Romney Points Finger After Russian Invasion

Mitt Romney

( – Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine late Wednesday, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT.) slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the invasion had no “justification, without provocation, and without honor.”

The Utah Republican then criticized the U.S. for having a “tepid response” to Russia’s aggression toward Georgia in 2008 and Crimea in 2014 in addition to the country’s “naive efforts at a one-sided ‘reset,’ and the shortsightedness of ‘America First’” had “predictably” led to Putin’s attack.

Romney continued, saying, “The ‘80s called’ and we didn’t answer,” referencing an infamous moment during Romney’s 2012 Presidential bid in a debate with then-President Barack Obama.

During the debate, Romney called Russia America’s primary “geopolitical foe” when accusing Obama of bowing to Putin, to which Obama gibed, saying, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

A mere two years after losing the election, Romney was proven right following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, accusing Obama at the time of “not having anticipated Russia’s intentions.”

Saying that Obama’s “faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face.”

In his statement issued Wednesday, Romney once again condemned the U.S.’s lack of foresight, claiming the “peril of again looking away from Putin’s tyranny falls not just on the people of the nations he has violated, it falls on America as well,” adding that “History shows that a tyrants appetite for conquest is never satiated.”

Concluding his statements, Romney urged the U.S. and its allies to “answer the call to protect freedom by subjecting Putin and Russia to the harshest economic penalties” saying Russia should be expelled from “global institutions,” adding that committing “to the expansion and modernization of our national defense,” would also be vital in response to Russia.