Mitt Romney was spot-on during the 2012 presidential campaign when he said Russia was a geopolitical foe of the United States, while President Barack Obama was naïve, says Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.
"Mitt Romney was absolutely right, and unfortunately it wasn't just President Obama who bashed Mitt Romney for that. The Washington, D.C., press corps did, and really they all look stupid. In fact, Hillary Clinton last night in Montreal made a speech saying, hey, guess what, we've got to stop Putin in his tracks," O'Connell told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Wednesday.
"So, I have a feeling that basically U.S. foreign policy is going to be a very big issue in the 2016 campaign on both camps, the Republicans and the Democrats, because clearly President Obama was naïve about how the world is shaping out, particularly with respect to Putin," he said.
O'Connell, who has worked for several political campaigns, including the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign, said Obama is still not on top of the issue.
"The president's behind the eight ball and he's playing catch-up. Unfortunately, right now Putin is playing chess while the president is playing checkers, and even a lot of Democrats privately are grumbling on Capitol Hill.
"Look, everyone knows what they want out of a president right now is leadership, and they want him to get a playbook going forward because essentially the Crimea's lost. We have to prevent future land grabs by Putin, and right now this is a task to President Obama and really the presidency overall going forward," he said.
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