4.) I don’t believe that the Democratic Party has enough credibility to criticize Romney for supposedly politicizing this crisis. Sadly, in recent years Democrats have accrued a weak record of foreign policy objectivity. If the Democrats (including President Obama) had had their way, Iraq would now be a black hole of sectarian bloodshed and Assad would be more powerful. It isn’t just past decisions. President Obama has decided to abandon our mission in Afghanistan for the sake of domestic political expediency. This record is anathema to the conduct of a strategic-minded, long-term foreign policy. In contrast, whatever people think of Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, his decision to “stay the course” (against huge domestic pressure) saved Iraq from the abyss while also extricating America from a truly catastrophic loss to al Qaida. Bush’s wisdom has merit still. Shortly after 9/11, the former president eloquently warned America about the objectives of individuals like those who are currently attacking our embassies.
The incumbent president should listen to Bush’s words.
Tom Rogan is an American blogger and writer currently living in London, England. He recently completed a law course and holds a BA in War Studies from King’s College London and an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS, London. His blog can be found at TomRoganThinks.com. Follow him on Twitter.