Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., blasted GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s record on foreign policy in an op-ed in the conservative New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday, just days before the state’s primary on Tuesday.
“Romney has failed to articulate any core beliefs on foreign policy, instead careening from one reckless stand to another, seeking to make headlines and curry favor with his right-wing base,” Kerry says in the op-ed, which the Obama reelection campaign blasted out in an e-mail release Sunday morning.
Kerry called Romney out specifically on the statements he’s made about withdrawing troops from Iraq. He said Romney would have sought to keep U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely by guaranteeing immunity from the Iraqi government. “But any follower of American foreign policy knows that despite the Obama administration’s clear position about what it would take to keep residual American military presence in Iraq, the freely Iraqi government made it clear that immunity from the Iraqi system was never an option,” Kerry wrote.
Kerry went on to say that because of that, Obama made a “definitive decision that only Presidents can make: He would not leave American troops susceptible to Iraqi justice, and all our troops were coming home.”
“The real question is: Would Mitt Romney have done differently?” Kerry asks. “Did he want tens of thousands of troops to remain in Iraq at a cost to taxpayers of billions of dollars? More importantly, would he have left U.S. troops in Iraq without legal protection?”
The Union-Leader has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but Romney is easily leading all other candidates in the state’s latest polling. New Hampshire votes on Tuesday.