I give Mitt Romney credit for being a lot brighter than George W. Bush. George W. Bush showed no ability to think for himself. In the field of foreign policy he appointed a large number of advisers who, by their “advice” got us into two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq), made us the most hated nation on earth and, at a time when there should have been a lot of sympathy for us (after 9/11), succeeded in getting a lot of the world to idolize Osama Ben Laden. Bush’s advisers should have been fired. They weren’t.
Now we have Foreign Policy magazine reporting that 17 of Romney’s special advisers on foreign policy were in the George W. Bush administration. Should that frighten you? It does me.
These “geniuses” are the ones who sold the idea to Dick Chaney and Donald Rumsfeld that marching into Iraq and hitting them on the side of the head a little bit (and, maybe, killing about 4000 of our troops as well as about 1-million Middle Easterners) would make them sit up and accept democracy and be incredibly grateful to us. So far, it hasn’t worked out too well. These same “experts” are still pushing the idea that we can whack countries in the Middle East and they’ll behave.
Paraphrasing Winston Churchill, it isn’t that the Republicans know so little, it’s that they know so much that isn’t so. As Rick Santorum (a shining light of the Republican party) said a couple of weeks ago, “We are never going to get intelligent people to agree with us.” Almost Rick. I would say “intelligent all the way down to dull normal.”
When President Obama was interviewed on 60 Minutes, he made the statement that, “If Governor Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so.” I would respectfully disagree with our President. Actions speak louder than words. Governor Romney has spoken.
Before and since our retirement, my wife and I have traveled and seen a pretty fair share of the world. Normally, we are treated well whether we are in countries like England or India, or in countries that are not quite so friendly with us, such as the Muslim countries. Nobody ever blamed us for something that our president said or did. Things have changed:
During the time of George W. Bush’s second term my wife and I were in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border. We ran into a shopkeeper (whose English was pretty good). He spent about 10 minutes or so lecturing to us — the entire 16 person tour group — about all the damage that President Bush’s policies were doing to the world. Unfortunately, the man had his facts straight and neither my wife nor I nor anyone else in the group had much to say in defense of the US. I think that most would agree that President Obama has done a good job of cleaning up after President Bush.
Now we have Mitt Romney with most of the same advisers that Bush had. During Romney’s campaign he has already called the Russians “Our number 1 geopolitical foe”. Why? Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russians have not threatened us, and have been more cooperative in a lot of fields. They don’t always agree with us, but neither do the Japanese, British, French, etc. Why kick them in the teeth? Does he really want a return to the cold war? Don’t we ever learn?
Ref: Maureen Dowd, New York Times