Regretfully, obama is by far the lesser of two evils

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    REGRETFULLY, OBAMA IS BY FAR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS
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    realclearpolitics.com
    October 8, 2012


    "As prepared for delivery, Mitt Romney's remarks on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute:

    ***

    General Marshall once said, "The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it." Those words were true in his time-and they still echo in ours.

    ***

    The attacks against us in Libya were not an isolated incident. They were accompanied by anti-American riots in nearly two dozen other countries, mostly in the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Our embassies have been attacked. Our flag has been burned.
    *** And I have come here today to offer a larger perspective on these tragic recent events-and to share with you, and all Americans, my vision for a freer, more prosperous, and more peaceful world.

    The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East-a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. ***


    ***

    ***It is the struggle of millions and millions of people-men and women, young and old, Muslims, Christians and non-believers-all of whom have had enough of the darkness. It is a struggle for the dignity that comes with freedom, and opportunity, and the right to live under laws of our own making. It is a struggle that has unfolded under green banners in the streets of Iran, in the public squares of Tunisia and Egypt and Yemen, and in the fights for liberty in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Libya, and now Syria. In short, it is a struggle between liberty and tyranny, justice and oppression, hope and despair.

    ***. Fortunately, we had leaders of courage and vision, both Republicans and Democrats, who knew that America had to support friends who shared our values, and prevent today's crises from becoming tomorrow's conflicts.

    ***

    *** Unfortunately, this President's policies have not been equal to our best examples of world leadership. And nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East.

    *** it is the responsibility of our President to use America's great power to shape history-not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events. Unfortunately, that is exactly where we find ourselves in the Middle East under President Obama.

    The relationship between the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Israel, our closest ally in the region, has suffered great strains. The President explicitly stated that his goal was to put "daylight" between the United States and Israel. And he has succeeded. This is a dangerous situation that has set back the hope of peace in the Middle East and emboldened our mutual adversaries, especially Iran.

    Iran today has never been closer to a nuclear weapons capability. It has never posed a greater danger to our friends, our allies, and to us. *** when millions of Iranians took to the streets in June of 2009, when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world, when they cried out, "Are you with us, or are you with them?" -- the American President was silent.

    Across the greater Middle East, as the joy born from the downfall of dictators has given way to the painstaking work of building capable security forces, and growing economies, and developing democratic institutions, the President has failed to offer the tangible support that our partners want and need.

    In Iraq, the costly gains made by our troops are being eroded by rising violence, a resurgent Al-Qaeda, the weakening of democracy in Baghdad, and the rising influence of Iran. And yet, America's ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence. The President tried-and failed-to secure a responsible and gradual drawdown that would have better secured our gains.

    The President has failed to lead in Syria, where more than 30,000 men, women, and children have been massacred by the Assad regime over the past 20 months. Violent extremists are flowing into the fight. Our ally Turkey has been attacked. And the conflict threatens stability in the region.

    *** Drones and the modern instruments of war are important tools in our fight, but they are no substitute for a national security strategy for the Middle East.

    ***
    I know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity.

    ***

    It is time to change course in the Middle East. That course should be organized around these bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them... no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them... and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America's capability to back up our words.

    I will put the leaders of Iran on notice that the United States and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. I will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran, and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf region-and work with Israel to increase our military assistance and coordination. For the sake of peace, we must make clear to Iran through actions-not just words-that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated.

    I will reaffirm our historic ties to Israel and our abiding commitment to its security-the world must never see any daylight between our two nations.

    I will deepen our critical cooperation with our partners in the Gulf.

    And I will roll back President Obama's deep and arbitrary cuts to our national defense that would devastate our military. I will make the critical defense investments that we need to remain secure. The decisions we make today will determine our ability to protect America tomorrow. The first purpose of a strong military is to prevent war.

    The size of our Navy is at levels not seen since 1916. I will restore our Navy to the size needed to fulfill our missions by building 15 ships per year, including three submarines. I will implement effective missile defenses to protect against threats. And on this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin. And I will call on our NATO allies to keep the greatest military alliance in history strong by honoring their commitment to each devote 2 percent of their GDP to security spending. Today, only 3 of the 28 NATO nations meet this benchmark.

    I will make further reforms to our foreign assistance to create incentives for good governance, free enterprise, and greater trade, in the Middle East and beyond. I will organize all assistance efforts in the greater Middle East under one official with responsibility and accountability to prioritize efforts and produce results. I will rally our friends and allies to match our generosity with theirs. And I will make it clear to the recipients of our aid that, in return for our material support, they must meet the responsibilities of every decent modern government-to respect the rights of all of their citizens, including women and minorities... to ensure space for civil society, a free media, political parties, and an independent judiciary... and to abide by their international commitments to protect our diplomats and our property.

    I will champion free trade and restore it as a critical element of our strategy, both in the Middle East and across the world. The President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. I will reverse that failure. I will work with nations around the world that are committed to the principles of free enterprise, expanding existing relationships and establishing new ones.

