July 26th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

Why Romney's attack on Obama's foreign policy won't work

By Fareed Zakaria for TIME

Romney has tried to dredge up the standard-issue Cold War Republican attack on Democrats: the world is dangerous, our enemies are growing strong and Obama is weak. The problem is, most Americans recognize that none of this is true. The world is actually quite peaceful right now; our adversaries – like Iran – are weak and isolated. China is growing strong but has not used its power to contest America in national security terms. The one enemy Americans recognize and worry about remains al Qaeda and its affiliated Islamic terrorist groups, and Obama has been relentless in attacking them.

Mitt Romney is a smart man who has had much professional success. But even Republican insiders have admitted to me that he has been strangely amateurish on foreign policy. His campaign, they note, is not staffed by the obvious foreign policy heavyweights – people like Robert Zoellick, Richard Armitage, Richard Haass and Stephen Hadley. As a result, he has blustered about Russia’s being our greatest geopolitical adversary (actually it is a second-rate power), seems willing to start a trade war with China, is vague yet belligerent about Syria and Iran and has gone back and forth on the timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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  1. Frank Maunder

    Seems odd. Most people (blogiators included) seem unaware that Gov. Romney's foreign affairs experience actually consists of preaching to the French. The French, being French, are not a very good template for the way people in the rest of the world actually think or act. This, I think, explains how Mitt ended up crosswise to the Brits. He thought they were like Frenchpeople. Big error. Same as the previous president thinking that Iraqis and Afghanis were freedom-and-democracy-loving Texans. These candidates really need to get out more!

    July 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  2. The truth about Romney

    Zakaria is the last of the real journalist left. He tells the truth about the lay of the land. The average american along with the rest of the world see Romney for what and who he really is. I am incline to say that, a lot of republicans also see Romney as a waste of time. We all know that President Obama is the right leader for this time and is on the right side of history. That day is coming when all eyes will witness the finale fall of the republican party if they continue to promote Romney above the interest of the American people.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:45 am | Reply
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