Mitt Romney Vs. David Axelrod on Afghanistan

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.

Romney accuses Obama of not protecting troops

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.

By Logistics Monster


  • Romney tells Obama to focus, focus, focus. He can’t do that, Mitch, because his creed is HOCUS, POCUS, DOMINOCUS. He thinks he can continue to fool the public with smoke and mirrors, but woe is he. The public is waking up.

    Diamond, I will try to get my snail mail out tomorrow. This has been a bad week for me.

    Keep up the good work.

  • I think Romney is a very intelligent man with lots of successful experience. He knows how to organize. I believe he learned volumes from his turbulent 2008 experience and will run in 2012 with a vengeance. Expect to see a new, bolder, no nonsense Romney in 2012.

  • Focus, transparency, accountability, responsbililty, efficiency–these are ideas that will resonate with voters and modes of Obama failures in every instance, bail-outs, stimulus, health care, Afganistan.

    And another painful (a kind of grinding, intolerable pain) Obama failure? Apologetic appeasement–shaming the brave who defend us and praising, helping those who hate us, our enemies (e.g. Cairo, 9/11 trials). Pride, Americans want to be proud again. Palin gets that. May Romney begin to inspire that as well–proud with a brain.

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