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Mitt Romney: 'Why are America's hands tied?'

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  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 24, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Mitt, You do not matter!

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    March 23, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    EPoint says: "If Presidential election would have been done "blind," as to race and religion.. Mitt Romney would have won easily as the most qualified and best prepared candidate."

    EPoint, if the Wall Street Journal (and, as well, the Deseret News) printed foreign policy analyses "blind", looking for the best argument, without regard to the race and religion of the speaker, this piece from Romney would never have seen the light of day.

  • Ex-Pat of Zion Lititz, PA
    March 21, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    Mitt has apparently read The Art of the Deal but not the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It is also evident that he is reticent to extrapolate scripture to see how positions such as his have played out historically, if there is indeed history in scripture.

    The hawks here in this forum insist on the military solution. Ineffective and costly and ultimately bankrupting (see Gibbon). If BHO took unilateral action, I can hear the cries of "dictator" echoing from Capitol Hill ... even from 2000 miles away (well ... in my case only about 150 miles)

    The US Government, I believe, took a pretty hawkish posture to some folks with ideological beliefs much different than their own. The evidence is Fort Douglas. How did y'all feel about that? Mr. Romney, I disagree with you ... again!

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2014 12:45 a.m.

    You're kidding. A list on MSN? Really? What did you say you were?

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 20, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    Romney: "Americans' hands are tied."

    Obama: according to an article I just read on msndotcom, our 'stop the rise of the oceans' President did not even make the list of the 50 most influential Americans.

    So, for those who think highly of our President, please tell me again how "right" Obama is and how, if he is so 'right', why didn't he make the list?

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 1:15 a.m.

    You know, it's amazing the amount of revisionist history going on here. But never mind that.

    So Romney was right when he called Russia the greatest geopolitical threat to America? Hmnn. Then what was he when he said this:

    "Right now, the greatest danger that America faces and the world faces is a nuclear Iran.”

    Sandbagging?

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 19, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    This is becoming tiresome. Time and again, the fans of this administration accuse Mitt of wanting war, yet he said nothing of the sort in this op-ed. He didn't even hint at it, yet there it is, time and again, being accused of wanting military action. This is a redux of the last campaign; Mitt says one thing, the media and the DNC twist it into something else and all of a sudden, it's Mitt's position. it's mind-boggling.

    @ BlueHusky: If you were to read the op-ed, you would see that Mitt asked why our hands are tied. He asserted, and I agree, the the weak foreign policy on display in DC is what got us in this predicament where our options are limited. By doing this Carter foreign policy on steroids, we are now backed into a corner and very limited options. He asked and you don't like the answer, but it's staring us all in the face. It will take years to fix this, and we may not have that kind of time. We may just get backed into a corner.......

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 19, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    As a Mormon, I would have loved to vote for Romney. But over the campaign he demonstrated that he was simply pandering to the Dixiecrat wing of the GOP. In the foreign policy debate, Romney offered nothing different from Obama's point of view. I voted for Obama. Again.

    Putin is an adventurer and "invaded" the Crimea. New flash: Crimea is a peninsula in the BLACK SEA! We don't have a fleet in the Black Sea. The Crimea is half full of ethnic Russians who welcomed Russian troops.

    Now what is Obama going to do? Launch missiles? Drones? Putin exercised a bloodless conquest. The US and EU will impose some sanctions that may or may not hurt the Russian economy.

    So, Obama haters, what exactly would you do? What exactly did Romney say he would do? Oh right, he just called Obama some names and skated. He has no more idea as to what to do than anyone.

    Shoe on other foot: What if the US invaded Cuba? What would Putin do? Answer: Nothing.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    March 19, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    @Wiaz

    I didn't realize 51% to 47% is an overwhelming victory. Obama won, that's for sure, but the country is much more half and half than many like to think.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    March 19, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    @ Ed Grady and LDS Liberal. Mitt doesn't need a job because he can live on his investments just fine right now. But he has been busy volunteering in a foreign country volunteering his time and resources to help children with poor vision.

  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    Since when did Mitt become the expert? Yeah, why don't we start a war with another country that has nuclear weapons! Lets just jump in there and show them who the boss is! There are a lot of things to consider before you start doing something serious. Even the people are divided! Many of them still see themselves as Russian! Why are republicans always looking for another war?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 19, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    To "GaryO" you obviously have not been paying much attention.

