Why Does the GOP Suck at Foreign Policy?

November 14, 2011


Honestly, it’s embarrassing.

Via Think Progress:

And then there is Mitt Romney making a campaign promise to hand over the keys to the Oval Office to Israel:

he actions that I will take will be actions recommended and supported by Israeli leaders. I don’t seek to take actions independent of what our allies think is best, and if Israel’s leaders thought that a move of that nature would be helpful to their efforts, then that’s something I’ll be inclined to do. But again, that’s a decision which I would look to the Israeli leadership to help guide. I don’t think America should play the role of the leader of the peace process, instead we should stand by our ally. Again, my inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel, as to where our facilities and embassies would exist.

The role of the President of the United States is to put the interests of the United States first, above all else. And anyone and everyone would be outraged if any candidate made the above statement about any of our other allies, whether France, Germany, Japan or anyone else. But Israel? It’s not only acceptable, it’s required.

And then you have the GOP candidates declaring their unwavering support for the use of waterboarding/torture (except Jon Huntsman) and war with Iran.


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5 Comments on “Why Does the GOP Suck at Foreign Policy?”

  1. Carolyn-Rodham Says:

    …which is why, for all his faults, I’m voting for Obama. But it has been fun watching one Republican candidate after another leap to the top of the polls, only to topple off with a thud.
    Let’s start a pool: How will Newt self-destruct?


    • thainjacobs Says:

      There is a headline over at HuffPo about Newt making millions off Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He has said some outrageous things over the past few months which have been ignored because he wasn’t a front-runner.

      As bad as the GOP is on foreign policy, and they do suck, Obama’s foreign policy has been very hawkish and short-sighted. Glenn Greenwald over at Salon.com keeps on top of this and how Obama supporters defend Obama for doing things that Bush did, and worse. Now apparently we are trying to prevent the international community from banning cluster munitions despite the fact that they are inhumane and kill so many civilians. Obama has backed off any real defense cuts and despite being a former constitutional law prof he seems to think assassinating alleged terrorists overseas who happen to be American citizens is totally legal and that the govt can simply refuse to provide any information about the assassination program to the American people. For some reason most Americans and the media don’t have a problem with this.

      The war on terror has led to a dangerous power-grab by our govt, the military and the military-industrial-complex. Basically, the President can do anything he or she wants so long as it can be loosely tied to national security as a rationale.

      We are becoming a pretend democracy.


      • Carolyn-Rodham Says:

        Hey thain! Missed you, too.


        • thainjacobs Says:

          Hey now, I’ve been asking about you here many, many times and NO answer. Hrmph.

          Welcome back. Didn’t you say at one point you live in NY? Would you do me a favor? Go spit on that pig Mayor Michael Bloomberg please. If ever there was a symbol of the corrupt, privileged class protecting bankers and corporate interests at the expense of the middle and lower class, it’s him. If he didn’t exist we’d have to make him up.


          • Carolyn-Rodham Says:

            My favorite Bloomberg story: journalists covering OWS were herded into, get this, “Free Speech Zones,” for their “protection.”

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