Was Mitt Romney right about Russia after all?
In 2012, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and businessman, was on the receiving end of Big Media ridicule for deeming Russia the primary geo-political foe for America.
Barack Obama piled on (in an obviously rehearsed jab) in the October 22, 2012, presidential debate.
The recent events in Ukraine provide an entirely different context for Romney's warning about Russia and President Putin, and Twitter has noticed.
During the debate, President Obama called attention to Romney's Russia comment in a condescending way:
"When you were asked what is biggest geo-political threat facing America, you said Russia. Not Al Qaeda. You said Russia. The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because … the cold war's been over for 20 years..."
Replied Romney: "Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe... and I said in the same paragraph I said and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the UN time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin."
Recent Obama opinion polling suggests that if America had a chance at a do-over, Mitt Romney might have been elected president in 2012.
Mitt Romney was not the only Republican politician that appears to have made an accurate assessment about Russia and then was ridiculed by the Obama-cheerleading media. Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin predicted during the campaign that "after the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next."
According to Politico, Obama's plan to reset US-Russian relations has been an epic fail: "President Barack Obama couldn't have been clearer when he warned Russia not to send troops into Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin couldn't have been clearer in his response: Watch me... Obama started his presidency pushing for a 'reset' in Russian relations. Instead, Putin has essentially pulled the plug..."
@ryan_johnson2 Remember when the media jumped on Romney for saying Russia was our biggest geopolitical foe and Obama laughed? Yeah.
— John (@JHeavey17) March 1, 2014
POTUS really ought to add Mitt Romney to his cabinet. Romney's words are prophetic & WH is looking particularly incompetent now.
— queb (@quebryant) February 28, 2014
Hey Obama, the 1930s are calling to ask for their foreign policy back. #RussiaDo you have faith in the Obama administration's expertise in foreign policy?
— Razor (@hale_razor) March 2, 2014