    Lets start with just Obama's attitude towards business. Obama is anti-Business, which makes it so that businessmen don't want to start new companies or expand. See "Obama Seen as Anti-Business by 77% of U.S. Investors" in Bloomberg.

    Next, you have the cost of regulations that Obama has imposed. See "Obama's regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year" in Washington Times. That is another drag on the economy.

    The ACA has made businesses raise prices and cut hours for workers. Neither of which is good for business. See "Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours" at NBC News.

    We can discuss the 2 downgrades to the US credit rating that Obama has overseen.

    We can discuss how the debt levels that Obama has given us are a drag. The CBO has stated that the debt as it grows will further impede the economy. See "CBO Study: Four Ways Government Debt Will Drag the Economy Down" at TownHall.

    As for unemployment, that was all done when Democrats controlled both the White House and Congress. Don't blame Republicans for Democrats programs.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 19, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    Mitt is assuming we even have a leader. We don't. We do have a late night talk show celeb. We do have commedy central celeb. We do have a UN apologizer. We do have man whose own heart beats because of his telepromoter. But a leader? Nah - it's been 5 years since we have seen the lights on in the White House doing the peoples business.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 19, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    No RedShirt, you are wrong. What did Obama do that was damaging to the economy?

    He proposed a jobs' bill in 2011 that would have had millions of people working now, building and refurbishing necessary infrastructure along with millions employed in support industries.

    But the Republicans in Congress shot it down. Now we are paying billions of dollars in in unemployment insurance for people to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    That's "Conservative" leadership for you.

    And what about Libya? No American boots on the ground; and Qadafi, who described America as the enemy of Islam and the "Great Satan," is out.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 19, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    riverofsun,
    RE the meeting the day Obama took office, and "Has this been done to any other US President in US history?"...

    Yes. There was a similar meeting of Democrats the day after Bush took office. They came out of the meeting and declared to the media that their plan was to tie up the administration in continuous congressional investigations to insure that none of the President's priorities would ever see the light of day in Congress.....

    So yes it has happened before.

    I swear some people have no idea what happened before Obama. Like their brains just turned on the day he took office.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    Our hands AREN'T tied. The U.S. still has several options for applying significant pressure to Russia to reverse course that don't involve military intervention, as well as a few saber-rattling options that don't involve direct military engagement.

    We could certainly hit Russia with an economic and diplomatic sledgehammer, meaning that the United States could do the following:

    -Freeze ALL Russian assets in the U.S., starting with President Putin's

    -Revoke Russia's "Most Favored Nation" trading status

    -Enact a U.S. embargo on all Russian goods

    -Expel all Russian diplomats from the U.S.

    -Call for a vote in the U.N. General Assembly to revoke Russia's permanent Security Council membership

    -Call on the E.U. to take similar actions

    If these measures weren't enough and we needed to turn up the heat further ("saber-rattling"), we could also announce plans to conduct naval training exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Baltic, and the Sea of Japan, and threaten to sell arms to the Baltic states, Belarus, Poland, and Romania.

    These actions would certainly get Putin's attention, without firing a single shot.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    March 19, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    Riverofsun, the repubs haven't needed to try and destroy Obama, he has done that all by himself. Check recent history.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 19, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    To "airnaut" I assume that you are talking about Obama. You know, that rich, Ivy league educated guy that your ilk pushed for. You know that Obama and the things that he has done have been very damaging to the US economy.

    To "LDS Liberal" yes we know you hate anything and anybody associated with the Republican Party, but why didn't you ask those questions when Obama got us involved in Libya?

    What American interest was there in Libya? Our borders? Our Constitution? Our people? Our rights?

    You complain about anything Republicans or Conservatives do, while cheering for Obama and his ilk as they destroy the Constitution and the US economy.

    As for your travles, if Obama has done so much good for the US, why is it that the State Department has issued so many travel advisories warning Americans to avoid so many countries? The Government is telling you if you go to those places don't tell people you are American. Where is the great healing that Obama was to accomplish with his Nobel Peace Prize?

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    March 19, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    LOL everyone! We have (had lol?) a treaty with Ukraine? Obviously we can't live up to it because to do so would be outdated. HA

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    Ed Grady
    Idaho Falls, ID
    Hey Mitt - get a job.

