Foreign policy makes 2012 campaign debut

  • Article by: ERIC P. SCHWARTZ and LAWRENCE R. JACOBS
  • Updated: September 22, 2012 - 5:24 PM

Obama has a record to suggest what he'd do. Romney is more of a mystery.

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pumiceSep. 22, 12 7:21 PM

From the article: "President Obama's views are ... characterized by a commitment to a rules-based international system with strong multilateral organizations, but also by a reluctance to act unilaterally in international affairs." Certainly preferable to off-the-books, unilateral, pre-emptive global interventionism, in my opinion. As Eisenhower put it: If defense threatens our economic security, it threatens our national security.

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omnipresentSep. 23, 12 2:42 AM

Romney's not so much of a "mystery" any longer. We've seen him in action and what we see is bordering on alarming. In three countries in a row, he managed to offend them. Australia, the UK, and the Palestinians. Back home, he inserted himself and broke national protocol during the midst of an international crisis (without even stopping to gather the facts). He also insulted China. He's trying to undermine our relationship with Israel, too. Finally, with a war raging, he didn't think it important enough to acknowledge our troops or even mention the war during his acceptance speech. Summed up, he's utterly tone-deaf and sorely lacking sophistication about all things foreign relations. I shudder to think of him taking that 3AM call, especially since 17 out of his 24 so-called foreign relations advisors are Bush-era neocons.

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drmyeyesSep. 23, 1210:02 AM

What were Obama's views of foreign policy before he was elected? He had none. He still has none now. To suggest Romney has no foreign policy experience is correct - neither did Obama, Bush or Clinton before being elected.

What we do know is that we have a failed president with no leadership ability and the world knows it. Obama has insulted our allies and attempted to appease or enemies by apologizing for American exceptional-ism. He has done great damage to our reputation and world standing.

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