‘romney flubs foreign policy again’

Steve Benen: When it comes to policy, I think Mitt Romney’s biggest problem is his atrocious record on jobs. But a close second are his bizarre struggles with foreign policy.

Take this one from earlier today: “Mitt Romney talked this morning at a Town Hall in Wolfesboro, N.H. about the U.S. military action in Libya…. It’s not clear what the questioner asked, but Romney clearly refers to congressional approval of the U.S. action in Libya, which did not happen.”

Now, the fact that Romney is confused about congressional approval of the mission in Libya isn’t, by itself, a big deal. The former governor probably just got confused …. The larger problem, though, is that these foreign policy errors keep happening.

Romney recently described current conditions as “peacetime,” despite the wars. Last year, Romney tried to trash the New START nuclear treaty in an op-ed, prompting Fred Kaplan to respond, “In 35 years of following debates over nuclear arms control, I have never seen anything quite as shabby, misleading and — let’s not mince words — thoroughly ignorant as Mitt Romney’s attack on the New START treaty.”

…. In all likelihood, the economy will dominate the 2012 election, and Romney can largely get away with foreign policy and national security ignorance, since voters’ attention will be elsewhere. But for those who care about the issue, it’s discouraging that Romney has been running for president pretty much non-stop for more than four years, and he still can’t keep these details straight.

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46 Responses to “‘romney flubs foreign policy again’”

  1. July 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Aside from the fact that he is a professional flip flopper, this is just intellectual laziness. It doesn’t take much to bring himself up to speed on these important issues of the day.

    If he would spend less time trying to give himself whiplash with his multiple flip flops, he could get something right.

  2. 2 ChristiMtl
    July 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Verdict not guilty in Anthony’s trial….there’s no justice in this world………..oh and Romney is an idiot.

  3. 8 StR
    July 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I’m pretty sure Rick Perry will run – the Religious Right is falling in behind him, and the Grover Norquist outfit postponed it’s sponsored debate that was supposed to be this weekend in Nevada to wait and see if Perry will run – signalling Perry is his man as well. Also looking at the fundraising numbers of the last quarter it shows that the GOP donors are still sitting on the sidelines unhappy with Romney, but also the alternatives.

    Bachmann is surging right now, but only because she’s a bomb thrower – the GOP knows she’s totally unelectable and will flame out sooner than later. Huntsman and Pawlenty are too bland in todays political arena. Cain, Santorum and Newt are finished.

    Perry will be dangerous to both Romney and to President Obama. We laugh at the guy and see him as a George W. Bush rip-off, but that act plays well to a lot of people. Most dangerous would probably be a Romney/Perry ticket or a Perry/Romney ticket. Perry will bring the swagger the Republicans are looking for, he’ll wear his cowboy boots in Iowa and SC is is a VERY good retail politician. I hope Romney vs Perry gets very ugly in the primaries so there is no unity ticket.

    If Perry won the primary and wouldn’t choose Romney there is a few names that would make sense for his running mate – Mitch Daniels, Rob Portman or Virginia’s Gov. McDonnell – all swing state picks that could lock their state down for the GOP. Daniels and Portman have connections as they were in the Bush Administration. Perry was of course George W. Bush’s Lt. Governor and became Gov when Bush left to run for President.

    • 9 nintendowii10
      July 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      The fact that Obama is beating Perry in Perry’s own state shows how unelectable Perry is, especially against Obama. People thought Huntsman would be a threat to Obama as well, but Huntsman fizzled out real quick.

      Also, I think I read that Perry’s own approvals as governor in his own state aren’t that good either, another minus against him.

      • July 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

        Perry will have huge money backing and the swagger the GOP loves. I don’t trust that polling at all, Texas is still red. A real primary battle would be good us though as Perry and Romney could blast away at each other for the next 10 months.

        • 11 hopefruit2
          July 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

          Chris Christie has swagger too. But that fake swagger nonsense is so 2001 – right now it comes off as bullying thug. But let Perry run – as you said, he’ll provide lots of entertainment yapping at Romney’s heels.