    7:55 a.m. March 19, 2014

    ==========

    I think he has one,
    he is a salesman for Dick Cheney, Haliburton, Lockheed, Boeing, and the rest of the Military Industrial Complex.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 19, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Sorry DLC, it’s untrue that the Republican-caused Real Estate Bubble “just happened to burst” while GW was President. The Bush administration created that bubble, both by promoting the circumvention of regulations, and by pressuring Fanny and Freddy (at the behest of the housing industry) to give low-interest, no-down-payment home loans to 5.5 MILLION dirt-poor minority families.

    “I set an ambitious goal. It's one that I believe we can achieve. It's a clear goal, that by the end of this decade we'll increase the number of minority homeowners by at least 5.5 million families . . . Achieving the goal is going to require some good policies out of Washington. And it's going to require a strong commitment from those of you involved in the housing industry . . . Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . . . have committed . . . to help meet the shortage of capital available for minority home buyers.” – GWB 2002

    GW didn’t do this out of any progressive sentiment. He did it to make money for a substantial voting block, even though the risk to America was huge. GW was being a typical Reagan “Conservative.”

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    March 19, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Pack,
    Check your recent history.
    Re: Republican leaders meet the night following Barack Obama's election in November 2008.
    #1-Destroy the Obama Presidency no matter how difficult it may be.
    #2- Negate anything Obama proposes for the United States and the world.

    Has this been done to any other US President in US history?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 19, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    @ Harrison Bergeron II, that's rationalization and selective application of the facts. The missile defense system can be put back on the table with no problem. What did it serve Bush? Nothing. Your stated facts alone indicate that. What difference did it make in Georgia. None. The system was and is no leverage. Revisionism to support a vague argument isn't worth a whole lot.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    March 19, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    At ultra Bob, really? Do you think the people of the United States want what is happening to us now simply because of a racial issue?

  • Harrison Bergeron II Holladay , UT
    March 19, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Shnee&Esquire

    It's all about leverage. Reagan successfully leveraged the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) with Gorbachev. The Soviets were absolutely beside themselves about it. SDI never got past the R&D stage, but it brought Gorbachev to the table in Reykjavik. Gorbachev was willing to give up all ballistic missiles in exchange for cancelling SDI. Reagan had the courage to reject Gorbachev's offer and walk away. He kept his leverage point, the Soviets ended up signing the INF and the rest is history.

    Similarly, shortly after the South Ossetia War in 2008, Bush pushed forward stalled plans for a European Interceptor Site. The US missile defense complex in Poland was ostensibly aimed at Iran. However, the Russians, once again, were beside themselves. RussianNATO envoy stated, "The fact that this was signed in a period of very difficult crisis in the relations between Russia and the United States over the situation in Georgia shows that, of course, the missile defense system will be deployed not against Iran but against the strategic potential of Russia," Dmitry Rogozin.

    Only a few months later, Bush left office. Bush handed off to Obama his Ace, but sadly Obama threw it in the discard pile.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 19, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    So, basically, we are left with Republicans who like War and Democrats who want the socialist welfare state? Is that it? It will take more than deluded Republican and Democratic party loyalists to change this country--if it isn't already obvious. One thing is for certain, if there ever was an absolute that any sane person from any political spectrum could agree upon,government answers to societal problems is not going to work! Now, if Democrats will acknowledge that truth and Republicans will acknowledge the truth that war isn't a way to stimulate the economy and that crony Capitalism isn't capitalism at all, we might be able to get something accomplished. Either way, I don't suspect that either party is prepared to do anything other than make sure they retain their power and then point the finger of blame on the other party.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 19, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    The real answer to the question "Why are America's hands tied" is that a large contingent of the American people would rather see America fail than a black president succeed.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    March 19, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    Most "arm chair quarterbacks" are right!

    It's easy when you're on the outside to talk a good talk.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    When GW Bush was POTUS, I had to pretend to be from Canada when traveling abroad.

    With Obama as POTUS, I can at least once again proudly claim to be an American.

    Being the Global Bully or Police Force of the world is not in harmony with establishing the Kingdom of God on the Earth or the Establishment Zion.

    I have made a coventant to do so,
    I intend to keep it.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    Why are our hands tied? Because each time our hawks get us into another international altercation, we are down a few trillion dollars. How about that as an excuse!

