Points Romney needs to cover in his foreign policy speech
posted at 11:45 am on October 8, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Here is a quote. Guess the speaker: “We’re not going to be lectured by someone who has been an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy every time he’s dipped his toe in the foreign policy waters.” Putting aside the mixed metaphor, if you guessed the statement came from the Romney camp, guess again.
The criticism was actually leveled at Romney—by Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, ABC News reports. It is all part of a plan to undercut in advance any additional headway Mitt Romney might able to make in a foreign policy speech he is scheduled to deliver today. Team Obama has also released a 30-second ad, according to CBS News , that targets Romney’s “gaffe-filled tour” of the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland last summer. The spot also attempts to reignite the MSM-manufactured outrage over Romney’s reaction to the president’s refusal to suspend a campaign appearance in Las Vegas following the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. The ad will air in Virginia, where the speech will be given.
The speech is being played up by the so-called elite media as a chance for Romney to reverse some of these missteps. Indeed his campaign has released excerpts from the speech and they include the following:
I know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity.
This is a good start, and the tone is conciliatory, which is all well and good. But what Romney also needs to do, now that he has the attention of American voters in re a topic that has risen in importance of late, is explain how Obama’s mismanagement of foreign affairs has made the country more dangerous. He should begin by noting, as Obama has and will ad nauseum, that Osama bin Laden was bagged on his watch. Then Romney should list in bullet point fashion other more dubious, less well-advertised, details of Obama’s foreign policy misadventures.
He should note that the absence of a meaningful U.S. troop presence in Iraq has made the region vulnerable once again. Despite vehement denials by Iraq that Iran is using its air space to ship arms to Syria, U.S. intelligence suggests otherwise.
He should underscore that America is more despised in the Muslim world than it was when Obama took office.
He should remind listeners of Obama’s insensitivity toward the Poles in his insidious death camp remark and his repeated snubs of the British, a nation with whom the United States had a special relationship up until Obama set the record straight in 2011, declaring that “We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy and the French people.”
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