It was a classic example of Romney’s “Ready, fire, aim” approach to campaigning against President Obama. Without having the slightest idea of the state of negotiations between Washington and Beijing over Chen’s fate, Romney, keeping his face in the limelight and firing at will, launched his harshest criticism against the administration.

Meanwhile, the president continued the diplomatic route, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton working behind the scenes. The effort culminated in Chen’s arrival in New York during the weekend.

Not to worry, Romney fans. The candidate, demonstrating constantly that when it comes to foreign policy he’s in over his head, is locked and loaded and ready to fire again — aiming be damned — as long as Obama is the target.