Colin Powell criticizes Romney's foreign policy advisers. Is Romney messing up?
WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on
Wednesday questioned Mitt Romney's choice in foreign policy advisers,
saying that some are so right-wing that the advice they give deserves
"I don't know who all of his advisers are, but I've seen some of the
names and some of them are quite far to the right. And sometimes they
might be in a position to make judgments or recommendations to the
candidate that should get a second thought," Powell said during an
appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
He gave the example of Romney recently saying that Russia is the "number one geopolitical foe" to the United States.
"Come on Mitt, think," Powell said. "That isn't the case."
Romney's team of about 40 foreign policy advisers includes many who hail from the neoconservative wing of the party, according to a May analysis conducted by the The Nation. Many were enthusiastic supporters of the Iraq War, and many are proponents of a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran.
Powell, a retired four-star general and the only African American to
have ever served as a member -- and the chairman -- of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, said he didn't know whether Romney really believes that Russia
is the biggest threat to the U.S. or if his advisers told him to say
that. "I don't know," he said when asked by "Morning Joe" hosts. "You
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