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Obama To Use Foreign Policy To Beat Romney

From a slightly premature BuzzFeed:

Obama’s Plan To Use National Security To Beat Romney

By Michael Hastings | Tuesday September 11, 2012

One of the most aggressive parts of President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech last week included a series of jokes mocking Mitt Romney’s foreign policy chops — indicating a breezy confidence rarely seen in Democratic candidates.

“Wasn’t it great,” one staffer said to BuzzFeed after the speech. “I’d like to see Romney try to come back at us after that.”

Another top campaign official would make a similar point, if in a more subdued fashion.

“For the first time in a very long time, a Democrat has a clear advantage on national security issues,” Michele Flournoy, a national security campaign advisor and former Defense Department official said. “This is a real significant shift in our political system.”

Voters, Flournoy went on to say, “consistently prefer President Obama over Mitt Romney on this issue by double digits.”

After all, just look at how American interests are being advanced all over the globe and especially in the Middle East of the ‘Arab Spring.’

Mind you, this is from just yesterday. How quickly the worm can turn.

Indeed, Obama holds a 12 point lead over Romney when likely voters are asked which candidate would better handle foreign policy issues as president in the latest CNN/ORC poll. That’s up from a margin of just three points before the Democratic convention. And Chicago thinks that will pay off.

“Even if 3, 4, 5 percent of the American people vote with national security foremost in their – national security issues foremost in their mind,” Flournoy said, “We want them to be voting for the President, given his strong record.”

Let’s hope people do focus on national security. But our news media will now do their best to change the subject.

All of this marks a significant historical shift in Democratic Party politics…

Surprisingly, it’s been Obama who has changed this perception. Even in 2008, both Hillary Clinton and John McCain tried to take advantage of Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience, playing off voter fears of the Democratic stereotype. Though the attacks didn’t cost Obama the election, polls showed still showed that voters trusted the Republican Vietnam war hero McCain more than the Democrat’s one-term senator from Illinois.

Instead of weakness, however, the Obama administration has projected strength. On the campaign trail, crowds become electrified when the president or his surrogates mention the killing of Bin Laden. The president talks about ending the war in Afghanistan, and protecting veterans.

Yes, Obama is great at talking about these kind of things. He’s not so great when it comes to actually following through.

Romney, on the other hand, has fumbled. The past six weeks have seen a rocky overseas trip, followed by his failure to mention U.S. troops or the war in Afghanistan in his acceptance speech

Remember, this is supposed to be a news article.

And although foreign policy hasn’t been much of an issue in 2012 so far, the Obama campaign sees an opening to make it one. While still acknowledging that the election isn’t going to be decided by national security — the president and his campaign have gone all out to put doubts into the electorate about Romney’s ability to handle foreign affairs.

Privately, Obama allies will make case that Romney and Ryan possess an almost Palin-esque naivete to [sic] the world

Apparently, this reporter watches Saturday Night Live and mistakes it for reality.

By the way, who would handle the Russians better? Sarah Palin or Barack Obama?

Romney appears “reckless” and “out of touch,” as one campaign official put it.

Meanwhile, Obama has skipped more than half of his daily intelligence briefings. He has been too busy golfing and campaigning and fundraising.

All of this is laying the groundwork for what could be one of the most pivotal moments of the campaign—the final presidential debate, just two weeks before the election. The topic: foreign policy. Though Chicago is already lowering expectations for all the debates, they do feel the president has a clear leg up on this one. President Obama, officials say, can discuss the killing of Bin Laden, ending the war in Iraq, bringing troops home from Afghanistan, the toughest sanctions on Iran so far, and what the foreign policy community perceives as a successful intervention in Libya.

Oh, our sides.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Obama To Use Foreign Policy To Beat Romney”

  1. chainsaw says:

    Whoops….that was bad timing on this articles part. But to be fair, the musers were not aware that some conservative Jew from CA was going to release a hit piece on the Prophet Muhammad. I always like to quote Reagan in time like this….”there they go again”….when it comes to the tolerant peace loving Muslim.

