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WASHINGTON â Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Monday dismissed Mitt Romneyâs foreign policy as âfull of platitudesâ and light on specifics in the wake of the Republican presidential nomineeâs latest address on the subject.
In a conference call with reporters, Albright said she came away from his speech âconfusedâ 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.
âHe has changed his mind on a number of issues,â said Albright, a veteran of the Clinton administration. Romney was first âfor interventionâ and is ânow against,â she said, and she is âunclear where he is on Syria.â
âI thought I heard him say earlier that he would arm the rebels,â she said, and ânow heâs just saying he might help them in some way.â
Romney has rolled out a lot of ârhetoric and things,â the former secretary said, but the lack of specifics suggests he doesnât know âwhat the role of the U.S. is in the 21st century.â
Nowhere is that more a concern than with respect to Russia, she said, which Romney not long ago said remains Americaâs leading âgeopolitical foe.â
Russia has supported the provision of supplies to troops in Afghanistan, she said, and therefore âwe canât look at them as we did during the Cold War.â
The call came within an hour of the end of Romneyâs latest foreign policy address, in which he stepped up his criticism of Obamaâs foreign policy and, in particular, the presidentâs handling of unrest in the Middle East.
In his speech at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Romney charged that Obama has led âfrom behindâ and failed to back up his words with deeds. âHope is not a strategy,â he said.
In her critique, Albright charged that Romney hasnât laid out the level of detail to claim a foreign policy plan.
âPeace through strength,â she said, is ânot really a foreign policy.â