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 Romneyâ€™s foreign policy team on Monday, saying their policies make his stomach turn.
Wilkerson took particular aim at John Bolton, former President George W. Bushâ€™s ambassador to the United Nationsâ€”and now an adviser to Romney.
â€śThe man scares me to death,â€ť Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel told MSNBCâ€™s Ed Schultz. â€śHe would defeat all the enemies in America and the worldâ€”and believe me theyâ€™re plentifulâ€”and heâ€™d do it with everyone elseâ€™s blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn't serve a day in his life â€¦ These people make me sick.â€ť
Wilkersonâ€™s harsh rhetoric comes on the heels of Romneyâ€™s 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-Assadâ€™s regime.
"Utterly unbelievable, Wilkerson said, blasting Romney as â€śoperating on a Cold War music sheet.â€ť
Asked about former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldâ€™s endorsement of Romneyâ€™s speech, Wilkerson declared that Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War â€śhas zero credibility with me and heâ€™ll never regain it again.â€ť