Give ‘em hell, Mitt! — because foreign policy matters.
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Mr. President, the governor might ask in conclusion, after four years and billions and how many lives — can you tell us exactly, Mr. President, how many American boys have died on your watch, advancing your foreign policy? Can you tell us why our enemies can get through to a diplomatic compound and kill our ambassador? How can you allow this? How can you not have punished them already?
Then, if he really wants to drive the point home, the governor can say this:
Nation building, if it means anything, means protecting the people who will build a decent nation. Nation building under military cover means they can prosper and evolve in security — as the Germans did, for example, in the decades following World War II — showing how much better a nation built on principles of liberty is than one built on tribal despotism and political gangsterism, tyranny and fear and the hatred of counterfeit religious teaching. Your policy, sir, has been designed to win friends and build decent societies and nations, and what is the result? The result is that our enemies, with the connivance of our so-called friends, can with impunity shoot in the face a child who proclaims that she wants to go to school, precisely the kind of child on whom her nation must rely if ever it is to be built into something decent and civilized.
This happened on your watch, Mr. President. You can take credit if you want for the killing of a top terrorist, even though it is clear to anyone who follows even remotely current affairs that Osama bin Laden was brought down by American commandos whose skills, training, search for the enemy, and execution of their mission owes nothing to the defense-budget cutting policies you promote. You cannot avoid credit for the shooting of this little girl, a shooting that symbolizes as well as anything else the failure of American foreign policy in our time. Why were you not the first one to call the bedside of little Malala? Why was the U.S. envoy to Pakistan not the very same day warning the government of that vile country that we bomb them unto damnation if they fail to do the necessary — whatever that is — to eradicate the Taliban and their security service enablers?
It is time for change. It is time for hope. It is time for terror to change camps, Mr. President. It is time for our friends — and they are legion in the world — to again live in hope that America will prevail. America and only America is the world’s last, best hope. You have not shown, Mr. Obama, that you believe this.
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.
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