On Monday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute that some foreign policy experts said was vague and lacked substance.
But on Monday night’s broadcast of “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer explained that the point of Romney’s speech was not to specify the Republican agenda, but to criticize President Barack Obama’s record.
“It wasn’t a speech about Afghanistan,” Krauthammer said. “It was a speech about Obama and his relation with the American power and preeminence. And the point — it was subtle, but a theme of the whole speech [is that] Obama is uncomfortable with either the presence, the rightness, the justice and use of the American preeminence in the region. And he will reassert it with a sense of America’s rightness. And thus, the specifics will follow.”
“Ally with your friends and support them unquestionably,” Krauthammer continued. “Oppose enemies, unlike Obama, [like] Iran. And oppose them unquestionably, and in the end, provide defense, means and material to back our word in the region. So, it’s a larger issue than just a policy here and there. Even though people aren’t aggressive and want to reintroduce the troops in Afghanistan or Iraq — they want a sense that America is preeminent and isn’t ashamed of it or afraid of it. And I think that’s what Romney conveyed today.”