Some people that I have talked to are having some serious reservations with president Obama’s Foreign Policy as well as Defense Policy. As if that is not his only problem. However, I am still convinced that if something were to happen on a catastrophic nature over seas, specifically in the Mid-East, it could have a devastating impact on this Presidents chances to win re-election.
A major concern to Conservative Religious Groups in the U.S. is policy on the Middle East and primarily that of Israel. The idea of returning to 1967 Israeli-Palistinian boundaries as the basis for peace talks did not bide well. It is adding fodder to their efforts to turn their followers away from Obama and motivate them to voting for Romney.
This received another boost when presidential candidate Mitt Romney clarified his conservative position that his administration would stand by Israel if Iran were to attack Israel in the future. He seems to lean toward supporting any Israeli decision to take pre-emptive military action against Iran to stop their efforts to develop nuclear capability, something that Israel has clarified is a real possibility if sanctions and negotiations continue to fail.
Romney said that Obama threw Israel under the bus by laying out his view of policies he thought Israel should adopt in the peace process. Romney particularly took issue with the presidents May 2011 suggestion of a return to the 1967 borders as the basis for negotiations. Romney has promised to take actions recommended and supported by Israel . Romney has indicated that he does not think that the United States should play the role of the leader of the peace process, but instead we should be following the guidance of Israel.
On the issue of Iran and Nuclear Capability,Romney has described Iran as a suicidal nation and the greatest immediate threat to the world since Nazi Germany. He has called for comprehensive, withering sanctions against Iran. He indicated in a recent speech that military action against a nuclear capable Iran would be an option on his table. Obama on the other hand has persisted with negotiations and many are thinking that Iran is using this to stall for time as it gets closer to nuclear capability. Romney argues that Obama’s “Charm Offensive”, will not be enough to stop the countries pursuit of nuclear arms, according to a November 16, 2011 article in Foreign Policy, Div of The Washington Post.
Many perceive that President Obama has moved away from whole-hearted support of Israel. That concerns not only Conservatives, but Conservative religious leaders as well. It is hard to absorb the idea that there is hope, any real hope, for a realistic objective peace process between Israel and Palestine when many Palestinians believe that Israel should cease to exist as we know it today. It was Palestine that advocated the idea of running Israel into the sea. I fail to see how any trust can be granted when one of the countries overall perception is that the other should be destroyed.
It is for these reasons that I raise a flag of concern. Because it is here that if given the chance Mitt Romney could raise real questions as well as question the competency of this president in the area of foreign affairs.
Thats my point of view, and as usual I look forward to yours. Until then, have a great day and as usual……..God Bless America!