Looks like Mitt Romney has a lot of disappointments about the presidency. Romney expressed this by slamming President Obama, and former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for “failed leadership”.
According to Christian Science Monitor, former Republican candidate Mitt Romney said in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, how Obama and Hillary Clinton have done a poor job with foreign policy, which includes the Crimea crisis, Syria’s implosion, chaos in Egypt, and Iran’s nuclear progress. Romney states the Obama administration failed to act when it could, and now that it cannot, officials are dilly-dallying about as things disintegrate around the world. Romney stated about the situation:
“There was a juncture when America had the potential to influence events, but we failed to act at the propitious point; that moment having passed, we were left without acceptable options.”
“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 Obama took office.”
What’s ironic about Romney’s op-ed is it’s presented the same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia after they voted overwhelmingly this past weekend to join Russia. The United States, European Union, and Ukraine did not recognize the results of the referendum, as reported by CNN.
Another debilitating issue with Obama’s foreign policy is Romney is actually right. Back in 2012, Romney recognized Russia to be the United States’ geopolitical foe. Despite his recognition, Romney was mocked which people told him the 80s wanted their foreign policy back. Now it looks like the 80s as it pertains to Russia as of late.
In the end, what Romney’s op-ed is saying is “I told you so.” Romney may have been correct, but the White House did have a response to his op-ed. Its communications adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, pointed out on Twitter calling the op-ed “vacuous” or lacking. He said Romney’s op-ed isn’t a 2-part piece meaning Romney fails to offer solutions.
True Romney did not offer any solutions, but when it comes to conflict or situation – either it be medical, social, or even political – the best solution is prevention. Usually, there are signs when something negative is about to happen. For Obama, the first sign came back in 2008 when Vladimir Putin allegedly declared, at a NATO-Russia summit in 2008, that if Ukraine were to join NATO, his country could contend to annex the Ukrainian East and Crimea. That should have been enough of a sign. For Romney, it was.