Obama screwed up. Instead of portraying Romney as George W. Bush, which has been a major campaign goal of the left, he instead tied Romney to Ronald Reagan. Oh, Obama was so clever. “The 80s called, they want their foreign policy back”. The modified version of the old high school punchline is backfiring.
The problem with tying Romney to 1980s foreign policy is that we didn’t fight any major wars during Reagan’s Presidency. Instead, our greatest enemy sat across the ocean with thousands of nuclear warheads pointed at us, not daring to attack out of fear of mutual destruction, until eventually they just collapsed under the weight of their own oppressive economic system. That’s a foreign policy I could live with.
Contrast that with Obama, who defended the Bush doctrine with his surge in Afghanistan and his own foreign policy which came across as a comedy of errors. Obama praised himself for getting us out of Iraq. The truth is, he barely managed to keep to Bush’s timeline. Then Obama tried to negotiate to keep some of our intelligence troops in Iraq, but he sent “Chuckles” Biden to secure the terms and we ended up getting kicked out of the country. After all the work, and blood, we have little influence over the direction of Iraq and we share their friendship with Iran. Great job, Mr. President.
Romney was no cowboy in the debate. He was calm, collected, and unfortunately even pulled his punches. But I would feel much more comfortable with Romney sitting across the table from our foreign leaders than Obama. Obama’s cowboyish attacks and disrespect showed the greatest evidence for why his foreign policy is a trail of failure and disaster. We can only pray that his meetings with foreign leaders didn’t follow the same tone.
And of course we saw arrogant Obama in the debate last night too. When he talked about killing Bin Laden and having Bin Laden in his sites, I had to laugh. I’m picturing Obama with a sniper rifle. I wonder if it was just a Freudian slip when Bob Scheiffer accidentally said “Obama’s Bin Laden”.
Commentators can say what they want about Obama’s new found aggressiveness and ability to attack Romney with zingers, truth be damned. But I think most American families watched last night and saw a clear choice between which candidate they would like to see sitting down with Assad’s replacement to discuss the future relationship between our country and Syria, or which candidate they would like to see negotiating how we end our involvement in Afghanistan. Or perhaps which candidate they would like to see negotiating trade with China. I think we would prefer Reagan-esque Romney to arrogant Obama and “Chuckles” Biden. The 21st century called, and we could use a little 80s foreign policy.
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