Romney Launches Foreign Policy Critique in Wall Street Journal Op-ed

The first Presidential debate this Wednesday is scheduled to focus on domestic issues which most assume would be dominated by the economy.  But between the Embassy attacks and the dishonesty from the White House in their public responses to the terrorist bombings and murder of our Ambassador, Mitt Romney has basically thrown down the gauntlet and made foreign policy a major topic of discussion.  It’s as if he is saying to the debate moderator, Jim Lehrer, if you don’t bring this issue up on Wednesday, I will:

Disturbing developments are sweeping across the greater Middle East. In Syria, tens of thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power, and the country’s peace treaty with Israel hangs in the balance. In Libya, our ambassador was murdered in a terrorist attack. U.S. embassies throughout the region have been stormed in violent protests. And in Iran, the ayatollahs continue to move full tilt toward nuclear-weapons capability, all the while promising to annihilate Israel. These developments are not, as President Obama says, mere “bumps in the road.” They are major issues that put our security at risk. Yet amid this upheaval, our country seems to be at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. We’re not moving them in a direction that protects our people or our allies.

[I]n recent years, President Obama has allowed our leadership to atrophy. Our economy is stuck in a “recovery” that barely deserves the name. Our national debt has risen to record levels. Our military, tested by a decade of war, is facing devastating cuts thanks to the budgetary games played by the White House. Finally, our values have been misapplied—and misunderstood—by a president who thinks that weakness will win favor with our adversaries. By failing to maintain the elements of our influence and by stepping away from our allies, President Obama has heightened the prospect of conflict and instability. He does not understand that an American policy that lacks resolve can provoke aggression and encourage disorder.

In this period of uncertainty, we need to apply a coherent strategy of supporting our partners in the Middle East—that is, both governments and individuals who share our values.

  • This means restoring our credibility with Iran. When we say an Iranian nuclear-weapons capability—and the regional instability that comes with it—is unacceptable, the ayatollahs must be made to believe us.
  • It means placing no daylight between the United States and Israel. And it means using the full spectrum of our soft power to encourage liberty and opportunity for those who have for too long known only corruption and oppression. The dignity of work and the ability to steer the course of their lives are the best alternatives to extremism.

But this Middle East policy will be undermined unless we restore the three sinews of our influence:

  • our economic strength,
  • our military strength and
  • the strength of our values.

That will require a very different set of policies from those President Obama is pursuing.

2 Comments

  1. Ranger375
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    The result of all of this will be a waiting game on Obama’s part to just get past the election. It is all about Obama retaining power – it is what he does with that power should he win that makes one shudder.

  2. Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I will SAY Romney should have been doing Op-Eds like this in every major paper WEEKLY or making MAJOR policy addresses WEEKLY from the second he wont the primaries.

    You have the voters who are locked to him and Obama…you are fighting for 6% who are BEGGING for a reason to vote against Obama. They don’t want to vote for him but will if Romney cannot articiulate how he will be better and different. I said it earlier and I’ll say it again…By Friday Evening we will know who the next President of the United States is.

    Wed is the DEBATE….Romney is up 2 strikes, 2 outs, bottom of the 9th down by 3 with the bases loaded. He has to hit at minimum a double to tie this ballgame. Then the economic indicators from the US and across the world are filtering in this week. So far what is out today is looking VERY bad globally. The projection I have seen is September adds 115,000 barely more than last months 96,000 and far below the 140-150 average the last few months. The rate will probably tick up a to 8.2 or 8.3, If Romney can make the point that Obama is FAILURE that the country is nearly where it was 4 years ago AND offer his own SPECIFICS….I think it will be game over Obama.

    If he doesn’t if he just hits Obama on lies and doesn’t provide his own speciifcs, it wont matter what the numbers say this week..Game over Romney,.

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