-Vice President Joe Biden
Always dependable for a laugh…
This was said in support of President Obama’s foreign policy and in criticism of Mitt Romney.
More from good ol’, “lovable” Joe:
“As my brother would say, ‘Go figure,’” Biden said, accusing Romney of a Cold War mentality that viewed foreign policy through a rear view mirror. Bin Laden and Obama’s successes in combating terrorism were front and center and Biden emphasized the administration’s largest foreign policy accomplishments.
“This guy’s got a backbone like a ramrod. No, no, for real,” Biden said, describing the decision to send Navy SEALs after bin Laden in Pakistan. “We can’t say for certain what Gov. Romney would have done.”
And where President Obama has fared well on issues of national security, he’s behaved more like Bush than not.
President Obama, succeeding President George W. Bush, largely adopted Bush’s approach to Iraq; decided to use a version of that approach in prosecuting the war in Afghanistan; and widened the terror war beyond the targets pursued by the Bush administration. In the end, the administration even adopted parts of the Bush doctrine. True, Obama cast aside its more idealistic aspect: using American power to build democracy. On the other hand, President Obama has adopted wholeheartedly what we might call the Bush doctrine’s political science: the determination to fight our enemies overseas, eliminating them where possible, rather than wait to be attacked.
Kate Hicks notes:
Another line hitting Romney: “Americans know we cannot afford to go back to the future,” implying that Romney would take a George W. Bush-style approach to foreign policy, heavy on military force and light on “asking the tough questions.”
The Obama of ’04-’08 would be criticizing the Obama of ’09-’12 if he had an “R” to his name when it comes to Gitmo/Bagram detainees, renditions, Afghanistan, surveillance, Patriot Act, predator drones, endless wars, signing statements, etc. (and even out-Bushing Bush).
What kind of foreign policy doctrine will a Romney presidency look like?
How about a Petraeus vs. Biden vice presidential debate on foreign policy?