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Romney: The Foreign Affairs Poser

In jumping up to that mic and jumping ahead of the Benghazi incident, Mitt Romney was also revealed for what he is – an opportunist, desperate to be President.

 

The United States maintains several hundred embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions around the world, many of them located in extremely dangerous places and vulnerable to attack. On September 11th of this year the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya was victimized by just such an attack. It started at 10:00pm local time in Benghazi (4:00pm in Washington D.C.) and left four Americans dead including the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Oddly, one of the first statements made about the attacks came that same evening (despite a pledge not to campaign on the anniversary of 9/11) from Mitt Romney. Romney was, needless to say, critical of President Obama’s response to the developing crisis, though the President himself would make no statement regarding Benghazi until the following morning.

On the surface, this may not seem like such a big deal. Politicians running for office will leap at any opportunity to criticize or embarrass their opponents. But there is something extraordinarily cynical about Romney’s effort to discredit the President. Romney’s hasty “foreign policy” remarks, formulated before anyone really knew what had happened, came from a man with virtually no foreign policy experience at all, unless spending time in France as a Mormon Missionary as a way of avoiding service in the Vietnam War, a war championed by Romney, counts as foreign-service. In Romney world such things are possible. In fact, Romney’s own campaign cited those draft-exempted years (the only religious exemption recognized by the U.S. government) and the fact that he traveled a lot on business as exactly that – talk about a thin resume! And if that was not bad enough, we heard even more about Romney’s foreign policy strategy in his now infamous, secretly recorded “47%” remarks.

On that tape we hear Romney discussing President Carter’s failed Iranian hostage mission, and how much political hay was made of that. Romney reassures his donors that “if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.” In other words, I will exploit any opportunity to politicize any overseas event that might cast a shadow over President Obama’s considerable foreign policy success. Lacking any credentials or meaningful experience myself, I will hop up to the nearest microphone, at the earliest and even uninformed moment and demonstrate to the world my foreign policy chops. And that is exactly what Mitt Romney did shortly before midnight on September 11th.

In typical American political and media-frenzied style Romney has actually gained traction on the issue. How is it though that this singular, small, albeit tragic event has become the primary focus of our debates and discussion when the much broader, relevant and positive resolution of the Libyan Revolution is virtually ignored? Wasn’t it genuine foreign policy skill that enabled President Obama to work with NATO and regional powers on the sensitive matter of deposing an Arab dictator? Wasn’t it his maturity, deftness and experience that enabled America to contribute to the fight for Libyan freedom in a measured fashion with relatively little cost to our Treasury and no cost in American lives? Doesn’t all of that matter much more than a nuanced evaluation of the crisis response, and the words that were or were not spoken regarding the sneak attack in Benghazi? Or is it just too irresistible for us to play the “gotcha” game, indulge the picking of minor but irritating political scabs, and forget almost entirely and meaningfully about all that is truly important about our politics and our politicians.

In coping with the real-world crisis in Libya, President Obama was revealed for what his is – a steady and competent leader capable of recognizing and defending American interests while also doing the right thing (unless the continued control of Libya by the dictator Muammar Gaddafi is considered the “right” thing, and some on the Right who care not a whit about other people’s freedom might feel exactly that way). In jumping up to that mic and jumping ahead of the Benghazi incident, Mitt Romney was also revealed for what he is – an opportunist, desperate to be President, or as Woody Allen might put it, a haircut definitely posing as a man.

