Romney on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Mitt Romney addresses the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 33rd annual national convention on September 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, talks about Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech.


Fred Kaplan

Comments [27]


Unfortunately Kaplan speaks with such disdain and he is such a clear partisan hack his analysis is worthless.

The Egyptians storming the American Embassy were chanting "Obama, Obama, there are a billion Osama's". Do ya think Obama repeatedly spiking the football on Osama killing contributed to that? Plenty of these characters will hate America no matter who is President. However, Obama claimed his election would result in some kind of world love fest. We now can clearly see his ideas do not result in respect and love for the USA but in dead Embassy personnel.

Oct. 09 2012 08:54 PM

Did Mitt say he wants us to carry the flag of decency? Decency has nothing to do with voter suppression.

Oct. 09 2012 01:40 PM
DTorres from Manhattan

I would like for us to stay away from Iran.
Iran has not attacked or threatened to attack any country, in recent memory.
Iran poses no threat to us, just like Iraq did not pose a threat to us.
I want a foreign policy, that is in the interest of the United States and
no other country.

Oct. 09 2012 01:15 PM
mem from NYC

I like Romney because he believes exactly what I believe. And tomorrow, if I believe in something else, so will he.

Oct. 09 2012 12:58 PM

Mr. Lehrer:

Please be informed that the U. S. State Department does not recognize any political entity called "Palestine." "Palestine," according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, was the combination of the land of Israel plus the Palestinian territories.

Please understand that your repeated reference to the Palestinian Territories as "Palestine," signals your rejection of generally accepted geopolitical nomenclature as well as your hostility to the Jewish state and the Jewish people.


Oct. 09 2012 11:33 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Jimmy Carter (Worst President Ever) threw the Shah of Iran under the bus and opened the way for the ayatollah khomeni to bring his Islamic Revolution which produced Al Qada and 9/11.

Barack Obama threw Mubarak under the bus and opened the way for the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy 30+ years of peace between Egypt and Israel. That also can destroy the idea of “Land for Peace”.

Obama made a first term campaign pledge to close Guantanmo. It’s still open that is a campaign pledge Obama broke for good reason.

Senator Harry Reid claimed that Romney hadn’t filed a Tax Return in 10 years. Romney proved Reid a fool and a liar.

Anyone who thinks that the military is not needed or can be weakened consider disbanding the NYPD. Let’s see how life becomes in NYC in a month.

Obama never served in the military and sends Americas sons to fight implacable enemies overseas. It’s necessary. Funny that we never hear “anti-war” activists protesting the Russian military industrial complex or the Hamass rocket factories in Gaza.

Obamas Nobel Peace Prize, awarded at the START of his Presidency, BEFORE any Obama policies were implemented and the fruit of those policies evaluated. The Noble Peace Prize was once again turned into a joke.

Oct. 09 2012 11:07 AM
tom from upstate

I doubt that the voting public as a whole is informed enough to be able to independently distinguish facts from fabrications, such those Kaplan has pointed out. Romney's contradictory comments that Kaplan refers to are simply a reflection of Romney's and his team's recognition that there is little cost to outright lying -- a time-honored tradition in American politics. After all, isn't that how G.W. got into office?

Oct. 09 2012 10:33 AM

Candidates always try to distinguish themselves on the basis of foreign policy. Obama won kudos and a nobel peace prize for essentially following the Bush foreign policy, so is it a surprise that Romney essentially wants to follow the Obama foreign policy. We all want a strong, safe, respected, america. I don't think there are going to be any real differences in foreign policy...

Oct. 09 2012 10:32 AM
The Truth from Becky

No substance, more lies, romney

Oct. 09 2012 10:31 AM
sophia from Yonkers

Romney is an advocate of the military industrial comlex who wants to spend billions more on the military than even the generals want. He doesn't care about the people of US, just the big corporations.

He advocated for the Viet Nam war but never enlisted to fight in it.

He is eager to send other people's children to die in foreign wars.

Presidential candidates should be required to call and console families of
our fallen soldiers once every day after their nomination. Perhaps then they won't be so eager to turn our youth into cannon fodder.

Oct. 09 2012 10:29 AM
timothy from montclair, nj

A very good and balanced segement. I wish more of NPR and its affiliates would avoid the theatrics as this segment did.

Oct. 09 2012 10:28 AM
Lian from Manhattan


That gotcha against Romney is too much even for you. You can believe something to be very difficult or near impossible to achieve and still look to achieving it. Please, stop being so predictable.

Oct. 09 2012 10:26 AM
John A from six o'clock down

I am available for Drone strike protests.
Just post a URL to event with sufficient lead-time.

