The minute Russia invaded Ukraine, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney sent out a statement blaming American conservatives for Russia’s outrageous violence.
The one-time Republican nominee for president angrily attacked Putin for his obscene war on Ukraine, but he also had blame for others.
“Putin’s Ukraine invasion is the first time in 80 years that a great power has moved to conquer a sovereign nation. It is without justification, without provocation and without honor,” Romney said in his statement.
But Romney also had blame for some at home.
“Putin’s impunity predictably follows our tepid response to his previous horrors in Georgia and Crimea, our naive efforts at a one-sided ‘reset,’ and the shortsightedness of ‘America First.’ The ’80s called’ and we didn’t answer,” he wrote.
Wow. So, Trump and conservatives who were interested in America’s interests over the interests of the global elite are at fault for Putin’s actions? Just, wow.
“The peril of again looking away from Putin’s tyranny falls not just on the people of the nations he has violated, it falls on America as well. History shows that a tyrant’s appetite for conquest is never satiated,” Romney exclaimed. “America and our allies must answer the call to protect freedom by subjecting Putin and Russia to the harshest economic penalties, by expelling them from global institutions, and by committing ourselves to the expansion and modernization of our national defense.”
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 24, 2022
Romney is right about some of this but blaming Trump and conservatives for Russia’s actions is absurd.
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