Romney on Iraq: “Our foreign policy is run by bumbling incompetents”

Posted by: Phineas on June 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Okay, okay. Mitt didn’t really say that; I was just interpreting what I take to be the subtext of this interview with NBC’s David Gregory:

Via National Review, here’s the key passage:

“This administration, from Secretary Clinton to President Obama, has repeatedly underestimated the threats faced by America, has repeatedly underestimated our adversaries,” he said on Meet the Press. “Whether that’s Russia, or Assad, or ISIS, or al-Qaeda itself, it has not taken the action necessary to prevent bad things from happening; it has not used our influence to do what is necessary to protect our interests.”

Emphasis added. I think “repeatedly underestimated” is the typically nice, Romney-esque way of saying “bumbling incompetence,” don’t you?

The foreign crises we’re facing are no laughing matter, but a small part of me can’t help but hope Mitt is feeling some vindication; time and again, after being ridiculed in the campaign for being out of touch with our Brave New World of Smart Power, he’s been shown to be right, and the Obama team (including their MSM cheerleaders) spectacularly wrong.

I probably would have found myself at odds with “President Romney” fairly often over domestic issues, had he and Paul Ryan won, but I’ve always been impressed with Mitt’s solid grasp of America’s foreign interests and the challenges facing them, ever since I read his speech in Herzliya, Israel, in 2007. In a way and to a depth that President Obama and his “team of unicorns” never will, Mitt gets it. And I feel safe in saying he would not have made the boneheaded mistakes that are the hallmark of the current mis-administration.

It’s a shame he didn’t win.

PS: I haven’t written about the crisis in Iraq, yet, because I’m still processing what’s happening there. I’ll leave the instant commentary to people desperate to show this proves what they always believed and wanted to be true, whatever that happens to be. But I will say this: in 2009, George W. Bush, in spite of whatever mistakes his administration made from 2003-2009 in Iraq, left President Obama and Iraq Prime Minister Maliki a winnable situation; all they had to do was show prudence and wisdom. All they had to do was not screw it up.

Yet they both did just that. And I have no idea how this situation can be salvaged.

PPS: Remember the “purple finger woman” of 2005? I hope she’s alright.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Romney on Iraq: “Our foreign policy is run by bumbling incompetents””


  1. arcman46 says:

    And? He’s just figuring this out? Most of us have know this for the last 5 years.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Bush handed down two wars that, for all intents and purposes, were won and Obhammud lost the peace.

    The only thing Obhammud has done right is the bin Laden raid but it pales in comparison to his long unbroken string of failures.

    By way of illustration, when Eisenhower was nearing the time for D-Day he had two statements written out; one in the event of victory and one in case of failure. He gave credit to others for the success of that largest of amphibious invasions in all of world history but was prepared to shoulder all the blame for a defeat. He had no fall guy waiting in the wings to hang out to dry as did Obhammud with Admiral McRaven in case the bin Laden raid were unsuccessful.

  3. Carlos says:

    @Drew: Even his bin Laden thing was sullied, by his insistence that it was he and he alone that stormed the compound, Ramboed everyone there, then escaped carrying all the wounded himself.

    Here’s a suggestion for the WH: Get a phone book of Peoria, open it randomly, close your eyes and point to a name listed on the randomly chosen page. Chances are at least 50-50 that the pointed-to person can come up with a much better foreign policy, and it’s 100% sure they can’t screw up any worse than what the WH has consistently for 5-1/2 years.

    I mean, anyone really serious about foreign policy wouldn’t let Frenchy Kerry anywhere near the State Department, let alone run it. And Hillarious? Who would appoint someone whose only concern is getting elected president and couldn’t care less about people?

    Oh, yeah. Our goof-ball black imitation of Alfred E. Newman.

  4. TomTB says:

    “Our landings…have failed, and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the Air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”
    Dwight David Eisenhower
    I hope leaders like him still exist today!