Mitt Romney has lots of great selling points -- his business experience, his success as Massachusetts Governor -- but there's one thing President Obama very clearly has on him: foreign policy experience. Only one president had Osama bin Laden killed, after all. So Romney is trying to boost his image as an international statesman by offering cold, clear-eyed, and serious analysis on our relationship with Russia. Unfortunately, it's devolving into a funny but petty flame war.
When Obama's aside to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was caught on a hot mic at a nuclear conference in Seoul -- the president said he'd be more "flexible" on missile defense "after my election" -- Romney responded that Obama was selling us out to "our No. 1 geopolitical foe." Medvedev thought that was pretty hilarious -- reminiscent not only of "ideological clichés," but also "Hollywood," Reuters reports. He offered some tips Tuesday: "I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things… First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate. Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s."