          • 12 lisalovesobama
            July 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm

            that’s not swagger, that’s his jelly wiggling as he walks.
            ps- either way, as Beyonce says: ” I don’t think [we] ‘re ready for [his] jelly, hey.”

        • 13 Brian
          July 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

          There’s an article up on the NY Times website about Perry distancing himself from Bush. Seems like a sure sign that he’s getting ready to run but bound to backfire on him. After all, does he really want to make enemies of the Bushes, Rove, and the rest of that gang? Why doesn’t the GOP dispense with primary elections and just invest in a mud wrestling ring? I’m relishing the idea of them all smearing each other before they they even begin the run for the real election.

        • 14 Puddin
          July 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

          I can’t see Indies and Moderate Repubs voting for Perry…he can not win the general with just the tea party singing his praises! 2012 will not be easy but at the end of the day it will be OBAMA/BIEDEN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Stay Strong…

  4. July 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    None of this gets to the msm level, thus hardly anyone finds out! Sadly!

    • July 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Jovie, I wonder if any of the followers of these two losers even read the newspapers. Or watch regular MSM TV outside of Fox News. Discouraging, but I bet it’s true.

      • 17 lisalovesobama
        July 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        Their followers are likely just as stupid and ignorant. Or, they let their hatred of a black intellectual take over their common sense and they just jump into the hellfire and brimstone concoction that is Perry and the bag of hot air that is Romney. 🙄

  5. 18 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    is there any way to send this to DWS so that she can send this to the DNC for a quick ad?

    as for Casey Anthony getting away with murder? I mean oh my faking gawd;they cannot be serious like my John McEnroe would say 😯 😡

    I am not a mother yet but this little girl was shown no mercy 😡

    • 19 hopefruit2
      July 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Anthony will be harassed to no end…that “not guilty” verdict does not bode well for her. Nancy Grace won’t let it go for one thing. There is also a concensus in psychology that criminals eventually out themselves because at some point it becomes psychically unbearable for them to carry on (comparable to the physical equivalent of trying to keep your hand on a hot iron). If she did the crime, she will out herself at some point.

  6. July 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Omg, now Katrina van den heuvel is now quoting and relying in the 14th amendment:


    If this is all we have left? We are in deep do do.

    The far left seems to be pushing it. I dunno!

  7. 21 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Romney, Romney miss or hit
    We can see that you’re not fit
    Romney, Romney phuck around
    Your old brain is not too sound

    • 22 lisalovesobama
      July 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      hahahahahahhahahahahhahahahaha! 😆

      Romney, Romney, you’re no wit
      You’re so dumb you’ll have to quit
      Romney, Romney you’re not it
      Repugs will need someone legit.
      Romney, Romney you’re a twit
      Too bad no one gives a shit.

      • 23 hopefruit2
        July 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

        PERFECT!!!!! 🙂 🙂

        • 24 lisalovesobama
          July 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

          Gracias hopefruit! How about Bachmann?

          Bachmann, Bachmann big bufoon
          Where the hell’d they get this loon?
          Bachmann, Bachmann please don’t run
          What the hell, let’s have some fun!
          Bachmann, Bachmann you will lose
          We’ll kick your ass out of the news 🙂

          • 25 hopefruit2
            July 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

            ROFLMAO! Nice one. We will have to come up with jingles for the rest of the GOPers, pawlenty, cain, huntsman, perry, santorum, and paul.

    • 26 Brian
      July 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      On Romney’s Chances of Winning

      They told him by golly it couldn’t be done.
      With a smile he started right to it.
      And he tackled the job that couldn’t be done,
      And by golly… he couldn’t do it.

  8. 29 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    can someone tweet this to DWS please please please?

    Ryan On ‘MediScare’ Attacks: ‘Here’s The Deal On Our Medicare Plan: ObamaCare Ends Medicare As We Know It’


  9. 30 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Arrested After Trying To Place The U.S. In Bankruptcy

    what a kook 😡 😆

    July 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm


    • 32 Anonymous
      July 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      “Romney lives in his own little world”. No kidding Sue, ALL he has done for the past 4+ years is run for president. He’s championed nothing for either side of our political divide and certainly hasn’t done a thing to lessen it. He may be running the best against the president in the polls but this guy has absolutely no chance against the president. I don’t care how many assists he gets from the “liberal media”: Romney reeks of snake oil salesman.

