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 Romney‚Äôs foreign policy team on Monday, saying their policies make his stomach turn.
Wilkerson took particular aim at John Bolton, former President George W. Bush‚Äôs ambassador to the United Nations‚ÄĒand now an adviser to Romney.
‚ÄúThe man scares me to death,‚ÄĚ Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel told MSNBC‚Äôs Ed Schultz. ‚ÄúHe would defeat all the enemies in America and the world‚ÄĒand believe me they‚Äôre plentiful‚ÄĒand he‚Äôd do it with everyone else‚Äôs blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn't serve a day in his life ‚Ä¶ These people make me sick.‚ÄĚ
Wilkerson‚Äôs harsh rhetoric comes on the heels of Romney‚Äôs 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‚Äôs regime.
"Utterly unbelievable, Wilkerson said, blasting Romney as ‚Äúoperating on a Cold War music sheet.‚ÄĚ
Asked about former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld‚Äôs endorsement of Romney‚Äôs speech, Wilkerson declared that Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War ‚Äúhas zero credibility with me and he‚Äôll never regain it again.‚ÄĚ