Obama has failed on Iran, says Romney

2012-01-02 08:00

Atlantic - Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney charged on Sunday that President Barack Obama has "failed" in his efforts to get Iran to abandon its suspect nuclear programme.

"I want to make sure that the people of this nation understand that he failed us not only here at home, he's failed us in dealing with the greatest threat we face, which comes from Iran," Romney said at a campaign stop at a diner here.

"This is a failed presidency," the former Massachusetts governor and millionaire venture capitalist declared two days before Iowans cast the first votes of the Republican presidential nominating contest.

His comments came one day after Obama signed a law targeting Iran's central bank and financial sector with punishing new sanctions, sending the country's currency, the rial, to a record low.

On Sunday, Iran defiantly announced that it had tested a new anti-radar medium-range missile and made an advance in its nuclear program.

The West alleges Tehran is seeking to acquire a weapons capability under the guise of its nuclear research program. Iran denies any such ambition and says its work is only for civil energy and medical purposes.

The moves raised the stakes in a simmering confrontation between the longtime foes, amid fears that Iran could make good on threats to close the world's most important oil route, the Strait of Hormuz, in response to new pressure.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-02 08:52

    give him another chance.....

      cameronrh1 - 2012-01-02 13:18

      @Muedes The moment you posted a link to PressTV is the moment your comments became irrelevant... If you believe anything posted by PressTV (Government run media in Iran), they have no freedom of speech or press in their country. The people in Iran are so brainwashed to the point where they will read or see anything published by the Government and believe it. Iran doesnt stand a chance against the US, and they know it.

      John - 2012-01-02 21:15

      The American Left wing, of which o'bummer is a part is a total failure. On the international scene, they are too soft with terrorists, gangsters, evil countries and even evil machine gunners like ours. At home, he lacks the understanding of the need to first CREATE WEALTH, before it can be distributed, in part. This basic shortcoming is very evident in Europe today, where People are used to benefits and more benefits, while not putting in a proportionate effort at CREATING WEALTH. It is 1 thing to talk like Pericles. But Pericles won against the Persians. O'bummer lost against poverty. In the country of Opportunity, he does not understand the diff.

  • ksieda - 2012-01-02 08:59

    iran for the iranians!!!president obama has been watching scenes as they unfold in iran. the iranians will take care of ahmedinajad themselves.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-02 09:05

      Why? He speaks truth about many things, including asking some questions about the Holocaust which make sense.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-02 09:56

      All the thumbs down is typical. The man is asking why, if Germany supposedly killed all the Jews, why the Palestinians, on another continent, have been made to suffer for it. He also asks why, if 2 million soldiers were killed and a total of 60 million deaths occurred, by the significance is only given to the 6 million jews. There were 58 million other civilians killed. 20 Million Russians alone!

      cameronrh1 - 2012-01-02 13:12

      @goyougoodthing... he speaks the truth? I wouldnt believe a shred of media that seeps out of Iran. There is no freedom of speech and press in Iran. You mention the Palestinians? They didnt excist prior to the 6 Day war, only after the Arab countries lost to Israel did a Palestinian nationality come into excistence... The "Palestinians" in Gaza have created a occupation upon themselves. You need to wake up. In 2007 Israel put up checkpoints around Gaza after Hamas forcibly took control of Gaza so that Hamas/PA terrorists can't enter Israel. Ask yourself would there be any point to have these checkpoints/airstrikes if Hamas and PA terrorists werent trying to kill innocent people in Israel through bombs, rockets or mortars? If these terrorists werent about to fire missiles into Israel/If these terrorists stopped firing missiles into Israel, there would be no Airstikes from the IDF to start off with. The "Palestinian" people have created a occupation upon themselves! By constant terror and terrorist activities they have brought upon themselves checkpoints and confinement to gaza/west bank for security reasons.

      Paul - 2012-01-02 17:56

      @cameron you are one ignorant moron.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-01-02 18:48

      @Paul Says the one brandishing a Russian insignia on his fb profile...

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-02 09:00

    It's interesting that the only country to use Nuclear Weapons is the one wanting to investigate what the other nations are up to. Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings were pure murder, there was no need to drop the bombs as Japan was days away from surrender in any case. They murdered 100 000 people just to show they could. Disgusting.

      Walter - 2012-01-02 09:47

      I disagree with you. The Japanese emperor and his government had vowed to fight until the bitter end. The A bombs were shocking, I agree, but dropping them probably saved millions of lives as only then did the Japs realise they were in for hiding. You have not read too much about Japanese atrocities, if you feel pity for them at the time! Pearl Habour, the Burmese Railway, treatment of POWs at Changi and other gaols????.... one could go on and on. They had no pity or compassion for their enemy. And, THAT IS A FACT! Was that not "murder???"

      Nibiru - 2012-01-02 09:49

      You obviously failed or never took history at any level

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-02 09:54

      Nibiru you don't even exist. Walter, war is war, the USA is very good at dropping bombs on civilians. At that point in the war there was no way they were up for another 6 months, let alone managing to kill 'millions'. I am not saying they had compassion, I am saying that the USA is the biggest warmonger of all.

