Romney: ‘My Ability to See into the Future May Have Stopped Crimea Invasion (If I Had Been Prez)’
During the 2012 Presidential race, President Obama lambasted Mitt Romney for naming Russia as the greatest threat to America. Now two years later, Romney says that it was this ability to ‘see into the future’ and anticipate the pending Russia threat that would have made him a better President and may have stopped the current Crimean crisis.
Tearing into the current administration, on Sunday’s Face the Nation Romney called Obama naïve and lacking in the political foresight to handle the foreign policy challenges facing the country today, especially when it comes to relations with Russia.
“Unfortunately not having anticipated Russia’s intentions, the president wasn’t able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you’re seeing in the Ukraine, as well as the things that you’re seeing in Syria,” Romney said.
He added that unlike his own demonstrated skill in political prophesying in the matter of Russia, Obama lacks the foresight needed to be a great leader.
“I think effective leaders typically are able to see the future to a certain degree, and are able to take actions to shape it in some way,” he said. “And that’s of course, what this president has failed to do. And as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton as well.”
He added that this is not “fantasy land” and the threat of Russia is real and should not have been handled by “giving gifts” to the nation but by adopting a tougher approach and severer sanctions that recognize that Russia is not our friend but our “adversary on the world stage.”
“Look Russia, stand down here, don’t you think about grabbing territory..or these are the actions we will have to take,” Romney said, mimicking the tone he would have used to deal with Russia if he were in the Oval Office. He further stressed that with this tougher tack, “there’s always the potential that we could have kept them from invading a country and annexing it into their own.”
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