FLASHBACK: Haughty Obama Lectured Romney on Russia ‘The 1980s Want Their Foreign Policy Back’

Posted by Kristinn Taylor, DC Chapter, Free Republic.  Twitter me @KristinnFR

In light of Russian President Vladimir Putin having been given equal standing on the world stage  by a bumbling United States President Barack Obama this week over Syria, it is worth recalling that just under one year ago a haughty Obama lectured Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney about Russia’s role in the 21st Century.

Obama’s hectoring on Russia are not the only words coming back to haunt him from that debate. Obama also lectured Romney on the need for the U.S. to provide in the Middle East, “strong, steady leadership, not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map”.

The lecture took place during the third debate between the two candidates on October 22, 2012.

CBS News video via You Tube.

Excerpt of transcript from Politico below the fold:

OBAMA: Governor Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not Al Qaida; you said Russia, in the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.

But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s…

OBAMA: So, what — what we need to do with respect to the Middle East is strong, steady leadership, not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map. And unfortunately, that’s the kind of opinions that you’ve offered throughout this campaign, and it is not a recipe for American strength, or keeping America safe over the long haul.

Romney responded:

…First of all, Russia I indicated is a geopolitical foe. Not…


ROMNEY: Excuse me. It’s a geopolitical foe, and I said in the same — in the same paragraph I said, and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin. And I’m certainly not going to say to him, I’ll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election, he’ll get more backbone…

It’s too bad it has taken someone like Putin to show the world what we on the conservative side have known all along about Obama’s lack of competence in world affairs.

Hat tip: Nachum


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