Almost a year after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney might turn out to be right about Russia and Detroit.
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Almost a year after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney might turn out to be right about Russia and Detroit.

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During the 2012 race, Mitt Romney was criticized for calling Russia the United States' top "geopolitical foe"

Romney was also haunted by an op-ed about the auto industry entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"

Now, Russia has granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the City of Detroit is bankrupt

But Romney was also hurt in his 2012 White House bid by other controversies like his "47 percent" comments

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If Mitt Romney were to write a bumper sticker slogan for the past month, it would probably be, “Detroit DID go bankrupt. Russia IS a geopolitical foe.”

Reality isn’t quite so simple as to perfectly apply recent developments on Detroit and Russia to the American debate in 2012, but neither were Romney’s arguments on the car industry and on Russia. That didn’t stop Democrats and pundits from using them to beat Romney down.

And it would be a good retort to Joe Biden’s often-repeated 2012 bumper sticker slogan: “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!”

Biden used the phrase to simultaneously flaunt what the Obama administration accomplished in the war on terror and hit Romney for his position against the auto bailout.

Romney had different ideas than the president about the war on terror, and he also had outspoken ideas on Russia, which he told Wolf Blitzer on CNN in March of 2012 was “without question our number one geopolitical foe.”

His statement drew snickers in Washington and complaints in foreign policy circles that he was stuck in the Cold War.

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“You don’t call Russia our No. 1 enemy – not al Qaeda, Russia – unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp,” President Barack Obama said at the Democratic National Convention last September.

The president probably still wouldn’t call Russia this country’s top foe. But now that Russia has given NSA leaker Edward Snowden a year of asylum, and the two countries can’t find accord on Syria or Iran, he might choose not to put the line in his convention speech.

Snowden asylum could cancel planned Obama-Putin talks

“Now is the time