Mitt Romney recently was asked to grade our current president; Barack Obama by CBS News correspondent, Jan Crawford.
Romney replied to the question by saying “Oh, an ‘F,’ no question about that.”
Jan Crawford quizzed the Republican nominee further and he went on to criticize the president’s foreign policy:
“I’d look at the fact that he was looking to have a force of American troops staying in Iraq, securing what had been so hard-won there, and with the Status of Forces agreement. He failed to achieve it,”
He gives the president an “F” even in spite of Obama’s successful killing of Osama bin Laden.
Romney went on to add “In the Middle East, the Arab spring has become the Arab Winter. That’s hardly a success. As I look around the world, I have to believe his positions in foreign policy have not communicated American strength and resolve.”
I would imagine what Mitt Romney is saying is that he would be much tougher when it came to foreign policy than President Obama.
Take a look at an excerpt from CNN contributor and foreign policy expert Fareed Zakaria in a January 2012 article:
“Obama ordered more drone attacks in the first two years of his presidency than George W. Bush did in his entire two terms. The results have been noteworthy: Most of al Qaeda’s senior leadership has been destroyed. The strategy’s crowning success was, of course, the killing of Osama bin Laden.”
Fareed went on to point out that President Obama has had success concerning our foreign policy with Asia, saying:
“If the war against al Qaeda is the most visible and dramatic success story, the most significant long-term success might be in Asia, where Obama has pivoted. Asia is the new arena of global wealth, power, and power politics, and Obama decided to expand American presence in the region with a flurry of diplomatic moves over the last six months.
He did so carefully and skillfully so that Asia countries saw it as a response to their requests rather than an unilateral assertion of American power. When historians write about an Obama Doctrine, they might point to his new Asian strategy – his declaration that America is a “Pacific Power” that is here to stay.”
I would think that Mitt Romney would only hope to be as successful as President Obama has been when it comes to foreign policy, if he managed to secure the White House, which I doubt.
Former governor Mitt Romney also criticized the president’s economic policy, saying that Obama has a lack of a “fundamental understanding” of the free enterprise system and how it works. Romney outlined the president’s inability to lower the unemployment level below 8 percent, saying that it was hard to call “39-40 months of unemployment above 8 percent a success when even he said that if we let him borrow $787 billion, his administration was convinced they would keep unemployment below 8 percent.”
It’s expected that the Republican nominee for president would criticize the president on everything, but it’s also expected that credit should be given where credit is due. This is much more of a character issue when it comes to Mitt Romney; he lacks the humility to give the president even credit for killing Osama bin Laden or even an acknowledgment of the condition of the economy when President Obama took office.
But then, Mitt Romney would like to return to the same policies that caused the Great Recession, which he has shown by hiring Bush former financial advisors and his commitment to cut taxes even more for the wealthy.
The economy has still got a way to go to full recovery but it has improved a great deal under the Obama administration. The country’s economy may have improved much more if it hadn’t been for the obstructionist policies toward Obama and the Democrats in Congress by Republican lawmakers in both houses of Congress, blocking anything they try to do.
The question we might want to ask is; will the economy improve under a Mitt Romney presidency? And, will our country be safer with Mitt Romney as our Commander and Chief?
Mitt Romney has shown he wants a more aggressive America in the world, possibly taking us to war with Iran, which is something Americans don’t want now. His economic policy promises to continue to reward the wealthy while even the poorest among us struggle to survive.
Mitt Romney continues to show that there is a clear choice in November and it isn’t to change course from what is now a gradual improvement in the economy and a strong foreign policy that surgically removes our enemies and brings us respect from our allies – to a policy of tax cuts for millionaires and cuts in vital social programs for the needy and more war and a depletion in respect for the nation around the world.
And, I give Mitt Romney and “A” for making our choice as clear as day; Obama for four more years.