    TRIPOLI, Libya — The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

    To Chris Stevens and company, May God have mercy on your souls. Amen


    • Right of the People says:

      F**k ’em if they can’t take a joke. Just another example of how Islam is the religion of peace.

      I’d trust Alfred E. Neuman before I’d trust the Teleprompter in Chief on foreign policy. If that’s his strategy, he’d better start formulating his exit strategy for January.

    • chainsaw says:

      Yes, you’re correct Right of the People. Can you imagine the outrage of the press if this was a Christian uprising? The Media is complicient in the terror acts carried out by these Muslims. They are blaming the actions on a film produced by some conservative Jew. What a disgrace.

      Btw, I was being sarcastic on my “to be fair” comment. The press is always willing to look for excuses when it comes to Muslim uprisings. Our press has soundly surpassed the discontent of lawyers and politicians.

  2. ilzito guacamolito says:

    Romney had better get his campaign in gear. You cannot buy these types of opportunities. From O not running on his record to the economy to this outrageous BS in the middle East to O’s snubbing of Bibi to disenchanted dems to…
    Never let a crisis go to waste. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Make the most of all of this.

    * * *

    RIP Chris Stevens, Sean Smith and the other two Americans whose names have not yet been released.

  3. mr_bill says:

    Oh yes, nerobama’s foreign policy credentials are in such great order:

    Abandoned the European missile defense program, in exchange for nothing from Russia
    Provided Russia with nuclear secrets
    Stabbed Britain in the back by siding with Argentina on the Falkland Islands
    Snubbed Netanyahu repeatedly
    Called for a return to pre-1967 borders in Israel
    Russian subs in the Gulf of Mexico
    Publicly embarrassed by Hugo Chavez
    Turned Egypt over to islamic supremicists
    Turned over Lybia to islamic supremicists
    Afghanistan and Iraq military deaths in 3 years exceeding those in the previous 7 years
    Pock-ee-stohn loves us now, I remember that incident /sarc
    Embarrassed the US in a bid to get the Olympics for his Chicago cronies
    Bowing to foreign sovereigns, repeatedly
    Insulting Poland, repeatedly
    Screwed Canada and the US on the Keystone XL Pipeline
    Failure to support Iranian Freedom Protesters
    Reset US-Russia relations back to Cold War status
    Siding with China on disputed islands, provoking military action from China
    Siding with islamic radicals in Turkey
    Constant apologies for American Exceptionalism
    Failure on the USS Cole prosecution
    START Treaty
    Support for the release of the Lockerbie bomber
    Disrespecting the Queen of England, the UK Prime Minister, the Dali Lama
    Inviting Mexico’s president to lecture our Congress on immigration policy
    Supported civilian trials for terrorists like KSM
    Assisted in returning a dictator to power in Honduras
    The list is as long as the last 4 years have felt, but this is my list off the top of my head

    After years of the worst foreign policy in the history of the US, I can’t think of a single positive foreign policy moment for nerobama. nerobama has the inverse Midas Touch, everything he touches turns to crap. The last thing nerobama wants to do is run on his record for anything, although I think he should be forced to run on it. Each one of these issues should be a separate campaign video.

  4. bousquem25 says:

    The moron in the white house is complaining Romney doesn’t have foriegn policy experience. What about during the 2008 election, obama had nothing for experience in goverment aside from voting “present” and campagining for a higher office as soon as he is elected to the current one. Add to the fact that obama seems to pick every wrong foriegn policy decision that comes up, if it seems like he picked a good decision one just needs to wait a day and see the apology to russia/china/iran/islamists/democrats and then the US gets screwed over agin.

  5. untrainable says:

    The only way Obama’s foreign policy could be used to beat Romney would be to put all his foreign policy papers in a binder and physically hit Romney over the head with it. To even suggest that ANYTHING Obama has done in the realm of foreign policy has been positive for America only shows absolute ignorance of both the world as it exists now and as it has existed throughout history.

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