Listening to the entire speech, I was struck by the total lack of specifics or substance in the speech, as Romney went through a factually challenged litany of Obama failures, from the attack on our consulate in Libya and the murder of Ambassador Stevens, to our lack of commitment to the Syrian rebels, to poorer American relations with Israel under Obama, to lack of resolve over preventing a nuclear Iran.
- Romney tried to link the consulate attack and murder of Ambassador Stevens to poor performance—or even neglect—by the Obama Administration relative to security against terrorist attacks, without providing any evidence to back that up.
- Citing the thousands of deaths in Syria under the Assad regime, Romney criticized our commitment to helping the rebels but offered no real rationale for further arming unknown—and possibly radical extremists—involved in the struggle. Didn’t we hear the same concern coming from the right over getting involved in Libya and, thereby, arming Al Qaeda operatives there?
- Now proclaiming his commitment to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and a two-state solution; wasn’t that the same Mitt Romney heard on that now infamous ‘secret video’ (where he dissed 47% of America) dismissing the chance of any lasting peace in the Middle East (VIDEO)?
- On Iran, Romney promised new, stronger sanctions, yet offered absolutely no details on what those would be, or how they would differ with those already imposed by the Obama Administration, which have virtually crippled Iran’s economy and ravished the value of their currency. This is the same Mitt Romney who recently met with Israel’s ultra-conservative Prime Minister, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, giving Israel tacit approval for an Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran—now claiming that Obama’s policies have, “set back the hope of peace in the Middle East and emboldened Iran.”