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

Romney hammers Obama on Iran negotiations

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/09/art.romney.gi.jpg caption="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. WhoCares?

    I would say with American troops spread out all over the world unlike any other nation....with us in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and with the collapse of our ecomony........

    that we might be the most dangerous country in the world...whether we want to believe it or not.

    October 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Oy Vey

    We should listen to this guy ... he has no, none, nunca, nada foreign policy experience ... but he did just spend a night at Best Western.

    October 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. JR

    Yeah right, that attitude worked so well for Bush, it eliminated No. Korea and Iran as a threat, right? No it didn't Romney or don't you notice that form of diplomacy (or lack there of) made no changes for those two countries over the last 8 years.

    October 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. DT

    THough I am no fan of Romney (Nor do I think he'll ever be President) I agree...Im tired of us acting like everything is cool wit nations that'll spit in our faces...

    October 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What does Romney propose? I don't see anything here that is saying that we should be doing anything. Even Ronald Reagan knew that he should be talking to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. What can Romney say to that?

    This is not to say that we can trust the Iranians. That isn't the case. They need to know that we demand inspections of every single nuclear site to verify what they are saying. We call some of their actions what they are - sponsors of terrorist groups against a soverign country (groups like Hamas and Hezbollah against Israel).

    October 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. JR

    The GOP has the same old "Insanity" pitch.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein

    October 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Shane

    Hey, Mitt! We have a message for you: STOP TALKING. PERIOD! You're a troll, and you're only looking out for your own self-interest!!!!!

    October 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Greg

    There may be some truth to what Mitt says. But Romney calling anyone a fanatic is the pot calling the kettle black.

    October 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Mike


    October 19, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. EDDIE

    I guess we need to ignore Iran like we did in the bush years and let them go ahead and finished their nuclear program.Again no credible solution from the cons.

    October 19, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. sandy

    You can tell he's a republican. Don't talk to our enemies stategy is their biggest downfall.

    October 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Michael

    Good idea Mitt. That approach paid off handsomely over the past 8 years with North Korea and Iran. I'm sure more of the same will eventually yield dividends...

    October 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. MG

    Yeah that's all we need Romney is another war on another front. As we see Bush's Foreign diplomacy by ignoring our adversaries really paid off. You are an idiot. Talk about flip flopping. I was prochoice now I am not so the right wingers will accept me. Go pound sand!

    October 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Cathy in AZ

    I am forever grateful that we elected someone who choses to TRY diplomacy before resorting to other methods. For the life of me I can not figure out why few, if any, members of the GOP believe that diplomacy is the LAST option rather than the first!

    October 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Ed in Reno, NV

    Romney...Stop talking. Period.

    October 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Ross, Chautauqua

    Poor Mitt, he's so desperate to become president, he changes his positions plus says almost anything, even if it's false and not in the best interests of our country. Which means he's putting his own interests first. This isn't executive leadership which he touts, it's foolishness and ego.

    October 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Mark

    Reagan called the Soviet Union the "Evil Empire" repeatedly, but he still talked to them.

    October 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Marion

    Finally, someone with common sense speaks some common sense

    October 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. John - Brooklyn NY

    Sadly, Romney (and the rest of the Republicans) operate with the foreign policy perspective of isolating our foes and declare war with or without the support of our allies. This is a reckless policy and only makes the world (including the US) more dangerous. You'd think that they'd be willing to engage with people we don't like than to endanger our children.

    October 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Dave

    Our current foreign policy is very dangerous. It is only matched our current domestical policy of increased debt and deficits.

    October 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. rdn

    Romney will say anything, do anything and intimate anything to the audience in this article to try to get Jewish votes. His saber rattling is the usual Republican approach to foreign affairs – shoot first and ask questions later. I agree that Iran is a problem but who in their right mind want yet another war (while 2 others will be going on for years yet). Let's give the olive branch approach some time. The military option is always there should it absolutely possitively need to be used. Romeny wants to short circuit all attempts to avoid war. What the blankey blank is wrong with him?

    October 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. nathan


    The question is , would you prefer a third war? which will take a toll into the deficit and an already overstress military? This guys is just catering to the low level of understanding of foreign policy fanatics, Weird own these republic want to escalate to war, but are not willing to extend the basic care the rest of the country, very weird logic

    October 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Peter Zheutlin

    Poor Mitt. With no core beliefs other than in his destiny to be president, he's made a sharp right turn since serving as governor here in Massachusetts. Candidate Romney would have reviled Governor Romney.

    October 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Mike in Dallas

    If ol Mitt was the President then he could do that. The people of America decided he wasnt qualified and Obama is. Get over it and go fishing. Repubs dont love America, only Money. OBAMA- BIDEEN 2012.

    October 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Brandon

    It must be really easy for Romney to sit back and criticize. He currently holds no public office and can make blank accusations with no real consequences. Maybe he should be silent and let the professionals and other adults handle this.

    October 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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