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“Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is the first time in 80 years that a great power has moved to conquer a sovereign nation. It is without justification, without provocations and without honor, ”Romney said in a statement.
“Putin’s impunity predictably stems from our cool response to his previous horrors in Georgia and Crimea, for our naive efforts to unilaterally reboot and for the failure of ‘America first,'” the Republican presidential candidate added in 2012.
“The ’80s called and we didn’t answer,” Romney said.
The Republican also criticized the current US foreign policy.
“The danger of turning away from Putin’s tyranny again lies not only with the people of the nations he has violated, but also with America,” he said.
Romney, recalling his exchange with Obama, said in a new statement, “The ’80s called,’ and we didn’t answer.”
– Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) February 24, 2022
Romney also predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin could continue his aggression.
“History shows that the tyrant’s appetite for conquest is never satisfied,” he added.
“America and our allies must respond to the call to defend freedom by subjecting Putin and Russia to the most severe economic punishments, excluding them from global institutions and committing themselves to expanding and modernizing our national defenses,” Romney said.
In 2012, Romney predicted that Russia was “the number one geopolitical enemy” for America, a comment that drew criticism from then-President Obama.
“A few months ago, when you were asked about the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said it was Russia, not al Qaeda,” Obama said. said during the third presidential debate between him and Romney in October 2012. “And the 1980s are now calling for a request to return to their foreign policy because the Cold War is over for 20 years.”
When @MittRomney called Russia “America’s main geopolitical enemy” and was attacked by many on the left and right. It was 2012. He was right.
– Stuart Stevens (@stuartpstevens) February 14, 2022