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March 23, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Former GOP presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said “there’s no question” that President Obama’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.”

“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 things that you’re seeing in Syria,” Romney said on CBS’ Face the Nation.

“We really need to understand that Russia has very different interests than ours, this is not fantasy land, this is reality, where they are a geopolitical adversary. They’re not our enemy, but they are certainly an adversary on the world stage.”

Romney added “it couldn’t be a surprise to folks that Russia might take the opportunity to grab that territory,” with one clue that the Ukrainian invasion was planned in advance being the uniforms and trucks with Russian military insignia removed.

“I think 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. And that is of course what this president has failed to do and his 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,” he continued.

“…Right now you do the kinds of things that are only available to you after something bad has happened, which options are typically far less effective. But you do put in place the sanctions, you do strengthen our relationship with our friends, particularly in Eastern Europe. You welcome those that seek entry into NATO to join NATO. You rebuild our military budget. You don’t shrink our military budget at a time like this. You begin cooperation, military cooperation with nations in Eastern Europe that want that cooperation.”

Romney stressed he’s not thinking about running for president again, but is “thinking about the people who I want to see running for president.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he saw Romney as having a couple of positions. “First, if we’d have shown military force somewhere in the world it might have discouraged Putin. I disagree and so does history. In the midst of the Vietnam War when the United States was deeply involved in that war, Brezhnev invaded Czechoslovakia. In the midst of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Putin invaded the Republic of Georgia,” he said.

“Let’s call it for what it is. Here is Vladimir Putin with a failing Soviet franchise, and when he can’t win the hearts and minds of his neighboring nations he uses energy extortion, masked gunmen and barbed wire,” Durbin added. “Now he is a bully. And we have got to call him for what he is, but this notion that some sanction is going to stop a formal colonel in the KGB from his ambitions of a Russian empire is naive.”

Durbin is among a handful of senators who were targeted with revenge travel bans by the Kremlin after the first sanctions from Washington were ordered.

“Governor Romney is suffering from political amnesia. Does he remember the reaction of the rest of the world to our invasion of Iraq? The fact is that many of our stalwart allies of the past thought it was a terrible decision. What President Obama has done is restore a working relationship,” Durbin said. “Osama bin Laden is gone. The war in Iraq is over. Afghanistan is coming to a close. And this president has worked with many of these nations successfully to put pressure on Iran with the sanctions, bringing them to negotiating table. I’m afraid Governor Romney has forgotten those facts.”

Romney said that, under Obama, “our esteem around the world has fallen.”

“I can’t think of a major country, it’s hard to think of a single country that has greater respect and admiration for America today than it did five years ago when Barack Obama became president,” the governor said. “And that’s a very sad, unfortunate state of affairs.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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There is nothing in Iraq nor Afcrapistan that could possibly be worth the sacrifice that was already made in those crap holes years ago, let alone still more. When Ronald Reagan said "a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth" he had obviously not foreseen the utter madness of "Islamic Nation Building"/"Winning Muslim Hearts and Minds"/"Trillion Dollar Bridges To Nowhere"/"Mad Hatter Sociology Experiments from Hell with American Soldiers and Marines as Lab Rats" in Iraq and Afcrapistan.
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If Putin was our enemy he would inundate us with 25 million people from the Third World to ensure our future paralysis due to internal identity narcissism.

He is not doing that. With friends like the Dem Party, we don't need a Putin and Putin doesn't really need to do a thing.
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Naivete? Mittens is being very kind. It's incompetence mixed with a desire to cripple America.
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Note to Mittens: a day late and a dollar short! Must be Karl Rove has let you off the leash now that his crony capitalists have bought Boehner, Cantor and McConnell.
34 weeks ago
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Barack Obama famously asked Putin to wait until after the 2012 election, when he would have more flexibility.

Putin waited.

Now we see what Putin was waiting for.

A Russian dictator is openly contemptuous of American leadership... and he's right to feel that way.

Putin no doubt asks himself: "Is there anything I can do, anything at all, that would NOT elicit a lukewarm American response?" It's a good question. Are there lines President Obama is not willing to let Putin cross, for which he would commit American troops?

We will see... for it seems Putin is perfectly willing to keep crossing lines until he finds out.
34 weeks ago
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Who's this Romney guy? Does his opinion matter to anyone?
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During the next three years the world will close in on America faster than Uncle Sam can retreat.
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Instead of Barry making a fool of himself and our country with idle threats that he cannot back up and Putin is ignoring maybe we should ask what the Ukraine could have done to defend themselves. Besides their military.

I wonder how Russia would have handled knowing that every household was well armed and willing to engage in an urban war. How the Russian soldiers would have felt knowing they could be shot at any time from any window. People who could merge in and out of crowds with concealed guns in their jackets.

You see that is why we need to continue the Second Amendment. Not just
for personal protection. From protection against tyranny. Whether that tyranny comes from another country or your own federal troops. Tyranny tends to not evolve when it knows it will be met with underground armed rebellion.

Barry, might want to pay close attention as the people of the Ukraine are
rebelling and do not even have the Second Amendment. I've predicted in my fiction what happens in a collapse of a nation--a collapse which we are heading to more every day. And the knee jerk response will be that of New Orleans in Katrina. To confiscate firearms of the law abiding. Be warned Barry, the people of the America will give you a great deal more trouble than the unarmed in the Ukraine.

Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE
34 weeks ago
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As enemies go, obama is many times more dangerous than Putin.

Plus, Putin has a higher opinion of America than obama has.
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Yeah, when you fight half-assed wars like in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam, nobody is going to be afraid of us. I'm not saying we should have been involved in any of them, for I am not a combat veteran. For decades we were ready to annihilate Russia, but we sure didn't want to fight them. (I was a NATO soldier in Germany, 1974-1977)
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Obama tells Medvedev: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

Medvedev ... "I will transmit this information to Vladimir."
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If Ted Cruz uttered these same words, I would not hesitate to agree with every single one.

Therefore, I think I will concentrate on their message and avoid shooting the messenger. Because if all of the above is true, I would be shooting blanks.
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headline ; it is a surprise to obama , and jarrett also
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