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Carney Says His Boss Doesn't Regret Mocking Romney on Russia

by Jerry Bader

Don't mistake this for pity or sympathy, but Jay Carney has what has to be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Imagine getting up in front of the world and spouting what you know is patently false. Carney is asked at the daily White House briefing if President Obama regrets mocking Romney during a 2012 debate because Romney called Russia America's most serious geopolitical threat. "the 1980's called they want their foreign policy back."

In a meandering, borderline incoherent response Carney seems to argue that Putin's move into Crimea is actually a move of weakness so it doesn't validate Romney's claim. I don't know if you've picked up on this, but that's the Orwellian take the White House is consistently pushing; the invasion was born of weakness, not strength. Well, if the invasion stands, wouldn't that be a sign of strength?

But Romney's validation goes beyond the Russian incursion into Crimea itself. Putin is in a Cold War mode. He wants to refortify the old Soviet bloc. That's the end game. Obama still isn't on the field yet. Romney's point was Obama was taking Russia lightly. A year and a half later, that hasn't changed.

Photo credit:  Pete Souza [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons