July can’t end fast enough for Mitt Romney. Between the Obama campaign’s relentless barrage of negative ads about his mysterious involvement at Bain Capital and his refusal to release more of his tax returns, to the comments he made in London concerning England’s preparedness for the Olympics, if ever there was a guy who needed a reset button more it’s dear old Mittens.
And now, to make matters worse, the former governor of Massachusetts has stuck his foot so far down his throat with his latest gaffe, it will take an ear, nose and throat specialist days to extricate it.
According to a piece in The Huffington Post, Romney did an interview with Israel Hayom (a conservative Israeli newspaper), in which he is quoted as saying that the Arab Spring, now going on throughout the Middle East, could’ve been prevented if Barack Obama had just followed George Bush’s lead in the region.
“President Bush urged Hosni Mubarak to move toward a more democratic posture, but President Obama abandoned the freedom agenda and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history, in a more peaceful manner.”
Let me see if I get this straight. Everything in the Middle East would be just dandy today if only President Obama had followed George Bush’s game plan. The president who waged two of the costliest wars in our nation’s history – one badly mismanaged, the other illegal – is now the standard by which Mitt Romney wishes Obama would aspire to.
I just wanted to make sure I got Romney right. After all I wouldn’t want to take his words out of context, like his campaign did with a recent speech by Obama. Those were the exact words of the presumptive Republican nominee.
You know it’s one thing to continue to believe in a failed religion like supply-side economics; it’s quite another to consciously come out in support of a foreign policy initiative by a president who will go down as one of the worst commanders in chief of all time. The Bush agenda, which is what it really should be called, is mainly to blame for the Arab Spring in the first place. The unauthorized invasion of a sovereign Arab nation inflamed millions of Arabs and Muslims throughout the Middle East and when the repressive regimes throughout the region tightened their grip even more to squash the unrest, it backfired on them. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria are all part of a domino effect that George Bush unwittingly started the day he invaded Iraq. And, if I’m not mistaken, Barack Obama wasn’t even a senator on that fateful day.
If Mitt Romney truly wants to debate Barack Obama on foreign policy, the Obama campaign should respond with three simple words: “Bring it on.” The truth is that Obama, far from being a “weak” president, has stepped up drone attacks, beefed up troop support in Afghanistan and killed Osama bin Laden. He finally brought Bush’s illegal war in Iraq to a close and his wisdom regarding Libya helped lead to the ouster of a brutal despot, without a costly, decade-long entanglement. Put that in your pipe, Mitt, and smoke it.
Yes, July can’t end fast enough for Mitt Romney. The only question is, will August be any better?