Medford, MA (CNSNews.com) - In his first major foreign policy speech of the campaign Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley sharply criticized the Clinton-Gore Administration's Russian policy. With the New Hampshire primary only two months away Bradley's speech was significant given Vice President Gore's on-going and public role in the development of the administration's Russia policy.
The address, delivered late Monday before a gathering of nearly 600 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a part of Tufts University, faulted the administration for carrying out a foreign policy which has hurt ordinary Russians, while benefiting a few.
Overall Bradley cited the many failures of the Clinton-Gore Administration's dealings with Russia. In his speech he castigated the administration for endangering the United States national security, by failing to move quickly enough to further reduce Russia's nuclear arsenal; failing to offer support to Russian scientists, many of whom go unpaid for long periods of time and a growing number of whom are selling their skills to so-called rogue governments.
Bradley also faulted Clinton-Gore for failing to provide financial and other support by which Russia would be able to replace Chernobyl-style nuclear plants.
The attack also marked one of the few times, what is becoming an increasingly contested campaign, that Bradley directly attacked Gore. The vice president, on the other hand, has stepped up his criticisms of the former New Jersey senator for his health care positions.
"Too often these days, our policies, even our military, are designed for a world that no longer exists," Bradley insisted.
Warning of international terrorism, the possibility of war occurring in the Korean peninsula and the lack of control by the Russian government over its missiles, Bradley added, "We are more powerful than ever before, but more vulnerable than we have ever been."
Bradley said the United States can't be the world's policeman because "we don't have the resources or the wisdom," and advocated a multi-national approach to dealing with the nearly three dozen on-going international conflicts, many of which are civil wars.
Bradley also called for a return to a bi-partisan foreign policy, while characterizing the administration's handling of world events as being heavily influenced by polling and focus groups.
During a question-and-answer time with the audience Bradley expressed strong support for Israel and advocated a continued U.S. embargo of Cuba.
Asked about China's membership in the World Trade Organization, Bradley said he supported WTO membership. "There they would be subject to international rules and not outside the system, cutting their own deals."
Bradley also criticized the administration's Kosovo policy. While the fighting is over, "the peace is far from won."
Bradley said he would use American troops when it was "in the national interest for intervention to take place and it would have to be consistent with our values."
During his visit to the Bay State, Bradley also revealed the names of some of the foreign policy experts he has consulted. They include former Secretary of State George Schultz, who also advises Texas Gov. George W. Bush; former Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; John Galvin, dean of the Fletcher School and a former NATO Supreme Commander; Fred Bergstein, of the Washington, DC-based Institute of International Economics; Jessica Einhorn, the former managing director of the World Bank and Jessica Tuchman Matthews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace.