The explosive situation in Ukraine is causing a lot of people to point out that Mitt Romney was correct in his early warnings about Putin's Russia.
During the 2012 campaign, Romney famously said, "Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin." In interviews to an aghast media, he often referred to Russia as a major geo-political foe.
For his part, President Obama dismissed these notions even at one point mocking Governor Romney saying, "And the 1980's are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back — because the Cold War has been over for 20 years."
Compounding this was the press, the pundit class and other democrats jumping on the band wagon to collectively mock the presidential candidates as well as any other Republicans that pointed this out in the years preceding recent events.
Arianna Huffington famously tweeted about it:
So I guess if Romney is elected we can get ready for a new cold war with Russia. #justwhatweneed— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) August 31, 2012
Our current Secretary of State, John Kerry, said in 2012 of Romney "He's even blurted out the preposterous notion that Russia is our 'number one geopolitical foe."
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said that Romney's comments showed "little understanding of what is actually going on in the 21st century."
As shown in this excellent video from David Rutz at Washington Free Beacon, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, and a host of other members of the mainstream press were happy to carry the water on the meme that this was an "antiquated world view."
Obviously the situation has now caught up with us and everyone who was on the wrong side of history is delicately eating crow.
This is an obvious win for Republicans. As Republicans, we often use past successes and "I told ya so" as a way to remind people that it's just possible we aren't a large group of out of touch oil czars throwing money at wars while resting our feet on children's backs. Republicans actually have ideas & concerns that are born from experience, consultation and, dare I say it, wisdom.
Ben Howe is a Contributing Editor at RedState.com and the Founder and Creative Director of Mister Smith Media, a production company focusing on public policy issues and current events. He is also the director and executive producer of the film, BANKRUPT: How Cronyism & Corruption Brought Down Detroit.
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