Romney slams Obama, Clinton naivete: ‘This is not fantasyland’

It was another chance to see how right Republicans were in 2012.

mittromney0323Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wasted no words Sunday condemning President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s approach to international affairs, saying the two produced a “fantasyland” foreign policy that’s made the world more dangerous for the United States.

In a “Face the Nation” interview with Bob Schieffer, Romney said the Russian invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula is just the most recent fruit of five years of fecklessness in the White House.

“There’s no question but that the president’s naivete with regards to Russia, and his faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives, has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face,” Romney said.

“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 you’re seeing in Syria.”

“This is not fantasyland, this is reality, where they are a geopolitical adversary,” he said.

That kind of talk drew jeers during the campaign. During the third Romney-Obama debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, the president even pulled out the clearly rehearsed jibe “the ‘80s called, they want their foreign policy back” to get his supporters to yuk it up over the hopelessly outdated Romney’s statement that Russia remains the United States most important geopolitical foe.

In a world where Vladimir Putin has free reign, Romney seems far more prescient than the president.

“Effective leaders typically are able to see the future to a certain degree and then try and take actions to shape it in some way,” Romney said.

“That’s what this president has failed to do, and as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well. They thought resetting relations with Russia, handing out gifts to Russia, would somehow make Russia change its objectives. That certainly wasn’t the case.”

No, it wasn’t. Check out Romney’s interview here. And remember this man could have been our president.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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