Romney: Obama’s ‘Mistakes’ Allowed ISIS to Grow


romneyPresident Barack Obama’s mistakes enabled the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and created the immigration crisis at the country’s southern border, his 2012 opponent, Mitt Romney, said in a roundtable radio discussion hosted by John Catsimatidis.

“Mistakes were made and now we have ISIS,” Romney told Catsimatidis on “The Cats Round Table” on New York City station WNYM-AM.

Romney argued that ISIS would not be gaining power if the United States has followed his plan back in 2012 for dealing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“If you go back a few years when Syria fell into revolution and tumult, when rebels were pushing against Assad, I laid out what I thought was a prudent course for us to see stability in Syria,” he said. “Had we followed that course, there’s a good chance you would not see an ISIS today.”

He said his plan would have done more to back revolutionaries in Syria while ensuring Assad’s own tribe, the Alawites, that their future was secure even without him in power.

“These kind of actions would have stabilized Syria, at least I believe so, and would have prevented the growth of a group like ISIS,” Romney said.

He also accused Obama of failing to heed American intelligence about ISIS, saying that the president was told a year ago that the jihadists planned to invade an Iraqi city.

“We saw ISIS roll into Iraq and, instead of attacking them immediately and knocking them in their convoy when they would have been easy to knock down, relatively easy to knock down, the president again watched,” said Romney. “And now we’re in a position where ISIS has run throughout major portions of Iraq. There have been horrific human rights abuses, tragedies.”

In addition, Romney took Obama to task for his immigration policies.

“The president should have enforced our immigration laws from the very beginning,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “His announcement of a form of amnesty only encouraged people to continue to flood over the border. The right answer to the immigration crisis would be to secure the border and enact a series of immigration policy reforms instead.

The government “can stop illegal immigration and also make the legal process more transparent and have one that meets the needs of America,” said Romney.

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  1. There is a clear case against the Obama’s failure to bomb syria, the real withdrawal of troops and poor foreign policy in some of the real issues going on in Iraq and Syria today. Ultimately, we need freedom. Obama can not be completely blamed as it was clear this would be his way when he was elected.
    But still, this is a very horrible turn of events.

    Syria needs to be more matched and not shuffled.

    The Obama administrations pacifism is the reality. When you are a pacifist today, you delay the war that WILL COME for tomorrow. And by then, the enemy has more to show.

    How horrible.

    Romney was not the poorest slob on the beach.

  2. Romney is not president, largely because he spoke as if Obama was a nice guy making mistakes, not a deliberate destroyer of the constitutional order and America’s world role.

  3. Romney should just tell it like it is: “Obama spending way too much time on the golf course allowed ISIS to grow”

    But, echoing comment #1, Obama really does not care.

  4. This shows how big a fool Romney is. He wanted to oppose Assad, but the leading force opposing Assad was and is….ISIS!

    And he shows his lack of morality by wanting to return children to persecution. Just like the 1930s, only this time it is to Central America and back then it was Eastern Europe.

  5. when Obama was first elected, many African americans were proud, rightfully so. I assume many of them are ashamed of how Obama has destroyed this country. I feel sorry for them because he has also destroyed their fondest dream

  6. Charlie Hall, Democrat Forever,

    The US could have backed forces in Syria opposed to both Assad and ISIS if Obama hadn’t dithered and dropped the ball as usual.

    And in Central America, the US should be using its might to end oppression in situ!