatened by anyone. The Republican party uses fear to manipulate the electorate. Don't be fooled.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  59. Mark, Nashua NH

    Russia is not a military threat to the US but our relationship with them was tarnished by breaking the promise we made to Gorbachev that we would not expand NATO into former Warsaw Pact nations. The Bushes and Clinton took a few too many steps into the wounded Bear's backyard.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  60. Duke from the Crowbar Saloon

    PS> do keep in mind that the Russians have misbehaving Islamic extremists in several provinces– and are alrerady working with US on terrorism issues.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  61. wayne, va beach, va

    As far as a war type threat, no. One side is scared , and the other side is glad of it. But then you never can tell. If there is a war the people starting aren't the ones who are going to be in the trenches.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  62. RickFromDetroit

    Atlantis was a great nation until the criminals corrupted the entire country!

    April 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  63. gord

    the question should be –how much of a threat is the USAto russia.any body that stands up to the USA ruling the planet is a threat. you don.t see russia or china traveling thousands of miles around the world to bomb any body.but they do keep a close eye on there own turf

    April 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  64. BILL, WI

    When you do not have a foreign policy dredge up fears from the the '50s and '60s, typical for a Repub that is stuck in the past. The only thing you can say about the Russians is they are one of the few allies with the Syrians and Iranians. But you might need them to act a a go between for any real talks to progress. But this is based on the assumption they do not have combat troops in either of those countries.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  65. Pete in Florida

    Russia is no longer a major military threat to us, and certainly not nearly as large a threat to the security of our country as another Republican Presidency would be. Remember the Dubya years???

    April 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  66. Sam from Waterbury, CT

    Russia is not that much of a threat to the U.S. Both countries have long played the song and dance of telling the public that they are allies while spying on each other under the table. The U.S. and Russia are nuclear armed countries which guarantess that they won't let the performance go bad.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  67. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Russia is only a threat to Mitt Romney. As for the rest of the United States, Russia hasn't been much of a threat since the fall of Communism and the Soviet Union. It really wasn't much of a threat even during the Soviet era. Romney needs to quit campaigning like its 1949 and get with the program.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  68. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    They are HUGE!!!! Why else would they be supporting Iran and Syria. Obama is trying to sell us out to them and if he and Hillary think there is no threat, THINK AGAIN.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  69. Jake in Omaha

    How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?

    The threat is huge if you're wacked out Republican that wants to return to the cold war. Romney is trying to drum up some business for is Wall Street cronies. Fear of war is good for business. Just look at our history.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  70. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    None. I met a Russian sailor in Lyttleton Aotearoa. He pulled his shirt up and showed me bullet holes where he'd been shot up by the Mujaheddin (Bin Ladin) with our assistance in Afghanistan. He asked me why the United States had not wanted Russia to help a stone age nation into the 20th century. I told him I never considered war an answer. Russia had no more chance of remaking Afghanistan than we do.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  71. Susan-Nj

    With Dimitri Mevedev as President probably not much of a threat but then he in his open mike coversation with Pres. Obama says he will tell Vladimir. Vladimir-former KGB- could be a problem especially since Pres. Obama has said he can do what he wants after the election since it will be his last. I think we may be in some trouble.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  72. somedudeasfd

    Fairly big, it's another rival country. They aren't your "friends".

    April 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  73. Chris - VA

    Come on Jack, its Russia! The only threat they pose to the U.S is more bare chested photos of Vladimir! That will give anyone nightmares.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  74. Jon, Boca Raton

    Russia is nowhere near as much of a threat to the USA as is Romney.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  75. Jeanine from Hanover, PA

    Ready for a Police remake: I hope the Rupublicans love thier children too....

