Mitt Romney slams Obama for 'faulty judgment' on Russia

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  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    May 10, 2014 5:16 p.m.

    America made a BIG mistake with reelecting Mr. Barrack Hussian Obama. I am paying close to $5/ gallon. My federal TAX WENT UP and still over 19% unemployment in our county. More of the same for the next 2 years. Russian Presidents doing victory laps in Crimea and Governor Romney is just saying I told you so.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 26, 2014 12:26 p.m.


    Sadly the Romney-haters are out in force here.

    However, much to their disgust, Romney has forgotten less about integrity and common sense than Obama has ever learned.

    And it shows.

    America, oh, how I weep for you....

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 25, 2014 6:52 p.m.

    Doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice Obama's faulty judgement.

    Only a fool can't see it.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 25, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    Hi Brio - Thanks for reaching out.

    "You left-wingers will believe what you will . . ."

    I'm not a left winger. In fact I shun extremism. I'm essentially a Moderate, or possibly a pragmatic Liberal, but not a "left-winger."

    As a Moderate, I think I'm in a good position to see and recognize extremist positions. I would estimate that well over 90 percent of politically extremist positions are held by people who self-identify as Conservatives, Libertarians, or Independents.

    People self-identifying as Liberals are, for the most part, advocates of good governance, just like the Founders were.

    That's why the Founders gave us the Constitution as a template for a government that can and does (unless subverted by subversives like the Tea Party) give us good governance.

    . . . Make sense?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 25, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    Esquire - "Romney has gone high profile. It makes me wonder if he will in fact run again."

    It's kind of habit with him. How many times has he run for POTUS now? A Republican Presidential primary without Romney would feel kind of strange.

    He's an institution.

    And he looks Presidential enough. But I would not want him near that nuclear brief case.

  • greatbam22 andrews afb, MD
    March 25, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    Wow, the railing against Romney is repulsive. You would think that by the users comments that he has insulted each person personally.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    March 25, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    Everyone is tired of listening to Romney belly-ach and talk out of both sides of his mouth. This nation has given him so much and it is time he gave something constructive in return.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 25, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    May our Obama voters get what they voted for!

    Too bad for the rest of us.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    March 24, 2014 10:49 p.m.

    I can’t think of anything that Romney would have done differently that would have prevented Putin from doing exactly what he did anyway. For all of his bluster Romney would be even softer than Obama when it came to confronting the leaders of other nations.

    And frankly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Crimea has nothing to do with the U.S. and there are no strategic interests at stake for us there whatsoever. There is no reason for us to get involved or even to react to the events there. Even the sanctions are silly and a waste of time.

    I think America just really, really needs somebody to paint as “the enemy” so that we can justify keeping the military-industrial complex afloat. Distrust of Russia is almost built into American DNA now, even 20 years after the Cold War ended, so it seems that in the eyes of the powers that be, Putin is the enemy we need right now. Never mind the fact that he’s nothing like the Soviet tyrants of the 20th Century.

  • standfirm Ogden, UT
    March 24, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    Say what you want...Romney had it right and once again, President Obama appears to be caught off guard and fails in his responsibilities and a statesman and commander-in-chief. Our country has lost respect on the world stage. The Arab spring has turned out to be nothing more than a nightmare. Our relationship with Israel is weaker than it has been in my lifetime. Opposing nations seem to be more emboldened and less respectful toward the United States than ever before. We missed the boat when we failed to elect a true leader, with core values that reflect the America I have known, that leader is Mitt Romney!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 24, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    @ LDS Liberal, you might be right. Romney has gone high profile. It makes me wonder if he will in fact run again.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    March 24, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    Let's see, hands down, Romney would have been, and may still be the better President. Obama has had five years to prove himself, and he a socialist, without shame. Romney could have been much better with the economy. But, we went with a person with zero experience in business and foreign affairs and we are paying for it.

    We do not need any more lawyers without credentials in the white house.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 24, 2014 3:48 p.m.


    Obama doesn't get a fraction of the unwarranted criticism that GW Bush received, partly because of the protection from most of the media. But hey, I freely admit that GW had some serious flaws in his presidency. I would not consider him a very good president, just because I voted for him. He was a big spender, he grossly underestimated the problems of a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his "no child left behind" education policy was a disaster, among other things.

    But so many on the Left, rather than face up to the the many serious flaws of this Administration, would rather deflect criticism to Bush or say he did something similar. I don't care who is President! If there is corruption, or bad policy, or abuse of power, or mindless spending, the leader of this country should take heat from both his detractors and those who voted him there no matter what party he is affiliated with.

  • DCHew Bounti, UT
    March 24, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    A friend in the intelligence community told me that as much as many of us don't really care for Obama, he is by his nature a Passive Aggressive personality. Consequently, this crisis may be one especially made for Obama's bag of "PA" tricks. Obama considers Putin to be a Napoleon type racist. Obama will find tremendous pleasure in making Putin himself, and his Oil-garchy friends, regret Putin's impetuous leadership. To their great disappointment, the Ruble currency has no staying power to the remarkably tenacious US Dollar; and oil is bought and sold throughout the world using the dollar. This puts Russia in a no win monetary fight with the west. Secondly,Russia is aging rapidly (like China) and their army is looking like the Geritol regiment they just don't have the stamina to fight anything more than a few Ukrainians that would prefer to go home and enjoy their families than fight a failed "super power". So the story will likely be about following up on the money flight of the bullies in Russia rather than the military complex standing toe to toe with our fleet in Nato controlled waters.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 24, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Interesting the liberals coming out of the woodwork to jump on Mitt Romney for expressing his opinion when asked by multiple media outlets. They make up straw men arguments that have absolutely no semblance of reality. Mitt has not said anything about a "military option." He has made several suggestions that are printed in the article that the blind Obama minions choose to ignore. And yet the Left continues to spew hatred and defend their guy no matter how ineffective and how dishonest a leader he is. While it may be true that Putin's actions may be the same with Romney as president, it can't be disputed that Obama is perceived by the international community as WEAK and the tyrants of this world are going to take every advantage of that.

