Former 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's op-ed in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal criticizing President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "terrible timing" in handling international crises drew a quick response from the White House attack machine.
Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor started the ball rolling with this tweet:
.@MarkHalperin @MittRomney @WSJ @BarackObama Lots of blaming America for the world's problems. Zero ideas for how to solve them. Typical.— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) March 18, 2014
White House senior adviser Dan Pfieffer piled on, saying "safe to assume this isn't a 2 part piece where all the solutions come next?"
All this is designed to obscure one important fact: Romney is right — and he's been right all along. Here's what he wrote:
"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."
Snark isn't a foreign policy. Obama got a lot of mileage from his supporters in the media for his debate comment that "the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back" after Romney called Russia "our number-one geopolitical foe."
But now that the Russians are laughing at Obama -- and us -- it's time for serious actions. Maybe it's time to call the 1980s and see if we can borrow their foreign policy, since Obama can't seem to find one of his own.