An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
I keep hearing/reading that the ‘experts’ say Mitt Romney has no experience in foreign policy, so he shouldn’t be elected president. Uh huh….and the guy who went into the White House almost 4 years ago had no foreign policy experience either. The problem is, he still doesn’t. Apparently, he has learned nothing in his term about economic, domestic, or foreign policies. What little he has accomplished was started by the Bush administration, and he just left those policies in place. Anything he has done on his own he has royally F.d Up.
Apparently, he has been following the well intentioned, but totally naive, advice of the Report on the commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (Graham/Talent Commission) which, in part, states:
“The next administration needs to go much further, using the tools of ‘soft power’ to communicate effectively about American intentions and to build grassroots social and economic institutions that will discourage radicalism and undercut terrorists in danger spots around the world-especially in Pakistan. There are simple steps that most individuals can take to mitigate the consequences of an attack-even a WMD attack. By demonstrating that they could reduce at a national level the potential damage and lasting effects caused by an attack, citizens might convince a terrorist organization that pursuing such an attack was not worth the effort and thus deter it.”
Excuse me while I pick my chin up off the floor. Have they not heard the words of the jihadists? Their intent is to destroy the U.S., and thus destroy Israel. Since the U.S. swore to protect Israel (although I doubt if this pretender has any intention of keeping that promise), what better way to insure Israel’s destruction than to first obliterate the world’s only super power who could stop them in their quest?
It’s time to face some hard realities. We will be at war for the rest of our lives…..unless we can’t totally destroy the evil that permeates the entire world, or we are completely and thoroughly obliterated. The intent of Islam is to rule the entire world, and they aren’t joking around. There are NO moderate Muslims who can be reasoned with, on any level. They will either enact Sharia Law in every nation, or die trying. Life means nothing to these people. It’s high time the U.S. Government come to grips with that reality!
Tonight’s final presidential debate will focus solely on foreign policy. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World.” Heritage’s foreign policy experts have written a series of tipsheets for prepping on each of these issues, featured on our Debate 2012 page and linked below.
Join us tonight at 9 p.m. ET to watch the debate live on the Debate 2012 page. In addition to the live stream, our experts will be live blogging, and you can join in the conversation on Twitter.
Our experts have submitted five questions they consider vital to the foreign policy debate:
- Given that the Taliban movement still poses a threat to the futures of both Afghanistan and Pakistan, how do you plan to ensure stability in the region and prevent either country from serving as a base for international terrorists intent on attacking the U.S.?
- Over the last several years, the Chinese have become increasingly aggressive in pressing territorial claims against their neighbors, threatening to upend peace, security, and the free flow of commerce in the region. What policies will your Administration undertake in the first year to make clear to this new Chinese leadership that the U.S. will remain committed to its friends and treaty allies in the western Pacific?
- The U.S. is not the world’s policeman, but it is a leader in world affairs. Can we maintain our influence and protect our vital national interests around the world (such as the “pivot to Asia” that the Administration has announced) if defense cuts continue? Do these cuts encourage adversaries and extremists (as in Libya) to test U.S. resolve?
- In the months since Osama bin Laden was killed, al-Qaeda franchises in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and North Africa have grown stronger and continue to pose a significant threat to Americans. Yet the U.S. appears to be stuck in a “whack-a-mole” tape loop. How should U.S. counterterrorism policy be changed to effectively counter this evolving threat?
- Although sanctions have been ratcheted up against Iran, a new study by the Congressional Research Service has concluded that sanctions have not succeeded in accomplishing their principal objective “to compel Iran to verifiably confine its nuclear program to purely peaceful uses.” Tehran has accelerated its enrichment of uranium and is closer than ever to a nuclear weapon. Can sanctions alone stop these trends? What else should the U.S. do to end Iran’s nuclear defiance?