    Is it bleeding-heart socialism to ask our country to care for its hungry, homeless, sick and poor (or middle class for that matter) before it goes and racks up another trillion in national debt on an island in the Black Sea?

    Many of the comments on this thread are just not thinking it through...

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 19, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Hey Mitt - chew on this quote from a "real" Republican - Teddy Roosevelt:

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    March 19, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    If Presidential election would have been done "blind," as to race and religion, (as was done in choosing BYU for the NCAA tournament), Mitt Romney would have won easily as the most qualified and best prepared candidate.

    Those who cry "racist" are usually the most so, and it costs our country dearly to base votes upon the color of a man's skin, or what religion he is, as we have all too painfully found out.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 19, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    @ Harrison Bergeron, Obama was not President when Russia invaded Georgia. He had no role. Bush was President. What did he do? Nothing! Looks who's calling the kettle black. Good grief!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 19, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    I simply don't understand what the right wing would have done differently. They complain, but is the US responsible for everything that goes on around the world? Are we supposed to control other nations? Are we to send troops in every time we don't like what happens? The right is long on criticism, but are bankrupt on ideas. What I have seen over the past five years is, we have not started any new wars. Iraq and Libya have mostly settled down with diminishing impact on us. Afghanistan is winding down. Our relationships with Europe are good - we are less the bully than before. Russia? Problematic even before Obama (Bush did nothing about Georgia). Syria? Yes, unresolved, but at least we aren't caught in the middle of it, which is what our people want. So, Mr. Romney, empty shots from the cheap seats are easy. Tell us what should have been done (we will give you the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, but you'll still be wrong). The one thing Obama has that you don't is a vast military and diplomatic infrastructure to advise him. You have nothing but political opportunism and election loss retaliation.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    March 19, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    "Remember when Mitt Romney said that Russia was dangerous and a threat to the world? "

    That's not what Romney said. He said Russia was the single greatest geo-political threat America faced in the world, washing over the entire middle east including Iran.

    He was wrong then and he's still wrong.

    At the core of this disagreement is the Republican belief that there is only one kind of leadership. Chest thumping, bloviating, stomping your foot.

    Would that have stopped the killing in Syria, no. Would it have coward Assad into jut handing over his chemical weapons no. Would it have maybe changed the way things happened maybe, but maybe for the worse.

    Crimea was always gone and to no perceptible loss. If Putin can be assured that Ukraine will not be part of NATO maybe just maybe we will avoid further incursion. Hard to tell because of the uber nationalists in eastern Ukraine but it's what a leader would do. Too bad it's behind closed doors not out in the open where all the bloviators can see.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 19, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    Hey Mitt - get a job.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    Sour Grapes?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:44 a.m.

    Why are America's hands tied?

    Here is a better question, Why do you feel we are the world's policeman and it our obligation to involve ourself in every conflict that arises throughout the entire world?

    News flash, the United States can't afford to do everything.

    Has the Senate ratified a treaty to defend Ukraine?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    I read the Wall Street Journal piece yesterday. Mitt is absolutely correct about things. I wish he'd run for president again.

    Obama's flexibility is to let his socailist/communist buddies in Russia have their way and try to influence the U.S. in the same direction.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 19, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    The end of an election doesn't mean that the "loser" must sit quietly and take things as they come. As an American citizen Mitt Romney is perfectly in his right to continue to stand and speak what he thinks about this nation and its direction, policies, and leadership. Despite anything he says, vague or specific, decisive or suggestive, people will attack it.

    He's been more than gracious in "defeat", but that doesn't mean that he's wrong or that he can't continue to advocate based on his experiences, education, and observation. (frankly, "two years in France" seems to leave him with greater foreign policy insight than "being POTUS for four years", if attacking his experience is the goal)

    He called it; that's all there is to it. It's pointless to sit around and try to continue to defame him or put him down. Dismissing any possible solutions from a previous Republican contender as "more pointless war!" bears no insight or thought-it's mere impediment to actual discussion or deliberation. But if war really turns your stomach inside out, I suggest studying eastern Europe's dealings with Russia through the 20th century.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    The golden age of US foreign policy ended back in the eighties with Ronald Reagan when walls were torn down, people compromised and the US still had respect. Its been on a steady decline since then with the largest plummet for worldwide influence occurring during George W.'s administration.

