Madeleine Albright finds Romney's foreign policy speech 'confusing'
WASHINGTON â€“ Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Monday dismissed Mitt Romneyâ€™s foreign policy as â€śfull of platitudesâ€ť and light on specifics in the wake of the Republican presidential nomineeâ€™s latest address on the subject.
In a conference call with reporters, Albright said she came away from his speech â€śconfusedâ€ť on a number of issues, including whether Romney would have intervened to help end the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi and if he would now arm the rebels in Syria.
â€śHe has changed his mind on a number of issues,â€ť said Albright, a veteran of the Clinton administration. Romney was first â€śfor interventionâ€ť and is â€śnow against,â€ť she said, and she is â€śunclear where he is on Syria.â€ť
â€śI thought I heard him say earlier that he would arm the rebels,â€ť she said, and â€śnow heâ€™s just saying he might help them in some way.â€ť
Romney has rolled out a lot of â€śrhetoric and things,â€ť the former secretary said, but the lack of specifics suggests he doesnâ€™t know â€śwhat the role of the U.S. is in the 21st century.â€ť
Nowhere is that more a concern than with respect to Russia, she said, which Romney not long ago said remains Americaâ€™s leading â€śgeopolitical foe.â€ť
Russia has supported the provision of supplies to troops in Afghanistan, she said, and therefore â€śwe canâ€™t look at them as we did during the Cold War.â€ť
The call came within an hour of the end of Romneyâ€™s latest foreign policy address, in which he stepped up his criticism of Obamaâ€™s foreign policy and, in particular, the presidentâ€™s handling of unrest in the Middle East.
In his speech at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Romney charged that Obama has led â€śfrom behindâ€ť and failed to back up his words with deeds. â€śHope is not a strategy,â€ť he said.
In her critique, Albright charged that Romney hasnâ€™t laid out the level of detail to claim a foreign policy plan.
â€śPeace through strength,â€ť she said, is â€śnot really a foreign policy.â€ť