While speaking Friday night to a group of young conservatives, Mitt Romney made some scathing (but incredibly truthful) remarks about the pResident’s lack of strategy on the Afghanistan war and the apparent lack of concern for our troops. It appears that those remarks hit the bulls-eye as David Axelrod had to run out to CNN’s John King this morning to verbally stumble through an attack rebutt those comments.
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivered a scathing criticism of President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy Friday night, accusing the president of delivering rhetoric and not action in the war-torn country.
Quoting from a speech Obama delivered in March, Romney agreed with the president “that ‘we are in Afghanistan to confront a common enemy that threatens the United States, our friends and allies.”‘ Romney continued on seconding the president: “I believe ‘that to succeed, we and our friends and allies must reverse the Taliban’s gains, and promote a more capable and accountable Afghan government.'”
But Romney went on to criticize Obama for not holding enough meetings with top generals, and inadequately preparing for the elections in Afghanistan.
“The President has held his job for 10 months but does not yet have a strategy,” Romney said during his speech before the Young America’s Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. “What has he been doing that is more important than protecting the lives of the troops of which he is Commander-in-Chief? He has been campaigning- rallying at phony town meetings and making over 30 campaign stops for fellow Democrats. This President’s inattention and dereliction remind me of those Northwest Airlines pilots who were so distracted from their jobs that they lost their way. But in this case, the consequences are far more severe.”
“This is a president who is learning on the fly,” Romney said. “He’s never turned anything around before. He hasn’t had the experience of leading a nation or a business or a state in trouble. And the first rule I can tell him is focus, focus, focus. “
Mr. Romney? Barack Obama is focused, just not on anything that resembles helping America.
David Axelrod, CNN’s State of The Union: 11.15.09:
I know that Governor Romney has never had responsibility for any decision akin to this, and so he may just not be familiar with all that it entails…
David? Neither does Barack Obama…’nuff said.