DWS: Romney’s foreign policy is “unclear,” but he would drag us back to “cowboy justice”

posted at 2:41 pm on October 22, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

On MSNBC this morning, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had some tough words for Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy stance — but, her tough words were rather oddly contradictory, for which Chuck Todd didn’t fail to call her out. Via Mediaite:

DWS: That’s why we have to keep our eye on the prize, we have to keep focusing on making sure that we can protect America from those who would do us harm, not the backwards cowboy justice that Mitt Romney would drag us back to. It’s so unclear, what Mitt Romney would do differently than President Obama, other than that…

Todd: …Wait a minute, I’m confused, you’ve just sort of said two different things. You said cowboy foreign policy, and then you said it’s not clear what he would do differently from President Obama. You just, that’s two different things.

DWS: …And that is the nature of what Mitt Romney’s focus in foreign policy has been. Who knows what, he hasn’t said what he would do differently. He has done a lot of bellicose chest-thumping, that leads you to believe that instead of what President Obama…

Todd: You think it will be a different foreign policy. Are you trying to say that it will be, or…

DWS: I’m saying I have no idea, because he has not made it clear. He has plenty of opportunity tonight to make it clear what he would do differently than President Obama. Is it that he’d take us to war in Iran, does he think that we should be engaged in more military action? He hasn’t said, he’s done a lot, he’s gone up to that line, he’s done a lot of chest-thumping, but, going to war is the last option, not the first, and Mitt Romney has flirted with the idea that that’s the direction we should go.

I think she kind of rhetorically saved herself by immediately trying to morph her “cowboy” policy comment to mean more empty chest-thumping than referring to any of Romney’s actual substantive positions, but she pretty obviously exposed Team Obama’s strategy of capitalizing on any remaining anti-Bush, anti-war sentiment by characterizing Romney as the next ‘cowboy diplomat,’ regardless of whether that’s actually true.

But, what some might incite as “bellicose chest-thumping,” others might call showing emphatic signs of strength and resolve — and displaying a ready willingness to both talk the talk and walk the walk is one of the better war-prevention methods around (“peace through strength,” anyone?). Somehow, President Obama’s policies seem to have managed to worsen our standing with both our enemies and our allies; and whatever the foreign-policy claims to fame about which he’ll boast tonight (cough cough, I wonder), the fact remains that it’s tough to lead the world, either by force or example, when our economy is ailing and our national debt is one of our greatest security threats. That is an area in which Mitt Romney most definitely excels.

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Western Justice does work when one is clear about terms and conditions.

As in this scene from Hidalgo. Just sayin’ partner.

DeoGratias on October 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Cowboy, huh?

Like Bush-era Gitmo apprehension and trial by jury?

Or Obama-era (un-Mirandized!) executions by drone airstrike?

Flashback: American West 1892

Terp Mole on October 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yaaahoooooo ! Giddy up K-O KI-A.

Hummer53 on October 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Cowboy is obviously the new talking point. Richardson used it yesterday.

PattyJ on October 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

What happened to binders…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

DWS: Humahna, Humahna… er; what I really really mean is he sexually abuses flop-eared puppies. Really! Harry Reid’s invisible friend told someone he has pictures. Really! It’s the seriousness of the charge, right? Really!

WestTexasBirdDog on October 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM

What happened to binders…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Big Bird took them all.

ajacksonian on October 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

What happened to binders…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

The cowboy hat wouldn’t fit.

Solaratov on October 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM


New Lib Buzzwords: “Cowboy Justice” to describe Romney’s Foreign Policy. They don’t get it: America’s heroes have always been cowboys.

kingsjester on October 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Is “cowboy” the new “binders”?

mojowt on October 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Was Debbie “I know nossing” Schultz taking a freudian shot at Chairman Clint.

Can the empty chair be so sublimlinal for Ms. whatshername, that Josey Wales has gotten into her head?

I reckon so.

FlaMurph on October 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM

More projection from the Left. Such nonsense.

BetseyRoss on October 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I think you could call her husband a cowboypoke.

RadClown on October 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

What you meant.

Dexter_Alarius on October 22, 2012 at 3:27 PM

He should wear spurs. With big Mexican rowels.

Solaratov on October 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Better than selective justice.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2012 at 4:25 PM

This is a 100+ year old talking point.

Cowboy Diplomacy was used by the libs to insult Reagan. For some reason they still think it’s an insult.

Wiki found a reference to it being used to insult TR because he said, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” I wasn’t around for TR, but I do remember Reagan being called a cowboy, and later GWB.

INC on October 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

DWS is NOT worth a Fluke

DouginMD on October 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

What fools to remind everyone that the Great Ronald Reagan (who got our hostages release) was also attacked by these same Marxist wannabees with the same scurrilous attack.

The answer to DWS and the Obama/moderator tag-team tonight is: You’re absolutely right. We should never fight people who promise to blow us off the face of the earth or “bury us”.

We’ll promise, if elected to work on learning to bow as soon as the White house is cleaned out of its cadre of neer-do-wells.

Then we’ll and we take off our fake messiahs hats off and rebuild a defense so that even America haters can live, and flexibility and bowing games can’t allow to penetrate our nation, without permenant consequence.

Call it abortion justice do they’ll know, we know, they are not peacemakers and protectors of the innocent.

Don L on October 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I hope Mitt wears one on stage-when criticized, just say he got the idea it from Reagan who took down communism in Eastern Europe.

Don L on October 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Like a moth to a flame, I am instantly attracted to articles about Debbie “Washhermound” Schultz. Perhaps it’s her intellect, perhaps it’s her radiant beauty, I just don’t know.

Best anticdote to reverse ED you ever saw…

Cleveland Steamer on October 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Frankly, Wackadoodle #1, I don’t give a rat’s a$$ what you have to say about anything…

ladyingray on October 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

“Cowboy justice” would be to bulldog that heifer DWS.

Finbar on October 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

What’s wrong with cowboy justice? Most cowboys I know have much more common sense than little debbie.

Old Country Boy on October 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Why does anybody give her the time of day?

ultracon on October 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

My heroes have always been cowboys.

joecollins on October 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Lifted from comments at “Best of the Web” today:

Eduardo Alvarez Bilbatua Wrote:

In reference to “The War or Women” this phrase comes to mind:

Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.
Karl Marx

Feel free to use this schadenfreudelicious line at any DWS, Cutter, Hillary, Pelosi, etc thread.

onlineanalyst on October 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Sometimes I wonder if Debs was the victim of a bellicose brain and face thumping.

ghostwalker1 on October 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Reid: Cowboy poetry good.
DWS: Cowboy justice bad.
Therefore, is there in poetry no justice?

AesopFan on October 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Just ask Osama Bin Laden how cowboy justice worked out for him.

And Shultzy is happy about that.

Oh, I get it. Selective cowboy justice. When Obama selects victims from his “Bad Guys” binders and shoots drone carrying Hellfire missiles at them it isn’t cowboy justice. But when the bad guys go to GITMO it is?

kens on October 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM


Arnold Yabenson on October 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

That’s better. A bit late for my Chewbacca defense joke, but at least I know I can post.:)

Arnold Yabenson on October 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM


Arnold Yabenson on October 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

If i post something longer than a word or two, it doesn’t appear. Or does it?

Arnold Yabenson on October 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Is there some sort of filter that disallows references to a set of two famous sci-fi trilogies that I won’t name (but the director’s first name was George)?

Arnold Yabenson on October 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Apparently, yes. Okay. Guess I won’t refer to those movies, or the characters in them, no matter how much they remind me of DWS.

Arnold Yabenson on October 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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