    This country is fractured by pride. Rather than take a real look at the issues, so many people are willing to ignore the serious flaws in "their guy" while he takes this once great country down the toilet.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    March 24, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    Someone should buy him a World Atlas. Any military action will be funneled through Poland, the only reliable West leaning Govt. Where would the US Forces stage for an assault? I know being a Missionary in Paris exempted you from service, so don't act like a General.
    It is unfortunate that the Ukrainian people went on a rampage with only 10 months to the next election. The sharp shooters murdering the protestors is inexcusable, but the protest gave Putin an in to retake the Crimerian. Like him or not, he was an elected President and not like the Arab Spring.
    There will not be a "limited" action, both have Tactical nukes as well as Strategic. Anyone guarantee it won't escalate to this?

  • CylonesRus sunamn, IN
    March 24, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    The people who are degrading Romney, are the smae voices heard asking Samuel to give thme a King, so they do not have to thinks so much, take responsiblity, and keep their hands in the public dole.

  • So-CalAggie Park City, Ut
    March 24, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    Maybe we should build some more ships and insist that Mr. Putan tear down a wall somewhere. The 1980's are over, John Wayne is dead, 20th century diplomacy will not work anymore.

    On a side note, Perhaps we should take this opportunity to annex Cuba? We can use Russian style propaganda to insist that many Cubans wish to be "repatriated" with their families in the US or something.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    March 24, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    It's always easy to second guess when you're in the 'cheap seats'.

    If Romney is so smart and has all the answers, why did he fail to win the office?

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    March 24, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    @ GaryO:

    In that same vane, using your own premise and most of your words, except even more relevant...

    You left-wingers will believe what you will in spite of what reality is. But that won't change the facts.
    And your blustering hasn't. Not one iota.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Make sure you stick to all those guidelines Mr. Moderator.

    You won't even print a comment of mine because I mention Mitt's failure to adhere to his religious edicts, but you'll print a hate-filled screed from some jerk claiming Obama has done nothing; is not respected; is a laughing-stock...

    So pathetic! Be consistent!!

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    "Only a fool a trips on whats behind them" - Ray Lewis

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    March 24, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is an exceptional insightful leader of the Republican party. And he will continue to be speaking in behalf of republican values.. Those who demand he shut up and go away, are to be very disappointed.
    In ones opinion, history will record that the Obama administration veered itself off the straight and narrow road into a corner - an alley that has a dead end. Keep talking Mitt - it is past time since we have heard sense and reason.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    March 24, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    Isn't it interesting to read all of the personal attacks against Romney. Why would anyone resort to personal attacks when they could have commented on the issues? Why would anyone defend Obama by attacking Romney? Which one is President? Which one failed to fulfil his obligation to honor a treaty with the Ukraine? Which one seized the bank accounts of 20 Russians and then dared Russia to continue its course? Which one is Commander in Chief? Which one has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution (which includes the treaty with the Ukraine according to Article VI: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; . . . ")?

    Surely Obama's supporters could dazzle us with facts about Obama without resorting to personally attacking Romney - or could they?

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    Romney is such a great American, sowing the seeds of discontent among the believers.

    Just like many of the other so-called conservatives, praising Putin and trying to discredit Obama.

    Try being a true American.
    Try giving back to this country from which you've stolen so much.

  • gnstoo Kearns, UT
    March 24, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    Has anyone ever changed their minds by reading the comments? Too funny. Change happens locally and is pushed up from there. How many of you made it to caucus or will vote in the primaries? Much easier to find disagreement with people you probably would love but still disagree with after a lifetime of familiarity.

    Let's not focus on WHO IS RIGHT - Can we try to focus on WHAT IS RIGHT? If we can't we should just hand crown over to one of the worlds favorite dictators and let them rule our lives however they see fit.

    Figure out WHAT you think is right for this country and pursue those candidates that reflect that for you and you trust will follow through with their stances on the big stage - forget the two parties

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    March 24, 2014 10:25 a.m.


    Did you not read the article? It clearly states a small part of what Romney would do: "He said the U.S. should now welcome nations that seek entry into NATO, should forgo cuts to the U.S. military budget and reconsider putting a missile defense system into the Czech Republic and Poland, as once planned."

