Mitt Romney: Barack Obama’s ‘policy of paralysis’ led to 10,000 Syrian deaths

Most of the attention given to Mitt Romney today involves his Las Vegas appearance with Donald Trump, his meeting in the same city with Newt Gingrich-funder Sheldon Adelson, or his crossing of the GOP delegate threshold tonight in Texas.

But these paragraphs from the Associated Press are no small thing:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for more “assertive measures” against Syrian President Bashar Assad, including arming the Syrian opposition. The Obama administration so far has declined to help arm the opposition.

Romney said in a written statement that he welcomed Tuesday’s mass expulsion of Syrian diplomats by the U.S. and other countries to protest the weekend massacre of dozens of civilians, including children.

But he said the move underscores the need for stronger measures to end Assad’s regime. He said President Barack Obama’s “lack of leadership” had created a “policy of paralysis” that has led to the killing of an estimated 10,000 Syrians.

Romney called for increasing pressure on Russia to stop selling arms to Syria, and for Russia to end its obstruction at the United Nations.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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33 comments Add your comment

Jeff

May 29th, 2012
4:27 pm

Mr. Galloway,

This is simply another Republican who never served calling for MORE war in another desert hell hole when thousands of Americans have already lost their lives in other desert hell holes over the last decade.

Other than this being ANOTHER new war in ANOTHER desert, how is this news?

Cutty

May 29th, 2012
4:33 pm

So Mitt’s idea is to arm the Syrian opposition and pay for it by cutting taxes and medicare. Some old call from the GOP playbook.

The Truth

May 29th, 2012
4:34 pm

Wow, another crazy war hawk comment! A presidential candidate who talks about sacrificing more of our soldiers. This country will go broke soon if we do not stop funding the Military Machine. 600 billion for the military but yet many people out of work. Corporations with record profits and cash on hold but not hiring folks. What is going on in our society?

zeke

May 29th, 2012
4:35 pm

maybe mitt and his 5 sons can lead the charge…..

Auntie Christ

May 29th, 2012
4:36 pm

“Obama’s “lack of leadership” had created a “policy of paralysis” that has led to the killing of an estimated 10,000 Syrians.”

Unlike bush’s and his chicken hawk neocon cabal’s bold ‘leadership’ that led to 100,000 innocent Iraqui dead. I guess romney is upset that we just aren’t killing enough Muslims, a policy he and his chicken hawk cabal will remedy if he gets a chance.Of course if it requires another 5-6,000 American service men and women die, romney doesn’t care, no one in his family has ever served and never will.

DannyX

May 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

More tax cuts! Huge defense spending increases! Another unfunded war!

Re-elect Bush in 2012…

Vote for ROMNEY!

Marlboro Man

May 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

Mitt is used to pay offs and having his way, he would not work out very well.

td

May 29th, 2012
4:56 pm

We have Obama people all weekend talking about the killing in Syria must be stopped. Romney comments on it and now it is you libs blaming Romney. More classic BS from the left.

Kris

May 29th, 2012
5:00 pm

If President Obama were to stop his car and move the tortoise to the side of the road Smitt Romeny would have something negative to say about it. But let him close a company cursing 1000 people to loose their jobs, he would pat himself on the back.

re-elect Obama 2012

Road Scholar

May 29th, 2012
5:02 pm

Enlist Romney and his 5 sons and td. Then drop them in Syria with arms. Then watch them act surprised that al queda is apart of the opposition! How long before he has an etch a sketch moment? They’ll be a whole lot of shaken going on!

zeke

May 29th, 2012
5:11 pm

maybe mitt can get the bloviating ignoramus (so coined by george will this weekend), donald trump, to lead the attack with him….of course they will need to get their hair ready first

td

May 29th, 2012
5:13 pm

Road Scholar

May 29th, 2012
5:02 pm

Personally I think we should arm the rebels and then stay out of Syria and let them kill each other off. There is no oil in Syria and if they are in fighting then Hamas can not concentrate on Israel.

I agree with Mitt that Obama’s has been totally all over the place with his stated foreign policy because if he was for freedom in Egypt and Libya then he should do the same things here.

LeRoy

May 29th, 2012
5:14 pm

Obama is threatening “action’ now that more civiliians have been systematically killed. His policy in Syria has been an abject failure. Not only does he seem ineffectual, he does not care.
Over the weekend, Panetta was threatening military action in Iran…seems the policy he promised would bring the Arabs into our orbit has failed again. How many times does this guy have to strike out before we all conclude he can’t hit?

Aquagirl

May 29th, 2012
5:19 pm

Enlist Romney and his 5 sons and td

The non-military crowd always wants another war. Seriously, we just finished one long pointless conflict, we’re trying to get out of another, our soldiers are completely trashed and nearly half our Vets are disabled. And Mittens wants more shooting? Let him go over there and see if his magic undies are bulletproof.

The man needs a psych eval to see if he’s subconsciously trying to lose the election.

Martin Williams

May 29th, 2012
5:20 pm

The same idiot(Mitt Romney) and the Tea Party fools that talk about spending cuts and tax cuts. Mr. Romney, sending troops to places like Syria is NOT free, it cost money and plenty of it. The other Mr War monger himself John McCain feels the same way like Romney and you see them together campainging. Pretty soon Donald Trump will add himself as the third blind mice. Why is nobody blaming China and Russia for supplying the arms to Syria. The rest of the world leaders including the United States leadership are very afriad to point finger at Russia or China. I believe these wars are big businesses for all these Western Nations that call themselves the G-Twenty(Greedy-20). After the destruction of precious lives and of course property in Syria, the West will give them billions of dollars, Euros, Pounds, Yens, ETC to re-build. We are re-building Iraq and Afghanistan today. The United States just build almost an 800 billion embassy in Iraq few years ago. That is a good way of spending cuts per Tea Party fools.

td

May 29th, 2012
5:22 pm

Aquagirl

May 29th, 2012
5:19 pm

So in other words you feel that we should stay out of Syria and allow a dictatorship just kill innocent citizens to maintain power?

zeke

May 29th, 2012
5:23 pm

maybe leroy and td will run out and join the military….they need typists too

Beta

May 29th, 2012
5:25 pm

TD, When the president of the USA says the killing must stop, whether one agrees or not, he speaks for the USA and as the leader of our military. When Mitt Romney says things as quoted in the AP report, he sounds silly, especially when saying essentially what the president is already doing and acting like it is his new idea. If he is elected president, and becomes responsible for sending our troops into harms way and to add to the debt he insists he is so concerned about, then I’ll listen to him. Until then, he is just a man who wants to be president so bad he will do or say anything. And to say the President is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians is not just a lie, it is a damned lie.

findog

May 29th, 2012
5:25 pm

why must we pay for their weapons
doesn’t the middle east have any nations with a few spare billions to spend?

findog

May 29th, 2012
5:27 pm

td, why must the US be the world’s police force?

follow the money

May 29th, 2012
5:33 pm

If syrians want to kill other syrians, then let them have their fight. So hundreds were masacred…what about the hundreds that were masacred in the city streets of the US? I don’t see why the US in involved in any of this nonsense. The corporations run the country and they only care about one thing, profit. They do covert nation building to continually feed the corporate machine. The Dems/GOP both cater endlessly to the corporations. Is there anything that can be done?

follow the money

May 29th, 2012
5:34 pm

maybe we will get lucky and the Chinese or Russians will come to America to eradicate all of the people that slaughter Americans everyday? We can only hope to be liberated from ourselves right? (sarcasm)

Aquagirl

May 29th, 2012
5:38 pm

you feel that we should stay out of Syria and allow a dictatorship just kill innocent citizens to maintain power?

Yes. In case you hadn’t noticed, that happens every day, all around the world. Just because people live near oil does not make those lives more valuable. Sorry if I destroyed your Disneyfied view of the planet.

Though I doubt you really think Syria is the only place innocent people are dying, I’ve personally done the whole liberate-the-foreign-country thing. Since you have not, your attempt to paint yourself as the saintly good guy is pretty much blather, you just like playing armchair general and pretending you’re the hero. You’re not. The people who actually GO DO THE DARN WORK are the ones who are concerned. You simply can’t be arsed to do anything beyond type on a keyboard while waiting on your wife to fetch you dinner.

And anybody else who thinks they’re gonna grab the moral high ground—-if you didn’t volunteer for the military or Peace Corps, your claims of pity for the poor natives are flatter than West Texas.

Real American

May 29th, 2012
5:41 pm

Aquagirl, dontcha just love td’s selective memory on foreign policy issues?….oh wait…that’s pretty much his whole schtick.

Real American

May 29th, 2012
5:42 pm

Mitt Romney can’t even stand up to Donald Trump or Bryan Fischer….trying to talk tough on Syria just makes him look even more punkish than we know he is. LOL

yuzeyurbrane

May 29th, 2012
6:11 pm

Syria is truly a horrible situation. I don’t claim to have the answer to the Middle East problems; if I did, I would surely win the Nobel Peace Prize. I must say however that the degree of savagery shown in this culture makes one more sympathetic to the problem Israel faces daily and humble in seeing that they perhaps have a better insight than we into the region. However, hopefully we are capable of learning from them and from our own mistakes. So, it makes me nervous when I read that most of Bush’s neo-con foreign policy team has signed up as advisors to Romney.

hiram

May 29th, 2012
6:28 pm

@ follow the money
“Is there anything that can be done?”
Not really. Unfortunately, the men behind the curtain have sucessfully employed mind control techniques on the vunerable masses, whose behavior mirrors a flock of sheep being herded by a sheep dog. Our two party system is meaningless. A politician is a politican. They are all for sale to the highest bidder. Just look at Nathan Deal, who was a Democrat until the electorate shifted to Republicans. They represent no one but themselves, and most of the people are too dense to comprehend that fact. .

Georgia Voter

May 29th, 2012
6:30 pm

One thing I agreed with Ron Paul on: We should mind our own business.

Personally, I think we have enough problems to deal with right here in the USA. The money we spend on war is insane. I believe in a strong defense, but not strong offense. We should get ourselves together and lead by example. Right now, we are not a good example of as many things as we used to be. Corporations are people? PACs? Bigotry? War profiteering? Halliburton? Killing civilians both here and overseas? I wouldn’t want to follow us right now either.

Dumb and Dumber

May 29th, 2012
9:28 pm

I seem to recall hearing about thousands of people being killed in Darfur but don’t recall the GOP clamoring for boots on the ground and assertive measure there. What is it with GOP politicians and their rush to send American troops into the middle-east?

honested

May 29th, 2012
10:45 pm

We already have a bought-and-paid-for vassal state next to Syria.

Let them shoulder the burden.

BIg Hat

May 30th, 2012
9:32 am

President Romney and Secretary of State Trump to Syria; “YOU’RE FIRED!” That will fix it.

follow the money

May 30th, 2012
10:28 am

@ hiram, I agree 100%.

@ Georgia Voter, i believe future historians will cite corporate influence over our elections as one of the major issues that led to our downfall. In today’s global economy, corporate interests are often at odds with citizen interests.

Proud Voter

May 30th, 2012
10:47 am

The culture of the United States does not and cannot understand the cultures of the Middle East. These are not new quarrels. Study the history of the regions. Our country cannot force our values on people who do not share our social and cultural experiences. The Middle East as a whole does not want to change. Iraq and others accepted our troops, our money, and our energies, but were more than ready to escort our troops (or what was left of them) to the border to resume business as usual before Bush led us on the WMD scavenger hunt.