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Mitt Romney: World Has Lost Respect For US Under Obama, Administration a ‘Failure’

Former presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has followed the lead of many top Republicans in blaming the current Russia-Ukraine tensions on the failures of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Romney argues that President Obama’s “negligence” has left no good options for the United States in the world’s current hotspots, including Crimea, North Korea, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton traveled the world in pursuit of their promise to reset relations and to build friendships across the globe,” Romney writes. “Their failure has been painfully evident: It is hard to name even a single country that has more respect and admiration for America today than when President Obama took office, and now Russia is in Ukraine. Part of their failure, I submit, is due to their failure to act when action was possible, and needed. A chastened president and Secretary of State Kerry, a year into his job, can yet succeed, and for the country’s sake, must succeed. Timing is of the essence.”

Romney then turned his attention to Crimea and the Administration’s role in the situation. “When protests in Ukraine grew and violence ensued, it was surely evident to people in the intelligence community — and to the White House — that President Putin might try to take advantage of the situation to capture Crimea, or more,” he said. “That was the time to talk with our global allies about punishments and sanctions, to secure their solidarity, and to communicate these to the Russian president.”

Of course, Romney’s comments weren’t received well by those on the left. Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor tweeted about the op-ed, saying “Lots of blaming America for the world’s problems. Zero ideas for how to solve them. Typical.” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, commenting on Vietor’s tweet, replied “Safe to assume this isn’t a 2 part piece where all the solutions come next?”

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Igor Derysh is the Managing Editor of Latest. com and a syndicated columnist whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sun Sentinel, and AOL News. His work has been criticized in even more publications. Follow him on Twitter @IgorDerysh

  • Kathi Geukes

    What’s painfully evident is your jealousy…still…of a Presidential campaign that whooped your ass!!! Go play with your car elevator and stfu!!!!!

    • Devedre That’s Daved Slaughter


    • wifenum2

      Making a run for it in the next Presidential election? Experts had warned that Romney would lose the Presidential election on one topic alone: first he was for health insurance ( inacted in MA during his time as Gov of MA) and then he campained for President of the U.S. and he was against heath care. Smart man!! What about the dead weight citizens comment that he made in the company of Jimmy Carters’ grandson: None to Smart!!

  • Louis Perez

    Are you still crying? what a wimp.

  • Bronco D

    Igor…Your as bad a Romney!! Write about something important and get some FACTS!!! Your both Idiots!!!!

    • Igor Derysh


  • whatcom_bassist

    Very easy to criticize when you’re on the sidelines and not even in the game, Mittens. Are you forgetting how badly you and your blackhearted minions were beat down in 2012? Go home to your car elevator, Scooter.

    • Martha Cortez

      That was because obama’s minions, like you, believed all the crap obama was feeding them, on top of the voter fraud. The wrong man sits in the White House today. Like freedom much? Enjoy it while it lasts under obama. You might want to try catching up on what’s going on under his administration.

      • whatcom_bassist

        Martha – sorry to interrupt your non-stop viewing of Fox Noise, but I’m completely caught up on what my president is trying to accomplish. My freedoms are fine, and thanks to the president, so are yours. If you believe otherwise, that’s fine too, but I’d suggest you stop giving any credit to a candidate who got pounded by nearly 100 electoral votes. Voter fraud? Give me some actual facts and I’ll be happy to listen.

  • Truthforme

    Other countries do things on their own not because of our Presidents, what a jerk and sore loser!

  • Evelyn Radford

    The money that you have cheated the Americans out of buying companies under the pre tense to make them better and then selling them from under them have driven you looney!
    Go play with your bottom lip!

  • Jesse Larner

    Did anyone else notice the author’s description of responses to Romney coming from “those on the left” – and the only examples he gives are “a former national security council spokesman” and a “senior White House advisor.” On the left? Don’t think so, unless you define “on the left” as “anyone who disagrees with Romney and the Republican establishment.” Because anyone who does is so clearly a socialist, right? (And of course all socialists = totalitarian communists, right?) What silliness.

  • Goforride

    Yeah, nothing like the esteem we were held in after invading two countries.

  • Tappy Mcwidestance

    Who is Mitt Romney? I have never heard of him.

  • alykatma

    They lost respect for USA long ago, starting with invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan and keeping detainees in Guitmo without due process. Mittens is not helping any by criticizing the man soundly defeated him, looks like sour grapes to me. Maybe if he had shown 10 years of income tax returns instead of the last 2 sanitized returns, he would have been beaten by a larger margin.

