Team Romney Doubles Down
Its candidate having blundered into unfamiliar foreign-policy territory by accusing President Obama of apologizing in the current Mideast crisis, the Romney campaign has now bizarrely compounded the political misstep by throwing more fuel on the fire.
"There's a pretty compelling story that if you had President Romney, you'd be in a different situation," Williamson offered, also observing, "For the first time since
Williamson, a former Bush assistant secretary of state for international operations, also pounced on an Obama statement that the new Egyptian government was neither an ally nor an enemy but "a new government trying to find its way" as "a work in progress." To that, Williamson said, "The president can't even keep track of who's our ally or not. This is amateur hour."
The allegation was a direct assault on the Obama administration's claim that, under the president's leadership, America's international standing had risen sharply, with a return to a multilateral foreign policy from the essentially go-in-alone policy of
Romney himself, back on the campaign trail in
The ability of any American president to avoid or interrupt acts of violence from whatever source against "sovereign American property" was demonstrated in spades on
Romney's verbal muscle-flexing apparently is an effort to boost his stock with the conservative base of the
Obama has maintained that superiority, to the distress of many liberal Democrats who contend the American armed forces are excessively muscle-bound, and that the huge Pentagon budget can be safely cut and money diverted to meet neglected needs at home.
So it is politically surprising that Romney would pivot in the presidential campaign to the foreign-policy arena, in which Obama would appear to hold most of the cards, and that his strategists seem to be upping the ante. It smacks either of political desperation or a gamble that the traditional Republican trump card as the party of military superiority will prevail again in November.
But why would Romney and his team make such a pivot away from the one issue -- the punishing, stagnant state of the economy at home -- on which up to now they have relied so heavily to convince the voters to oust Obama? The supposed strength of the Romney-Ryan ticket is their ability to speed the recovery, not to return American foreign policy to greater world dominance.
By contrast, Obama now has nearly four years of world diplomacy behind him, with Vice President
If Romney and Ryan hope to move into the
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