    This is only a small part of what Romney would have done. The only way we can deal with a bully like Putin is to continue to build our military might. Putin sees strength in terms of arms not negotiations and sanctions. You may not agree with Romney or the Republican party, but to say he and they have no solutions qualifies you to be in the 'low information voter' class.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 24, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    It is extremely important for our nation to have valid criticism of the forces in power. There are those in the political system who want a one party rule. The goal of radical Democrats is to create a national socialist party which parallels that of the 40s. I personally am a conservative Democrat in the tradition of Stuart Symington of Missouri. His disciple was Jerry Litton who won a primary for the U.S. Senate in 1976 and then died in a tragic plane crash. He was on a career path to be vice president. What is needed is a third party to take the best of both parties. Vladimir Putin saw rightfully that the U.S. intended to overthrow the Soviet Union through a domino effect through NATO. He is not "Crazy Ivan". He is bold and aggressive. Romney rightfully conjectured that Putin outflanked a naïve Obama. WND has stated that Russia is building up a presence in South America. Romney is right and Obama is wrong and there are dangerous times ahead.

  • Bruce A. Frank San Jose, CA
    March 24, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    It is really too bad that Romney waited so long to get tough in the debate. At this point I DON’T REALLY CARE about his opinion. His ill-advised milk-toast behavior kept 4 million conservative voters at home in the election. Does he have delusions of getting back into politics? Mitt, take some of the grand kids and go fishing!

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    I can't believe all of the people defending Obama! He has done nothing but weaken the US since he's been in office. We are less respected than ever in our history. The debt continues to build beyond hope. Obamacare had been devastating to the middle class which is weakening our economy. He lives like a king on our dime. The US has NEVER had a weaker leader as president...

    Why you see so much about what Romney thinks is because I believe there are many, on both sides, that wish Romney would have won the election. He is a much stronger leader than Obama could ever hope to be. I have no doubt our economy would be on the upswing and he would demand respect from our allies.

    Obama is the laughing stock of the world! He is not respected at home or abroad. Two years can't come soon enough!

  • blondegoddess Midvale, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    I honestly believe Mitt would've done a much better job at creating better foreign policy but I would like to see the Deseret News look at the real issues. Russian troops are taking over Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua and most people are oblivious to this happening. This would be the better story guys!!!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Don't tell me...

    The wind-up for the WhiteHouse starts 2 years before the elections now
    Mitt believe's the 3rd time's the Charm.

  • AFVet Lindon, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    What would Mitt do differently? Maybe threaten Putin with Horses and Bayonets.

  • lehiaggie Lehi, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    So...if you lose an election you are no longer allowed to speak your mind about how things are going? If you lose an election you are suppose to crawl into a hole and shut up?

    Yeah, that makes sense. Keep arguing that it is sour grapes. It takes the focus from the real issues. What mistakes did we make with Russia and how can they be fixed? Look at history. These developments are of grave concern. We can't simply ignore what Putin is doing.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    I slam Mitt Romeny's "faulty judgment"

    A patriotic American would not use such treasonous language.

    I am sooooooooo happy Mitt Romney didn't fool the American people.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    March 24, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    It is turning out that Romney was right on a lot of things. After the whoppers Obama told to get reelected (youtube videos, IRS targeting, and Politicos lie of the year -- you can keep your insurance and doctor PERIOD!) buyers remorse is rampant. Hind sight is 20/20. If only we had known what a calm and habitual liar Obama is. Too late now. But it is going to be a blood bath this November.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 24, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Great, Mitt. Anything for a bit more divisiveness in this country. You are irrelevant. Please realize it and go away.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    March 24, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Mr Romney needs to get over the fact that he lost the election.

    While Mr Obama may not be omnicient and all-powerful like Mr Romney, he, unlike Mr Romney, IS the president of the United States and will exercise his foreign policy as he and his advisers see fit.

    The only reason Mr Romney's comments are getting air time is because he's wealthy and a prominent member of the Church, which is a little disingenuous. I give his comments about as much creedence as those coming from Donald Trump, which is to say, none.

  • KanataHal Ottawa, 00
    March 24, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    I am thankful that Mitt Romney is not the president at this time. A military solution would have just created more antagonism between East & West. Romney has underestimated Russia's military and technological strength & thinks he can treat them just like some minor power like Kuwait, or Canada, or Iraq. Whatever Obama's faults, at least he has some reason on his side, which I think Romney lacks.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    March 24, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    So Mitt's still out there running against Obama, huh? Somebody tell the guy that the election is over, and that he lost.

  • Demiurge San Diego, CA
    March 24, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    How quickly the right likes to forget about Georgia.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    March 24, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    I am more grateful every day, that this man, and more importantly the ideology he ran on, were so soundly defeated in the last presidential election.

  • So-CalAggie Park City, Ut
    March 24, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    If Mr. Romney was so prophetic on foreign policy during the debates then why no talk of China as a major threat to US interests? In recent months they've ratcheted up tensions directly threatening allies of the US including Japan and S. Korea. Why no mention of China? Got too much hedge fund monies invested there Mr Romney?

  • jfunes Honduras, 00
    March 24, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    The real enemies of the United States are the drugs, immorality, debts, and arrogance. Your foreign policy has gotten you into wars, destroyed countless American lives, and drained your treasury.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 24, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Trying to place the blame on Obama shows only a complete lack of understanding about both Putin and Russia. Putin would have done the same thing no matter who was in office. If Barry Goldwater were brought back to life and put in the White House, nothing would be any different about how Russia acted here. For Romney to say otherwise is little more than a megalomaniac's view that "only I can save the world" and pretends that the response by the US counts far more than that of every other nation in the free world combined. Both sides know that no one is going to start World War Three over Crimea, nor are we going to invade Russia.

