Romney! Please don't mention that name again. Because with all the other "I told you so's" (like about the world on fire despite Obama's a-kissing and apologies and middle name) or ObamaCare causing premiums to double for many and being delayed because of the midterm elections) now we have people pointing out how Romney was right about what he said about Russia. Of course the media at the time used his comment against him.<quoted text>
Romney 2012 campaign was flawed and Palin did not assist the ticket in 2008.
Voters still blame the republicans for the great recession
One of the most ridiculed remarks of 2012 was Mitt Romney’s assertion that Russia is “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
Then-senator, now secretary of state, John Kerry sniffed that it was “breathtakingly off-target and naive.”
“The 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 yrs,” cracked President Obama.
What a difference a year makes.
When Edward Snowden, the fugitive contractor who leaked classified information needed a country to escape to, he chose Russia — a place where genuine whistleblowers are subjected to show trials, or simply murdered. After making the young spy cool his heels for a few weeks at the transit lounge of the airport, Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Snowden — charged with 3 felonies, including violation of the Espionage Act — temporary asylum.
In response to this national embarrassment, Obama announced that the U.S. would “take a pause” and “recalibrate the relationship” with Russia. That shift will not result in anything as drastic as a resumption of the Cold War, which, for what it’s worth, Romney never actually invoked.
But granting asylum to an American traitor is the least of the Russian insults and outrages since the Obama administration launched its much-hyped “reset” back in 2009, premised on the alleged “interests” of the two countries, which “coincide in many places,” as VP Biden put it.
Then, as now, it is hard to decipher just what those coinciding interests are. From Syria, where it has been a steadfast supporter of Assad, to Iran, where Russia has blocked tougher sanctions, to its self-proclaimed “sphere of privileged interest” extending across the former Soviet Union & Warsaw Pact nations, Russia has acted in opposition to American foreign policy goals.
Then there is Putin’s domestic repression, which has increased sharply since Obama took office: banned American couples from adopting Russian orphans, sentenced a rock band to jail, expelled foreign agencies & harassed the US ambassador & his family. Of all these measures, it is the recent introduction of a law prohibiting gay “propaganda,” which the Russian sports minister has ensured will be in effect during the Olympics that has garnered the most international attention and outrage.
Around the world, the very people who scoffed at Romney are now calling for a boycott of the Olympics, a drastic move that the US last implemented in 1980 at the height of the Cold War, when the Summer Games were held in the Soviet Union — a move that was widely criticized & mocked by the left at the time.
“Putin is openly mocking America,” Stuart Stevens, Romney’s chief campaign strategist, told me when I asked him what he thought of the administration's learning curve on Russia.
Last Friday, Obama conceded that there has been “more rhetoric on the Russia side that was anti-American, that played into some of the old stereotypes about the Cold War contests between the US and Russia.”
This was a telling remark from the candidate whose very presence in the White House, his partisans assured us, would lead to an across-the-board calming in global political tensions.
And it was a welcome intimation that perhaps Romney, derided only 1 yr ago as an out-of-touch saber-rattler, was right about Russia all along.
Thank GOD the media won't be mentioning that!