October 19th, 2009
06:57 PM ET
4 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. Guy

    Yeah man screw peace, bombs solve everything. Iran and Palenstine will have no hard feelings and love america! Not one of them will try to retaliate and join Al Quida/Taliban/Extremist Groups.

    Idiot. We can do miles better then a war-mongering Romney.

    October 19, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. mario mtl ca

    Mr. wax man still speak for nothing

    October 19, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I suppose Mitt would take the Iranian leadership, put them in a crate, tie it to the roof of his car, and drive around until they soiled themselves. Then they would behave.

    October 19, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Craig

    Is this man crazy? President Bush policies didn't work the first time, so does Mitt Romney think they are going to work when he becomes President? He needs to come up with a policies where name calling is not in play.

    October 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Joe E.

    What an idiot! I used to think that there were SOME good Republicans out there. If this is their leadership, then there are none!

    October 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Okay – you can HAMMER President about Iran in front of a pro-Israel group... If President Obama is causing "... an undue burden on Israel, "America's most ardent ally in the Middle East." then Israel should take care of that "undue burden" that is causing them so much heartache!!! That so-called burden did not hatch since President Obama took office. PLEASE stop trying to get foreign relations experience so you can run in 2012!!! At least make sense with it!

    And PLEASE, change your photo!!!! It's the same old picture in every article posted here!!!

    October 19, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. RR in AZ

    This guy needs to go away! He doesn't have a "snowball chance in hell" to win the GOP nomination in 2012....He couldn't even beat McCain!

    October 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    His weave and magic undies are too tight....cutting off oxygen to his brain...

    October 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. ob08

    What a fool. What does he know about foreign policy. Please go away.

    October 19, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Grrr-awful-o

    Negotiations? What negotiations? Ahmedinejad says "We'll talk. But we will never give up our right to nuclear technology." And Obama essentially said, "Ok.". Talk is not negotiations and talk is cheap. If you want a work horse don't elect a show horse. I gave up on Iran a year ago. They'll get their nukes. Obama won't stop them. "Change you can be...".... Oh, Shut up!

    October 19, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. MatthewDetroit

    Romney is CORRECT.

    Barack has no idea what he is doing in Iran and was outplayed by the Russians and Chinese again.

    He is very naive and arrogant when it comes to foreign policy.

    October 19, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. brs

    Quick question to Mitt...what the hell would you know about Iran?

    October 19, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. 2012

    Mitt Romney is just as bad as the "Balloon Boy's" parents. Got to be in the spotlight, eh Mitt? The American people are concerned about America (get it). The symbol of weakness and impotence is manifested in your frustration that you are not the President of the United States instead of President Obama. You will never see the White House unless invited. So sit down somewhere, and when your opinion is needed, you'll be asked for it. :)

    October 19, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. cali seadog

    Keep spreading the fear Mitt.

    October 19, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. DJ in TX

    And what would the EX-Governor know about foreign policy. People on the outside looking in always have an opinion. OK – so no talking to Iran, then what is his answer. All he did was criticize with no solution. We don't have enough troops to do anything with Iran currently. Hell, there's even a report that we may not have enough available troops for Afghanistan.

    For those people who have never served (I fought in the 1st Gulf War), if you are so patriotic, then join the military and go fight in Afghanistan and Iran (if we decide to go).

    Again, the governor is criticizing without a solution of his own. What would be his plan for Iran??????

    October 19, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Jake

    I have a message for Mitt Romney:
    "Stop talking. Period."

    October 19, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. David Ottson

    Eight years of a policy that did not work is not enough for these guys.

    October 19, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Danny

    Wait I thought it was Iraq's WMD that were the greatest threat to the world. Oh wait they didn't have any. Then I heard that North Korea's nukes that were the biggest threat to the world. Now you're telling me it's Iran? Why do Republicans ALWAYS need an enemy to confront to make themselves feel relevant? And what's wrong with talking with your enemies? What's the worst that can happen...you might be able to prevent a war rather than start one?

    October 19, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Talk is not always cheap. To refuse to enage in talks with a nation is a refusal to enage in diplomacy, to refuse to enage in diplomatic offings, is to accept the failure of diplomatic efforts, upon acceptance of failed diplomactic efforts its becomes much easier to bring about the use of the military option, thus the definition of war- " an extension of diplomacy when all else fails." Sometimes it seems far simplier for politicans to turn their backs on diplomactic efforts and turn to the military option than permit diplomates to to their job and come up with diplomatic solutions to problems between nations. It is extremely easy for those that have never served to decide that diplomatic efforts are a waste of time.

    October 19, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Felly

    Mitt, how about we all stop talking to Momons, period?

    October 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Gary

    Romney – who has used a series of high-profile speeches to bolster his foreign policy profile in advance of a possible 2012 presidential bid

    Uhh, what foriegn policy? Come November 2012 you will be a two time loser.

    Now you talk, during the campaign, you dodged every question thrown at you.

    October 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. James, Phoenix AZ

    Typical Republican attitude: shoot first, negotiate later. I hope this doofus has ZERO chance of becoming president some day.

    October 19, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Craig of LA

    Typical Neo-Con war-mongering. Falsify some facts and start a war with Iran and why you are at North Korea too! Alliances, collaboration, reason and diplomacy advance and strebgthen America's agenda.

    God save us from such men as Romney who are al too willing to shed our nation's precious blood.

    October 19, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Larry

    Spoken to AIPAC. Nuff said.

    October 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. munchmom

    I agree wholeheartedly with Romney on this one! We are too mamby-pamby in our dealings with terrorists, of which Iran is one of the worst group of them. But our prez thinks playing nicey-nice with all of these countries is the solution. It isn't-and he had better get tough in Afghanistan or more and more of our troops will perish. Quit being nice–time to start playing hardball!

    October 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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