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Back in the 2012 presidential debates between the Republican challenger Mitt Romney and President Obama, Romney said Russia was a geopolitical threat. Obama mocked him. The following exchange took place:
“You said Russia. Not Al Qaida. You said Russia,” Obama said regarding biggest threats. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because…the cold war’s been over for 20 years.”
Romney offered a powerful retort: “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 U.N. 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…”
Today, the mocker and wearer of those rose-colored glasses, President Obama, is considering sanctions against Russia, which has occupied parts of Ukraine. Secretary Of State John Kerry is headed to Kiev to express support for the Ukrainian government against the Russian invaders. Here's what Kerry said of those same Romney comments. He turned up his mock machine for this one:
[Mitt Romney] even blurted out the preposterous notion that Russia is our ‘number one geopolitical foe.’ Folks: Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska; Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.”
After such idiotic soundbytes from those two leading Democrats, it is hopefully now clear to both Obama and Kerry that they were the naive ones regarding Russia and Putin. Romney was spot on. The former KGB man, Putin, would like nothing more than resurrecting the old Soviet Empire, but over here Romney was ridiculed by Curly Obama and Shemp Kerry for having the temerity to even mention it. I read one disturbing report from Voice Of America that said Russia and China are in agreement on the Ukraine. There's a pleasant alliance to contemplate. The two great civil rights-denying, autocratic powers acting in unison. What could go wrong ?
The left-wing media also jumped all over Romney for his Russia comments:
“I don’t know what decade this guy’s living in,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said with a sigh on March 28, 2012. “Is he trying to play Ronald Reagan here, or what?”
“This is Mitt Romney’s severely conservative problem,” University of Georgia professor Cynthia Tucker opined on-the-air. “It made Romney look dumb. He’s not a dumb man, but he said something that was clearly dumb.”
Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein agreed that Romney’s statement was evidence of an “antiquated worldview.”
MSNBC hosts Sam Steinand Lawrence O'Donnell got in on the self-satisfied ridicule, too. Promoting Maddow’s latest book about the “unmooring of American military power,” O’Donnell asked the flagship MSNBC host if Romney was merely reflecting on what he might have read in that book.
“He read about Reagan’s private, outside-the-CIA cabal of team-B zealots who were telling him that Russia had all the stuff they didn’t have so he could justify a giant defense budget,” Maddow submitted scornfully.
“It is amazing that Mitt Romney can flip like that just as soon as he hears something to exploit in foreign policy,” O’Donnell remarked.
I don't expect a slew of apologies from the misguided bashers on the left. It's enough to know that it's THEIR worldview that is askew, not Mitt Romney's.
There was another favorite punching bag of the left who was right about Russia. Her name is Sarah Palin, who said this during the 2008 debates:
“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,” Palin claimed in 2008, during her vice-presidential bid alongside John McCain.
Palin was also mocked, as usual...I suppose there will now be near liberal media silence regarding the fact that she turned out to be right.