Appearing on Sunday-morning chat show “Face the Nation,” former Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney raised concerns over failed leadership by President Barack Obama when addressing Russia and the turmoil in Ukraine.
Well, there’s no question, but that … the President’s naivety with regards to … Russia and his faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives [have] led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face.
And unfortunately not having anticipated Russia’s intentions, the President wasn’t able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you’re seeing in the Ukraine as well as the things that you’re seeing in Syria.
We … really need to understand that Russia has very different interests than ours, this is not fantasy land, this is reality, where they are a geopolitical adversary. They’re not our enemy. But they are certainly an adversary on the world stage.
Having failed to act more decisively earlier on during the Ukraine crisis, the United States must do so now. That includes assessing missile defense and military spending in the light of Russian aggression against Ukraine, including reestablishing U.S. and NATO missile defense in Eastern Europe.
Romney highlighted a variety of additional issues and threats where Russia has impacted U.S. and global interests, such as with regard to Syria, Iran, North Korea and Cuba.