This has not been a good day to be a Romney foreign adviser.
Earlier today there were reports that an anonymous member of Romney’s foreign adviser team told the London Daily Telegraph that Romney’s “Anglo-Saxon” sensibilities would make for better relations between Britain and the U.S. President Romney, not being Anglo-Saxon, doesn’t have a good understanding of our special relationship, the adviser allegedly told the Telegraph.
The Romney camp has denied the report. The Telegraph stands by the story. The Romney campaign won’t explain what part of the quote the reporter got wrong, if he made it up entirely or just imagined it. They’re not talking.
Probably a good idea.
Today on C-SPAN, according to Talking Points Memo, yet another Romney foreign policy adviser warned about Syria’s relationship with “the Soviet Union”… a country that disappeared in 1991.
It’s true that modern-day Russia is an ally of Syria — and has been accused of standing in the way of plans by the U.S. and other nations to aid the rebellion in that country — Williamson’s slip puts him in the pantheon of Romney supporters who have made similar missteps about the Soviets when attacking Obama’s foreign policy.
• In April, Romney adviser and former Navy secretary John Lehman accused Obama of not doing enough to protect America from the Soviets in the Arctic.
“We’re seeing the Soviets pushing into the Arctic with no response from us,” he said on a Romney campaign conference call. “In fact, the only response is to announce the early retirement of the last remaining icebreaker.”
• That same month, Romney caught himself just after he fired off a warning about the Soviet threat.
“Obama ‘entered into an agreement with the Soviets, excuse me, with Russia’ in the nuclear arms START treaty that effectively required the United States to reduce its weapons stockpile while allowing Russia to increase its stockpile,” Romney said on April 20.
One wonders what kind of advice the presumptive GOP nominee is getting from his foreign advisers. We’re still trying to confirm whether or not the Romney campaign’s concerns over Kaiser Wilhelm’s connections with the Austro-Hungarian Empire led to their sending a cable to Archduke Ferdinand wishing him good luck on his upcoming trip to Sarajevo. Speaking anonymously, an adviser said, “All it would take is one spark and the entire continent of Europe could go up in flames.”