October 19th, 2009
06:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney hammers Obama on Iran negotiations

Romney spoke at an AIPAC summit in California on Monday.
Romney spoke at an AIPAC summit in California on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Mitt Romney has a message for the Obama administration: Stop talking to Iran. Period.

"The Iranian leadership is the greatest immediate threat to the world since the fall of the Soviet Union, and before that, Nazi Germany," Romney said in a speech Monday to the pro-Israel group AIPAC at their national summit in San Diego, according to excerpts provided to CNN.

"The Iranian regime is unalloyed evil, run by people who are at once ruthless and fanatical," Romney said. "Stop thinking that a charm offensive will talk the Iranians out of their pursuit of nuclear weapons. It will not. And agreements, unenforceable and unverifiable, will have no greater impact here than they did in North Korea. Once an outstretched hand is met with a clenched fist, it becomes a symbol of weakness and impotence."

Romney - who has used a series of high-profile speeches to bolster his foreign policy profile in advance of a possible 2012 presidential bid - called on the United States to enact "comprehensive, withering sanctions" coupled with support for "the forces of freedom within Iran." He demanded that a "credible" military threat must remain on the table if Iranian leadership insists on threatening Israel with annihilation.

The former Massachusetts governor also blasted Obama for doing to much to accomodate Palestinian leadership in the pursuit of a peace process, while also placing an undue burden on Israel, "America's most ardent ally in the Middle East."

"The notion that Hamas and violent jihadists are motivated by 'shared interests' and 'common goals' is naïve in the extreme and dangerous to the entire free world," Romney said.


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  1. Florida Joe

    Somebody needs to tell this clown Romney that he is NOT in charge and NO ONE cares what he thinks. Anyone that loses to McCain is a REAL loser..............

    October 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. W. Cunningham

    It is easy to talk tough especially since none of his sons have ever spent one single day in the military.

    October 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    If i were you my rich friend Romney, i'll worry about the primary first. stupid rich idiot

    October 19, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Dutch/BAd Newz, VA

    Obviously Mitt doesn't realize that this administration attempts diplomacy first before cutting a nation off from the rest of the world.

    October 19, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. moonbeam

    Just another conservative hawk, pandering to the audience of the moment; stop talking to Iran? Just what would that accomplish? It was never stated that a military response was off the table, but it seems imprudent to demand anything from the Iranian regeime since it would only be met with more arrogance and threats. I suppose Mr. Romney has always settled disagreements with a punch in the eye rather than a civilized discussion. Just how many troops does his pary think we have, and how many wars can we afford? Silliness!

    October 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    Romney is right on with this one. Sad thing is.....Obama thinks if he says "pretty please" enough these dictators will like him. I wasn't so sure before, but as days go by I'm becoming more convinced that President Obama wants to be Dictator Obama.

    October 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Otto

    Mitt, you have no say in this matter; you need to shut up! There is more positive dialogue being done today than all the previous eight years combined.

    The IEA is currently in discussing right now and having Russia take Iran's Uranium and reprocess them at a much lower grade for use in energy.

    Your BUMB BUMB policies of the retugs will get us no where. Get a life and shut up!

    October 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Romney is an isolationist within himself which makes him a threat to all Americans. He needs to stick to what he knows best, isolation.

    October 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. victim of neo-tardism

    Romney is a hammer alright. About as smart as one......

    The only thing more naive than certain notions about Hamas is the notion that [R]s are effective leaders. 9-11 and the economic disaster happened on their watch. Case closed.

    October 19, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    Obama is an embarrassment to our prestige. If I was one of thhese evil regimes like Iran, North Korea,China, and Russia id feel like i could do whatever i wanted too. Beside democrats, those regimes are happy as hell Obama got elected. They wouldnt pull this crap if Bush was in charge thats for sure. Besides the regular brainwashed obamabots that frequent these posts, America is sorry they elected him. Its too bad we cant call for a special election to get rid of obama and the liberal democrats now, instead of having to wait until 2010.

    October 19, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Thank you Mitt. The Iranians are racists, anti semite, mysogynistic liars. They do not understand the terms honor, respect or diversity....oops sorry thought I was talking about liberals there for a minute....same difference

    October 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Hereitis

    Mr.Romney,this helps U.S. Foreign Policy with the eradication of nuclear weapons HOW!? Im sorry,I remember the Bush foreign policy of not talking to North Korea,who has nuclear weapons. I don't think it worked.

    October 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Shadysider

    I'm sure Romney and the Hawks would love to stop talks with Iran. – "When the talking ends. War is inevitable." War profiteers and engineers everywhere would love it.

    October 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Steve, New York City

    Romney, please – you're putting us to sleep!

    October 19, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. knowlege

    We have a message for Mitt
    Romney. Shut the hell up! period. You are not the President and Americans right now don't trust republican leadership. Therefore your comment is DEAD wrong to the 100th power. Why don't you and the rest of the GOP leave the country since you keep degrading and spreading negative statements and lies. Even minorities don't even like your weak country club full of good ol boys

    October 19, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. bellablue

    This guy has NO foreign policy experience! The only pirk he has is ALL OF HIS MONEY!!!

    October 19, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. B

    Mitt Romney knows nothing about Iran or its domestic politics. If he did, he would know that bullying only helps to legitimate the regime.

    October 19, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Clara

    Romney, not talking is what got us in this mess in the first place!
    One smart person knew it all, BUSH.
    Your're not to bright yourself.

    October 19, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Thanks, Romney, for letting us know precisely why putting you in charge of negotiating with Iran would result in Iran having nuclear weapons. They aren't going to stop unless they want to stop...calling them "unalloyed evil" isn't going to make them feel very comfortable with the idea of us having nukes while they don't.

    As for the "the forces of freedom within Iran," that's just (a) stupid, i.e., when has meddling in other countries' governments to prop up our chosen allies EVER worked for us? and (b) if you can't see it for the wang-waving redneck-riling ultrapatriotic rhetoric it is, then you are someone who believes whatever these imbeciles say without a critical thought in your head.

    October 19, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Duck Fallas

    Romney is a plastic pandering twit. Cowboy foreign policy doesn't work- proven over and over again by you republican morons for 8 years. Get out of the way already. The world has no respect for you.

    October 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. bob

    Romney, your an idiot.

    October 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. John

    Everything we do may be in Good Faith, but if end result is not Good, it is deemed a Failure. I am a Democrat. I don't intend to criticize Bush and GOP in a negative manner.

    I want to say that whatever Bush and GOP did in the last 8 years must have been in good faith, but end result is not good. Thus it is a failure.

    Therefore GOP should just take the back seat and let Obama drive the Bus.

    October 19, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. jayindenver

    "Evil." "Fanatic." "Freedom." Gee, Mitt, you might as well just start saying "Nukular" if you're going to use Bushspeak. Same old Neocon plan - imperialism instead of diplomacy. The world is not impressed. The only ones who take you seriously are the NASCAR and Jesus crowd that is the Republican base.

    "If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies." - Moshe Dayan, Israeli military and political leader

    You might want to think about Dayan's comment when you speak of "America's most ardent ally in the Middle East."

    And be careful not to trip over your dick.

    October 19, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. hawk

    Kiss Off Mitt !!!

    October 19, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Charlie in Maine

    Hey Romney,

    They are giving out Nobel Prizes for not being George W Bush........but I guess you are not interested or else you would stop trying to "out-stupid"George W.

    October 19, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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