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Liberal New Republic admits: Mitt Romney was right on Russia

Liberal New Republic admits: Mitt Romney was right about Russia.
Liberal New Republic admits: Mitt Romney was right about Russia.
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On Monday, the far-left New Republic sheepishly admitted that Mitt Romney was right when he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in March 2012 that Russia is America's number one geopolitical foe.

Romney also took Obama to task for telling Dmitry Medvedev he would "have more flexibility." after the 2012 election.

"The actions he's taken so far, which he says are to reset relations with Russia have not worked out at all. Russia continues to support Syria. It supports Iran, has - has fought us with the crippling sanctions we wanted to have the world put in place against Iran," Romney said.

He went on to say he was "very concerned" that Obama would take actions because he would not have to face the American people.

"This is a president who is telling us one thing and doing something else and is planning on doing something even more frightening," Romney said at the time.

"Well, my guess is it has to do either with - with nuclear arms discussions or it has to do with missile defense sites. What he did both on nuclear weaponry already in the - in the new START treaty, as well as his decision to withdraw missile defense sites from - from Poland and then reduce our missile defense sites in Alaska from the original plan, I mean these are very unfortunate developments," Romney said when asked what he thought Obama would do.

"And if he's planning on doing more and suggests to Russia that - that he has things he's willing to do with them, he's not willing to tell the American people - this is to Russia, this is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe. They - they fight every cause for the world's worst actors. The I - the idea that he has some more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling, indeed," he added.

Blitzer pressed him on the issue, asking if he felt Russia was actually a bigger threat than North Korea, China or Iran.

Although Romney said the greatest threat is a nuclear Iran, he pointed out that Russia "lines up with the world's worst actors," observing that Russia always stands with countries like Iran at the United Nations, often with China's backing.

Since that interview, the Daily Caller observed, Syria used chemical weapons against its own people and China has come out “in agreement” with Putin's invasion of Crimea.

"This all seems...exactly right," the New Republic admitted, without any further explanation.

But at the time, liberal media organizations, eager to prop up Obama, soundly mocked Romney just as they mocked Sarah Palin, who predicted in 2008 that Russia would move against Ukraine.

Obama also mocked Romney's position as a rehash of the 1980s.

Other liberal media outlets, like Slate and Politico, have now admitted that both Romney and Palin were right while Obama was wrong.

But it's too late now for a do-over.

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