      Grant - 2012-01-02 15:22

      Bull shlt! The Japs were prepared to fight it out hoping the high US casuality rate would make them back off. (there would have been more than a million dead if the the yanks had used convential forces to invade Japan).

  • Arthur - 2012-01-02 09:04

    Romney is in the Bush/Rumsfeld/Cheyney mould. All empty warheads. Politicians of mass destruction.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-01-02 09:25

    Iran has failed on Iran

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-01-02 09:27

    I can't believe how flippen childish these American politicians can be. All of the sudden EVERYTHING is their opponents fault. Your president didn't fail you ... your brains and MacDonalds failed you.

      Anthony - 2012-01-02 14:10

      no mac failed for the blind....and everybody alse that for that matter

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-02 09:53

    Your foreign policy will come back to haunt you. Hitler was downed by his aggressive policy. America is regarded by many as the godfather of democracy but they are simply notorious for war mongering. America's geographical location plays major role on their safety than they think is their military might. UN and IMF perpetuate their aggressive policy.

  • Joseph - 2012-01-02 10:36

    The comment by Mitt Romney once more proves that US hates to see Arab countries advancing in technology. Their aim is to ensure that Arab countries succumb to their evil political will of being economic beggars like they did with Africa. We are all aware that Iran may be attacked. They have destroyed Iraq and left it in chaos and they call the situation stable. Big question is: Which countries should have nuclear weapons and which ones shouldn't? US has tons of these deadly weapons. If UN was there for the world, given that US once used these weapons against Japan, they were supposed to be forced to destroy the many tons of these nuclear weapons that they have. UN is not serving the interest of the world and therefore need to be reviewed.

  • Lesley - 2012-01-02 10:36

    The Republicans started the war in Iran which the American people seem to have forgotten. Now when the Democrats are struggling to clean up the mess, they want to blame Obama for it. The American people voted the Republican in for a 2nd term with Bush thus allowing the war in Iran to continue. This is why America is in such dept and they want to blame the politicians for all their problems. alike asouth Africans, they want their rights without the responsibilites that go with the right.

      Tony - 2012-01-02 11:07

      Iran? No it was Obama the activist who in the 90's toy-toyed for cheap home loans for everybody and Greenspan listened, without adding proper control. That is the reason for the debt problem. And they left it for the Republicans to clean up the mess, and with Democrats back in the seat they continue their big-government spending. The last US soldiers left Iraq recently on a time-line put in place by Bush.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-02 11:12

      Tony you talk nonsense. Healthcare is a drop in the ocean compared to military spending. The republicans agenda is pretty clear and yet you still argue that healthcare - for the benefit of people - is a problem and war is not. What are you smoking? I am not defending Obama, his actions have been pathetic to say the least, but this is a Bush/Cheney/NWO operation to cause unrest and rack up massive debt, which is an interest-payable loan, on invented money, to private individuals. This has enslaved the citizens of the USA as they are responsible for the debt of the land, they are, in effect, indentured labourers.

      Tony - 2012-01-02 12:06

      @goyougoodthing, who said anything about healthcare? So why did the citizens then failed to settle their massive loans with no tax increase, and when in fact the war has created many more jobs, at least in the short term? Because the debt crisis was created in the 90's. A debt crisis such as this one does not happen overnight, sure the war obviously made it worse.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-02 12:14

      My mistake on the healthcare, that is the unfortunate casualty of the greed-obsessed Republicans. They 'loans' you speak of should NEVER be interest-bearing loans. How can people pay interest on money which does not exist? Money created with a printer by a private bank and SOLD to the people of the world at interest? This, coupled with a Trillion Dollar WAR that was INVENTED, there are no WMDs, there are no insurgent cells, heck 9/11 was an inside job! Wake up man

  • Derek - 2012-01-02 12:40

    How do they figure that a small country on the other side of the planet is their biggest threat?? America, with leaders like this are the biggest threat to peace on the planet.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-01-02 12:48

    Romney's pathetic swipes at the USA presidency is totally geared to obtain cheap political points. His accusations follow the 'Bush' republican method of power through fear. The interesting thing is that there is no basis to claim his utterances as truth. It is pure opinion, geared to emotionally hook as many USA citizens. The very nature of such utterances is equal to the opposite, that of the Iranian leadership, who's president is subservient to the 'great expert judiciary and guardians of Islam'. The 'holy' system of government preached by the first supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini and now succeeded by Ali Khamenei. It all is very much a copy of Hitler's recipe and based on the fanaticism that birthed the Third Reich. In Iran the 'MienKamf' concept has been integrated into the Islamic Faith with the leader taking the pyramidical high point, a mirrored copy to Catholicism. Romney will do the world a favor by focusing his political smatterings on fact such as these and the true dangers that these religious governments have for humanity, instead of trying to take cheap shots at the USA presidency. He would probably earn more support by providing the electorate with a clear policy on how he foresees dealing with secular nations. I would suggest that the USA withdraws from international intervention for a term and ask it's new alliance partner China to deal with Iran. USA mandatory policy should be to boycott secular states and ensure that the decision is not so based either.

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