What Romney should tell the VFW
Mitt Romney will be speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday, a speech that he will use to discuss foreign policy. Jennifer Rubin has some suggestions for items that should be on the agenda
. Among them are the following:
4. Obama made an error of historic proportion in failing to back the Green Movement in 2009 and to adopt regime change as the policy of the U.S. thereafter. He determination to engage a regime that had no intention of being engaged led to muteness when support was most needed by the Greens. Ever since we have failed to hold the regime accountable (for the assassination attempt on a Saudi diplomat, for example) for its actions. Obama has dragged his feet and engaged in self-delusion with regard to his Iran sanctions policy. It hasn’t slowed Iran’s nuclear weapons program. In talking down the military option he’s made the threat of force less credible, and shifted the burden to Israel to take care of a threat to the West.
5. Obama has picked on allies (Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Honduras) or ignored them (in Central and South America) while trying to cozy up to antagonistic powers ( China, Russia) with predictable results. The results in the Middle East have been particularly disastrous.
7. Obama has deferred too often to multilateral bodies (the Arab League, the United Nations). Meanwhile he’s failed to develop bilateral or multilateral partnerships that can act more swiftly and effectively in international crises.
8. Russian reset has been nothing more than appeasement in a prom dress. Obama refuses to recognize (in Russia’s START agreement cheating, support for Syria, Iran sanctions evasion and human rights abuses) that this has been a one-way street. Obama has only emboldened Vladimir Putin.
9. Obama’s reticence to act in Syria has been a human rights and strategic blunder. Only in the past few weeks (!) have we recognized that there is a problem with weapons of mass destruction as Bashar al-Assad’s rule crumbles. Obama entirely misread the situation, first coddling Assad — with smooches from Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — and then insisting that Assad was a “reformer.” Once again he has sent a message of weakness and indecisiveness to Syria’s patrons in Tehran.
I'm looking forward to this speech, and you should be too.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Campaign 2012, Mitt Romney, US foreign policy