Tonight is the last of the Presidential debates. This one will focus on foreign policy. No need for a “debate”. President Obama wins this one, before he ever opens his mouth. Actions speak louder than words. Obama has kept the United States free of terrorists attacks and proved to the world that if you attack the United State, we will hunt you down, and make our enemies pay. The following is a list we should ask viewers to consider as they watch the debate tonight.
1. Osama bin Laden
Two Thousand seven hundred fifty two people were killed in the 9-11 attacks for which bin Laden was responsible. Senator Obama promised that if elected he would hunt down bin Laden and kill him. He said “you can take that to the bank.”
While some voters may not recognize that Obama gets credit for killing bin Laden, most of America remembers.
Even though most Americans would have said it was critical to the standing of the U.S. in the world that we take out bin Laden, Romney suggested that it wasn’t worth going after bin Laden. By way of comparison, the attack on Pearl Harbor that resulted in WWII killed 2402 Americans on American soil. Only some were civilians. In the attacks of 9-11 more American were killed on American soil, and most of them were civilians.
Obama opposed the war in Iraq before it started. In total we lost 4,487 U.S. troops, 32,223 troops were wounded, some losing arms and legs, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians were killed, an estimated 1.5 million U.S. troops served in this war, and the war cost the United States more than $1 Trillion Dollars.
“It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now.”
President Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq as promised by the end on December 2011.
3. Homeland is Secure
When something doesn’t happen, and lives are not lost, we minimize the tragedy, and tend to forget the devastation that could have resulted from a terrorist attack on American soil. Here are a few of the attacks that were thwarted by security officials under the leadership of President Obama:
a. May 20, 2009 four men were plotting to blow up two synagogues, and shoot down U.S. Military aircraft.
b. Sept 24, 2009, a 19 year old was arrested on charges that he intended to bomb a downtown Dallas building.
c. Dec. 25, 2009 A man was arrested on N.W. flight 253 when he attempted to detonate a bomb.
d. August 10, 2012 several St. Louis television stations received an e-mail indicating they were going to be bombed.
e. May 7, 2012, the government foiled a plot by Al Queda to place a bomb on an aircraft.
f. Within the last few days a 21 year old Bangladeshi man tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in Manhatten.
While Romney talks as if China could potentially be a threat to the safety and security of America, and he speaks as if the United States, under his leadership would be “second to none,” He went on to specifically identify China as a threat saying,
“… The sum total of my approach will ensure that this is an American, not a Chinese century. We have much to gain from close relations with a China that is prosperous and free. But we should not fail to recognize that a China that is a prosperous tyranny will increasingly pose problems for us, for its neighbors, and for the entire world.”
However the reality of Romney’s relationship with China is quite different. Romney currently earns millions of dollars from Bain Capital. Bain is a major supplier of video surveillance equipment to the government of China. Bain has outsourced many jobs to China.
5. Experience and Perception
The fact that Romney has NO foreign policy experience is problematic. The fact that he couldn’t go to London without offending the British about the Olympics, speaks volumes about his ability to project a healthy relationship between the U.S. and foreign nations. What a contrast to President Obama’s four years of experience with countries around the world and his award of a Nobel Peace Prize.
However the most troubling aspect of Mitt Romney’s platform regarding foreign relations is his commitment to increasing military spending to be 4 % of the GDP, to build more ships, and his position that America should be a “leader” in protect democracy around the world. It sounded like a call to arms.
If the economy is the single most important issue facing the electorate in the United States, and President Obama advocated cutting 500 Billion Dollars from the military budget, and Romney advocates an increase in Military Spending, and the potential for additional wars, how could we ever expect to “rein in the deficit?” The only thing Romney would “rein in” would be the drones and in their place he would put more American soldiers.
If Romney tells the truth tonight in the debate, Obama will win. If Romney lies tonight Obama will win.