    April 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  76. Bob D Morristown, NJ

    Jack,

    Russia isn't nearly as big an international threat as Romney. Candidates used to stay away from risky foreign comments that could create a firestorm when they didn't know all the facts - not Romney. Looks like he wants to resart the cold war, and maybe make it hot this time.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  77. David

    Not as big as the US Congress

    April 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  78. jgeissin

    They SHOULD be our ally, right as soon as we stop treating them as a bastard stepchild! If someone wants to rail about Democracy, they should try and take a HUGE country from Soviet style communism to democracy overnight! NOT.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  79. Stevenson Durandisse

    No bigger than The G.O.P and their ability to make international foes

    April 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  80. Wayne Perreault

    Russia is one of our allies, we may have diagreements but, What is Russia decides to deal with Iran insread of Romey if he winsin November?

    Without russia wewould not have won WW II .

    Romeny is the bigger threat to the US then Russia.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  81. Joanne Irwin

    The real threat to our national security and world peace is electing the likes of Mitt Romney for President. Romney is insincere, a serial flip-flopper, unauthentic, and ignorant in foreign affairs. He's damned Russia and China. Do we need someone like that in the White House? We had 8 years of a cowboy presidency, and look where that got us.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  82. Jeanine from Hanover, PA

    If anything, we're a threat to them. Sarah Palin can see them from her front porch!

    April 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  83. BillyD

    Everyone seems to forget the ol' ditty....."We have met the enemy and he is us."

    April 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  84. Cee.Louisiana

    Ayyyyy Jack..... the Russians are not as big a threat to America, as the radical right Republicans.......God they would have women bare foot and pregnant,take away a womans choice, do away with public schools, in favor of tax payer funded religious schools......allow oil companies to pollute our environment, at will....build more Nukes, kick us to the curb, and leave us to die, without medical help.......so I would take my chnces with the Russians.....

    April 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  85. D Takaki

    Russia's population is declining and is an underdeveloped oil tank with nukes.

    Absent a nuclear attack, Mitt Romney is a bigger threat to US foreign policy...
    ignorance is dangerous, look at GW Bush. Two wars and and a broken economy...

    April 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  86. Renee, Illinois

    Russia is clearly not our best friend but they're nowhere near the threat the Soviet Union was. A better question: why is everyone and everything classified as a threat by the GOP? A good psychiatrist would classify that as trust issues, among other things. I think it's just one more good example of a party that has no positive, viable solutions to offer so they continue to fall back on that good 'ol standbye, scare tactics. How big a threat to the U.S. is the GOP?

    April 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  87. CJ in alabama

    Jack , very little , this is all about Romney taking the opposite side of the open mic epispde.He as in most things did not think it through. Ruissia is not our enemy! What Obama stated was the truth, all Presidents if they win a 2nd term has more leverage . That is if he wins a 2nd term....and for me I hope he will, I would hate to see somene as wishy washy and as shallow to be my President.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  88. Nicholas Espinoza

    Russia isn't a threat, nor will it be any time in the near future. The Cold War is over, Russia is an ally and we have NATO to quell any inkling of Russian aggression against us or the near abroad. Lets focus on the "real threats", Iran and North Korea, and use diplomatic engagement instead of force.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  89. thealpinistfrog

    Russia is only threat if you listen to Sarah Palin. I live in Alaksa and from no location can you see Russia. What happened to the Iraninan or North Korea threat?

    April 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  90. Errol McAlexander

    Russia is more friend than foe. Capitalism is Capitalism therefore differences. How many Nukes do we or they need? About half as many as both have? Probably!

    April 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  91. onlyforbrian

    Jack, I'm a Canadian who married a Russian 14 years ago, so I've traveled to Moscow every year for a couple months at a time and spent the last 6 months there. I have news for Romney..Russia has been Capitalist for the past 20 years, it is a caucasion country like us, modern, progressive and wealthy. I love the place, the people are warm and friendly, as as North America, fed up with their politicians. Before Romney opens his mouth and makes such assinine statements, maybe he should get to know the place first hand...do you know who scares me more than Russia? The U.S.A.!!

    April 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  92. Mitchell

    I don't see Russia as a threat as much as I see Mitt Romney as the problem. I guess Russia does not very good Country Clubs for him to join.
    Mitchell

    April 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  93. Ted Marules, Sr.

