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Ex-Powell aide on Romney's foreign policy team: 'These people make me sick'

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Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, skewered Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team on Monday, saying their policies make his stomach turn.   

Wilkerson took particular aim at John Bolton, former President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations—and now an adviser to Romney. 

“The man scares me to death,” Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He would defeat all the enemies in America and the world—and believe me they’re plentiful—and he’d do it with everyone else’s blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn't serve a day in his life … These people make me sick.” 


Wilkerson’s harsh rhetoric comes on the heels of Romney’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-Assad’s regime. 

"Utterly unbelievable, Wilkerson said, blasting Romney as “operating on a Cold War music sheet.” 

Asked about former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s endorsement of Romney’s speech, Wilkerson declared that Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War “has zero credibility with me and he’ll never regain it again.” 

http://leanforward.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/08/14302340-ex-powell-aide-on-romneys-foreign-policy-team-these-people-make-me-sick?lite

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM
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blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Oct. 9, 2012 at 8:37 PM

 

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Holy shit.  We can't arm the rebels in Syria.  What the hell is Romney talking about?!

What strategic measures would you suggest, post 20,000+ innocent Syrian killings later!?

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:02 PM

 

Quoting annabl1970:

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-madeleine-albright-romney-foreign-policy-20121008,0,3084590.story

Madeleine Albright finds Romney's foreign policy speech 'confusing'

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Monday dismissed Mitt Romney’s foreign policy as “full of platitudes” and light on specifics in the wake of the Republican presidential nominee’s latest address on the subject.

In a conference call with reporters, Albright said she came away from his speech “confused” 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.

“He has changed his mind on a number of issues,” said Albright, a veteran of the Clinton administration. Romney was first “for intervention” and is “now against,” she said, and she is “unclear where he is on Syria.”

“I thought I heard him say earlier that he would arm the rebels,” she said, and “now he’s just saying he might help them in some way.”

Romney has rolled out a lot of “rhetoric and things,” the former secretary said, but the lack of specifics suggests he doesn’t know “what the role of the U.S. is in the 21st century.”

Nowhere is that more a concern than with respect to Russia, she said, which Romney not long ago said remains America’s leading “geopolitical foe.”

Russia has supported the provision of supplies to troops in Afghanistan, she said, and therefore “we can’t look at them as we did during the Cold War.”

The call came within an hour of the end of Romney’s latest foreign policy address, in which he stepped up his criticism of Obama’s foreign policy and, in particular, the president’s handling of unrest in the Middle East.

In his speech at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Romney charged that Obama has led “from behind” and failed to back up his words with deeds. “Hope is not a strategy,” he said.

In her critique, Albright charged that Romney hasn’t laid out the level of detail to claim a foreign policy plan.

“Peace through strength,” she said, is “not really a foreign policy.”

Madeleine Albright's reputation as Secretary of State is seriously challenged. Under the Clinton admin, Osama bin Laden was empowered and enabled. Opportunities to capture/kill bin Laden were jeopardized and ignored. She's incompetent and failed @ her duties to address terrorism & nat'l security. Liberals like Madeline Albright do not understand 'peace thru strength' policies.' They embrace policies of weakness & appeasement which mirror the current admin.

 Albright campaigns for Obama: We’re going to keep blaming Bush “forever”

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/21/albright-campaigns-for-obama-were-going-to-keep-blaming-bush-forever/


Quoting Sisteract:

I respect Powell's candid opinion.

MR would be a foreign relations disaster.

 

 

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

WHAT?

Do you expect everyone to be a mindless, spineless, lying, political drone?

Holy Moly-

Quoting mustbeGRACE:


Quoting Billiejeens:


Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Did they fail to notice that Powell himself  is somewhat sickening?

He's supposedly a Republican and endorsed Obama?

I suppose I should feel sorry for him.

What kind of a life is that to have to lead.

Agree with everything BUT feeling sorry for him.


I think that she was just supposing.

Is he a Republican or not?????? 

Take a position and stick to it.

Even when it's unpopular because there is NOTHING left when the truth is gone.

The only thing one can say for the man is that he told the world to go screw its self.

If he thought Obama was a  leprechaun, he endorsed him.

Powell's kids still have to live in this world when he's gone.

Look at poor Stacey Dash.

It would be crucifixion to bring that on your kids in this world.




Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
LIMom1105
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Did they fail to notice that Powell himself  is somewhat sickening?

He's supposedly a Republican and endorsed Obama?

I suppose I should feel sorry for him.

What kind of a life is that to have to lead.




So no good Republican ever votes against party lines? Mindlessly sticking with one party always is an idea I find sickening.
mustbeGRACE
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:41 PM


Quoting LIMom1105:

Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Did they fail to notice that Powell himself  is somewhat sickening?

He's supposedly a Republican and endorsed Obama?

I suppose I should feel sorry for him.

What kind of a life is that to have to lead.




So no good Republican ever votes against party lines? Mindlessly sticking with one party always is an idea I find sickening.

Except Obama is an abysmal failure.

Those who voted against him knew he would be.

Powell probably knew he would be.

Talk about a rock and a hard place.

I didn't envy his impossible position.



JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

 

Quoting blondekosmic15:

 

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Holy shit.  We can't arm the rebels in Syria.  What the hell is Romney talking about?!

What strategic measures would you suggest, post 20,000+ innocent Syrian killings later!?

 I can tell you that I wouldn't suggest arming a group that has the support of al-Zawahiri creating a problem that we will have to deal with later.  There is a big picture to consider, Blonde.  It's easy to say, "Well, just arm the rebels!"  But that creates more problems down the road.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

 Pray tell, what evidence do you have that they are reasonable?  Because they are trying to overthrow Assad?  So we arm them, they overthrow Assad, then what?  "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," hasn't worked out too well for us in the past, and there is no evidence that it would work out any better for us now. 

Quoting Billiejeens:

You are totally ridiculous.

The whole Arab nonsense is a Muslim Brotherhood uprising brought on and supported by the one and only-

Barack Hussein Obama.

and you are worried about reasonable people taking control (smfh)

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I totally agree with everything you said here.  It is such a complete mess. 

Romney definitely gives the impression that he really doesn't understand what is going on over there in terms of the big picture.  He certainly hasn't learned from our own past mistakes.

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

I don't like the Syrian government, but I find it more and more difficult to figure out just who is to blame for many of the attacks on civilians (the msm would like you to believe it's the gov't). One thing is for sure: we need to stay the hell away from it. 

The stories coming out of Syria via refugees in Turkey are terrible, but we are powerless. We absolutely can not intervene. 

And now Turkey is lobbing bombs back at Syria? Let's not forget Turkey is a member of NATO so we're obligated to stand with them.

It's a mess.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Holy shit.  We can't arm the rebels in Syria.  What the hell is Romney talking about?!


 

 

 

Billiejeens
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Really?  Good Grief Really?

Reasonable as in Romney/Ryan.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Pray tell, what evidence do you have that they are reasonable?  Because they are trying to overthrow Assad?  So we arm them, they overthrow Assad, then what?  "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," hasn't worked out too well for us in the past, and there is no evidence that it would work out any better for us now. 

Quoting Billiejeens:

You are totally ridiculous.

The whole Arab nonsense is a Muslim Brotherhood uprising brought on and supported by the one and only-

Barack Hussein Obama.

and you are worried about reasonable people taking control (smfh)

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I totally agree with everything you said here.  It is such a complete mess. 

Romney definitely gives the impression that he really doesn't understand what is going on over there in terms of the big picture.  He certainly hasn't learned from our own past mistakes.

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

I don't like the Syrian government, but I find it more and more difficult to figure out just who is to blame for many of the attacks on civilians (the msm would like you to believe it's the gov't). One thing is for sure: we need to stay the hell away from it. 

The stories coming out of Syria via refugees in Turkey are terrible, but we are powerless. We absolutely can not intervene. 

And now Turkey is lobbing bombs back at Syria? Let's not forget Turkey is a member of NATO so we're obligated to stand with them.

It's a mess.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Holy shit.  We can't arm the rebels in Syria.  What the hell is Romney talking about?!


 

 

 


JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

 I'm sorry.  I misunderstood.  I thought you were talking about the FSA, since that is the topic we are discussing.

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Really?  Good Grief Really?

Reasonable as in Romney/Ryan.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Pray tell, what evidence do you have that they are reasonable?  Because they are trying to overthrow Assad?  So we arm them, they overthrow Assad, then what?  "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," hasn't worked out too well for us in the past, and there is no evidence that it would work out any better for us now. 

Quoting Billiejeens:

You are totally ridiculous.

The whole Arab nonsense is a Muslim Brotherhood uprising brought on and supported by the one and only-

Barack Hussein Obama.

and you are worried about reasonable people taking control (smfh)

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I totally agree with everything you said here.  It is such a complete mess. 

Romney definitely gives the impression that he really doesn't understand what is going on over there in terms of the big picture.  He certainly hasn't learned from our own past mistakes.

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

I don't like the Syrian government, but I find it more and more difficult to figure out just who is to blame for many of the attacks on civilians (the msm would like you to believe it's the gov't). One thing is for sure: we need to stay the hell away from it. 

The stories coming out of Syria via refugees in Turkey are terrible, but we are powerless. We absolutely can not intervene. 

And now Turkey is lobbing bombs back at Syria? Let's not forget Turkey is a member of NATO so we're obligated to stand with them.

It's a mess.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Holy shit.  We can't arm the rebels in Syria.  What the hell is Romney talking about?!


 

 

 

 

 

Billiejeens
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Oh.

Well it is a group about the election and I was just following your lead.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I'm sorry.  I misunderstood.  I thought you were talking about the FSA, since that is the topic we are discussing.

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Really?  Good Grief Really?

Reasonable as in Romney/Ryan.

(snip)

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

You are totally ridiculous.

The whole Arab nonsense is a Muslim Brotherhood uprising brought on and supported by the one and only-

Barack Hussein Obama.

and you are worried about reasonable people taking control (smfh)

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I totally agree with everything you said here.  It is such a complete mess. 

Romney definitely gives the impression that he really doesn't understand what is going on over there in terms of the big picture.  He certainly hasn't learned from our own past mistakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


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