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Did You Like George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy?


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ThinkProgress War Room on Apr 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm






Mitt Romney’s Misguided, Mistaken, and Misbegotten Foreign Policy


Today, Vice President Biden gave a speech at New York University laying out a broad attack on Mitt Romney
— a candidate whose only foreign policy experience comes from shipping
jobs overseas — and his approach to foreign policy. Biden said that
Romney was relying on the American people developing a ”collective
amnesia” about the policies of the past — namely those of the Bush
administration and the Cold War — that Romney is advocating a return to.
Romney’s desire for amnesia is probably particularly true when it comes
to a disastrous press call that his campaign held today in order to
attempt to attack the president on foreign policy.


Here’s the rundown.


Back to the Cold War


In his speech today, the vice president called Romney “one of a small group of Cold War holdovers” — a reference to Romney’s recent and much-maligned statement that Russia remains “without question our number one geopolitical foe.” This misguided and mistaken view of foreign policy was much in evidence on today’s Romney press call.


One Romney adviser, former Navy Secretary John Lehman, brought up the
threat posed by the Soviet Union, which ceased to exist in 1991:


We are seeing the Soviets pushing into the Arctic with no response from us. In fact the only response from us is to announce the early retirement of the last remaining ice breaker.


Another Romney adviser, former Ambassador Pierre Prosper, launched a multiply false attack on the president involving Czechoslovakia, a country which ceased to exist in 1992:


The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia, yet Russia does nothing but obstruct us, or efforts in Iran and Syria.


Mitt Romney himself recently made a reference to the “Soviets” when trying to attack the president for reaching a far-reaching arms reduction treaty that helped pave the way for greater Russian cooperation on Iran, among other things.


Back to Bush


Many of Romney’s top foreign policy advisers are the same Bush administration hands and neoconservatives
that helped push us into the Iraq War. Leading the attack on Romney’s
behalf today was Dan Senor, best known for his role as senior adviser to
and spokesman for Paul Bremer, the U.S. viceroy that headed the
Coalition Provisional Authority, which is widely blamed for botching the
early days of the occupation.


In October of 2003, Senor infamously declared
that “the good news is that the overwhelming majority of Iraqi people
have embraced the liberation and are grateful for all we are doing to
reconstruct their country.” He also boasted that Iraq “was a model for the region” of a nation at peace with its citizens and claimed that “ninety-five percent of the country is at peace and returning to normal daily life.”


Steve Benen from MSNBC makes the key point:


When Team Romney needs a credible GOP voice to attack the
Obama administration’s foreign policy and advise the inexperienced
former governor on international affairs, it turns to this guy.


Remember, the Republican National Committee believes the party’s agenda in 2013 will simply be a warmed over version of Bush’s policies. Romney surrounding himself with officials from the Bush/Cheney administration helps drive the point home.


As ThinkProgress Security’s Eli Clifton wrote today, the vice president also laid into Romney for his “loose talk” about war with Iran:


Biden’s harshest reprimand of Romney was saved for the
former Massachusetts governor’s critique of President Obama’s Iran
policy. Romney has swung between essentially endorsing the Obama administration’s policy of diplomacy plus pressure — via sanctions — to calling for outright military action against Iran. Biden said:


Here’s what he says. He says we need
“crippling sanctions,” apparently unaware that through President Obama’s
leadership we produced just that, crippling sanctions. He emphasizes
the need for “a credible military option” and “a regular presence of
aircraft carrier groups” in the region, apparently ignorant of the fact that’s exactly what our policy is and what we’re doing.


Biden singled out Romney’s criticisms of the White House’s
Iran-policy as “counterproductive” and promoting “loose talk of war”
that could ultimately hurt the international sanctions regime engineered
by the administration:


I think it’s fair to say the only step we could take that we aren’t already taking is to launch a war against Iran. If that’s what governor Romney means by a “very different policy” then he should tell the American people.
He should say so. Otherwise the governor’s tough talk about military
action is just that, talk. And I would add, counterproductive talk. Folks,
loose talk about a war has incredible negative consequences in our
efforts to end Iran’s nuclear quest. And let me tell you why, because it
unsettles world oil markets. It drives up oil prices. When oil prices
go up, Iran’s coffers fill up, undermining the effect of the sanctions
that are already in place.
This type of Romney Talk is just not smart.



