Rove on Obama Sanctions: 'They're Laughing in the Kremlin'

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Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 08:51 PM

By Greg Richter

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Republican operative Karl Rove agrees with 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney that President Barack Obama has "terrible timing" when it comes to foreign policy.

"They are laughing tonight in the Kremlin," Rove said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Tuesday, Romney slammed Obama's foreign policy, saying he had left U.S. hands tied after failing to take action promptly. He pointed to the current crisis with Ukraine, but also mentioned Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

"In virtually every foreign-affairs crisis we have faced these past five years, there was a point when America had good choices and good options," Romney wrote. "There was a juncture when America had the potential to influence events. But we failed to act at the propitious point; that moment having passed, we were left without acceptable options."

Obama's sanctions affect a handful of people, and most of them had nothing to do with the Ukraine situation, Rove said. He said the United States didn't include Russia's defense minister, those in charge of special operations, and those who fomented dissent in eastern Ukraine in the sanctions.

"The president said this is carefully calibrated. Baloney," Rove said. "They just kind of threw this up and hope this has gotten it done."

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