  • flat5

    Could the mittster, the 21st century empty suit w/Nixonian overtones, sans the intellect, be thinking of running again?

    • cholly8524

      Yes he is. It’s so obvious.

  • Janie Sanchez

    And he is an F’N fool.. Not everything that happens in this world is Obama’s fault but he gets blamed for it all…

  • Phillip Marsh

    Mitt THE TWIT is criticizing Obama’s foreign policy – good one.

  • Samuel Beam

    The Facebook page, Draft Romney, is a silly organization of pathetic, delusional losers, created by a pathetic, delusional loser. No presidential candidate can be drafted…. especially one who’s still reeling from a gloriously humiliating and mighty expensive loss. Hahahahahaha!

  • FamFour

    Why are you all so full of hate for Mitt Romney? He is a respectable man that ran against a clown that is followed by (from what I read here), a munch of morons! I don’t see any of you brainless thugs running for political office, so how dare YOU sit back and criticize. You write about sitting on the “sidelines”, I wouldn’t call being in a presidential debate, televised in front of millions of viewers being on the “sidelines.” Clearly the only “sideline” here is your couch. You lefties are all a bunch of spineless bullies – quick to criticize and first to stick your hand out for a free handout. You mock Mitt Romney about his car elevator? Who’s jealous now? Isn’t that what America is all about – getting a good education, working your butt off, and earning money? You’re all capable of that – nothing stopping you – you just want a free ride. And then you have the audacity to mock someone that actually worked his butt off and it paid off, quite successfully. Whether Mr. Romney decides to run for president again or not – why do you feel that that makes it okay for you to insult the man? He’s actually doing something about what he believes – how ’bout you get off yours and you run for something. Yea, thought so, it’s much easier to grow a virtual spine behind a computer screen. We’d all be a better America if you all bottom of the barrel haters just went back under your rocks.

  • Julie Bevacqua

    Wow, still wonder how the Left is yammering here…Romney was RIGHT all along! He saw it! Actually so did most of us…the left need to go lick their wounds. Amazing what a fraud of a pRESIDENT can do to a good country in just a matter of years! He was a fraud in the beginning & was voted in AGAIN as a fraud! Nothing like stealing votes!

  • Jeff Whittington

    The only way Oh-Bomb-Us got re-elected is because the slimy tactics and distractions he used. The media sleeps with him. Ignorant people worship him. Take a look at the wealth Obama has amassed just since his presidency. On the government salary he makes, where did all the “reported” income come from? Arguing with the brain-dead lowers you to their level though. But, I gotta ask, are you any better off now after having your man? Is the world a safer place? Were the dilemmas that were present at campaign time resolved? Can you keep your same doctor? Got a job yet? Gitmo closed? Out of Afghanistan yet. If you are black, how is it better for you?! Cost of gas gotten higher? Food is higher?? Those shovel ready jobs – where are they? Those programs for students that graduate that gets them into high tech futuristic jobs?? Yeah? Obama has made no new friends in the world. Hillary killed people. I am being watched right now. My phone is scanned. We have a new cold war starting. Your president is being out-smarted by Putin and every other world leader. He doesn’t have the back bone to enforce his own red lines. He is embarrassing and disrespected throughout the world. Consequentially, s**t keeps happening. And the people of America get what they deserve for electing a buffoon like him. Thank god no one has “offed” him like what happened to the Kennedys. Otherwise we would have the biggest buffoon Bidden running things – shotgun in hand. I think Oh-Bomb-Us picked him for life insurance purposes – thats my guess. Hillary was selected as Secretary of State as payback for favors. she is a worthless as he is. She will get elected not because she is qualified to lead and handle all of the affairs of the world. No, she will get elected because she will be the first woman to be president. Like having the first back person for a president. How well did that work. And you bitch about a car elevator?! What a f***ing idiot you are. Really … Its no wonder the world laughs at us. Yeah maybe Obama whopped Romneys ass in the election. The joke is on you. While you are living your government approved life, and enjoying your government allocated life style, while listening and watching government controlled media, driving your government approved vehicles, the borders dissolve, our heritage decays, opportunities diminish, our privacy vanishes, our children’s chances of living a peaceful prosperous life dwindles, all while you revel in electing someone you didn’t know about before the campaign started. He had no experience, no history, no qualifications, no good associations, NOTHING. And you are still in denial. Wake up puke.