Mitt Romney also shares something else with George W. Bush — a
lackadaisical attitude about capturing or killing Osama bin Laden. In
March 2002, just months after the 9/11 attacks, Bush said, “I truly am not that concerned about him. I am deeply concerned about Iraq.” “I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you,” Bush added. In 2007, Romney said that catching bin Laden would be “insignificant” and it’s “not worth moving heaven and earth.”


No wonder that Romney surrogate and vice-presidential contender Marco Rubio neglected to mention either al-Qaeda or Iraq during his “major address” on foreign policy yesterday.


IN TWO SENTENCES: As Vice President Biden said today,
“Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. If Governor
Romney had been president, could he have used the same slogan in
reverse?”


Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed


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elements that will help protect all women from violence.


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Behind the right’s phony war on the nonexistent religion of secularism.


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While Americans are paying a higher gas bill, Exxon has been making $104 million a day in 2012.


The National Endowment for the Arts is opening up more grants for media projects.


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  • The Bantam Seditioner 2012/04/29 02:59:50
    NO
    The Bantam Seditioner
    +7
    Not at all. And I've observed with shocked revulsion how quickly the Bush Doctrine of preventive wars waged for morally ambiguous purposes has been adopted by almost all mainstream politicians, of both parties. There used to be a healthy anti-war movement out there, and that seems to be almost entirely gone now, even though the Unconstitutional and unjust wars continue through the first term of Bush's successor.

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  • sue 2012/04/30 08:51:01
    NO
    sue
    +1
    Bush's foreign policy was a lot like Dick Cheney's hunting policy: shoot at stuff that can't hurt you and doesn't have much of a chance to get away, then accidentally hit the thing next to it.
  • Waldorf 2012/04/29 13:43:53
    YES
    Waldorf
    Are you really referring to Dick Cheney's foreign policies?
  • Wahvlvke 2012/04/29 12:55:02
    YES
    Wahvlvke
    Much, much better than obozo.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/04/29 10:04:25
    NO
    Lady Whitewolf
    NO.

    Look at the mess he left behihnd...

    2 unpaid-for wars
    TAX BREAKS for the WEALTHY
    TAX BREAKS for Big Oil

    And everyone is BITCHING because Obama is trying to clean up an 8-year mess???
    PUH-LEEZE....
  • Z 2012/04/29 09:25:33
    NO
    Z
    +1
    Which is why I don't like Obama's. Little war here, little economic sanctions that only hurt the people there, little no bid contracting, all sprinkled with no support from and bypassing congress.
  • CFlyJuice 2012/04/29 08:10:26 (edited)
    YES
    CFlyJuice
    +1
    safe


    Khalid Sheik Mohamed gave up the plan to bomb the LA Library Tower in Los Angeles after water boarding and it was thwarted saving countless lives..

    I'm sorry that after they behead our soldiers and innocent civilians like David Pearl, I can't shed a tear for terrorists getting dunked in water.
  • HillaryLover 2012/04/29 08:04:04
    NO
    HillaryLover
    +1
    George W, Bush was an idiot. The arrogant POS believed all problems could be resolved by killing people - executions or attacking countries.
  • David Lindner 2012/04/29 07:41:15
    YES
    David Lindner
    better than obama
  • rustyshackelford 2012/04/29 07:13:17
  • Odinsown 2012/04/29 06:10:56
    NO
    Odinsown
    +2
    Dear god no, bush was bad at foreign policy.
  • redhorse29 2012/04/29 05:51:41
    YES
    redhorse29
    Except for invading Afghanistan and Iraq. Punishing them yes. Selectively striking at them yes. Invading and destroying their nations no. Otherwise he represented us pretty well.
  • Wolfman 2012/04/29 05:30:59
    YES
    Wolfman
    +1
    I did.
  • mwg0735 2012/04/29 05:26:48
  • Lady Wh... mwg0735 2012/04/29 10:05:22
    Lady Whitewolf
    Yeah, and did he get him?? NO!!!
  • mwg0735 Lady Wh... 2012/04/29 13:57:10
  • Wake The Sheeple 2012/04/29 04:47:18
    NO
    Wake The Sheeple
    +3
    They were very similar to the policies of the current fascist in the White House.
  • atomikmom Wake Th... 2012/04/29 04:49:24
    atomikmom
    +3
    That's right!!!
  • Roger P 2012/04/29 04:37:27
    NO
    Roger P
    +2
    Still can't believe he got re-elected to a second term! What were we thinking? Something like 'The ship is sinking, let's go down with it?'
  • atomikmom Roger P 2012/04/29 04:46:15
    atomikmom
    +2
    Yup!!!! and that's the way they worked it. and it's the Pitts!!!
  • Eric 2012/04/29 04:14:18
    YES
    Eric
    He did OK. For example, Afghanistan has greatly expanded the rights of women within that country because of Bush's actions. As a contrast, Egypt is currently considering a law allowing husband sexual relations with their deceased wives up to 6 hours after they (the wife) died. Wonder if Obama's attempts to force Mubarak from office is a good thing.
  • Wake Th... Eric 2012/04/29 15:09:28
    Wake The Sheeple
    And all of this was good for me the tax payer, you know the one funding all these foreign wars for what reason?...
  • Eric Wake Th... 2012/04/29 16:52:56 (edited)
    Eric
    I realize that many tend to not care about non-Americans but surprisingly the Iraq war saved lives, which is why the UN endorsed it. The death rate improved, as did the infant mortality rates, and the population of Iraq skyrocketed even in the middle of the war. Saddam was rather evil. Certainly much worse than bin Laden.

