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. Florence

    “Fanatical”! How interesting, this coming from another religious fanatic. I guess he’s saying his Joseph is a better fairy than Mohammad, and saying it to Jews who don’t even believe in either one of them, as they have their own fairy. I just don’t understand the hypocrisy of religious folks. They all believe in fairytales but each insists their fairy god mother is better than the others, and have killed each others for hundreds of year over their own make believe.
    Throughout the history, American Jews have mostly been Democrats. This is new tools that Republicans are using against President Obama, in order to get Jews on board, knowing how much most Jews have contempt for Muslims. People be aware, not necessary the enemy of your enemy is your friend.

    October 19, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. NS0710

    Romney...with all you liberal (then conservative, then liberal) leanings, and your millions of dollars spent on campaigning, you could not beat John McCain, a fairly weak candidate. You had it all: the money, the looks, positions on both sides of every issue. What went wrong? Your party doesn't want you. The nation doesn't want you. Stop trying to be Reagan II. Go away.

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

    And, what do you suggest Mr. Smart guy??? Bomb them? As usual, more criticism no solution! I am just so tired of this party of "NO" trying to reinvent Bush failed policy!

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

    It is clear that Mr. Romney knows very little about the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    One more reason why Mr. Romney is not qualified for any position that involves knowledge and experience in international relations.

    October 19, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    I guess he can only see in the short term. The regime seems to be falling on its own from its own doing while the international community must keep tight controls while this regime falling apart on all sides doesn't obtain nuclear weapons!

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

    Ok, so lets stop talking and start another war! Wow! Do these people have brains? Yet, they want to run for President?

    October 19, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Hugo

    Too bad it wasn't with a smart hammer!

    October 19, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Oh my God. Is this from a human being?

    October 19, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Doug, New Jersey

    It is neive to think that Carter libs don't want Israel to be nuked by Iran. There are many in Obama's inner circle who feel the same way, and some who hand out prizes no so nobel who are banking on Obama taking a Carter like aproach. Obviously Democrats believe that Americans who disagree with them are terrorists, but those who wish to wipe Israel off the map are not. It is so sick, 2010 cannot come soon enough.

    October 19, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. yougottobekidding

    I can imagine if the GOP was in power, we would be fighting 3 wars right now! Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan! These guys have no solution to any problems, just lip service. Bunch of Jokers!

    October 19, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Mississippi Miss

    Peace through strength. Attainable.

    Mitt Romney is a great leader in many ways, economically prudent,
    morally sound, natural achiever. We can only dream about what would be happening now, if he were our President.

    We settled for President Obama... and it is VERY unsettling.

    We will have a great leader in the future, but for now... I for one stand amazed at who this man is.

    October 19, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Navy Vet

    So in other words, you disagree with the Generals on the ground? Shut up Romney, your ignorance in foreign policy is showing.

    October 19, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter, chairman of the death panel

    Here we go again: "fear, fear, fear." Yeah, we should start wars with Iran and North Korea. That'd be awesome! That'll make us look strong in the eyes of the world. Good strategy, Mittens. Have a nice day!

    October 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Pam

    The arrogance! Who started this horrific mess with no end in sight ???? Do the republicans (and most of the media) actually think the public is suffering from loss of memory??? Do us all a favor Romney...go on a very long vacation to one of you twenty mansons. The nerve!

    October 19, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    So what are we to do about them Mutt? Ignoring them does nothing. Try coming up with a real solution instead of parroting the usual GOP mantra. Criticize but offer no reasonable alternative. And your typical GOP "military threat" mantra sure has worked in the past hasn't it?

    October 19, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Shirley In California

    Well, Mr. Romney since you want to talk "foreign policy" let's talk about yours shall we?

    1. Member of the Mormon cult (now, that's foreign);

    2. Draft dodger; and

    3. Sons who are pretty boys. None of them EVER volunteered to do ANYTHING for the military.

    That about sums up your foreign policy Mitt. Which of course the Obama administation could do without.

    October 19, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. George Austin

    President Obama has further weakened America's position in the world because of his apologies to Muslims and European governments for America's so-called indiscretions. This has embarrassed America and is a sign of weakness to Iran, North Korea, and all terrorists.

    George A.
    Vancouver USA

    October 19, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. yuri

    Romney should know better than offerin' hawkish advice to the Govt. apropos Iran policy. We believe that nobody is naive enough to keep engagin' in lovie-dovie deals w/ Iran. At some point the stick of the carrot ' n ' stick policy will have to be invoked.

    Mccain's " bomb, bomb, bomb Iran " cacophony does not and will not intone well w/ anybody. You want to project the tough guy appraoach, Romney, think multiple times before you take the plunge. If the macho attitude lands you in boiling oil, you are the one, most likely, endin' up badly burnt.

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

    USA's economy is all about selling armament and to have war going on some where in the world.
    It is time to cut defense spending and ask tough questions to army general who are in the pockets of defense industries.

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

    HEY, Mitt: IF you are NOT talking, as we experienced over the past decade, HOW DO YOU KNOW?

    "unalloyed evil" WHAT IS THAT? Define please. Do "they" meaning the gov't or the general populace???

    Enact "withering" sanctions?? WHAT? Who pays the price under that option? Surely, NOT, the government!

    Guess, millionaire Mitt forgot that "people" have to live under his $$$$$$$$$ radar!

    October 19, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Patrick

    he's right

    October 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Greg Smith

    Same ole GOP stuff. Don't talk to anyone, it makes you look weak. When will these people grow up and realize this isn't the elementary school play ground?

    October 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. TLDSR

    The Republican Party is a disgrace and an abomination. There is something putrid about these guys and gals. The Republican Parties of past decades did not make me want to shower after I hear or see them speak on issues. I think it may have started with the Newt Gingrich Crew a few years back.

    October 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Anita ~ Columbus, Ohio

    Right ~ just like your competition in the elections ~ Bomb, bomb, bomb ~ bomb, bomb Iran ~ so much better than trying to negotiate first! Maybe that's why the GOP lost ~ bomb first, ask questions later ~ just what the world needed ~ NO NEW CHANGE!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. NO Mo Romney

    Mitt**The Iranian regime is unalloyed evil, run by people who are at once ruthless and fanatical***Smells LIKE The Republicans to ME!!!!

    October 19, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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