Posted on 13-09-2012
Filed Under (Foreign Policy, Politics) by Rashtrakut

Last November, Mitt Romney offered up powerful chest thump:

“If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will get a nuclear weapon.  If we elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not.”

Of course like his arithmetic challenged tax plan or his mutating mysterious Afghanistan policy, there has been no substance offered to support this platitude.  Since Mitt Romney feels that the harsh sanctions regime Obama has imposed on Iran is a sign of weakness (or more commonly asserts does not exist), he evidently has access to some magic pixie dust that will stop an Iranian dream that dates back to the Shah.

Today, facing withering fire for his statements on the embassy attacks one of his foreign policy advisers offered up more pixie dust.  The inspiration is likely the tweet below from the most incompetent defense secretary of our generation:

The attacks on our embassies & diplomats are a result of perceived American weakness. Mitt Romney is right to point that out.
@RumsfeldOffice
Donald Rumsfeld

This conveniently ignores the fact that there were 12 such attacks under Bush, including 8 on Rumsfeld’s watch.  This is the highest number in American history and if it were an appropriate measure of strength would make 43 one of the weakest presidents in history.  Rummy’s amnesia spreads to the neo-cons advising Romney.  Richard Williamson, who worked in 43’s administration, asserted that the Muslim world would be so cowed by the man who does not have the guts to take on Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump that they would never dare send an unruly mob (or organized assault) against an American embassy.  That or they have magic pixie dust at their disposal.

Barack Obama’s foreign policy is not perfect.  He has made mistakes.  There are legitimate questions about the security for the Libyan embassy.  But the Republican assertions of a weak President are ludicrous figments of their imagination.  Romney on foreign policy is a sad caricature and should quit making a fool of himself.  But of course he won’t.

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