How Mr. Romney will have to come out swinging.
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“This, my fellow Americans, cannot be allowed. It cannot pass. It must be dealt with as forcibly as necessary, without delay. We cannot let the world get the message that we are suckers who can be rolled by primitive thugs.
“Now, do I really think we should turn Benghazi to rubble, as my rhetorical question to our president suggests?
“To be quite honest, I would not rule it out, were it put on the table as a viable option by our national security leaders in the Executive branch and in our armed forces. But the real issue, of course, is elsewhere: how is it that they dare to do this and why is it that our response was to apologize and assure the offenders that we feel their pain?
“And the answer is quite simple. After four years of the Obama administration they know they can get away with it. We have an administration that does not fight for America, that does not, quite frankly, believe that America’s interests come first. Including, of course, being respected, perhaps even feared as well as admired — for without respect, none of our other interests can be secure.
“In asking our president why he has not ordered the bombardment of Benghazi, I am not proposing that we start World War III, as surely the Democrat spinners and distorters are already saying. No, I am saying that the Obama administration has not led — neither in the grave international crises that define the period we are living through, nor in any other area of importance to our country, most notably putting our economy back on track and restoring the American dream of hard work and success. They have let us down. Their policies not only invite the kinds of outrages that occurred at Benghazi, they encourage more. Their policies do not restore our competitiveness and our job-creating free economic system, they sink us deeper into the mire and quicksand of debt, deficit, and discouragement.
“Bomb Benghazi? My fellow Americans, if that is what it takes, that is what I will do, but let me say this. What it really is going to take is leadership founded in faith in America and in Americans — in you, my fellow citizens.
“For the Republic, for America! And may the best team win the World Series.”
Okay, okay, perhaps he should not refer to the World Series in this riff, because too many people will say he is ending on a trivial note. But Mitt Romney must come out swinging — if not tonight, then surely in the coming weeks as he hits the road, goes on the 24/7 stump, and carries the message that what America lacks is pro-American leadership. Whatever the theme — when he is addressing foreign affairs, or jobs and growth, or debt and deficit, or health care and education, he must indicate that always the first principle is this: we will fight against anything that brings our country down.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online