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Why Romney, Santorum Ignore Foreign Policy, Nat'l Security Issues

By March 19, 2012

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Dangerously missing from the Republican presidential conversation is any meaningful discussion of foreign policy.

In 2000, 2004, and 2008, Republican candidates George W. Bush and John McCain proudly (and endlessly!) touted muscular foreign policies and detailed national security agendas as central planks of their conservative platforms.

In 2012, Republican front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum rarely muster serious public analysis of foreign policy matters. Instead, they glibly repeat boilerplate gobbledygook as...

"A Romney foreign policy will proceed with clarity and resolve. Our friends and allies will not have doubts about where we stand and what we will do to safeguard our interests and theirs. Neither will our rivals, competitors, and adversaries. The best ally world peace has ever known is a strong America." (Source - Romney campaign website)

Or...

" Rick Santorum understands that those who wish to destroy America do so because they hate everything we are - a land of freedom, a land of prosperity, a land of equality. Rick knows that backing down to the Jihadists means that we are only putting our foundational principles at greater risk.

President Obama's is "an approach that views America not as an exceptional leader but, rather, as just one more country in the sea of nations, not intrinsically better or worse than any other nation, not intrinsically better prepared to lead than any other nation. It is an abdication." (Source - Santorum campaign website)

I believe that Romney and Santorum have largely excluded foreign policy and national security issues, formerly winning issues for conservatives, from the 2012 campaign for three reasons:

  • 1. They don't truly know what the hell they're talking about, and they know it. Romney has precisely ZERO foreign policy experience. And as a U.S. senator, Santorum never served on the Foreign Relations Committee, and dabbled little in foreign policy matters. In truth, Santorum knows little more than Romney about the complexities of reality-based foreign policy matters.

  • 2. The eight-year Republican tenure of the Bush/Cheney administration, from 2001 until Obama's 2009 inauguration, created a destructive mess of U.S. foreign policies, and left America's reputation and standing in the international community in sullied tatters.

  • 3. President Obama has amassed a record of tremendous accomplishment in foreign policy matters and in keeping America and Americans safe.... a record that neither Romney nor Santorum want compared to their meager experience in and knowledge of foreign relations and national security policies and practices.

Take a few minutes to read President Obama's Middle East Victories and the 2012 Election.

Then ask yourself the obvious, common-sense question: in today's dangerous world, how could any rational U.S. citizen possibly vote in November for either Romney or Santorum for president... and believe that America and Americans are safer for their vote?

Comments

March 20, 2012 at 9:26 am
(1) Realtime53 says:

Hi Deborah –

I believe that the Republicans are running against a fictional President with a fictional record. “He has increased taxes.” In reality, he’s lowered taxes. “He has grown government beyond all measure.” He’s grown government less than Ronald Reagan. “He hasn’t sealed the border.” He has deported more illegal immigrants in his first term than George W. Bush did in two terms.

Again and again, their rhetoric does not match reality.

March 26, 2012 at 12:42 am
(2) Spock says:

Foreign policy doesn’t make the president. Nixon had a solid foreign policy record for example. Now lets look at the deficit, Bush RUINED us there and then Obama took that football and has proceeded to do 3x the damage to our econony as GW. Transparency. Obama has the least transparent presidency in modern times. Intelligent. The man is lost without a tele prompter. Gas prices? Worst in history. washington insider deals? How many failed venture capitalists pursuits has this man wasted tax money on? Seriously, how many? Obamacare? His crowning legislature is possibly one of the worst policy pursuits in all of US history. Hopefully to be reversed by the courts or repealed…

Successful? Well yes if blaming all your bad policies on other people and doing nothing but apoligizing and making funny one liners while the country circles the toilet is success then yes, very much so.

March 28, 2012 at 7:22 am
(3) NoBama says:

If you are not convinced that B Hussein Obama is the worst pres to tarnish the WH in a generation, if you believe that this country and you are better off now than you were 3 years ago, if you can claim that America’s standing in the world has improved, that we as a nation are more secure, that the actions that this admin has coerced upon the USA will not eradicate many of the great achievements this nation has fought for and sought to achieve in the future, that your children face a brighter future than you did, I ask you do one small thing. Close your eyes, picture in your mind everything that has transpired over the last 3 years, $6TRILLION in new debt and growing, unconstitutionally mandated ‘healthcare’, bowing to leaders of Arab dictatorships who fund terrorism with the very dollars your gas tank has provided, receipt of campaign contributions in exchange for direct investments or executive positions in ‘green’ projects or another crony political post, gas prices at all time high levels and a double from ’08, Occupy Dumb, and one last coup de tat, turning ones back on ones most important and only democratic ally in the ME, perhaps not even just turning ones back, but shredding the vestiges of a diplomatic relationship ensconced by every US Pres since Carter. Your eyes are still closed though the very same person that has told you that his administration would be the most transparent ever has somehow become the administer of obfuscation, blocking investigations and selective amnesia. Picture this. The person responsible for everything that has just occurred is an ‘R’, Puts things into perspective doesn’t it? At its very base, these are all the things that libs were crucifying Bush for during his admin. If you still suffer from BDS, it may be too late, here’s a little insight, it wasn’t Bush’s fault.

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