Romney blasts Obama, Hillary Clinton for ‘failed leadership’ in op-ed

by Kyle Balluck, The Hill
March 18, 2014

Former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is taking aim at President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for foreign policy decisions in Ukraine and other global hot spots.

“Why, across the world, are America’s hands so tied?” he asks in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal entitled “The Price of Failed Leadership.”

Romney writes that Obama and Clinton “traveled the world in pursuit of their promise to reset relations and to build friendships across the globe.”

“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 President Obama took office, and now Russia is in Ukraine. Part of their failure, I submit, is due to their failure to act when action was possible, and needed,” Romney adds

“Able leaders anticipate events, prepare for them, and act in time to shape them. My career in business and politics has exposed me to scores of people in leadership positions, only a few of whom actually have these qualities,” he writes. “Some simply cannot envision the future and are thus unpleasantly surprised when it arrives. Some simply hope for the best. Others succumb to analysis paralysis, weighing trends and forecasts and choices beyond the time of opportunity.”

14 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • David Hendrick Behrens says:

    Eastern Europe, Baltic regions have no need to fear Putin’s land grab, attempts to rebuild the old USSR.. Senile Joe is in that area, to reassure them, not to fear Putin.. Senile Joe gave them his brilliant diplomatic advice.. “Fire a Shot Gun in the Air to scare, keep the Russkies away”……..

  • JONDO says:

    All Hillary did was jet around smiling trying to look other countries because she sure wasn’t here.

    1. I Seigel says:

      The Secretary of State’s JOB is to be “America’s Diplomat to the World”. His/Her JOB is to interact with world leaders and help to further America’s national interests. The more time she spent overseas, the more it showed she was doing her JOB. Obviously a lot more time than John Boehner’s Congressmen are spending doing THEIR jobs, where they are working, what 96 days this year? So they have more time jetting around and smiling for the cameras and campaigning and whining on FOX about Obamacare?

      1. CTH says:

        Pathetic in light of second world status imposed on us by the democrap / socialist inept administration.

        1. I Seigel says:

          We lost the moral high ground when we invaded Iraq and when we crapped on the world’s financial system in order for some Wall Streeters to make their huge bonuses. And when we claim to have the world’s best education or health care, and we really have neither. Not even close.

  • awegweiser says:

    What does this jerk Romney want. Invade and bomb Crimea? It would be good for business so what else matters, Mitt?

    1. Weasel49 says:

      awegweiser is obviously NOT wiser. You must be one of them. Romney never was a war monger, only a successful business man and governor. What are you?

      1. CTH says:

        I can answer your question. aweg is an idiot.

  • John Henry says:

    Some are saying that we are getting just what we wanted, and that God has set us free … Since we have taken God out of our lives.

    Looking at America and seeing nearly half of Americans are still wanting the Hope and Change they thought Obama was bringing … but did not, nor had he ever actually promised the change they thought was coming. It is easy to see why we are in the trouble that we are.

    The left have no problems picketing, demonstrating, causing problems and getting on the news when something they think is wrong is causing problems.

    We on the right on the other hand do not have history of doing those same things, and even when we do try like with the town hall meetings we are mostly ignored by the MSM and the Obama administration.

    Instead of getting out the vote for Romney last election too many held their noses and stayed home, even though since 2008 they said they were waiting for the next election to bring in the right people.

    The problem with elected officials are this, they are people who are looking for power, not doing the right thing, and unless we are their rudder holding them accountable daily, they will go with who pays the most, and in this case seems like the Socialist Progressives who back them are more important than doing what is best for America.

    We need to get off our cans and get busy and get loud about Obama and the Progressive Socialist administration.

    1. I Seigel says:

      How about a big chunk of cheese with your whine?

      “We on the right on the other hand do not have history of doing those same things, and even when we do try like with the town hall meetings we are mostly ignored by the MSM and the Obama administration.”

      Are you kidding me? You probably don’t consider FOX or Rush the mainstream media, but look around. O’Reilly et al have huge ratings, which is the DEFINITION of mainstream media. So you have a coordinated, right-wing media which for YEARS has whitewashed Bush failings and slammed at every opportunity Obama missteps. The right has HUGE amounts of money going into politics to buy or influence votes, all under the pretense of the money going to “charitable” causes.

      What are your thoughts about the influence-buying scandal going on right now in Utah involving the state attorney general? What are your thoughts about the pollution scandal caused by Duke Energy and the new Republican governor in North Carolina? I don’t hear very much coming from FOX about those little issues?

      What ARE your criticisms of Obama’s handling of the Crimea issue? What would you have liked? A military confrontation? Then how do our people and supplies get in and out of Afghanistan? What happens with the nuclear negotiations with Iran? What about all the nukes still needing to be deactivated or safeguarded in the old Soviet Union?

      You – and the right wing – rail at Obama for being a weak leader. Two weeks ago you were railing at Obama for being a heavy-handed dictator and a Hitler when it comes to executive actions, immigration or health care. Which is it?
      Could you please try to make up your schizophrenic minds and be consistent??

      1. John Henry says:

        Some of us join in these discussions to talk and exchange about our thoughts on the subject.

        Some join in to be trolls.

        Trolls can either be people who are filled with hate, or they can be representatives of the Progressive movement who reply to disrupt, confuse, and call others names.

        I don’t know which you are, nor do I care.

        1. I Seigel says:

          Are you kidding me? AGAIN?!?
          If you only want a discussion and to exchange thoughts between you and people who think like you and agree with you, then sorry, that’s not what I would call “Free Speech”.
          Apparently you think “troll” is someone who has the audacity to disagree with you. I DO disagree with you. I am exercising my “Free Speech” rights, and I welcome a TRUE discussion and debate of ideas. I am not filled with hate, nor am I a representative of any movement. I’m just one who disagrees with your narrow, close-minded view of the world. If you can’t take the criticism, then you’re not really an American. I think Putin would have use for you in his new Politburo. Or perhaps Assad might have a good PR job waiting for you.

      2. CTH says:

        What do you think about the stinking pile of crap in DC brought n by the gimme democraps.

  • jdbixii says:

    What we have gotten over the past 5-plus years is exactly what the majority of minorities which elected Obama wants. That majority has been created with immigration policies which permitted a complete usurpation of the electoral and legislative processes by minorities with a different set of beliefs and values. Having gained control, law and order can be characterized as “traffic.”

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