April 21st, 2009
12:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney: 'Obama has failed his early foreign policy tests'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney went on the offensive Tuesday, slamming President Obama's foreign policy initiatives and calling the president a "timid advocate of freedom."

In an op-ed in the National Review, the former Massachusetts governor accused Obama of going easy on dictators and passing blame for the actions and policies of former administrations.

"As American soldiers sacrificed blood in Afghanistan and Iraq to defend liberty, President Obama shrank from defending liberty here in the Americas," Romney wrote. "Vice President Biden was right that the new president would be tested early in his administration. What the world learned was not good news for freedom and democracy. The leader of the free world has been a timid advocate of freedom at best. And bold action to blunt the advances of tyrants has been wholly lacking."

The former candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination said Obama may have failed in his early foreign-policy tests, but that he hopes the president will offer more than "silence, smiles, and a handshake" when dealing with foreign nations and leaders in the future.

"We are still very early in the Obama years – the president will have ample opportunity to defend America and freedom, and to deter nuclear brinkmanship. I am hoping for change," he wrote.

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  1. chelle

    No seriously....President Obama shook a man's hand. Ohhhhh the world as we know will end now!!! He made no deals with Mr. Chavez, he merely shook his hand. George Bush look into Mr. Putin's eyes and saw a friend!!! OOOOOOPSIE. The GOP needs to get over themselves. Do you think that FDR actually LIKED Stalin?? You don't have to like people to deal with them and Mitt Romney knows this full well. I expect that in his business dealings he's shaken hands with more than a few people he didn't like or respect. He is simply stirring the pot and it's getting really old to have the GOP do that.....

    April 21, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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