Short commentary on possible campaigning strategy?
President Obama has had a good streak on foreign policy issues up until recently with these attacks on our embassies and ambassador. His situation kind of alludes to that of Jimmy Carter because of the horrid economy and attacks on embassies. Let’s just hope none of them get stormed and replicate the hostage situation!
Mitt Romney has been extremely eager to criticize President Obama on his foreign policy choices no matter what he does, because of course this is his negative campaigning at work. Romney however hasn’t given much enthusiasm towards his ideal foreign policies towards this changing world. He still preaches for an American-Israeli alliance and for a strong defense budget, but what must he say when it comes to situations like these when it seems like there can be little done on our part as foreigners sitting in other countries?
The Libyan situation may slip out of control without a stable government, but we CAN still rely on our old Egyptian friends… well not so much old since President Morsi is very much new; however it is very likely that the Egyptian-American alliance can be potentially as strong as an Israeli-American alliance even today. President Morsi must of course respect our international presence by protecting the American embassy and ensuring that no further harm can come upon our citizens if he wants to remain at peace with Washington.
Egypt will receive $1 billion in debt relief from the U.S., along with another $1B from the EU. It would be politically unwise to let the Egyptian protesters continue their non-peaceful protests near the embassies.
Anyway, going back to Mitt Romney now and what he can do about all of this…
Romney must emphasize the foreign policy faults of President Obama during the presidential debates. If Obama can get away with the economy which he seems to have done from seeing the polls after the DNC, then he sure as hell can’t get away with his foreign policy choices. Sure he killed Bin Laden, but Romney can definitely poke at him for missed opportunities such as aggression towards the Chinese for their island hoarding games, and of course the giant debate concerning Iran-Israel.
Being known as a very religious man, he of course would command the evangelical voters when it comes to the defense of Israel… even though Iran is of no threat right now.. but of course, such is politics in the 21st century :P