  • politicalcents West Jordan, UT
    March 24, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    For those who suggest they are tired of Romney articles, there certainly are quite a few individuals who are reading these articles. That is how newspapers make money.

  • Hugh1 Denver, CO
    March 24, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    In 1962, the shoe was on the other foot. The US meddled in the internal affairs of Cuba. Russia decided to install nuclear offensive missiles. The US threatened nuclear annihilation if the missiles were not removed. Russia backed down, as we would have to in the Ukraine. This is a chess game, and better to learn the rules than to end up dead. Thoroughly humiliated, is the booby prize. McCain and Graham are far more dangerous than Romney, in my opinion. Unlike JFK, who rejected the advice of his cabinet and military, Romney has given every indication that he does not recognize the dance moves, and would blindly follow military and right-wing cronies. If you do not understand history and why the old Soviet Union backed down, get out of the game - that appears to be the case with Romney. Reagan was more belligerent, even more hawkish, but you could at least recognize the game that he was playing (or his advisers). This recent talk from Romney only reinforces my skepticism.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 24, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    At best, this is Monday morning quarterbacking. It's easy to take shots from the cheap seats, especially when you don't say how Putin should have been stopped. This is self-serving rhetoric if I've ever seen it. Romney can stop running now. He lost. After seeming relatively even-keeled after the election, it seems that his bitterness about the election is now emerging. If he had offered any specificis at all during the election about how to contain Putin, and would now state exactly what should have been done, giving him the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, it would be different. This is nothing more than eroding the U.S. and its leader by offering nothing of substance. Is that what Romney thinks is in the interests of our country? After all, Obama is there until January 2017, so what good does it do to say "I told you so" except for your own gratification? I wish he would just go away. He is not adding to the dialogue.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    March 24, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    I find it sad that people who idolize Mr. Romney automatically assume that those who didn't vote for him have the same unquestioning adoration for the other candidate who won. I didn't have a candidate that I wanted to vote for, so I ended up doing what I abhor, and that's voting for the least objectionable.

    A non-member friend said to me, "I bet you're going to vote for the Mormon, aren't you."

    "No," I said, "I'm not going to vote for Romney because he's a Mormon. I'm voting against him because I don't believe that his public policies reflect our faith."

    When Romney came to Wisconsin, he joined the attacks against the bruised workers of this state. His father George was a friend to labor; he showed workers the respect they deserve. I would have voted for Mitt if he had been more like him. As a long-time union family, I know that problems are best solved when everyone has a place at the table.

    This country has to come together to solve problems. E pluribus unum -- it's still a good idea.

  • agkcrbs Holladay, UT
    March 24, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Imperviousness to the obvious is no stranger to DN comments. Besides demanding that Romney take his 2012 media tarring-and-feathering quietly and fade away into slanderized ignominy (despite world events themselves rising up to exonerate him), his local foes put their reputations on the line by calling him an empty critic with no ideas of his own -- even in the very act of Romney offering his suggestions, believe it or not! Three of his ideas very presented very accessibly in the article, some of which he has expressed before: enhance European alliances, revive the missile defense sites that caused such anxiety to expansionist Russia, and stop the military funding decline. Would they work? I don't share Romney's exact view of Russia, but I think he knows that they are chess players, while Obama seemed to think Russia's leaders were Democrats. Still, they are alternatives. What's most inexplicable to me is the number of 'likes' these sunshine-deniers manage to conjure up after getting past the thoughtfulness/civility filter here.

  • BobF2012 kitchener, 00
    March 24, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Why must we keep hearing about Mitt Romney? He holds no elected office, and hasn't in years. The American voters rejected him in 2012, and yet Deseret News seems to think his pronouncements are somehow newsworthy. Please, no more of his remarks! Let him fade into obscurity, as all defeated presidential candidates eventually do.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    March 24, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    President Obama has spent the last 5 years gutting the respect other nations have for the United States. We need a strong conservative leader to turn it around.

  • Andromeda San Dimas, CA
    March 24, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    Wake up! The only reason Romney is in the news is because the Liberal Media is trying to distract voters yet again. Why aren't there news stories and articles about much more important issues, for example, the torture and murders of four American citizens in Benghazi, which 'Ol Barry and Hillary were responsible. I for one don't care what Romney has to say. I would rather know what wrongdoings, especially, illegal ones the administration is doing.

  • DesertBill St. George, UT
    March 24, 2014 7:20 a.m.

    Leesburg, VA

    Maybe the DN ran the article is because Romney was on FACE THE NATION?! If the other citizens you wrote about were on it, the DN would probably right them up also.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    March 24, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    Obama's "reset button" obviously didn't work.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    March 24, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    Amazing how many Monday morning Quarterbacks there is in this world we live in today.
    Just like The Lord Jesus said "Let him without sin cast the first stone." We live in a world where people do not help people anymore, could President Obama have done things differently ? Sure he could of . I am so tired of the dis function of our government I could just Puke. Mitt lost and is on the sidelines spewing his thoughts and criticism. Hey Mitt pick up a phone and ask your President or offer him some helpful insights. Sick and tired of all you right wing people pick on this guy !!

  • curbee North Las Vegas, NV
    March 24, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    So let's see guys....every other person who 'didn't' win an election is allowed to be interviewed if asked and express his opinion, but not mitt? I see the pot calling the kettle black in the prejudice of liberals. Durbiin and his minions who have left belittling remarks on this post just can't bear to eat a piece of humble pie. You were wrong! How many scandals and falsehoods will it take before you say uncle?

