Russia Is Still Our Primary Enemy?

In response to Obama’s “hot mic” comments, Romney called Russia, in one of his dumb-ass “Double Gitmo!” moments, “without question our number one geopolitical foe.” The more Romney speaks on foreign policy, the more lightweight and knee-jerk he sounds. Medvedev gives Romney a little reminder that the Cold War is over. Larison rolls his eyes: 

Whenever Romney speaks about foreign policy, I never rule out that it could be driven almost entirely by shameless opportunism. He sees an opening to criticize Obama on policies related to Russia, he takes it, and then predictably can’t avoid ridiculous hyperbole. However, it’s not just opportunism. This seems to reflect the bizarre, outdated hostility towards Russia that his earlier policy statements have conveyed. Sometimes the U.S. and Russia have divergent interests, and sometimes these interests may conflict, but that’s true of the U.S. and any other major power. His description of Russia as “our number one geopolitical foe” suggests that Romney has a very warped, anachronistic view of the threats to the United States. 

I thought it was China, given the debates. But that Romney is seeking to find enemies rather than allies or areas of mutual cooperation tells you a lot about what his presidency would be like on foreign policy. Heather Hurlburt adds

Romney reflexively saying that Russia is the U.S.’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe” today shows, yet again, how bad the U.S. political class is at geostrategy; it also shows how uncomfortable Romney is on national security issues, needing when in doubt to reach back to those comfortable certainties of the 1980s.