    President Obama inherited the US presidency when the country was at it weakest point. Not only had the US sunk the world economy but our military was off fighting two unpopular wars. The US had no meaningful influence. The US saw a reemergence, but it was short lived as we packed Congress with NO MEN whose voices shut down the government and held the nations economy hostage. While I disagree with many things the President supports, these NO MEN have weakened the US so significantly the country will inevitably collapse if they remain in power.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    @marxist

    Nuanced analysis of foreign affairs has no place on DN. The world is divided between good and bad guys. Good guys love freedom and are Americans (except libs), bad guys' role is to fear and respect America or we'll hunt them down. All of this "studying" won't change this.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    Score Board Obama 2 Romney n Repubs. 0

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    I wonder what Willard is running for now. Or is he just trying to appease his ego with an ill-based "I told you so" whine? Whatever the cause, this so-called opinion piece makes me incredibly glad that he wasn't inflicted on the country and its people in 2012. Thankfully he was sent packing. If not, we would already be at war . . . and for no good reason. We dodged a HUGE disaster when Willard was rejected for the Presidency.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    What "American" interest is being attacked in Crimea?

    Our borders?
    Our Constitution?
    Our people?
    Our rights?

    Failed on each and every Constitutional criteria for military action against Russia.

    Thanks for "Trampling" the Constitution Mitt.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    March 19, 2014 1:41 a.m.

    One word for Mitt Romney's op-ed in the WSJ: Pathetic.

    He is simply is not in a position to know what is occurring between President Obama and his top aides in foreign policy. Those discussions, and discussions between the President world leaders, are private.

    Nor does Romney bring any insight to any of the issues he mentions.

    As for Russia's swallowing of Crimea, it has happened before. That region has always been in play. There's no reason for the U.S. to engage in anything beyond sanctions. A war, which Romney seems to want, would be ridiculous.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    March 18, 2014 11:40 p.m.

    There should be a rule, once you lose to a candidate, you spend your life in service instead of saying "I told you so". Nobody likes a sore loser.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 18, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    Oh this is just the beginning. It is already obvious how badly the nation screwed up by re-electing Obama. But over the next two years, it is going to hit home with incredible force. He simply isn't presidential material. He would rather be playing golf.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 11:06 p.m.

    @Harrison Bergeron
    Missile defense shields do not have a proven track record of being able to do what their stated objective is in US testing, and they are absolutely worthless when facing tanks and ground forces. There is no reason at all to believe a missile shield in Poland would do anything to change the current situation with Crimea.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    March 18, 2014 11:01 p.m.

    Yet he won't say what he would have done, just that there were better options but it's too late now.

    Right. INVADE RUSSIA! But now it's too late so don't. But I would'a done it.

    NO. That's why we didn't elect McCain who said he knew how to find Binladen but wouldn't tell anybody and that's why we didn't elect Romney because everyone KNEW he was faking.

    Republicans in charge are a disaster to purse and person. A trillion dollar WMD hunt in Iraq and hundreds of thousands dead for it. No. You don't get to talk like that.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 18, 2014 10:48 p.m.

    There really isn't much difference between the Republican war machine, implicitly supported by Democrats, and Democrats not acknowledging U.S. Might and power, used without moral standing by Republicans. In obama's shame, it is cowering before the bullies of the world and not standing for something because of lack of conviction! In either case, America suffers! The new Americans are rising, however, without being deluded and handicapped by socialists (democrats) or war mongrels (republicans).

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    March 18, 2014 10:42 p.m.

    Schnee, you are defending the indefensible.

    Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space."

    Medvedev: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…"

    Obama: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

    Medvedev: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir"

    The START treaty very well may have been one of the cards on the table. But we know for certain the missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic were why he needed "flexibility" and "space." This was the card that was set up by Bush to force Putin out of Georgia. It was the one card that Putin feared.

    Tragically, we now know Obama intended to throw it in the discard pile, but did not want the electorate to know until it was too late. And, by the way, a Putin forced out of Georgia does not invade Crimea.

    Regrettably, like Carter, Obama is proving once again that weakness, passivity, ineptitude or other liberal foreign policies are never rewarded and almost always exploited.