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Robert Livesay October 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Robert it looks like you need some action on your article. I could post and create some action. My name alone could get you some action. Maybe so maybe not. Lets see.
Joe Feltcher October 31, 2012 at 03:55 PM
And what, exactly, did Obama know about foreign affairs when he was elected? Or even now for that matter.
Robert Defulgentiis October 31, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Joe - " what, exactly, did Obama know about foreign affairs when he was elected?" He sat on the European sub-committee of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee for one. Go here Joe to read about "responsibilities" of the FR Committee: http://www.foreign.senate.gov/about/jurisdiction/ Just one example - in dealing with the issue of what to do about Libya...has to work with our military, NATO, regional powers in the Mid-East, United Nations protocols + actual decisions about what to do, how much to spend, how much risk to accept, how far to go in fighting, what to do post engagement - that is he has to conduct foreign policy in the real world filled with risk + repercussions. Something Romney and Ryan have never done + Biden was once CHAIRMAN of FR Committee!!!!
larry November 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
he was absent most of the meetings matter of fact he rarely was in congress.
Phil M November 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
4 Americans are dead. In a situation that lasted 7 hours. What would you say if this happed in California? If the state building was overrun by tourists. This would be considered an act of war. An attack on American soil. So how is talking about this trying to politicize a situation? What happened on that night was in error. The President said he gave an order, where is it? Who disobeyed it? Who is at fault for not helping out our brothers? I don’t care who is at fault I want to know the truth. And I am tired of hearing that I am trying to show fault into a President’s administration. Sometimes the truth hurts and to be honest it looks like his administration is at fault. ________________________________________ Find a Military Friendly College, www.bestmilitaryfriendlycolleges.com
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Don't let a little thing like FACTS and the TRUTH get in the way of his babbaling babaloo banterism!!! ""Who are you going to believe, Joe Feltcher or your lying eyes, ears, nose, and state of our economy that we inherited from ten years of George W. Bush""!!!
Robert Livesay November 03, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Bobbie where did you come up with ten years. Has President Obama only been in office close to two years. I might agree he has not governed at all. But I guess I will take two years. I guess Bobbie Bush owns the other two years. You have very strange political facts Bobbie. Bobbie was the President on top of the Libya issue? Maybe you can explain that with all your fact findings.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 03, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Yes, Robert, I did meant to say eight years of George W. STUPID IS HOW STUPID VOTE!! Thank God for Stupidity for it has its’ place Thank God it transcends all Genders, Religions and Race Thank God for Stupidity The step-child of Humanity No brains required just loyalty and vanity If stupidity was a Country at some point we’d all be citizens eager and valiant soldiers fighting for its’ Sovereignty Hell I’ve pledge allegiance to its’ flag on many occassions I’ve fought in its’ wars with blind faith and pursuasion But in November when you go out of your house and into the voting booth with little or no wisdom,no logic No Ruth Allow me to tell you when you got like that and why you did It was the day you voted for Mitt Romney And Now you know STUPID!!!
Riley Willerson November 03, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Bobby, is that all you have to say? Same old poem. Moving forward, yes mistakes were made, yes poor communication, yes it is tragic. We are in countries that will continue to fight and kill each other in the name of Ali. But not all Muslims are radical, just like not all Catholics agree with the Pope. Funny how everyone forgets about WMD? And how the President Bush made bad decisions on the intel he received from his Staff. The President is surrounded by a chosen few to guide and give recommendations. That is the big picture. Bad info to President Obama, 4 dead, and Bad info to Bush where over 5000 have died due to bad intel. IMO we are not going to solve the middle east crisis in our life time.End of story
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 03, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I'll write this poem as long as I want to..... A scene from the Great Movie, LONESOME DOVE!! Gus McCrae(Robert Duval): Only way to get better food around here is by shooting Bolivar. And another thing, Bol, I want you to quit whackin' that dinner bell for supper. You can hit it at noon if you want to, but lay off doin' it in the evenin'. See, a man with any sense at all can tell when it's sundown, without you whackin' that bell. Bolivar(The Mexican Cook): General Robert E. Lee freed the slaves. I can whack it if I want to.
Riley Willerson November 03, 2012 at 11:45 PM
yep that is your right, Power to the people "Black Panther Poet" we are family,, uhh, uhh, ahhh, feel the power people, ahh ahhh, we are family,,,,,,, Yep we are all here on this planet living a human experience. everyone have a great weekend, life is good, we are on this side of the grass.
Robert Livesay November 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Bobbie maybe it is you that is stupid. I do not know that. But why is everyone else stupid and you are not. I do beleive most of us have already figured that out. Stupid as Stupid is writes a stupid poem. Go to sleep Bobbie it is late for you.
Babaloo November 04, 2012 at 09:24 AM
POS. POS. POS. Bobby is a disgrace to his "people". attacking a person when they are not even part of the conversation. a disgrace to the working man in America. sad. i do not know why this "garbage" is still allowed to post on this site.
Babaloo November 04, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Robert. the man was a "paper" senator. absent for most of the meetings, poor voting record and was a " constitutional law attorney". he was being paid 200k a year as a "consultant". another paper position. sad. and he was elected president.
Babaloo November 04, 2012 at 09:28 AM
garbage is as garbage does.
RJ Stewart November 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The subject began with Romney, the poser, and quickly changed. It seems so appropriate.
Robert Livesay November 04, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Robert De as I said you need me to comment. Then the action starts. I am the one and only one that gets you any attention at all. They swarm when I comment.
Robert Defulgentiis November 05, 2012 at 06:08 PM
babaloo - " the man was a "paper" senator." Okay - so now working in the Senate which deals with many aspects of foreign affairs (unlike the House), and specifically on the Foreign Relations Committee was a worthless experience. Got it. What, exactly, has Romney been doing over the past 7 years? Counting money?
Robert Defulgentiis November 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Phil - "What would you say if this happed in California? If the state building was overrun by tourists." As opposed Phil to a sneak attack at a distant outpost in a distant and quite dangerous land surrounded by potential enemies....no difference there at all. You have a right to answers about Benghazi. But the eagerness of the Right to pile on this incident, the opportunism of a desperate Presidential candidate to exploit (as he said he would on that 47% secret tape) the tragedy demonstrates a politically motivated lack of proportion. Obama just deftly, nimbly, at little cost, and NO military deaths, + considerable political risk liberated that country..........and all you want to talk about is Benghazi. Why?

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