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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