Iraq chaos the result of inaction, Romney says

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the current turmoil in Iraq is a result of inaction from President Obama.

“Bad things happen as a result of inaction,” Romney said Sunday in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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 ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonNancy Pelosi’s battle against the GOP politics of personal destruction Former Trump adviser who called for Clinton to be shot attends White House bill signing Poll: Americans believe Comey more than Trump over firing MORE] to President Obama has repeatedly underestimated the threats that are faced by America,” he said.