  11. 33 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Breitbart Inadvertently Admits To Lying About Sherrod’s NAACP Audience


  12. 34 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    what liars!

    Fox Falsely Suggests NEA Members’ Dues Will Fund Obama’s Re-Election Campaign

  13. 35 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Rick Santorum’s Math Fail: Blasts Obama For Creating ‘Only 240 Million Jobs’


    Rep. Kelly, Millionaire Investor In Oil And Gas Companies, Defends Subsidies Against Angry Town Hall Constituents

  14. July 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Now what: the president to make remarks on debt talks at 4:40!

    I think he should inform us every day like this!

  15. July 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    They’re saying on Twitter that PBO will make a statement on deficit reduction at 4:40 pm. Everyone pray that he sticks it to the GOP liars. No more cuts. We’ve done enough.

  16. 40 AnitaW
    July 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    What is wrong with that crowd. They look bored to death. It’s not like they’re listening to Huntsman.

  17. 41 sosena
    July 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    PBO to appear in brifing room at 4:40 talk about deficit.

  18. 42 carolyn
    July 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Romney and Perry LOOK like what the GOP wants: tall, white male, dark hair, a la Ronald Reagan. However, neither one is smart enough to come in out of the rain without being told! I know the group “succeeded” with GWB, also the same look, but empty. I hope the American people won’t be dumb enough to be fooled again. We now KNOW that GWB was a shadow president, the decisions weren’t made by “the decider” but by Cheney and company behind him. As we all should know, anyone who has to say “I’m the decider” obviously isn’t.

    I truly think the rest of the country is not ready for another failed Texas Governor to be president. We’ve been there, done that!!!

    • 43 AnitaW
      July 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Remember we though GWB wasn’t very smart and we were stuck with him for 8 years.

      • 44 hopefruit2
        July 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        I think it was easier to swiftboat his opponents back then because people were not yet attuned to the MSM’s antics and voters didn’t really have access to other types of information save cable news and a few news websites. Now there are blogs all over the place, and with Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc..it’s virtually impossible for the media to have full control of the message – even though they keep trying.

        President Obama happens to not only be a good decent man, but a shrewd politician and top-notch political campaigner. He knows how to get a crowd fired up on his behalf and 2012 will be no different.

        • 45 utaustinliberal
          July 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

          Also GWB played on peoples fear about gay rights and ran on the platform that “traditional marriage” was being threatened. Also at that time, then head of Homeland Security Tom Ridge was constantly being forced by the Bush Admin to keep changing the colors on the terror code so that it appeared the country was on extra high alert and we were on danger! mode. Along with the swiftboating of Kerry and the fact that in wartime this country has never changed leaders we were pretty much screwed.

          As for Romney. He’s just a glorified air head. How can he not know that congress did not approve of the actions in Libya – crying out loud they’ve been whining about it ever since – and because President Obama did not violate the War Powers Act and because it was a UN Resolution, and because we have no troops on the ground; we’re acting as a support force for NATO then he did not need congressional approval. He did them a courtesy by sending a detailed brief on our mission. As for Romney attacking the New START Treaty. WTF? Does he not realize that it is an agreement between Russia and the United States to reduce stockpile of nuclear weapons. Who the hell criticizes a treaty such as that. Who the hell doesn’t want to live in a world with less nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons that could fall into wrong hands. He’s an idiot.

          • 46 majii
            July 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

            And, the thing that makes what GWB did even more reprehensible, imo, was that Ken Mehlman ran his re-election campaign in 2004. Mehlman recently revealed that he is gay and apologized for running GWB’s campaign in which he used fear of “teh gays” to win elections.

            I guess one who no longer looks upon Reagan as the icon of one’s party would trash the START Treaty, utal. Reagan proposed and signed the first START Treaty and was very much in favor of reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world. It’s like Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly said last week when he pointed out that PBO’s position & Reagan’s position on raising taxes were similar: the republicans no longer have respect for Reagan and his policy decisions!

            Here’s a little wikipedia reading for Romney: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/START_I

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