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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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Tom in Wisconsin

    "The wars will continue until you admit that the U.S. is a peaceful, loving nation". That attitude definitely did a lot of good under the W. regime.

    October 19, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Steph

    So Romney wants to "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb...Bomb, Bomb Iran" just like McCain does?

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

    At last a man of Reason. Mitt Romney is a man of stature and
    substance, not a puff piece propped up by the media. Our country
    would do well to elect a man of integrity like Mitt. He has no scandals
    or ties to Acorn or other radical groups on either side of the political
    spectrum, and has proven leadership successes in Olympics and
    as Governer. Or course the media will hate him, and Huckabee
    will attack his religion, but Mitts intelligence and personality, strong
    family, business credentials, would make Mitt a wise choice
    in these dangerous times.

    October 19, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Craig in Washington

    Mitt makes a great backseat driver.

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

    Obama is naive and Iran is playing games with him. What a fool he is to think his smooth talking will work on anyone but the gimme crowd in America.

    October 19, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. SD Kevin

    Great idea Mr. Romney. That served Americans and American foreign policy so well over the past decade. After all, in that time Iran made no progress at all toward attaining nuclear processing capability, they did not become a regional power in the middle east, nor did they (help) to stir up fanatical opposition to America or American foreign policy. Oh, wait...

    October 19, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    So Mittens Romney is another warmonger who takes the words of John McCain, "Bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran," seriously. He was joking you fool.

    October 19, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Matt from Boston

    Former Governor Romney is correct here...the Iranians are continuing their nuclear program and it's only a matter of time before Israel strikes. If they do, the world risks another world war, which would be disasterous for all. President Obama needs to start making decisions, both in regards to Iran and Afghanistan. He can not vote "Present" here, we need true leadership and I hope for the world's sake that he has that in him.

    It's about time that he and his administration stop bickering with Fox News like school children, stop campaigning for governors and do what they were elected to do and what the American people need them to do.

    October 19, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Steph

    What exactly are Romney's military and/or diplomatic credentials?

    October 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. REPUBLICANS HATE AMERICA

    Who cares what this twit has to say? Your opinion and a quarter might buy some bubble gum!

    October 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Chispter

    Sure, Mitt, that's the best way to make your opponents understand your position, negotiate and resolve differences, or simply make clear what will not be tolerated.

    I suppose that, in your household, you and your wife simply stop speaking to each other when you have differences? That's a quick way to turn a marriage into a battleground and a very immature way to resolve conflicts.

    How about talking to Iran and attempting to reach agreement or at least making clear the consequences of unacceptable behavior. Maybe when you grow up you can play with the adults in the room. Until then, I guess you'll sit quietly in a corner and pout.

    October 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. John, Sacramento

    Like so many other brave Republicans that failed to serve their country when they should have, like Cheney, Limbaugh, Giuliani etc., Romney concludes that it doesn't matter that we don't have enough troops to heed the call for more boots in Afghanistan, let alone give our brave soldiers a much needed rest..................No..................he would like to invade Iran or at least threaten to do so, in the hopes that this would somehow accomplish a policy that has largely failed since the Embassy takeover in 1979.................here's a suggestion Mitch. You assemble an elite GOP Politician Special force to invade Iran and overthrow the government rather than asking our "real" American patriots to carry our your "but it makes me feel good" patriotism.(since you don't have to do it).

    October 19, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    How are Iranians a threat when they are surrounded (somewhat) by nations that can make a parking lot out of them (India, Russia, Israel, US etc).

    No Republican can ever answer that, the best answer they can come up with is they have the POTENTIAL.

    Well every gun owner has the potential to go crazy and shoot up their workplace, but that doesn't mean that we will deprive every American of guns just for that, right?

    When are these Republicans going to stop creating strawmen to scare people?

    October 19, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. GOPer

    What foreign policy profile? Please. Citizen Romney's warmongering nonsense has already proven an abysmal failure, which is why these neo-cons were voted out of office.

    October 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Mike in VA

    Right. Because 8 years of Bush-administration saber-rattling did so much to deter Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. How soon we forget. Romney's strategy has been given a chance; it didn't work. While we can never take the use of force off the table when dealing with a hostile power, I believe that skillful diplomacy is the only way to keep us out of a third war that we can't afford.

    October 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Mitt is a Genius

    Great idea Mitt! Let's just give our enemies the finger. That's sure to fix everything!

    October 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Rodney

    I wish more Democrat leaders would join in to stop the insane spending and weak international policies.

    CNN needs to step up the pressure also and not let Obama manipulate them with the Fox ban / CNN pat on the back based on concurrence.

    It is getting scary..................

    October 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Ted Tartaglia

    Romney is just another failed Repub hack trying to improve his image. He has no foreign policy experience on which to base his pronouncements so he is just blowing hot air. Who listens to him anyway?

    October 19, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Wanda, DC

    No one cares what you think.

    October 19, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Rumsfeld

    Exactly Mitch. This refreshing attitude is exactly the reason why you will not be a "next" president of the U.S.

    October 19, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. rush

    again Romney shows what an idiot he is. All he sees is black and white if it was up oto him we'd be at war with every country on earth. Moron.

    October 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Larry

    Romney has NO foreign policy experience

    Romney has NO experience in dealing with other countries

    Romney has NO experience in running this country

    Romney has NO chance of winning a Republican primary

    Romney was NO good as a Massachusetts Governor

    Romney has NO business telling Obama what to do

    Romney has NO idea what THE PARTY OF NO even stands for

    Romney is just a TALKING HEAD full of NOs

    October 19, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Sasha

    Positioning himself for running in 2012.

    October 19, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Pepou

    Romney : another war, is that what you have in mind ?

    October 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. NC

    Where was Romney when Former President Bush did not stop Iran or N. Korea. As a retired Police Officer with 24 years of service I found that talking is better than people dying. I guess if it is up to the Romney's of the U. S. we would be at war with Iran and N. Korea. Does he have any sons or daughters he can send to Iraq or Afghanistan. My family has fought in every war or conflict since World War 2. Our Military is already stretched too thin, we can not go to war with everybody we disagree with. It is time for the Middle East to step up to the plate.

    October 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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