They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and for former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine more than validates the beating he took a decade ago from a spot-on observation. While on the campaign trail, the Utah Senator told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on March 26, 2012, that Russia is the “number one geopolitical foe” of our country.
The occasional political commentary that ages like fine wine.
No more minor an expert than the perpetual most brilliant man in the room Barack Obama, in the final presidential debate before the ‘12 fall election, retorted that “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Of course, it comes from the same intellectual giant whose own Director of National Intelligence is now telling anyone who will listen that he wishes the Administration had been more aggressive eight years ago when this same Putin invaded this same Ukraine under Obama’s watch.
John Kerry, who knows something about being wrong, piled on by asking if Romney’s analysis came from watching Rocky IV.
The New York Times leaned out of its ivory tower long enough to proclaim that Romney’s observation was “unworthy” of a person running for President and reflected a “shocking” failure to grasp international politics.
The Washington Post, taking its self-proclaimed position as the nation’s justice of truth seriously, decided to fact-check the candidate’s claims and found them embedded with “omissions” and “exaggerations.”
Not wanting to be left off the bandwagon of insults against a candidate who had the gall to mutter an unkind word against Putin, CNN’s Chris Cillizza tweeted his admiration for Obama’s zinger, calling it the “best line” of the presidential debates.
And now, straight out of the “you’re just now figuring this out?” folder, America’s least trusted name in the news is backtracking as if they dropped their wallet on the way home.
In their latest Mea Culpa, the network admits their criticism of Romney a decade ago has aged like fish in the sun. This rare moment of self-reflection produced the admission that the senator’s comments now “look very, very different.”
As in “right.”
Vladimir Putin and the Russians have launched the most major military offensive in Europe since World War II, impacting millions and roiling markets worldwide. Do schools even bother to teach about Neville Chamberlain anymore and the inevitable consequences of allowing despots to go unchallenged? The US had a clear opportunity to prevent this mess eight years ago but instead stood by and watched, implementing what Obama’s officials describe as a response that was “too slow and too incremental.”
It’s too bad no one saw this coming.