  • IRuleAZ Manhattan Beach, CA
    March 18, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    Oh Mitt. I have great respect for you, but this is one situation where the US is helpless. Why should we take the lead? There is no will from the US public to get involved. Why not Syria? Oh yea, that's right, we're all kinda burnt out from these wars. Unless if NATO leads, don't go.

    Me thinks the Washington defense companies smell a payday here.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 18, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    I don't know why this is so difficult to understand. In foreign policy, you play chess. You think 5 to 6 moves ahead and plan accordingly. You don't sit back and play Old Maid and wait until your opponent moves before you plan your counter-move. That is what Mitt is pointing out, yet it's somehow too difficult for some to understand. This administration has been playing Old Maid while the world plays chess. Now, it seems that the party in power can only see two moves...all or nothing. This isn't a zero sum game, nor is it wise to measure things in those terms. We must be out in front of these things, and that is what Mitt is saying. Trying to piece things together after the fact isn't wise foreign policy. It's a formula for failure, and the failure of foreign policy eventually brings even worse consequences.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    The United States has miscalculated in Eastern Europe, but not the way Romney thinks. The U.S. under both Bush and Obama decided they would ram NATO down Russia's throat and sponsor an anti-Russian oligarchy in Kiev. Moreover, Russia has been looted, by some of her own citizens let's admit, but also by the west in Russia's ongoing privitization. Putin is a Russian nationalist who feels ethnic Russians need some defense after being roughed up by the U.S. and the E.U.

    Romney apparently thinks the U.S. can arbitrarily call the shots globally. I'm glad he's not president!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:47 p.m.

    Mitt Romney could do nothing to stop Putin. If Romney was President, we'd be at war in Syria right now, he'd be adding troops to Afghanistan, not pulling out, and he'd be reinvading Iraq. The Republican War Machine would be bankrupting America.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    Basically, in a nut shell, Mitt Romney is saying that America had a chance to solve our problems with war and violence and chose to not do so.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    And Mr. Romney's vast amount of foreign affairs experience emanates from where? His two years in France? His outsourcing of jobs?

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    March 18, 2014 9:38 p.m.

    @U-tar
    Romney didn't lose conservative vote, he lost the independent vote. Go back and look at the numbers. Republicans will keep losing if they think their candidate needs to be further right than Romney.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    March 18, 2014 9:38 p.m.

    "After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Sen. Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's (Vladimir) Putin to invade Ukraine next." -Sarah Palin October 21, 2008

    After all of the left's derision of her intelligence, it's now agonizingly clear who is the dullest tool in the shed...and who is not.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    Obama has drawn so many red lines .... he is standing in a circle.

  • Wiaz scottsdale , AZ
    March 18, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    Romney you like warmongering John McCain before you lost! The American people soundly and overwhelmingly rejected you and John McCain. As being outdated, out of touch and unqualified to be president

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    @Harrison Bergeron
    "I'm certainly not going to say to him, I'll give you more flexibility after the election"

    I like how the evidence of Romney being right includes a misrepresentation. Obama was suggesting he'd have more flexibility on things like nuclear arms reduction deals after the election, which was based on the precedent of the new START treaty being signed in the 2010 lame duck Congress period.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    Taking something/anything that comes out of CPAC Seriously? Really? I'm certain that one of C's stands for Comedy.

    re: worf

    "This wouldn't be happening if Mitt had won the election. Period."

    Because, Cheney would be SecDef and we'd be at War with Iran. Exclamation Mark

  • Al Vernal, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:48 p.m.

    @Hutterite and mcclark
    Be brave. Standing up for what is right is scary sometimes, but it is the right thing to do.

    @ no fit in SG
    Mitt is not being a Monday-morning quarterback, he was saying all this before the election, you just weren't listening, obviously.

    @worf
    Amen!

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 18, 2014 8:39 p.m.

    Typical --

    The GOP hasn't paid for the last 2 wars they started,
    and here's another RICH guy wanting to keep spending someone else's money.

    The 1st thing Mitt and his friends should be doing is ponying up and paying higher taxes for the last boondoggle mess they made us,
    THEN
    They can come back and talk about spending some more....

    Until then --
    THIS formerly well off middle America ain't buying it!

  • Big Bubba Herriman, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:36 p.m.

    Welcome to the Abamanation where we spend like drunk sailors and appease like wimpy dogs.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 18, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    This wouldn't be happening if Mitt had won the election. Period.

