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. wg

    Another arm chair president that wasn't good enough to win the presidency. IShut up and go color!!!!

    October 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Dixon

    Just another idiot who thinks all it takes is more bombs to accomplish the goal. Hey Nit, isn't that the same strategy used in the past. You know the one that helped the Iranian people loves us so much. You know the Shah, Saddam and the royalty in Saudi Arabia. When Bush took us to war in Iraq any critisism was said to embolden the enemy. I have yet to see any support from the Republicans on the war except to send more troops. Eight years we have been going at that war half way.

    October 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Stephen

    Is Mr. Romney aware that US presidents, including Nixon & Reagan, DID meet with Soviet Union leaders? Just wondering.

    October 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. vic nashville , Tn

    Why he is talking like idiots ?

    We can’t avoid war with Al-Qaida we understand that but we went war with Iraq when we have trouble with Iran and North Korea

    October 19, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Milo in Atlanta

    Quick. Lou Dobbs is trapped in a balloon somewhere over Mexico!

    October 19, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. kd

    Mitt, Mitt, Mitt.... When you realize that your far-right 'be tough' approach will only get us as far as the Bush Administration did? That is, 50 years behind the curve.

    Did the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama tell you nothing? Diplomacy is the key, always has been.

    Mitt – the Republicans 2012 disaster-in-waiting

    October 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Laverne

    Blah, Blah, Blah from a man who can't seem to make his mind up as to which side of the aisle he belongs. This guy is just right out creepy!

    October 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. kd

    should read, 'when WILL you realize...'

    October 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. JJ Jones

    I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message.

    October 19, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Larry

    So, Mitt is advising that the US use its influence to impose state-sanctioned economic terrorism against Iran. Why? Because they are pursuing their legitimate rights under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT). That's real noble Mittens. But, that is not far-fetched. Re: the Iranian banking sector sanctions.

    This "agreement" is not "unverifiable and unenforceable", as he would have you believe. Quite the contrary. The IAEA – the sole body responsible for adherence to the NPT has NEVER found ANY evidence that Iran has sought to build nuclear weapons. None. Despite what you read on a daily basis about western "fears" to the contrary.

    October 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. randy in PA

    please.......it was his kind of thinking that caused a lot of our world problems. To stick it to everyone who doesn't do what we want only makes it worse. Here's an idea, Romney, why don't you and your crowd just go away and kill some small animals with your precious guns.

    October 19, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Dana

    He needs to shut up already- North Korea has stopped their Nuclear program and Iran is actually talking to us- this is good b/c in case these idiots didnt get the memo nuclear war means death to all of us regardless who shoots first- so these guys really need to stop with this isolation tactic as it put is in more danger over the last 8 years. When you're not speaking then nothing is being resolved. If its not being resolved its stewing. Guess what Saudi Arabia treats their people just as crappy as Iran- but they are our "BFF" because they finance 50% of US Debt- essentially Arabs own most of this country already- so maybe we should deal with that!

    October 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. patNY

    Is this guy high or something? He's actually saying no to diplomacy first, and yes to all out war with Iran first! I know mormons and evangelicals are trying to hasten WWIII thinking its the culmination of the current End of Times period they think we're in and will usher in the Second Coming of the Messiah, but this guy takes the cake!

    October 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Ken from missouri

    The party that I have been with my whole life is in need of a spokesman that has some intelligence just think if ronald reagan had the same theory with the russians would the cold war still be going on?

    October 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Bertina

    This guy has zero foreign policy. Just because he is spouting Republican talking points on war is irrelevant.

    October 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    To mr. useless – as soon as one of your sons joins the Army you can start giving speeches about anything outside the US.

    October 19, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Tony in Maine

    Oh boy – let's have another war!

    Tell you what Mitt – you wrap yourself in a flag and march down the main street of Qom singing Yankee Doodle Dandy. The guys who actually have to do the tough stuff have been used up and tossed away by the DC crowd. Those who remain upright are tired.

    October 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. dayton

    So.... what isMr. Romney's solution to this issue? It is really easy to point out issues without formulating a solution.

    October 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. stevo

    "Nazi", "evil", "fanatical", "ruthless", "extreme and dangerous".

    Yup, sounds like a Republican using typical scare tactics to manipulate public opinion. I just have a hard time listening to such rhetoric, let alone giving it any credibility.

    October 19, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. fada

    Doesn't really sound like a hammering to me. With president Obama a new era has begun for a better world and Romney knows that. Thank you America for giving the world this wonderful man as your president.

    October 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. JN

    I wish I could be president. I wish, I wish, I wish.

    Go enjoy your fortune Mr. Romney. You have no idea how lucky you are having all that money.

    Leave the foreign policy to people who were elected to conduct it. The people of this great country and the world (Nobel?) rejected the paranoid right-wing fear mongering with the last election. Guess you forgot you didn't even make it to the final rounds in that one.

    I wish, I wish, I wish.

    October 19, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. ShouldHaveBeen

    It should have been Romney as our president. It's obvious he understands things like foreign policy and the economy much better then Obama does. Oh well, I guess we can chalk it up as a mistake and hopefully learn from it.

    October 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. john

    Just because they are working?

    October 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Ken

    Go ask your daddy for another billion dollars

    October 19, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Nader

    We don't need another cow boy. We had enough last 8 years. We still not fully recoup from the destruction OF George W Bush forieng policy. WE DON'T NEED THIS ANOTHER CARZY POLITICIAN ROMNEY IN WHITE HOUSE.

    October 19, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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