  • Brown Honeyvale, CA
    March 24, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    Hahaha! So humorous all of the anti-Romney folks. You need to sing the Disney song "Let it Go" and recognize he was right. If Romney were not still an influential political opinion the Sunday shows and newspapers wouldn't be calling him for comment. I reiterate, they are calling him (not just the DN). Obviously he had more foresight than the current administration who laughed and told him the cold war was over.

    Whose laughing now is the point of Romney being in the media. It's refreshing to hear the mainstream media do some actual reporting instead of pro-Obama propaganda. Perhaps it's because Obama's approval rating is in the basement.

    This is a huge 'I told you so' to you Obama fans and you can't stand it, so you attack Romney and call him names. Great school yard behavior. Romney has more foresight than most, I welcome his comments, involvement and influence in our political environment.

    I believe he did give solutions... strengthen our ties now with the European nations and NATO before the crisis' which are to come. Advice Hillary and Obama should heed.

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    March 24, 2014 6:56 a.m.

    Romney is absolutely spot on. Putin is a force for evil and acts like he memorized Hitler's playbook. Wake up America, we are in for a long and ugly battle and the Democrats are in the process of downsizing our military. Is it any wonder that the Jews in Ukraine are nervously watching this? One word: impotence.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    March 24, 2014 6:46 a.m.

    Okay, so what's Romney's alternative choice here? Send in our children to fight the Russians? We did that in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush-Cheney years... how's that working for the GOP?

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    March 24, 2014 6:35 a.m.

    Who cares what he says!

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    March 24, 2014 6:20 a.m.

    I'm confused. I thought Mitt Romney wasn't receiving National Security briefings any longer.

    One thing always seems to be true. The person who was not elected can always tell the everyone why the American voters made a big mistake in the voting booth. It just gets old after a while. It got old when Gore did it with President Bush, and it's getting old now that Romney is doing it with President Obama.

  • Dave T in Ogden Ogden, UT
    March 24, 2014 6:17 a.m.

    Is our partisan politics weakening our US stand around the world? I believe by saying the words "our President is weak and a liar, strengthens our enemies around the world, including Russia. You cannot light a darken world with more darkness, only light will do. Reagan used the lighted city on a hill, as one example. Bush 41 used the ten thousand points of lights as another example. On the contrary, is our planet being consumed by this disease called hate (or dark matter?) Look at what is happening in Syria, Cairo and Kiev as examples. Does hate behave like a cancer or virus, it can metastasize or infect perfectly healthy cells? Sort of like how a frog does not realize that it is sitting in ever increasing hot water because of its blood type; are people being consumed by this ever increasing level of hate, but do not realize it as well?

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 24, 2014 5:41 a.m.

    Vladimir Putin lives in a fantasy world where he is all things to all people and for the most part his countrymen admire him.
    Mitt Romney lives in a fantasy world where he thinks people actually cares about what he has to say and for the most part no one careless about him.

    Mitt would gladly send our children to war, spend our tax dollars for another war and then blame it on Obama. Meanwhile his own children would not serve, his money would remain protected and tax free in offshore banks.

    What an incredible double agent Mitt is.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    March 24, 2014 5:27 a.m.

    Well Romney, you were right and once again the President of the free world has no response... One day he may understand that the world isn't full of nice guys who want to play by the rules.

    I respect the heck out of Romney. Is he perfect...heck no, and that has been well documented. But at least he has been successful at something in life!

    (and don't going saying the President has been successful. His cronies run the major media outlets of this country and fill the heads of Americans with great ideas like Obamacare and "its no big deal a US Ambassador is dead" and don't bother the IRS, they are fine)

    The President is a horrible leader and would have been fired in any Corporate American job or a military leadership position. "I don't know how it happened on my watch" isn't an acceptable answer in 99.9% of jobs.

  • milojthatch Sandy, UT
    March 24, 2014 5:20 a.m.

    So is Mitt going to run a third time or not? I hope he does. I actually think he has a fair shot at taking the White House if he decided to run and the GOP support him. Each time he's ran thus far, he's gotten that much closer and the only place to go from the 2012 election is to take it all in 2016.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 24, 2014 4:42 a.m.

    @NeilT 8:47 p.m. March 23, 2014

    Anyone can criticize and find fault find with others. America needs real leadership. Where are the leaders? We need leaders who cross partisan lines and unite us like we were after 9/11. I for one am sick of partisan politics and all the mudslinging that goes with it.


    Unfortunately, the real leader (an only really qualified candidate) in the last campaign for President -- Jon Huntsman -- couldn't get past the Republican primaries, because he didn't hang out in the far right "weeds" of the political spectrum. As a result, the US was stuck with Romney as the Republican candidate. Thankfully, Romney wasn't elected president or we would be in a real mess. We dodged a real disaster when he was rejected.

    I wrote in Huntsman. I wish enough other people had done the same so that he could have been elected. We would be much better of with him in office.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 24, 2014 4:41 a.m.

    Oh Really O'Really?

    "[Romney's] current opinion on issue must be valued by someone willing to interview him in prime time."

    Of course Romney's opinion is valued . . . As comic relief . . . And as a sort of counterpoint to people with actual ideas.

