Politics Beyond the Water's Edge

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at their respective 2012 conventions Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at their respective 2012 conventions (Getty Images)

Mark Halperin, Time senior political analyst, editor-at-large, and co-author of Game Change, sets the week in politics, from the political fallout of the Middle East embassy attacks to new polling showing a consistent lead for President Obama.

Listeners: What did you learn last week about Obama and Romney's foreign policy approach? If you're an Obama supporter, are you satisfied with his reaction to the violence? If you're a Romney supporter, do you think he articulated his foreign policy effectively? Call 212-433-9692 or post below!


Mark Halperin

Comments [10]

the film is...00001% ofs the problem. we send drone to kill civilians.

Sep. 17 2012 10:42 AM
Stephen Tencer from New Milford, NJ

First of all, it's Rosh Hashana and most Jews are in their synagogues. So you're getting a scewed sample.
Second, Romney/Ryan are advocating strength. I remember when the extremists in Lebanon were so afraid of Reagan that they were afraid to kill more than 200 or our Marines. And he gave a forceful reply by immediately withdrawing the rest.
Obama is using diplomacy. Chris Stevens made such good friends in Libya that the government and people grieved over his death at the hands of extremists. Obama did not call Egypt out in public, but gave them backbone by a quiet call to Morisey. Amb. Rice points out that our standing and influence in the world have skyrocketed since the end of the Bush administration.
Romney/Ryan's position on every issue is that there must be something wrong in the way Obama is handling it, and Romney would do it better in some unspecified and unknown to him way. Romney's diplomacy failed at the Olympics in his native Anglo-Saxonia. How would he handle any problem?

Sep. 17 2012 10:41 AM

btw Common Defense isn't drone strikes killing children, toppling foriegn gvt, occupying nations, building military bases...etc

Sep. 17 2012 10:36 AM

Thomas i was talking about the 1st caller saying that...I believe its pablum bs sloganeering

Sep. 17 2012 10:35 AM

Romney's basic campaign premise - No president has ever been re-elected when the unemployment rate is above 7% ignored the fact that HIS OWN PARTY is perceived to have caused the recession AND is actively blocking the President's attempt at recovery. In short, things are bad under Obama, they would be worse under Romney.

He campaigns from a position of entitlement rather than a position that must be earned.

I hope he is chastened by his loss and that he leads his party into working with the President to restore prosperity in the next cycle.

Sep. 17 2012 10:32 AM
fuva from harlemworld

On the economy and the M.E., Romney/ Republicans display a curious logic:
To fix the problem, go back to what created it.
If this is not plain nonsense, they must, at the very least, explain themselves.

Sep. 17 2012 10:29 AM
Thomas Pinch

1. form a more perfect Union
2. establish Justice
3. insure domestic Tranquility
4. provide for the common defence
5. promote the general Welfare
6. secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity

Protection is number 4.

Sep. 17 2012 10:28 AM
Thomas Pinch

Joe, are you making that up? where does it say that protection is 1st? I believe the first job is to form a more perfect union. Let's stick to facts.

Sep. 17 2012 10:25 AM

Romney thought he could win president as long as he did not mention any specifics of what he would do. His camp is second guessing that strategy now, so the next few weeks should be fun. He's gonna piss off a lot of voters once they know the sacrifices required to balance the budget.

Sep. 17 2012 10:22 AM

Caller #1:

The 1st job of the gvt is protect the American people (tm) (r) (c) bout if they didn't have policies that put us in danger. Slogans are awesome.

BTW its Constitution Day....

Sep. 17 2012 10:20 AM

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