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Topic of the day: Was Mitt Romney right about Russia?

Published: Wednesday, March 19 2014 12:26 p.m. MDT

Former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, waves as he takes the stage prior to speaking to at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., in this Friday, March 15, 2013 file photo.  (Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press) Former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, waves as he takes the stage prior to speaking to at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., in this Friday, March 15, 2013 file photo. (Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press)

Mitt Romney’s op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal Monday has many people debating whether or not he was right about Russia all along.

Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s leadership and blamed America’s declining respect around the world solely on Obama’s failure to “to act when action was possible, and needed.”

However, some on the right are happy Romney and his foreign policy perspectives are not in the White House.

“Thank goodness Romney isn’t president,” writes American Conservative’s Daniel Larison.

Larison cites Romney’s op-ed article as an example of how America is better off without Romney at the helm, considering that he wanted to sanction Russia far earlier and would have resulted in a crisis far more difficult to resolve, according to Larison.

“Had Romney been carrying out his preferred policy towards Russia over the last year, relations would be considerably worse, and we would be saddled with an administration that would go out of its way to clash with Russia on every issue,” writes Larison.

But others like the Heritage Foundation’s Katrina Trinko write that “Obama should have listened to Romney on Russia.”

Trinko recalls that Obama mocked Romney’s caution over Russia in the debates last fall, but now that Russia has annexed Crimea, Romney is validated.

Quoting Romney’s op-ed article, Trinko says that Romney’s assertion that Russia isn’t the only front where Obama has failed, including Egypt and Syria on that list, is accurate and that the Obama administration has conducted a shortsighted foreign policy.

Even the New Republic’s Isaac Chotiner says, “Romney was right about Russia.”

“In the course of the last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney made a comment about America's number one ‘geopolitical foe,’ which Romney claimed was Russia. He was mocked by the president and many liberal commentators,” writes Chotiner.

Chotiner then quotes excerpts from the debates where Romney made his case concerning the dangers of Russia and writes, “This all seems … exactly right.”

Erik Raymond is experienced in national and international politics. He relocated from the Middle East where he was working on his second novel. He produces content for DeseretNews.com. You can reach him at: eraymond@deseretdigital.com @RaymondErik

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