    As much as Romney flip flops, you'd think he would eventually be right about something, but so far, he hasn't had much success.

    He really doesn't say much of value or substance anyway, does he? He claims to have been right about Russia, but waa he really?

    "Russia is our greatest geopolitical foe?" Really? . . . More so than Muslim extremists who think we're the Great Satan and would kill themselves to kill us if they could?

    With whom are we at war in Afghanistan? Russians? Were the over four thousand dead American service members in Iraq killed by Russians? Did Russia knock down the twin towers?

    I don't think so.

    You Right Wingers will believe what you will in spite of what reality says, but that won't change the facts.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 24, 2014 4:28 a.m.

    I can't believe these nasty slams against Mitt Romney. I guess when you don't have any good counter arguments, the thing to do is make personal attacks. This ridiculous hyper partisanship is really pathetic.

    Mitt was right and now he has the right to say do.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2014 2:19 a.m.

    "The White House and their ring kissing followers have got all of us closer to a serious cold war"

    And you think being MORE antagonistic would help prevent that?

    @BYU Joe
    "Well I guess this means all you nice folk that voted for Barry-O are still feeling very proud of yourselves."

    Yep, the only downside is due to vigorous Republican gerrymandering, the fact that Democrats got several million more House votes in 2012 than Republicans didn't lead to them retaking the House itself.

    "Someone must think he has something intelligent to say. "

    Technically networks mostly want ratings (not to say that Romney doesn't have anything intelligent to say, just that when you have the likes of Michelle Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Allen West, and others on shows... intelligence is not what you're looking for).

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 24, 2014 12:19 a.m.

    Romney bashers are the true misinformed, low information voters. They can't even understand the very simple concept that news groups go to Romney for his opinion on these subjects... not the other way around. Then they claim no one has interest in what Romney says, while they themselves prove that's totally false by being some of the quickest to read and comment on every Romney article that comes out. That smacks of being both naive and hypocritical.

    After reading some of these critical comments, it becomes a lot more clear how it was that we got stuck with the current administration. Unfortunately, these super-critical people's votes count just as much as informed people's votes.

    The people who complain the loudest about Romney are obviously the ones who know the least about him. Their pride keeps them from admitting what a big mistake they made for not voting him in. Undoubtedly, he would've been one of the top 5 best presidents in our country's history. I have no doubt of that whatsoever... inspite of the misinformed naysayers.

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    March 23, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    All of this commentary. All of you really see the big picture. For sure!

  • SoUtBoy25 Cedar City, UT
    March 23, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    Obama like Bush addresses the events like a deer in the headlights. He should take heat for belittling Romney in the presidential debates. When is america going to wake up and decide that the next President needs to have some experience and wisdom. The last 14 years have been embarrassing.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    March 23, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    Did any Romney detractors catch that he was interviewed on CBS? Do you think he went to CBS and begged them to interview him? His current opinion on issue must be valued by someone willing to interview him in prime time. Someone must think he has something intelligent to say.

    So if you don't like Mitt Romney, you have every right not to read or listen to what he says. But those of us who value a good reasonable and truthful opinion, we'll keep listening to Romney.

  • ps3681 SPRINGVILLE, UT
    March 23, 2014 10:15 p.m.

    To those slamming DN/(and indirectly/directly the LDS church) for running this story:

    Um er, just in case you didn't notice, it's an AP piece on an interview by CBS - not uncommon to be picked up my many and multiple news outlets. Why, even your beloved fountain of un-biased truth (cough cough) MSNBC picked it up and ran a version of it - why not the DN? I really doubt Romney called up CBS and asked to be on their show and the DN certainly didn't "call him" as someone suggested.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    March 23, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    I wonder precisely how many nuclear weapons Mr. Romney would have launched at Moscow to prevent the invasion of Crimea had he been elected in 2013? Or would it have been cruise missiles on the Crimean border targeted at Russian troops and installations? Would troops have been sent in, or carriers dispatched to the Black Sea? I suspect the answer is none of the above, and the result would be precisely the same as we have today. It must be nice to have the luxury of being an armchair quarterback fueled on by the resentment of realizing that the electorate said "No thanks!" twice. Those sour grapes must taste pretty sour.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 23, 2014 9:04 p.m.


    Reagan couldn't get elected in today's dummed-down America.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 23, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    Anyone can criticize and find fault find with others. America needs real leadership. Where are the leaders? We need leaders who cross partisan lines and unite us like we were after 9/11. I for one am sick of partisan politics and all the mudslinging that goes with it.

  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    March 23, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    Mitt was right about Russia and the President was wrong. Just watch the 2012 debates on youtube when these two gave us their views. Hind sight showed Mitt was right and President Obama was wrong. The American people are waiting for his apology. The 2014 elections will be a time the American people will make a wiser choice than we did in 2012. We elected the wrong candidate and the world is less safe for it.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 23, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    Goodness, the vitriol is certainly flowing today. Those who accuse Mitt of changing positions are now all up in the air that he hasn't on this one. He is right, this President has mishandled foreign policy and he should hear about it. I have the same opinion, but since Mitt has national recognition, the networks ask him and not me. Mitt had a foreign policy team in place during the campaign, and was more informed than some currently in office or on staff in those offices.

    The US is concerned about what happens in the world because without that concern, things get out of hand real quick. It's cheaper in the long run to shape foreign policy and actions than to wait until it blows up and we have yet another world war. Paying attention in history class is a good thing......