    Russia was an ally in WW-1 and an Ally in WW-2; Russia has never attacked the USA and I suspect never will. In the "Cold War" we communicated with the Russians and eventually they believed in the MAD theory or Mutually Assured Destruction. Keep Teddy Rosevelt in mind-speak softly and cary a big stick; something IRAN should think about. The Republican's are simply looking for something to argue about to take the heat off their terrible campaign.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  94. Frankie

    As someone who was a child during the cold war, I got a very reassuring feeling from seeing President Obama and Mevedev talking to each other person-to-person. I feel safe from that lingering, long-ago fear of the Soviet Union, I feel better for seeing that conversation.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Jared in Virginia

    There is no threat at all Romney is just trying to publicity russia is helping us supply our troops i am a republican and i support romney but sometimes he just doesn't think. Sure they were on the axis powers during wwll but then they alied us they are not supporting Syria and Iran they aren't suppling them their suppling us.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  96. Lloyd

    Not nearly as big a threat as Mitt and the extreme right wing would like to make us believe. Nothing new, more fear, fear and more fear from the right wing. One thing it does show, however, is that Mitt may know about banking in other countries, but when it comes to knowing anything about foreign policy he's an empty suit.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  97. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    In regards to a Russian threat, Mitt Romney would love to reintroduce the term "iron curtain" and have school children practicing the duck and cover under their desks. That's the pervasive fear he was brought up with, as was I, and he is comfortable with spewing that pervasive fear. That is what neocons do for a living and I am not comfortable with that.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  98. thebenstacey

    Russia is not a big threat. However it could become a very big threat if the United States takes a belligerent and bullying attitude toward them. Remember that Russia will also evaluate how much of a threat the U.S. is to it. It is a two way street.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  99. Marty Schwartz

    Romney is wrong. The two biggest threats to the US are not Russia and China but the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. While these two parties are busy fighting each other, everything in our country is going from bad to worse.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  100. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    It's all words, phrases and sound bites. Does Mitt know the meaning of these words? All the press follows are the catch phrases , or putting a dog on the roof, or the misssteps he takes. In the end, should he get the nomination (may be a broker here) its all about pointing out each others weakness and MItt has loads. He has answers for everything, just no solutions.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  101. John

    I think Romney is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Russia. Russia is isolationist, and would likely be an opportunist should the U.S. become weaker on the world stage, from the lingering war in Afghanistan, the shadow cast by China and the threats posed in the Middle East. Since one of the President's main responsibilities is foreign policy, he/she shoud be competent. It's hard to support a candidate, like Romney, who must spend his time every day retracting what he said the day before. John – Mankato, MN

    April 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  102. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Different cultures and languages are always going to be a threat to the U.S. We can't expect Russia or any other country to conform to our expectations and expect non-threatening results from them.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  103. Gigi Oregon

    As long as the Republican party uses the "Golden Rule" everything will be fine. If they start bullying they will lead us into another "Cold War" or worse. Republicans want power to set fear. God says treat others the way you would like to be treated. And if you do..."He blesses you". If you like living in fear vote Republican. If you want a strong nation vote for a party that cares about others, safety, bank regulators, check and balance, tax the rich as well as the poor, working together for 'We the People", vote for President Obama. The reason America's people are not prospering is of the Religious Rights love of war.

    We can not afford another war. We have not paid for Bushes war debt yet. A good way to pay down Bushes war debt given to President Obama is to stop paying oil companies $4billion a year and paying for Israel's army. Put that money on the debt. For real continuing change

    April 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  104. RANDY KLING

    If Romney thinks Russia is America's biggest enemy I think he is sadly mistaken.I think China and Islamic terrorism is...Plus Romney sounds like he's gungho about going into Syria.Why? So American troops can be killed and maimed and than watch a far more extreme Islamic regime take over...I'm almost hoping Obama wins if Mitt keeps this up...I'm glad McCain isn't prsedent.If he was I'm sure McCain would be bombing Syria right now.McCain can't even control the Arizona- Mexico border.ha...