Oct. 09 2012 10:23 AM

as soon as u think u know what Romney believes he’ll change his mind and come up with something new

Oct. 09 2012 10:20 AM

Oct. 09 2012 10:17 AM
Bk from Hoboken

The guest can't be an expert because he points out that Romney will say anything to win an election? He has a history of this. You don't need to be an investigative journalist to see this- heck just turn on the Daily Show for hilarious side by sides of moderate Romney running for MA governor vs severely conservative Romney running for GOP nomination, vs general election Romney.

Oct. 09 2012 10:16 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Really ....LOL !!!

"I'm Barack Obama .....and I approve this message."

(Thanks, Freddie, baby!)

Oct. 09 2012 10:14 AM
Lance from Manhattan

It's interesting how every media critique and discussion is on Romney. As seemingly usual, Obama has receded into the background. There is no real deep discussions on his policy goals, handling of the deficit, etc. I guess it just means we are collectively tired with the current president. I'm kind of baffled... as a fence sitter, it's giving me very little to get amped up over with respect to voting for Obama again.

Oct. 09 2012 10:14 AM
gary from queens

Romney has too many interventionist neocon dummies as advisors, like John MCCain and Max Boot, who think they can convert animals into civilized humans via nation-building.

But Romney is correct about strength. And having been raised in a tough Bronx project, I know this from personal experience.

China oppresses Muslims. Russia too. They tough on the Chechians. Japan outlaws islam totally. Non of their embassies get attacked. But under Clinton, Bush 2 (the compassionate conservative), and Obama, we are not feared.

Obama embraced the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization that the German Nazis gave birth to. So with Obama, we have a fool to boot.

Oct. 09 2012 10:14 AM
carl from queens

romney says, ''peace through strength''... i say peace through friendship... it's cheaper and creates less widows and orphans... pres. lincoln said, ''the best way to destroy your enemies is to make them your friends''...

Oct. 09 2012 10:12 AM

Romney says something interesting and arguable -- but it doesn't go very far.

I'd certainly like to hear Romney articulate and Obama respond/defend.

Oct. 09 2012 10:08 AM

Didn't think it possible but Romney is out warmongering both Bush and Obama...

Oct. 09 2012 10:08 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

“I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say. That includes all elements of American power: A political effort aimed at isolating Iran, a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure that the Iranian program is monitored, an economic effort that imposes crippling sanctions and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency.

Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.”
— President Obama, address to the American-Israel Public affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference Washington, D.C. March 4, 2012 11:10 - 11:42 A.M.

“This is a president who has failed to put in place crippling sanctions against Iran. He’s also failed to communicate that military options are on the table and in fact in our hand, and that it’s unacceptable to America for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
—Mitt Romney, Snellville Georgia, March 4, 2012 1:09 P.M.

Sanctions choke off Iran oil output
Iran’s oil production has fallen to a 10-year low and could drop to levels last seen during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s as sanctions over its nuclear programme disrupt an industry already suffering from years of underinvestment….

Tehran’s oil output had already been in long-term decline as previous US sanctions deterred foreign oil companies from investing, starving Iran of the technology needed to boost its flagging production.
— Financial Times March 14, 2012.

Oct. 09 2012 10:07 AM
JMD from Manhattan

Another opportunity for the Neocons that have been hiding out since W's "bring;m on" challenge.
Romney needs Obama to be "Jimmy Carter" in order for him to be percieved and accepted as "Ronald Reagan".
We'll just have to see if the electorate has learned ANYTHING!!

Oct. 09 2012 10:07 AM from Central New Jersey

Mitt Romney caught lying again?!? I'm shocked.

What ticks me off is the willingness of mainstream journalism NOT to call him out on his BS. It shows me how much truth and accuracy have fallen under the thrall of providing return to shareholders - even on NPR. Capitalism and accuracy in reporting do not always mix.

Oct. 09 2012 10:06 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ Chuzzlewit -

Maybe so on Kaplan, or maybe he's onto to something about Romney's about face, about face, about face, etc., on virtually every (wee) policy proposal and/or issue

My fav in Romney's "important" (sic) foreign policy speech was the line about Obama not signing any "new" free trade deals, conveniently leaving out those signed with S. Korea, Panama and Colombia. Clearly Romney is either being disingenuous in his rhetoric or he's not aware of the long, intense negotiations that often span multiple presidencies to get them done. (The benefits that some free trade agreements bring to the American economy are debatable without concomitant structures/policies to deal with the downside.)

Oct. 09 2012 09:56 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian - just so even the kiddies here will know what a shrill partisan Kaplan is (in case you misrepresent him as an “expert”).... here is his post last night on Slate-


“Mitt Romney has delivered a lot of dishonest speeches in recent months, but Monday’s address on foreign policy may be the most mendacious yet.”

Oct. 09 2012 09:25 AM

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