Mitt Romney seized on President Obama’s comparison of violence in the Middle East to “bumps in the road” on Monday in delivering a forceful rebuke of the commander in chief’s global leadership.

Romney blasted Obama’s remarks as both insensitive and inaccurate, arguing they understated a negative turn the post-Arab Spring Middle East has taken under Obama’s watch.

“The president characterized as ‘bumps in the road’ the developments of the Middle East — we just had an ambassador assassinated,” Romney told NBC News.

“Egypt has elected a Muslim Brotherhood or person as president. Iran is on the cusp of having nuclear capability. We have tumult in Syria and also Pakistan, and I don’t consider these bumps in the road — I think this is a time for American leadership domestically. The president’s policies are a continuation of the past four years,” Romney said.