    April 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  105. Steven smith

    Perhaps Mitt is his information from Sarah Palin since she can see what is going on in Russia from her house. Maybe he has learned something from Sarah we don't know.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  106. Matt in New Port Richey, FL

    Russia's biggest threat to the United States is that it will almost certainly side with China in the event of a global stand off of any kind. That wouldn't change at this point even if we were to back off on a missile defense system (which we should never do). The same was true of China during the latter part of the cold war, they would have sided with the Soviet Union. We should always be leary of the Russians because just like us, they have the capability to use nuclear weapons on a grand scale.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  107. 24yr old Canadian

    Its 2012, pretty sure nobodies worried about Russia. China, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan?

    April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  108. james brooks

    Russia is no threat ..China is no threat..Both countries no that it would be the end as we no it..The threat will come from a want a bee super power like N.Korea or Iran..

    April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  109. Shirls Harper, St Andrew Jamaica

    Depends on who is POTUS. Republicans are war boats and I am convinced manufacturers of weapons are firmly entrenched in their party so whenever they hold the seat of power they go to war. Mr. Romney has five strapping sons, how many of them have been deployed? Reelect President Obama for peace. He is liked and respected by world leaders.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  110. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    The USSR never went away, they simply changed names to avoid dept, anyone who thinks they are now harmless needs to wake up. The world oil situation is Russia's game, they have turned every oil rich area in to a hot zone... they sell weapons, reactors, and raw materials of war to all of the countries with large oil reserves with the hope of lighting a fire of war and driving up the price of crude to the point where the Russian oil will be worth bringing to market. Look, we all know the Russians are controlled by a mob of ex-KGB, and what does a mob do to it's competitors? They burn down the store front, they don't compete, they lay waste to them and takes over the market.
    If we are considering crawling in bed with these Russians in an effort to obtain that oil then I believe it's a road to disaster, the world will be plunged in to a long conflict and having the Russians as our provider of resources seems foolish at best... we all know the KGB mob can not be trusted, what makes us think this will be different?

    April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  111. Loraine from Miami FL

    Russia is a threat as long as they continue to support people like Bashar al-Assad, and the killing of innocent people. The U.S tries to help democratic movements while Russia supports dictators. I don't think it makes sense to smile at them and fool ourselves.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  112. Mark, Centerport, L.I., NY

    No threat from today/s Russia. Our generation of Ameriicans, Europeanns and Russians can be grafeful that Gorbachev was the smartest man in the room during the 1980's. Both sides had to deal with their own nuts in order to transiition to a post Soviet world.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  113. Thinkforyourself, OK

    A better question to ask is, Why was Obama whispering his future intention to Medvedev?

    The Soviet Union is a menace to Eastern European Countries such as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Chechnya, Georgia, etc. They are bullies.
    And another question is WHY DOES NO ONE EVER TALK About the fact that STALIN killed over 50 Million people?

    April 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  114. Ronald Alvarez Columbus Ohio

    The biggest threat to the US is all the representatives in the US government Congress, because they do not have America's interest or the US public interest as their main concern. America is destroying itself from within. Russia is a mid major issue...the main enemy is Congress.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  115. duffylives1

    It is true that Russia is not the threat it once was to the United States, it is still a potential rival involving issues with Iran. A statement that might have been more to the point is ; why is President Obama sharing potential National Security issues in a nonchalant forum. The other officials seem to blur the lines as to the importance of the statement Mr. Obama makes, taking focus off the breach, and back on Mr. Romney. It bothers me that the public is told one thing by Mr. Obama, yet he does the opposite in private.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  116. onlyforbrian

    I'm a Canadian married to a Russian...what scarey, is the amount of pot Romney must be smoking....I have travelled to and lived in Moscow evey year for the past 14 years...newsflash...they are a caucasion country that has been modern and capitalist for more than 20 years!! They have more freedoms there than us. Do you know who is a scarier threat..the U.S. !

