By Julian Pecquet - 08/08/12 06:37 PM EDT
Zoellick's pick as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's deputy in 2005 was viewed as a sign that the neoconservatives who urged an aggressive foreign policy had lost some of their clout in Bush's second term. Zoellick, however, had signed a 1998 letter to then-President Clinton urging him to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power.
The criticism could create headaches for Romney, who has sought to paint himself as a better friend of Israel than is President Obama. Romney has also vowed to designate China as a foreign currency manipulator on his first day in office.