By Kate Tummarello - 06/15/14 12:22 PM EDT
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the current turmoil in Iraq is a result of inaction from President Obama.
Romney’s comments come after anti-government insurgents have gained ground in attacks against U.S.-trained Iraqi troops.
The U.S. should have “an ongoing presence, not a massive military presence” in Iraq “to provide the training and intelligence resources that Iraq would need to keep things like this from happening,” Romney said.
He attributed the instability to “the president’s failure to act appropriately.”
Obama should have had Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sign a Status of Forces agreement and should have supported the moderate movement in Syria to prevent instability in the region, Romney said.
“What you see from this administration … from [former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton] to President Obama has repeatedly underestimated the threats that are faced by America,” he said.