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Romney slams Obama for 'faulty judgment' on Russia



WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama is naive when it comes to Russia, has shown "faulty judgment" about Moscow's intentions and could have done more to try to deter its annexation of Crimea.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said Obama didn't have the foresight to anticipate Russia's moves and should have been working earlier with allies to make clear the penalties that Russia would face if it moved into Ukraine.

Romney did acknowledge that such steps may not have been enough though to hold back Russia President Vladimir Putin.

"Had we communicated those things, there's always the potential that we could have kept them from invading a country and annexing it into their own," Romney said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

During the 2012 campaign, Romney took criticism from Obama for saying Russia was America's "number one geopolitical foe," rather than al-Qaida. Now Romney seems to be claiming the right to say, essentially, "I told you so."

"There's no question but that the president's naiveté 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.

"And 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 that you're seeing in Syria."

He said the U.S. should now welcome nations that seek entry into NATO, should forgo cuts to the U.S. military budget and reconsider putting a missile defense system into the Czech Republic and Poland, as once planned.

During the 2012 campaign, Romney had tried to portray the Democratic incumbent as soft on Russia. Writing in Foreign Policy magazine, he said that "for three years, the sum total of President Obama's policy toward Russia has been: 'We give, Russia gets.'

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who just returned from Ukraine, said it was Romney who was naive.

Durbin, referring to Putin, a former officer in the Soviet KGB, said Putin is "a bully and we've got to call him for what he is. But this notion that some sanction is going to stop a former colonel in the KGB from his ambitions of a Russian empire is naïve.

Romney also used the appearance to criticize Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's first secretary of state who now is considering a presidential run in 2016.

Romney said he couldn't think of a major country that had greater respect and admiration for the U.S. than it did "after five years of the Obama administration and Secretary Clinton."

"You look over the past five years and say, 'what's happened?' Good things have not been bursting out all over," he said.

Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said on CBS that Romney suffered from "political amnesia."

"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, the sanctions, bringing them to the negotiating table," Durbin said.

He said Romney has "forgotten those facts."

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cd6color March 23 2014 at 1:55 PM

Everyday liberals like Durbin and the ones that post here get mugged by reality but aren't smart enough to press charges

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John March 23 2014 at 1:57 PM

Hey Durbin ..Bush penned the exit date of Iraq into law.. plus .. we have no proof that OBL was ended on Obamas watch .. we need body .. pictures .. D.N.A...

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lezbns4200alex March 23 2014 at 2:09 PM

OH PLEASE !..the usa is NOT the center of the universe..
NOR is obama responsible for everything under the sun..lmao
these posts are written by fools
amercians stop thinking your so special
cuz ya aint

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seaski88 lezbns4200alex March 23 2014 at 2:19 PM

your the fool !..

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lezbns4200alex seaski88 March 23 2014 at 2:22 PM

Oh..ouch!..lmao

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marathonman3578 March 23 2014 at 2:10 PM

I bet Romney can look into Putin's eyes like Bush did and just warm up and love him.

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the1hockeyking March 23 2014 at 2:12 PM

Remember when Obama told the previous president of Russia when the microphone was left ' tell Vladimar that I can be a lot more flexible when the election is over'. If ever there was a sign of weakness that was it. And Putin knows it. We have a KGB gent up against a community organizer. Who do you think has the edge.

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nam2205 the1hockeyking March 23 2014 at 2:14 PM

Yup, isn't it funny.

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gmfr March 23 2014 at 2:12 PM

I'm sorry, but what an A-hole. He basicly contradicted himself. He said nothing, seemingly hoping that most people didn't or wouldn't listen closely and they would walk away thinking there was some substance to what he saying!

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BLEACHERS SPORTS March 23 2014 at 2:13 PM

Faulty like picking Paul Ryan for a veep?

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jaywpb March 23 2014 at 2:15 PM

Talkk is cheap, loser! And I suppose you have al the answers to all the problems!!!! I'm just happen to be in the group you really don't care about.

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ghnader March 23 2014 at 2:25 PM

We don't need any missile defense in Poland. Russia has more than 1500 missiles wit nuclear heads and can reduce us to ashes and also we can do it to Russia certainly no for Ukraine.We have done more bombing than Russia and what we want is to extend Nato closer to Russia provoking that nation and Russia saw that therefore it was our fault Putin Russia did that,besides the crimea has been Russian since Peter the great and Catherine the great.We have to be fair.Remember what we did to Yugoeslavia we divided and now Nato is there.

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clark8642 ghnader March 23 2014 at 2:34 PM

Ukraine is part of NATO? Really? Or is the attack on Ukraine because Russia is unhappy that other countries have joined NATO? And shouldn't we be a little critical of Russia's failure to observe the terms of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances to which it was a signatory? Strong economic sanctions are the answer presuming there is no further Russian aggression. For those who want to go further, i.e., boots on the ground, that would be fine if we increased taxes to cover the cost.

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pd052448 ghnader March 23 2014 at 2:39 PM

Read your history, stupid. Reagan caused the collapse of the Soviet Union with a planned missile defense system. But, then again, what should anyone expect from someone who probably is third generation welfare.

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donloncrn March 23 2014 at 2:42 PM

OMG! This empty suit is running again! Spare us!

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