    March 23, 2014 7:48 p.m.

    Wow - Lots of Romney anger here. Well I guess this means all you nice folk that voted for Barry-O are still feeling very proud of yourselves. Good for you and bad for the rest of us who are stuck with your choice.

  • mkh Aberdeen, SD
    March 23, 2014 7:43 p.m.

    Putin being a child of the Soviet Union, only respects strength and force. He is laughing at comments by John Kerry who said nations don't do these kinds of things (invading neighbors) in the 21st century. Putin views those kinds of comments as weakness and an invitation to do what he wants. Ronald Reagan understood the Soviets/Russians and his determination to be strong ultimately ended the Soviet Union. Obama and Kerry are doing their best to bring it back to life. Romney may not be Reagan but he definitely has more insight into the Russian situation than Obama, who doesn't seem to have a clue.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    March 23, 2014 6:54 p.m.

    When the Dixie Chicks criticized Bush, conservatives burned CD's, ranted for months and some even sent death threats.

    If your principals only fit on one foot, it's not principals.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 23, 2014 6:07 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is the greatest American ever!

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    March 23, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    Oh how I wish Ronald Reagan were here!

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 23, 2014 5:41 p.m.

    Romney's got it right. The White House and their ring kissing followers have got all of us closer to a serious cold war by their lack of international affairs.

  • The Reader Layton, UT
    March 23, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    When one is dealing with a person like Putin (Hitler, Stalin etc) one is not dealing with a person with rational thought. One is dealing with a bully. Short of going to war there is not much that would be effective against Putin.

    As for Mitt. He needs to realize that he is not the president. He could not win in 2016 or 2020 or 2024 etc. He is done! He needs to get back to making money and leave his political commentary in his imagination only. He lost in 2012 because he had nothing to offer except anti Obama speech. He and the Republicans need to let go of that attack and tell us what positive things they would do that is better that Obama or any democrat.

    As they are currently going they will not ahv a chance to win the Presidency in 2016.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    March 23, 2014 5:24 p.m.

    This is a great example of the behavior that kept me from voting for Mitt. He felt entitled to the presidency and now he feels entitled to nit pick at the elected president without offering an alternative.

    Come on Mitt, at least tell us your brilliant hind sight plan to rule the US and Russia.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    March 23, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    I think both President Obama and President Bush were naive in their foreign policy conduct. I remember when Bush said that he looked into Putin's soul and saw a good man, and let us not forget that Putin annexed parts of Georgia during Bush's watch, and nothing was done about that either.

    If I were Obama, I would immediately try to put the missile defense system back in Poland in response to Russia's actions in the Crimea.

    Romney is a bit naive about foreign policy as well. The U.S. has been very eager to allow other countries into the NATO alliance, but Romney needs to remember that we share the alliance with other member states, and they have a say as well. He also needs to understand that Ukraine has applied to join NATO in the past, but then pulled those applications after pro-Russia friendly governments have been elected. We can't accept membership of a country in NATO unless they want to join NATO. The Ukraine has been all over the map due to its own political polarization problems.

  • cptbronco Boulder City, NV
    March 23, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    I think it is pretty obvious why Romney is being quoted! CBS invited him to comment on the situation with Russia. Why would they do that? Because CBS remembers what Romney had said about Russia in the debates(even if everyone else forgot). Romney laid down his plan completely and he was lambasted about it. It isn't a Republican or Democratic thing for people to just criticize current policy.... it is a political thing. Romney made the mistake of actually stating ideas for how he would deal with Russia and China, and he was taken to criticized for it. He should have held fast to the political treatise and just said a lot about nothing and he might have had a chance to be president. Obama has been naive, or he has a different agenda completely, and if that is the case then things are going to be getting a lot worse.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    March 23, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    There's losing graciously, and then there's this ...

  • Hugh1 Denver, CO
    March 23, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Romney's fatal flaw is/was his willingness to pander to the extreme right - the same failing as George Bush, 2001-2009. President Bush's first term in particular was a military and fiscal disaster for the United States. The Iraq war (invasion by false pretense), and our mismanagement after the fact are without precedent. The culprits? Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bremer, and Wolfowitz, to begin with. They destabilized the region, emptied our coffers, gave Russia breathing room to rebuild its empire - but worst of all - their misguided chest-thumping policies allowed Iran to dominate the Middle East. Obama, has to rely on the Federal Reserve to manage fiscal policy. Every Obama fiscal initiative and nominee is blocked, and some multiple times. How many House votes on the Affordable Care Act? 45? Mitt Romney talks big, like the Texan before him. Remember 'Mission Accomplished?' I don't. Vis-a-vis 10 years ago, our financial strength has been sapped. Morally, we are a bit better off, but without Europe, we can do little about the Ukraine. Should we listen to Romney? A resounding no!

  • anotherview SLO, CA
    March 23, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    One would think Romney is still running. Hardly a week goes by without an article appearing in the DN featuring Romney.

    So is Romney arguing for pre-emptive foreign policy? We think a country may do something soon, therefore we impose sanctions, attack etc before they've taken action?

    Interesting, dangerous and foolish.

    We will continue to repeat the mistakes of the past (Iraq, Vietnam, etc) if we don't learn from them.

