Madeleine Albright finds Romney's foreign policy speech 'confusing'
WASHINGTON ‚Äď Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Monday dismissed Mitt Romney‚Äôs foreign policy as ‚Äúfull of platitudes‚ÄĚ and light on specifics in the wake of the Republican presidential nominee‚Äôs latest address on the subject.
In a conference call with reporters, Albright said she came away from his speech ‚Äúconfused‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúHe has changed his mind on a number of issues,‚ÄĚ said Albright, a veteran of the Clinton administration. Romney was first ‚Äúfor intervention‚ÄĚ and is ‚Äúnow against,‚ÄĚ she said, and she is ‚Äúunclear where he is on Syria.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI thought I heard him say earlier that he would arm the rebels,‚ÄĚ she said, and ‚Äúnow he‚Äôs just saying he might help them in some way.‚ÄĚ
Romney has rolled out a lot of ‚Äúrhetoric and things,‚ÄĚ the former secretary said, but the lack of specifics suggests he doesn‚Äôt know ‚Äúwhat the role of the U.S. is in the 21st century.‚ÄĚ
Nowhere is that more a concern than with respect to Russia, she said, which Romney not long ago said remains America‚Äôs leading ‚Äúgeopolitical foe.‚ÄĚ
Russia has supported the provision of supplies to troops in Afghanistan, she said, and therefore ‚Äúwe can‚Äôt look at them as we did during the Cold War.‚ÄĚ
The call came within an hour of the end of Romney‚Äôs latest foreign policy address, in which he stepped up his criticism of Obama‚Äôs foreign policy and, in particular, the president‚Äôs handling of unrest in the Middle East.
In his speech at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Romney charged that Obama has led ‚Äúfrom behind‚ÄĚ and failed to back up his words with deeds. ‚ÄúHope is not a strategy,‚ÄĚ he said.
In her critique, Albright charged that Romney hasn‚Äôt laid out the level of detail to claim a foreign policy plan.
‚ÄúPeace through strength,‚ÄĚ she said, is ‚Äúnot really a foreign policy.‚ÄĚ