Romney Slams Obama over Russian Foreign Policy
Mitt Romney gave an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday where he said that President Obama has been naïve in his dealings with Russia. He said that Obama has shown “faulty judgment” about Russia’s intentions and could have done more to dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea. The 2012 presidential nominee said that Obama did not have the proper foresight to anticipate the actions of Russia and that he should have made earlier efforts to threaten Russia with sanctions.
The confusing thing about Romney’s interview is that he did not acknowledge the fact that President Obama and the United States have been working with European allies to impose sanctions on Russia; and, nothing is seeming to work. When you are dealing with a man like Vladimir Putin, a man who has vastly different ideals than the ones that we Americans hold, these slap-on-the-wrist sanctions are going to do nothing to deter him. Romney’s assumption that going to Russia with sanctions, earlier in the process would have deterred them from annexing Crimea is a very Pollyanna attitude to take. When dealing with a man like Putin, nothing seems to scare him. It’s very easy for Romney to say what he should have done, because we all know that hindsight is 20/20.
Romney also took some shots at former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton saying she too failed to make any big difference while she was in office. “They thought resetting relations with Russia, handing out gifts to Russia would somehow make Russia change its objectives. Well, that certainly wasn’t the case,” he said. Romney was also quoted saying that “it’s hard to think of a single country that has greater respect and admiration for America today than it did five years ago when Barack Obama became president.”
While Romney may feel that the current president is not doing his job, it is clear he does not remember the global backlash to the Iraq War. Not many members of the United Nations were on our side in this attack, and it has been President Obama’s job to restore relationships with these nation. Ending the Iraq War, retreating from Afghanistan, and working with these nations to impose sanctions on Iran are some of the national diplomacy feats he has under his belt. It is just like what Illinois Senator Richard J. Durbin said on “Face the Nation” that same day; he said that Romney seems to forget the good President Obama has done because he is just “forgetful of the facts.” He also said President Putin is a “bully,” and that he disagreed with “this notion that some sanction is going to stop a former colonel in the KGB of his Soviet ambitions.”
Even though Romney does not remember any of the wars in the Republican Parties past, he certainly does not have a problem trying to tell President Obama what he has done wrong in his past. And while Romney would like the United States to take a more aggressive stance against Russia, he fails to acknowledge the work that the current administration has done to limit Russia’s ability. They have already sanctioned the Russian banks to the point that Russian officials are predicting a downturn in the economy; but, I guess to some people even that is not enough. Good on Romney for telling us what the current administration should have done. No matter what actions President Obama had taken against Russia he still would’ve found something to complain about.