Today, Mitt Romney gave his "major foreign policy address" at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. The National Security Network compared his policy suggestions against the experts in a fact-check and a press call.
This week Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney took their movement's lead in politicizing America's national security. Romney pulled a complete flip-flop on Afghanistan, from fully supporting the president's policy in the morning to wholeheartedly criticizing it in the evening. His newly-released book, in opposition to the views of America's top military leader, Admiral Michael Mullen, suggests that the military should add to its duties the lead role in American diplomacy. In addition, Liz Cheney's group Keep America Safe released a troubling video this week suggesting that attorneys who represented Guantanamo Bay detainees are complicit in terrorism, a move that a Bush administration official called "offensive" and "beyond a cheap shot." These developments are symptoms of the two larger problems for conservatives: none of their leaders take national security seriously and they continue to attack the national security apparatus of the United States, exploiting national security for political gain.
Even as Iran reportedly responded negatively to a deal over its uranium
enrichment program, a bipartisan and international consensus against it
remains strong. After years of division and uncertainty, for the first
time there is clear international agreement that Iran must accept
limits on its nuclear program. American diplomatic leadership on this
issue, absent for the past decade, has brought the world to the closest
point it has been to beginning to rein in Iran’s nuclear program
On Thursday President Obama will deliver his much anticipated address to the “Muslim world” in Cairo, Egypt. The principal goal of the speech is to lay a foundation for better relations between the United States and the peoples of the region. Tin eared statements from President Bush – such as saying that America was on a “crusade” following 9-11 – along with the scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay and the falsehoods and incompetence that surrounded the invasion of Iraq, all served to tarnish America’s image in the region. The collapse of America’s moral authority under President Bush will not be fixed by a single speech, but the speech is part of a larger comprehensive strategy of engagement that is actively being pursued by the Obama administration.