There is no real doubt, at least in my mind that the Foreign Policy of the Obama administration is not all that one would expect it to be cracked up to be. However, I do have this one little question. What is the Foreign Policy of the Obama Administration. The word is that Mr. Obama does not want to do anything that might spoil his chances of winning a second term in office. As a result for the four years he has done everything possible to keep out of any military confrontation other than Afghanistan. We are of course out of Iraq, other than a few support troops left over. He wanted to be out of Afghanistan as well but realized that was not going to happen. Then there is Egypt, and the departure of Mubarak. He and his military ware close allies to the United States and by paying out millions to Egypt’s military this apparently assured they would not attack Israel and both could live side by side without military conflict. Now with Mubarak in prison, and the Islamic Brotherhood in power, a force that is not at all crazy about the United States, the question is which way will Egypt go. It is no secret that Islamic Factions are not at all friendly with Israel.
The United States is reducing its Navy presence in the orient waters around China, and we seem to be ceding power to China as well. We avoid confrontation with China, and seem more to be withdrawing as a world leader rather than standing our ground.
So, again, I ask what is the foreign policy of the Obama Administration. It seems that at least in the area of Foreign Affairs we are failing in our obligation to remain a world leader.
However, I would have to ask the same question of Mr. Romney. What is his Foreign Policy Objective? I have not heard all that much from him on the subject matter. It seems obvious that Americans have tired of war, attending funerals of our young men and women giving their lives for this country. They look back at 911 and seem to be saying that we have made our point, and think that our adversaries realize that it is not wise to wake a sleeping giant.
However, I do not think that we have a strong Foreign Policy. I think the world sees our policy as weak, and retreating. In a world full of violence, Europe is disappointed in the direction The United States seems to be going.
If Mr. Romney is able to drive this home, if he is able to get people wondering about the direction this country is heading, and succeeds is getting Americans to question issues such as American Defense, and Homeland Security and our future, he could ring a bell, and in doing so cost Mr. Obama the election.
Right now, as we sit, the polls are neck and neck. 50/50 and no-one in the lead. People are not all that happy with President Obama. However, they do not know very much about the Republican alternative. He seems evasive, phony, not one of us. He puts on a pair of jeans as if he wears them every day, but everyone knows he is tailored more to a business suit. Most say Mitt Romney doesn’t have a clue what it is like down here in small towns and dark dying cities of America. He has no idea what it is like to be a working man, or woman, trying to make ends meet, the struggle each week to put a meal on the table, and feed a hungry kid. Yeah, he tries to come off as one of us but fails every time.
Mitt might take a lesson from Ronald Reagan on that subject of how to come off as just another down home guy trying to help his fellow-man. When most of us felt it was night-time in America, Ronald Reagan was able to get us to think instead about Morning time in America. That is what Romney has to do. He might also take a lesson from Bobby Kennedy who reminded us of a phrase his brother John once said “Some people see things as they are and ask why?…..I see things as they are not and ask why not?”
If Romney wants to win this thing he is going to have to challenge the patriotism in us. If Obama is going to win this thing he is going to have to show us, and convince us that things will be worse under Romney, and that just around the corner things will get better under a Obama administration.
As it stands now, neither candidate is all that convincing.
That’s my point of view………What do you think? As usual I look forward to your insight, until then……….Have a great day and as usual……..God Bless America!