"Russia is our number one foe" claims Romney. Should we be rightfully concerned?
Mitt Romney cannot possibly be serious. To call Russia “our
number one foe” this week was a step back in time. But that’s one time
machine Russian leadership doesn’t want to travel in.
People in their 30s and early 40s probably remember Flavor Flav from the rap
group Public Enemy. He wore a clock around his neck because he knew what time it
was. Someone has to get the former Massachusetts governor one of those.
Romney told Wolf Blitzer on Monday that, “Russia, this is, without question,
our number one geopolitical foe. They fight every cause for the world’s worst
Romney was referring to the fact that Russia has been against U.N. sanctions
on Libya, Iran, and Syria. And joined with China (and others) against the war in
But to say Russia was America’s biggest geopolitical foe was a stretch. And
not how Washington sees it. On Monday, President Barack Obama met with Russian
president Dmitry Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, who said that
the two countries have never been closer.
So after hearing Romney’s comment, Medvedev said from Seoul, “This ‘number
one foe’ type of phrase smacks of Hollywood.” Then he issued a warning to
Washington White House contenders: “I would advise all pretenders to the U.S.
presidency…to use their heads. This is not a bad thing for a presidential
Romney was trying to appear like a real opposition candidate to Obama, who
said Monday that he could be more flexible after the elections with regards to a
NATO missile defense near the Russian border. Russia is against the proposal.
Romney called out Obama for appearing weak. Because apparently flexibility is a
sign of weakness for some right-thinking politicians.
“The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very
troubling indeed,” Romney said on CNN.
But Medvedev, who steps down after four years in the Kremlin in early May,
told Romney to check the time.
“It’s 2012, not the middle of the 1970s,” he said. “Pay attention to
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