    April 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  117. Steven smith

    Sarah Palin has probably seen something going on in Russia from her house that we do not know and passed it on to Mitt.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  118. Mike, Boston

    Our own policies including the Bush Doctrine, the War on Drugs, The PATRIOT act, and our alliance with Israel pose a much greater threat to this country than a respected, culturally rich nation in the international community. We may have differences, but that doesn't make them our "greatest foe" by any stretch of the imagination.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  119. H.....Illinois

    Not a threat at all. If Romeny would be voted in I'm sure we would have a problem. He can't wait to get his finger on that red button and start several wars. Watch who you vote for.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  120. Kenneth in California

    Sounds like the Conservative president, the one who used to work at Warner Brothers. He called them the Evil Empire and went out to sign onto a couple trillion in military spending. That is the Republican method of creating jobs and filling the pockets of the already fat cats. Corporate welfare one could say.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  121. Mark Ronelus

    Brooklyn NY. This is just another example of baseless and mindless attacks being made by the GOP candidates against Pres. Obama. If there is any threat to the U.S. now and in the near future we should look to China; let's look to China who is aggressively asserting itself economically and militarily worldwide. Romney get a clue... smh(shaking my head).98

    April 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  122. Anthony from Swedesboro

    Russia is a weak and corrupt nation with a lot of bark and no bight. Let them huff and puff but this bear has no teeth.
    Our biggest worry is China who longs to be the next Soviet Union with capitalism. They are a homogeneous and xenophobic society who see all the world as a threat. They abuse the laws of capitalism for their own gain and refuse any progress in social issues. They're building a palace of cards and their system is contradictory. Let's leave them to their own devices and then self-destruct.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  123. marybeth, massachusetts

    Russia is about as much of a threat to the US as Sarah Palin is to Mitt Romney (no threat at all). It seems that the Republicans are like Rip Van Winkle, and having been asleep for the past 25 years, have woken up not realizing that the Soviet Union no longer exists, that the Berlin Wall fell, and along with them the rest of the communist bloc in Eastern Europe. They must have Alzheimer's because they have forgotten that bigger threats to the US exist, such as fundamentalist, radical Islam in the Middle East and Africa, and fundamentalist Christians in our own country.

    Remember, communism in Eastern Europe collapsed first.....and Russia and many of their former Eastern bloc allies have enough of their own internal problems to worry about....fundamentalist Islamists within their own borders, poverty, corruption, that they need their own resources to focus on their own problems and on their people. If you're too busy fending off coups and trying to ensure that food and other goods are available, you don't have the money, time, or energy to start a war with the US.

    Note to Romney, Santorum, et al.: The Cold War is over, and has been over since your hero Reagan told Gorbachev to "tear down this wall". Try worrying about domestic problems (unemployment, lack of good jobs, health care, education, energy, gas prices, costs of food and everything else) and if you must worry about foreign problems, then try worrying about Afghanistan, our veterans, Syria, and the Middle East.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  124. chris omu

    Why threats Jack? Be positive for once and ask what opportunities exist!

    April 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  125. Jere

    Romney shocked me when he made that ridiculous comment. He proves that he's a nut!!

    April 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  126. Allen

    Until there is a One World Government, all nations are a threat to us. Pretty much much all nations have been a threat to us at one time or another in various different ways. Who's to say they won't be again?

    April 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  127. Cy Gardner

    The GOP is a much bigger threat to democracy, America and its citizens than anyone anywhere else. cy from arlington, va

    April 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  128. Ralph Nelson

    Romney is living in the late 1970's and is just completely out of touch. So is Putin who doesn't understand the competition is no longer military arms but economic power. They both should be put in a lock box and buried for future historians to write about.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  129. Al - Orlando

    Lets be simple and sane. The regal ride into town on palm Sunday did not cause events coming next week.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm |