“I think I came out more confused.” That was what former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said today after listening to Governor Mitt Romney’s foreign policy address. Albright participated in an Obama campaign conference call, describing the speech as “full of platitudes.” The former Secretary of State also claimed “some of his facts are just dead wrong.” Specifically, Albright said Romney’s promotion of a Palestinian state demonstrated “he obviously doesn’t track the things he himself says” – since he had told donors at a fundraiser in May that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute would remain “unsolved.” Albright also hit Romney on his view of Russia, saying “of the various weird things Romney has said, his position on Russia is truly out-of-date…I’m beginning to think Romney doesn’t have the facts.” Back in March, Romney called Russia “our number one geopolitical foe.”
Albright’s dismantling of Romney’s speech isn’t surprising, as the campaign has often struggled with foreign policy. Romney managed to enrage England on day one of his international tour, questioning their Olympic preparation and prompting scathing headlines from British newspapers (see left). A few days later in Israel, he suggested Palestinian “culture” was the reason their economy is weaker than Israel’s. And his campaign was criticized for hastily chastising the President’s reaction to the attack in Benghazi before knowing the details of the incident. Basically, the Romney campaign’s record on foreign policy is questionable at best.
Check out the video below to see what Alex and today’s panel thought of Governor Romney’s speech today: