Ex-Powell aide on Romney's foreign policy team: 'These people make me sick'
Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, skewered Mitt Romneyâs foreign policy team on Monday, saying their policies make his stomach turn.
Wilkerson took particular aim at John Bolton, former President George W. Bushâs ambassador to the United Nationsâand now an adviser to Romney.
âThe man scares me to death,â Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel told MSNBCâs Ed Schultz. âHe would defeat all the enemies in America and the worldâand believe me theyâre plentifulâand heâd do it with everyone elseâs blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn't serve a day in his life âŚ These people make me sick.â
Wilkersonâs harsh rhetoric comes on the heels of Romneyâs foreign policy speech earlier in the day, in which the former Massachusetts governor laid out a hawkish approach.
Without offering much in the way of specifics, Romney vowed to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, go after terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya, and work to ensure Syrian rebels obtain arms to defeat Bashar al-Assadâs regime.
"Utterly unbelievable, Wilkerson said, blasting Romney as âoperating on a Cold War music sheet.â
Asked about former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldâs endorsement of Romneyâs speech, Wilkerson declared that Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War âhas zero credibility with me and heâll never regain it again.â