Tonight, he will need to distinguish himself from Obama and McGovern.
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According to a Washington Post report, in a 2009 meeting with Jewish leaders, Obama complained about the lack of progress between Israel and Palestinians saying, “During [the past] eight years, there was no space between us and Israel, and what did we get from that? When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states.”
Obama wants Israel to retreat to its pre-1967 war borders, which are not defensible. In 2011, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta scolded the Israelis for the lack of progress on peace with the Palestinians and said that Israel needed to pursue peace: “Just get to the damn table,” said Panetta.
Romney has said there should be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel. But he needs to say more. He needs to say that Obama has adopted as American policy the false notion that Israel is the problem. Palestinian leaders — and their allies in the Arab world — are the problem and Romney should say that in just those words.
Israel, Romney should say, is more isolated than Iran because Obama believes Iran is a lesser threat than Israelis building apartments in Jerusalem. And he needs to say that Israeli PM Netanyahu was exactly right in his UN speech. We need to join Israel in setting a “red line” Iran must not cross on penalty of decisive military action. Romney should say that any negotiation with Iran must include Israel.
Obama accuses Romney of wanting to “start another war” over Iran’s nuclear program. Romney should say that war is a last resort, but because Obama let Iran continue its nuclear weapons program, the chances for a peaceful resolution are much smaller now than they were four years ago.
Romney will, and should, attack Obama’s devastating cuts to the Pentagon budget. Obama has already imposed about $500 billion in cuts over the next decade and the “sequestration” coming in January will add another $600 billion over the same period.
Those cuts make the “Pacific shift” Obama proclaimed hollow. Obama has no plans — and no budget — to build the ships and aircraft that could be deployed to make the shift of significant American strength to challenge China possible. There will be no shift. We know it, the Chinese know it, and so do our allies in the region such as Japan.
The problem in that for Romney is his own prescription for military spending, which would include items such as fifteen new navy ships per year, including at least two nuclear submarines. Romney’s plan sounds good, but his problem is parallel to Obama’s: how do we pay for it? Even under Paul Ryan’s budget, the exemption of the defense budget from massive cuts doesn’t pay for the huge expansion — in trillions of dollars — that his military proposals would cost.
Romney will try to tie national security to economic security. In truth, they are inseparable. Obama’s policies have forestalled economic growth and will continue to do so, making it impossible for us to spend what we need to in order to ensure our nation’s security. But voters won’t believe Romney’s economic ideas are an answer to Obama’s foreign policy failures.
Obama’s foreign policy hasn’t protected American interests or asserted American values. If Romney doesn’t demonstrate the major differences his policies would impose, he will lose tonight and, probably, on November 6.
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