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The “Secret Deal”

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Rep. Mike Turner, the Ohio Republican who chairs the armed services committee’s strategic subcommittee, remains alarmed by President Obama’s hot-mic chit-chat with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. In March, Obama told Medvedev that Obama would have “more flexibility” if he’s re-elected to hammer out a new arms-control pact.

Turner began claiming following that comment that Obama has struck a “secret deal” with the Russians that he won’t divulge to the nation. Arms-control agreements are tough to negotiate in an election year. After all, they have to be ratified by the Senate. Ratified by the Senate? Kind of makes the whole argument over a “secret deal” moot.