    We have gone from Mike Tyson to Michael Jackson with this current administration.

    A strong United States, discourages these kinds of Ukraine take overs, and now Russia, or China has no fear.

    When it comes to world peace, legalizing gay-marriage, or creating a poor health care system just won't cut it.

  • DLC/Orange County Placentia, CA
    March 18, 2014 7:40 p.m.

    @ Gary O

    It is frustrating that individuals with your mindset cannot see the facts through the thick veil of ideology that dominates your thought process. Pres, Bush did not cause the economic issues. That catastrophe was born decades ago with chaotic money lending polices that created a real estate and financial bubble that could not be sustained. It just happened to burst while he was president. The Iraq war was supported by democrats and republicans, as well as most other western countries. Everyone was in agreement that Saddam had WMD, turned out different but Pres Bush finished the job, and Obama pulled out and destroyed all we sacrificed for, and the same will happen in Afghanistan. I did not agree with Bush on everything, but he was an honest man with integrity, and love of his country. Our current President cares nothing for the country and his lack of integrity, leadership, and honesty has been documented over and over again.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 18, 2014 7:32 p.m.

    How many absolute failures must we endure before left wingers will finally acknowledge that Obama is clueless, lacks leadership, lacks vision, and cannot be trusted?

    It is difficult to realize that partisanship has deteriorated to such a level that honest reflection (that Obama is wrong over and over again) by Democrats are holding our country back.

    Obama is too busy planning his next vacation and marketing like a used car salesman his Obamacare to care or understand what is happening in America and in the world today.

    November cannot come soon enough, and I'm not talking about November 2014. Where is 11/2016?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 18, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    The best thing Obama can do now is to call Mitt Romney and ask him for advise. Mitt would know what to do!

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 18, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is exceptional in the Monday morning quarterbacking department.

  • IMAPatriot2 PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    March 18, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    Some feel that just because you stand up to someone it will bring war. I believe it is the exact obvious. If you don't stand up to a bully you will continue to be bullied. Putin is a bully and Obama is afraid of him.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    March 18, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    Obama is a weak socialist, but let's not forget that Romney also has socialist ideas, that is why he lost the conservative vote. I can only hope we survive three more years of this horrible administration and emerge with someone who loves America.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 7:11 p.m.

    You want another war? This time the other guy really does have nuclear weapons, lots of them. And Crimea is important to us because???????

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    March 18, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    "I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin, and I'm certainly not going to say to him, I'll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election he'll get more backbone." -Mitt Romney in the 3rd Presidential Debate

    Crimea river. We picked the wrong guy.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    A gracious loser to be sure.

    He might be correct in his assessment, but c'mon, Mitt, have some class.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    Remember when Mitt Romney said that Russia was dangerous and a threat to the world? Nailed it.

    Barack? He accused Romney of being stuck in Cold War times and that Russia was not a risk.

    Par for the course for both of them. Romney was right on - barack was up in the clouds

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 18, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    “Why, across the world, are America's hands so tied?”

    Hands tied? Well I haven't noticed our hands being "tied" exactly.

    We have been hobbled though . . . Hobbled with the legacy of the Bush administration . . . embroiled in two wars (one of them completely immoral and unjustified), and battling to bring the economy back from the brink of the precipice GW and his Republican crew dug for us.

    And of course, Obama and the entire nation have been facing a constant battle with the mightily malignant Right Wing presence in America that absolutely INSISTS on keeping this nation back from achieving the success we deserve.

    OK . . . Hobbled, hands tied . . . potato, tomato . . . whatever you want to call it . . . Yeah . . . "Conservatives" have done this nation tremendous harm, and although they can successfully convince themselves of some fantasy where the Repubs have been America's saviors, the real facts paint a far different picture.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    One would would have to deaf, dumb, and blind not to note with unequivocal veracity the dearth of leadership America is experiencing! The brazen around the globe are laughing at the impotence of our leadership in Washington D.C.

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    Lets not pretend like there was any "winning" choice. No matter what the president does it was a horrible bad decision. Hindsight has 20/20 no matter what we knew before a situation.
    The grass will always have been greener on the other side... looking back that is.

    Perhaps bad decisions have been made but I am not likely to notice because everything the man does is called out.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    So what are our good options? Another foreign war?