Romney Prepares to Battle Obama on Foreign Policy
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  • Jim.

    I suspect a lot of this will descend into attack ads where SEALs criticize the President for revealing their identities for political gain (whether this reaches the heights of “swift boat” remains to be seen) and there may be some attempts to demoralize Obama’s base by comparing him to GWB.

    What can be accomplished before then? Well, Tampa seems like a good venue for declarations of support for Israel. Florida itself is a good venue, and Neil Armstrong’s recent death provides a good segue, to announce a commitment to America’s continuing leadership in the world through peaceful, inspiring examples like our space program. (Go NewSpace if you want to put in a plug for private sector over government).

    Romney should demonstrate an approach to ME policy that doesn’t bog us down yet prevents the worst; a Russia policy that doesn’t allow Putin to use us as a doormat; a Europe policy that doesn’t involve fawning imitation; an Africa policy that encourages stable investment and steady gains in standard of living; an India policy that involves internal development but prevents rampant offshoring of American jobs; and a China / Pacific policy that emphasizes peaceful growth and enough US military power to marginalize any Chinese pol who gets the crazy idea to challenge us militarily.

  • thibaud

    Finally, a return to insightful, knowledgeable, straight-shooting from Mr Mead. Thank you.

    A modest proposal: Could we please have a separation of these judicious and well-informed, Dr Jekyll-Mead foreign policy commentaries from Mr Hyde-Mead’s growling, sneering flapdoodle on domestic issues? They don’t belong on the same website.


  • Nathan

    Jim @1 – while I think your assessment of the ads by (former I believe) SEALs and special operators to be an “attack ad” is correct, I find the attack to be well-founded. I can’t think of a valid reason for the administration to fritter away intelligence on how our military operates. Comparisons to the swiftboating of John Kerry seem misplaced.

  • thibaud

    No one can say that Romney isn’t well-versed in Caribbean affairs.

  • Anthony

    “Obama’s foreign policy is not all that different from that of President Bush’s second term; Romney…on many issues.” … not much to add here beyond imponderables (events) effecting any President – Foreign policy challenges are often more centrifugal than centripetal.

  • WigWag

    “No one can say that Romney isn’t well-versed in Caribbean affairs.” (thibaud)

    And let’s not forget another area of foreign policy where Romney beats Obama hands down; Romney can brag about his initimate knowledge of the Swiss banking system.

    Has there ever been a presidential candidate with a more acute understanding of how the Swiss run their banks than Mitt Romney?

    I don’t think so!

    Score one for Mitt.

  • Jim.


    Please consider the probability that you have as much to learn from Mead’s posts on domestic issues as you have to learn from his posts on foreign policy.

  • OldCurmudgeon

    “It’s always hard for a challenger without a lot of foreign policy experience to attack a sitting president.”

    I’d suggest criticizing Obama’s tendency to treat our closest allies poorly. This ‘second reset button’ would fit well with his recent visit to England, Poland, and Isreal.

  • thibaud

    @ Jim. – re Mead’s domestic fare, anyone who reads the NYT, WSJ, Economist etc won’t learn anything (valid) from Mead that he didn’t already know.

    To paraphrase Dr J, there’s much in Mead’s domestic posts that’s new and true, but the new parts aren’t true and the true parts aren’t new.

    The best examples of the former are Mead’s constant dog-bites-man posts about the fragile state of US public pensions and his more recent gasfest about how african-american unemployment is higher than white unemployment.

    Examples of the latter include Mead’s very novel, and very absurd, characterizations of US K-12 education as overly centralized and of US future employment growth being driven by Kickstarter and 3D printing. Yesterday we learned from Mead that Obama’s not been sufficiently radical in hastening the demise of professional guilds.

    There’s also Mead’s laziness when it comes to doing rudimentary analysis. Re pension shortfalls, for example, you’d think a social scientist would at least bother to try to quantify the contribution of potential factors so as to accurately assess their relative weight. The Economist’s journalists do this in brief pieces; every competent journalist does so. But instead, Mead gives us words, words words: endless riffs on his ridiculously lite “BS model”, with no attempt to analyze the data, make valid comparisons, or even peruse the vast amount of analysis cranked out by Mercer and hundreds of others.

    This is not helpful. This is dumbing down a very important discussion. Mead knows better.

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