The principal problem with
"No" seems the clear answer to that question. It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America's international relations. His concerns are elsewhere. But when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read, learn and make a serious effort to see the patterns that might lie within the competitive "brainwashings" (to borrow a fateful phrase from Mitt's father, George) being conducted by rival politicians and press and television.
To take an obvious case, Mr. Romney early in the campaign said that since Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of
At that time, the Israeli leader was attempting to manipulate the Obama administration, by way of political blackmail and direct appeals to
Without getting into the argument about where
If he read the newspapers and talked to professionals and his advisers, he would have known that it was and remains in the national interest of
On Monday of this week, that assurance to
I see daylight already, in
Mr. Romney himself, now presenting himself as a man of moderation, has announced that
He deplores American national indebtedness, which the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the secretary of defense both characterize as the nation's "number one national security threat." Yet he accuses Obama of "arbitrary and crippling" cuts in defense spending, and promises to spend more on weapons. Again, why? With whom does he foresee a new war?
This brings up the question of his advisers, of whom there are a great many, of several schools of thought. There are elderly liberal internationalists from the George H.W. Bush administration, hoping to restore moderation, international law observance and civility to American policy.
There are neo-conservatives left over from the George W. Bush administration, responsible for the
There are tea-party populists, some of them isolationists, some aggressive promoters of American exceptionalism and militarism.
Each item in Mr. Romney's array of policy statements and claims makes an appeal for votes from some individual segment of the electorate. Together, they are a puzzle. There has to be a guiding intelligence applied to make something coherent from them. But there is little sign that this intelligence belongs to
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