During the 2012 campaign Mitt Romney called Russia our greatest political foe. For that he was mocked by the media and the Democrats. They aren’t laughing now, but the Russians are. Russia has annexed the Crimean region of Ukraine, and an anchor from a state run TV station said Russia would turn the US into radioactive ash.
None of this is lost on Romney, who took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal today to weigh in on President Obama’s lack of leadership and foreign policy failures.
Able leaders anticipate events, prepare for them, and act in time to shape them. My career in business and politics has exposed me to scores of people in leadership positions, only a few of whom actually have these qualities. Some simply cannot envision the future and are thus unpleasantly surprised when it arrives. Some simply hope for the best. Others succumb to analysis paralysis, weighing trends and forecasts and choices beyond the time of opportunity.
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton traveled the world in pursuit of their promise to reset relations and to build friendships across the globe. Their failure has been painfully evident: It is hard to name even a single country that has more respect and admiration for America today than when President Obama took office, and now Russia is in Ukraine. Part of their failure, I submit, is due to their failure to act when action was possible, and needed.
Read the whole thing, Romney didn’t quite say “I told you so” but it’s implied.