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How to be a Foreign Policy Bumbler Like Mitt Romney in 5 Easy Steps
With the third and final presidential debate happening on Monday, the Obama campaign has helpfully put out a video that can teach all of America how to be a foreign policy bumbler like Mitt Romney.
Here is the video:
The 5 steps are so easy that anyone (who watches Fox News) can do them.
Step 1: Get the facts wrong;
Step 2: Undermine long-lasting relationships with your allies;
Step 3: Frequently highlight your lack of experience;
Step 4: Assemble a team of ideologues committed to endless war;
Step 5: Mistake your enemies (“C’mon, Mitt…think!”)
As you can see Mitt is batting a perfect 5 for 5. He consistently gets facts wrong, which is a polite way of saying that he is lying. For example, in the second presidential debate, Romney claimed that Obama never called the Libya attack an act of terror, when the president did exactly that.
Step two takes some real skill, but Romney managed to knock that one out of the park when he insulted everyone in England on the eve of the Olympics by questioning their security for the event. Romney has also been amazingly efficient at bragging to the world that he knows nothing about foreign policy. He checked step three off his list by claiming that, “a president is not a foreign policy expert.”
Step four was the easiest one of all of for Romney. Seventeen of Romney’s 24 special advisers on foreign policy served under Bush. This is why every single foreign policy address that Romney has given has been obsessed with war in the Middle East. The face at the top is different, but the policy of preemptive war remains the same. Step five was easily satisfied by Romney expressing his Rocky IV foreign policy that Russia is the US’s biggest geopolitical enemy.
Mitt Romney has a foreign policy problem. He doesn’t know anything about foreign affairs, and the only policies that he does have, come verbatim from the rejected presidency of George W. Bush. Mitt Romney’s debate strategy will likely be to attack Obama on foreign policy, while trying to pivot back to the economy as often as possible.
Never has a party’s candidate for president demonstrated as much foreign policy incompetence before an election as Mitt Romney has. Romney has been completely inept at every turn. It leads one to the conclusion that the Romney foreign policy has been informed by Fox News, and is being guided by the failure twins George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Mitt Romney isn’t just a return to the past. He is the past trying to look like the present.
Haven’t we had enough of bumbling foreign policy presidents who start wars and get Americans killed?