  • cdchttrtn meridian, idaho
    March 23, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    To all of you who don't like Mr. Romney, let me tell you something. This country would be much more better off now, if Mr. Romney would have been elected president than the one you have now.

  • get her done Bountiful, UT
    March 23, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    Romney lost. The American public do not agree with him.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 23, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    He's like a little annoying dog who keeps nipping at your heels. "Look at me." "Look at me." "I'm still relevant!" "Look at me!"

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 23, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    ‘Mitt Romney slams Obama for 'faulty judgment' on Russia’


    Mr. Romney needs to be taken to task for his faulty judgment on the United States. It isn't our rightful place to be the worlds policeman. If some state department official in years past or a president has obligated the United States to defend Ukraine they didn't have the authority to do it. It is the Senate who authorizes treaties. Because we have forgotten this we have become the busy bodies of the world. This has gotten us into wars, destroyed countless American lives, and drained our treasury.

    It isn't even necessary that we be so dependent on outside resources. We could make use of Yellowstone geothermal to satisfy a significant portion of our energy needs.

  • Robert Johnson Sunland, CA
    March 23, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    Someone needs to break it to Romney that he lost the election.

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    March 23, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    takers are posting on this article at record rates. keep telling yourselves that barry is doing a great job. unfortunately, american takers wanted barry in office (twice) and look where we are. the clueless organizer continues to be clueless while putin walks all over europe. Barry has everything under control. His NCAA picks are in, Michelle is on spring break in China and all of his scandals are on the back burner, fast and furious, IRS, Benghazi, and a dozen more. Thanks Americans for putting this guy in office twice. We are so much better off.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 23, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    Romney would have done exactly NOTHING different than what Obama has done.
    Obama has done far MORE than Bush did when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008.

  • Chachi Charlottesville, VA
    March 23, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    "Osama bin Laden is gone."
    Yes, and Obama deserves credit for that, but it's debatable whether he's more dangerous as a martyr than as an ailing and increasingly irrelevant diabetic old man holed up in isolation from the world.
    "The war in Iraq is over."
    Because Obama didn't see the war through to an adequate conclusion, the result seems to be a return to extremist Islamist rule.
    "Afghanistan is coming to a close."
    And as we move out, Russia is moving back in.
    "And this president has worked with many of these nations successfully to put pressure on Iran, the sanctions, bringing them to the negotiating table."
    I'm sorry; where in all of that is a tangible result? Obama has "successfully" gotten roped back into playing Iran's game again, while Iran moves steadily towards its nuclear goals.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 23, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    "He said Romney has "forgotten those facts.""

    Forgotten and imagined a whole bunch of others.

    DN what is your fascination with Mr. Romney? You are a church's newspaper. The LDS church claims not to take political sides. Do you concur?

    I respect Mr. Romney's opinion as the opinion of any other regular citizen. Yet, you don't publish articles about the opinion's of other regular citizens.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    March 23, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Both political parties are weary of Mitt's opinion.
    Could you please call someone else?

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    March 23, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    Sorry Romney, its the republican party that has spent the last 5 plus years gutting the respect of the office of the POTUS. That the real reason we have any lack of respect for our country!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    March 23, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    Romney is a bully for picking on poor defenseless Obama.......

    How dare he pick on this liberal loving president who has failed at every conceivable attempt to lead like Lincoln, a true conservative statesman.

    Even Putin has proved to be more formidable than Obama in being a world leader.....bring on Joe Biden and his Teleprompter!

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 23, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    Mitt once again shoots off his mouth about something concerning which he has no knowledge or clue. Business as usual for Mitt. I wonder whether (contrary to his assurances) he is running for office again or whether this is just hubris because the voters saw through the personna he tried to portray to the real person beneath it, saw his deficiencies, and soundly sent him packing. In any event, he is trying detrimentally to interfere with the President's foreign policy and that is NOT good.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    March 23, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    "Mitt Romney slams Obama for 'faulty judgment' on Russia"

    Who cares?

    Mitt go back and ride your elevator up and down with your cars. You were wrong in 2012 about Russia being the single most significant international threat, and you are wrong now.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 23, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    Mitt Romney once again provides much-needed comic relief.

    Mitt is claiming Obama failed to shape our nation's foreign policy in a way that would have prevented Putin's aggression. But he offers absolutely NO suggestions that might remedy current international problems, and he hasn't said what he would have done, had been elected, that would have better prepared this nation for Putin's actions.

    In other words, Romney, is sticking to the same old safe, boring Republican routine of lashing out with complaints but offering absolutely NO solutions.

    Mitt, I know you've had a difficult history of proposing ideas, and then having to take those ideas back and say the exact opposite.

    By flip flopping like a dying carp, it would seem that you would occasionally be right about something, at least for a few seconds . . . But I can't think of any examples.

    Mitt, I would really like to see you be right for once. But before you can be right about something, you have to actually propose a real idea, a potential solution, a real plan of action to which you can commit.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 23, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    For as much hypothetical criticism Romney can hurl at Obama, it could be just as likely that had Romney stolen the election, he would have done even worse, and Russia STILL would have annexed Crimea. This sort of thing is really nothing more than Romney is still expressing sour grapes about being "not wanted" as President of the United States.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    March 23, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    I remember watching that debate. At least at the end of the day I know that I voted for Romney. Obama has 2 more years in office and I'm betting that every other dictator is making plans to do something within that time frame.