    I realize what I wrote is contrary to what the media reported but there is no reason for you to tell me that I am wrong. The raw historical UN demographic data is there for anyone to see.

    But, you are so right. It did not help the US taxpayer directly. Although one could argue that it was somewhat like the 2009 stimulus bill that costs about the same. Most of that money went to Americans who had that money to spend. My 2 sons and brother all came out ahead financially from their service.
  • Wake Th... Eric 2012/04/29 17:15:01
    Wake The Sheeple
    If we stopped installing, propping up dictators, & training terrorists, then the whole world would be a better place.

    osama brezinski



  • FRED 2012/04/29 04:14:01 (edited)
    NO
    FRED
    +2
    Of course not, regarding Iraq he and Dick Cheney are war criminals. George bush and dick Cheney are a war criminal
  • Wake Th... FRED 2012/04/29 15:10:16
    Wake The Sheeple
    +1
    Agreed, Obama should also be added to the list for his as well.

    obama bush war crimes
  • Eric Wake Th... 2012/04/29 16:57:42
    Eric
    +1
    Wake th....
    I commend you for the consistency of your values. Clearly the anti-libertarian views of Bush and Obama are similar, as is the legality of some of their foreign adventures.
  • lonePatriot67 2012/04/29 03:47:15
    NO
    lonePatriot67
    +3
    imperilast in nature messing with nations that have private bamks not tied into the IMF
  • Wake Th... lonePat... 2012/04/29 15:11:56
  • Denny 2012/04/29 03:37:08
    YES
    Denny
    And so does Obummer since he never changed any of them!!!!
  • Mog of War 2012/04/29 03:33:21
    Undecided
    Mog of War
    I wouldn't say I like it, but I would say it is BETTER THAN OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY in all respects. Especially considering that Obama has only escalated the most destructive and dangerous aspects of Bush's policies, all the while treating allies and dignitaries with disrespect, whilst kowtowing to our enemies.
  • niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20 2012/04/29 03:28:53
    Undecided
    niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20
    +1
    He did not have a choice, he was slamm dunked!
  • atomikmom niviong... 2012/04/29 03:30:02
    atomikmom
    +1
    You could very well be right
  • niviong... atomikmom 2012/04/29 03:45:22
    niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20
    Thansk!. Did not agreed wit his course of actions, but his choices were made from his cowboy mentality. Quite normal and expected
  • The Bantam Seditioner 2012/04/29 02:59:50
    NO
    The Bantam Seditioner
    +7
    Not at all. And I've observed with shocked revulsion how quickly the Bush Doctrine of preventive wars waged for morally ambiguous purposes has been adopted by almost all mainstream politicians, of both parties. There used to be a healthy anti-war movement out there, and that seems to be almost entirely gone now, even though the Unconstitutional and unjust wars continue through the first term of Bush's successor.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/04/29 02:54:27
    NO
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +5
    Hell no! He ignored 9/11 warnings, he enacted the PATRIOT act, sent troops into the WRONG country... he just fails all around.
  • Randy ☠ Live ... 2012/04/29 03:26:10
  • Radical 1s1am1st 2012/04/29 02:52:42 (edited)
    NO
    Radical 1s1am1st
    +3
    This is my petition on change.org to prosecute the people in the Bush Administration for the Iraq war.

    Bush Administration Officials from the President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and many others did intentionally with malice upon the American people willfully perpetrate the following acts which violated U.S. laws and international laws.



    The American people were lied into a war in Iraq which resulted in the death of 3500 Americans and used torture of combatants and innocents. Instituted no bid contracts to financially enrich many people in the Bush administration and their business acquaintances. Here is a brief synopsis of the of the Iraq war, a war that was for the profit of a few while burying the American Dream for the rest of us.



    The rationale for that war was fabricated in the highest reaches of the U.S. leadership.



    First came the lies, so many it was impossible to keep up. Then came the shock and awe, the crudely invented Iraqi jubilation, the torture, the renditions, the secret prisons, the indefinite detentions, the deluge of unaccounted-for cash, the no-bid contracts, the flaccid media, the spectacle of "mission accomplished," the smug claims that there was no insurgency, the lousy armor ...



    The endless flow of blood.



    There is now a long list of the dea...















    This is my petition on change.org to prosecute the people in the Bush Administration for the Iraq war.

    Bush Administration Officials from the President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and many others did intentionally with malice upon the American people willfully perpetrate the following acts which violated U.S. laws and international laws.



    The American people were lied into a war in Iraq which resulted in the death of 3500 Americans and used torture of combatants and innocents. Instituted no bid contracts to financially enrich many people in the Bush administration and their business acquaintances. Here is a brief synopsis of the of the Iraq war, a war that was for the profit of a few while burying the American Dream for the rest of us.



    The rationale for that war was fabricated in the highest reaches of the U.S. leadership.



    First came the lies, so many it was impossible to keep up. Then came the shock and awe, the crudely invented Iraqi jubilation, the torture, the renditions, the secret prisons, the indefinite detentions, the deluge of unaccounted-for cash, the no-bid contracts, the flaccid media, the spectacle of "mission accomplished," the smug claims that there was no insurgency, the lousy armor ...



    The endless flow of blood.



    There is now a long list of the dead who would not be dead were it not for this war initiated out of bravado, rancid ideology and doctored "evidence." Thousands of dead Americans and allied troops. And, at the very least, 120,000 dead Iraqis, perhaps several hundred thousand. Deaths in any war are terrible enough. Deaths in a war of choice, a concocted war, an illegal preventive war, count as nothing short of murder. The list of the maimed, the widowed, the orphaned is far longer, the list of the psychologically impaired longer still.



    Before George W. Bush was voted 5-4 by the Supreme Court into the presidency, those who lied us into this war were already plotting their justification for sinking deeper military and economic roots into the Middle East—petropolitics and neo-imperialist sophistry interlaced with arrogant disdain for Iraqis and Americans alike. When they stepped into office in the footsteps of the mediocrity they had chosen to manipulate, terrorism gave them no worries, as Richard Clarke later explained to us. They focused, as former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill later informed us, on finding the right excuse to persuade the American people to go to war with Saddam Hussein. This they perceived and planned as a prelude for going to war with some of his neighbors. Less than nine months later, the excuse dropped into their laps in the form of Osama bin Laden's kamikaze crews.



    From that terrible day forward, Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and their fellow rogues engineered the invasion with eager nods from Bush. They saw the chance to carry out their invasion plan and moved every obstacle—most especially the truth—out of their way to make it happen.



    It didn't have to. They could have been blocked. Due diligence and some spinal fortitude in Congress might have stopped the war in its tracks. But in October 2002, the Senate and the House voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution. Five months and one week later, the bombs began falling on Baghdad.



    The blame is widespread and the American people demand that our government hold the people responsible for these crimes to include treason, be held responsible and prosecuted to the full extent of the law
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  • sm237 2012/04/29 02:27:00
    YES
    sm237
    +2
    I liked GWB...Period
  • john Kills 2012/04/29 02:26:38
    NO
    john Kills
    +1
    I liked his domestic policies even less. He should have been hung for the patriot act. Obarry should be hung for the extension and expansion of the patriot act with the passage of NDAA. Someone will say I'm racist for saying barry should be hung but, won't say anything about my saying bush should be hung. The workings of the liberal mind.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/04/29 02:17:25
    NO
    ConLibFraud
    +4
    Bushwacker should have been impeached and thrown in prison! Furthermore, why do all you neocons conveniently forget that Bushwacker started the bailouts?

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