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. jfs Memhis, Tn

    And just when was it that Mitt won the Noble Peace Prize for his international experise and international support ???

    October 19, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. montag24

    The greatest immediate threat to the world? Give me a break!

    Romney is just pandering to the pro-Zionists who want to attack Iran.

    Mitt, if you want to send soldiers to Iran so badly, why not sign up your sons to go first?

    Oh, that's right. I forgot. They're doing their patriotic duty over here helping you campaign.

    GOP panderer and hypocrite!

    October 19, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. jobless recovery

    Here's how negotiatons go:
    Obama- "Hope, dreams, bla bla bla"
    Iran- "Pretty speech, now be weak and do what we want"
    Obama- "whatever you say, now i will bow to you like i did to the saudi's"

    October 19, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. rr

    Just because Obama threw all the Iranian protestors and deceased under the bus, is no reason to criticize him.

    He doesn't want to rile any feathers. He didn't win a Nobel Prize for crticizing foreign goverments' human and civil rights abuses. He got it for playing nice with everyone, no matter how dispicable they are.

    October 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. g ontario

    he would have said same against leaders of the american revolotion Romney seems to like war,s ,afterall he has nothing to loose,he,ll say anything for a pat on the back from the far right, the US is only one war away from being bankrupt keep talking Mitt.

    October 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. annie s

    Mitt Romney is not an elected official. His advice has the same merit as mine. So here goes: President Obama, keep doing exactly what you are doing. By offering an outstretched hand, you are showing the world that America has ceased acting like a bully and a force of one. If force ends up being needed – as a last resort – then the world will stand with you.

    October 19, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. S M R

    So MITT,Should we Bomb and Invade with NO EXIT STRAGETY?

    October 19, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Lisa P

    The Iranian regime is unalloyed evil, run by people who are at once ruthless and fanatical...

    Unalloyed evil? Really? Sounds like 99.98% pure rhetoric to me, from someone who would be dangerously incapable of running a sane, balanced and pragmatic foreign policy. But I'm sure the suckers suck this garbage up. I mean, look how secure (not to mention prosperous!) eight years of tough talk have gotten us. Not. Idiots.

    October 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. AJ, Florida

    Now he wants to be a hawk too. Hey Mitt, "just for men" called, they want to know if you're available for a commercial.

    October 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. We Won Get Over It

    OH goody goody goody We the people of the United States have an expert, named Romney, who knows all about foreign relations, deployments. Everything there is to know....gee don't you love the republicans trying to inject themselves into situations they don't know a darn thing about..


    With all those experts why in the world don't we just shut down the Pentagon and do away with the Generals and Colonels on the battlefields.

    October 19, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. cspurgeon

    Don't need or want any comments from the plastic man....

    October 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Greg

    We ignore that the leader of Iran was once involved in detaining American hostages for 444 days just like we ignore Obama's past affiliations... but the world has to be skeptical after so many years of a extending a clenched fist ourselves. I see the administration's point that what we have done so far has done little lessen the tension, but at the same time, the fact that we have not had an attack on US soil since going into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq can't be ignored either. We have been taking the fight to them since 2002... if we hadn't ignored the '93 WTC bombing, USS Cole, or the US embassy bombings, then maybe 9/11 wouldn't have ever happened. Like many Americans, I hope the current president doesn't make the same mistakes as Clinton, and believe if we ignore things, the problems will all go away... at least until after the elections, or his term is up. An overzealous domestic policy will not provide fiscal security once the economy has dried up from a failed foreign policy that allows for terrorists to attack us on our own soil, that was the basis of bin Laden's attack in New York, and that is why our soldiers are there taking the fight to them! For once we are being proactive instead of reactive, keeping them rocked on their heels where they can't sit still long enough to organize, let alone plan attacks like they did prior to 2001. God bless the president in his wisdom, and God bless America!

    October 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Gary

    And Romney got all of his wisdom and experience from,,,,,,,Being the commander in chief of the National Guard?

    October 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. S M R

    When MITT talks about how Irans Resime is so terrible, He could very easily replace the word Iranian with the word GOP.

    October 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. joel palmer

    This guy is the epitome of insincerity and say anything phoniness. he is also weirder than McCain to boot. What kind of person straps his dog to the roof of a car for a one thousand mile trip?

    Oh yeah , a mormon that's who; if you think their underwear is weird; you ought to read what they believe

    October 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Shut your mitt, Mitt

    Good strategy, Mitt: lets continue the exact same stubborn and heavy-handed strategies that got us into this position in the first place. Or....we can work with the rest of the International Community (who right-wing nutjobs seem to think are all incorrect and irrelevant) to enact real and effective sanctions against Iran. Not talking to someone, though, is a surefire way to piss them off. It is also the approach children take when they dont know the right thing to do.

    So do us all a favor and act like you're part of the country, rather than undermining our country's efforts of achieving a solution to a growing problem. To put out a fire, you use water, not more fire. We should continue to lead the way in finding ways of accommodating everyone's interests, which includes holding Israel accountable for its actions throughout the Mid East, as well as the Palestinian and Iranian extremists. Its never just black and white.

    October 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Sea.gem

    Negotiating fro what...they couldn't enrich their uranium to weapons grade with the centrifuges they have...and now they will gainmore concessions and time...

    October 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. eolufemi

    More war huh?

    Republicans certainly lack imagination.

    Their answer to everything is lower taxes and more wars.

    What a contradiction...

    October 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Ren from Baltimore


    As if you have any inside information about what's going on over there, what our military capacities are, or what our country needs on the international front. Grow up! Find another cause; use your good sense for something more useful and appropriate than this.

    October 19, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. FL for Change

    Too much hair dye or spray! DUH...Obama is at least trying to open dialogue with Iran instead of McCain's "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" joke. We are and will always be Israel's friend. Romney is a tool...

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Miguel in NY

    I've got two words for Mitt Romney: sour grapes. He's just jealous that nobody hired him to do the job. Did he complain when George W. Bush spoke to Ghaddafi? The innocent people of Iran who want a decent life would suffer greatly if Iran was isolated or ignored. I don't see a problem with trying to deal with Iran through diplomacy, instead of bombs. Mitt Romney is just another right-wing mouthpiece of the Republican Party, who once again proves they are out of touch! Yes, Ahmedinajad is a fanatic. He's said and done bad things. However, it takes a real man to stand up, be frank and start the conversation, which President Obama is doing. SOUR GRAPES, MITT!

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Peter

    Welcome back George Bush. I wonder if things are going to turn out any better this time around. Hope you have lots of money for these expensive wars, I know there doesn't seem to be much for social programs like heath care.

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Bridgette

    Who cares what he thinks. He is just trying to make a name for himself in 2012. He disappears for a while and then resufaces to insult the President. How unpatriotic.

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Anne E.

    Romney has a message for the administration??? Guess he didn't get the memo that he isn't the president, and that he doesn't get to issue mandates to the guy who actually won the election.
    Pompous, self-righteous moonbat.

    October 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Romney doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, because he's not in on security or military briefings, negotiations, State Department strategies, etc .

    Once again, he's just another Republican shooting his mouth off for the sake of scoring points with the GOP "base" as a way to bolster his presidential nominee chances in 2012.

    No ideas, just a willingness to try to slam our elected President, hoping he and our country will fail.

    Party Before Country – that's the GOP!

    October 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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