    I will support friends across the Middle East who share our values, but need help defending them and their sovereignty against our common enemies.

    In Libya, I will support the Libyan people's efforts to forge a lasting government that represents all of them, and I will vigorously pursue the terrorists who attacked our consulate in Benghazi and killed Americans.

    In Egypt, I will use our influence-including clear conditions on our aid-to urge the new government to represent all Egyptians, to build democratic institutions, and to maintain its peace treaty with Israel. And we must persuade our friends and allies to place similar stipulations on their aid.

    In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad's tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets. Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them. We should be working no less vigorously with our international partners to support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran-rather than sitting on the sidelines. It is essential that we develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the Middle East.

    And in Afghanistan, I will pursue a real and successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. President Obama would have you believe that anyone who disagrees with his decisions in Afghanistan is arguing for endless war. But the route to more war - and to potential attacks here at home - is a politically timed retreat that abandons the Afghan people to the same extremists who ravaged their country and used it to launch the attacks of 9/11. I will evaluate conditions on the ground and weigh the best advice of our military commanders. And I will affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects, but to the security of the nation.

    Finally, I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel. On this vital issue, the President has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new President will bring the chance to begin anew.

    There is a longing for American leadership in the Middle East-and it is not unique to that region. It is broadly felt by America's friends and allies in other parts of the world as well- in Europe, where Putin's Russia casts a long shadow over young democracies, and where our oldest allies have been told we are "pivoting" away from them ... in Asia and across the Pacific, where China's recent assertiveness is sending chills through the region ... and here in our own hemisphere, where our neighbors in Latin America want to resist the failed ideology of Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers and deepen ties with the United States on trade, energy, and security. But in all of these places, just as in the Middle East, the question is asked: "Where does America stand?"

    I know many Americans are asking a different question: "Why us?" I know many Americans are asking whether our country today-with our ailing economy, and our massive debt, and after 11 years at war-is still capable of leading.

    I believe that if America does not lead, others will-others who do not share our interests and our values-and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us. America's security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years. I am running for President because I believe the leader of the free world has a duty, to our citizens, and to our friends everywhere, to use America's great influence-wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively-to shape events in ways that secure our interests, further our values, prevent conflict, and make the world better-not perfect, but better.

    Our friends and allies across the globe do not want less American leadership. They want more-more of our moral support, more of our security cooperation, more of our trade, and more of our assistance in building free societies and thriving economies. So many people across the world still look to America as the best hope of humankind. So many people still have faith in America. We must show them that we still have faith in ourselves-that we have the will and the wisdom to revive our stagnant economy, to roll back our unsustainable debt, to reform our government, to reverse the catastrophic cuts now threatening our national defense, to renew the sources of our great power, and to lead the course of human events.

    ***

    The 21st century can and must be an American century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity.

    The torch America carries is one of decency and hope. It is not America's torch alone. But it is America's duty - and honor - to hold it high enough that all the world can see its light.

    Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America."

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    Read Romney's speech in its entirety.

    It commits us to never ending, uncompromising, people-purposeless war;
    war that is killing our boys and girls,
    destroying our decency,
    mocking our religious beliefs, and
    creating hunger in a land of plenty.


    Roney's declaration
    is a committment to free trade
    in a world wide economic arena
    in which America has given away
    much, and perhaps most,
    of its ability to compete.

    It is a committment to war as a basic American institution.
    It is a committment to the makers of the weapons and the munitions of war.
    It is an all out, binding committment to fight the wars of Israel.
    It is an all out, binding committmen to fight the wars of American corporations.

    It demands we dedicate our talents
    to pursuing wars that are
    destroying the good that is in us,

    It would continue the Republican policies that are
    bankrupting us financially, patriotically,
    robbing us of cohesion,
    and reducing us to second rate status in almost every measurable fields .

    I have been more than disappointed in Obama.
    But Obama did not start our wars.

    And though he has been slow in withdrawing us from war


    he has taken us out of Iraq


    and he is taking us out of Afghanistan,


    and so he has undone more than some


    of the harm his predecessor had done.


    So if Obama makes an
    uncompromising,
    unflinching,
    unforgiving,
    and convincing
    all-out attack on Romney's declaration of ever-lasting war,
    and of every lasting support for other nations,

    I can, and I will,
    cast a vote against Romney by marking my ballot for Obama.


    for,
    regretfully but true,
    it is now apparent
    our choice is but that
    of the lesser of two evils,
    and that
    Obama
    is far, far, far,
    the lesser of the two evils.
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    yes looking at obamas record, that is CLEARLY the obviously choice.
     
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    A near
    Romney Media Massacre
    of Obama and the Obamanites.

    There Obama stood.
    Like a deer caught in a hunter's spotlight.
    And no place to run to.

    And then a proud Romney
    announced his all out
    Foreign Policysupport
    fora continuation of
    the EU-Israeli-Big Oil petrowars
    that likely would lead
    to the commencement
    of a war to end all wars
    that might do just that.

    Stay tuned
    and in the next installment
    we will see if Obama chooses to take this opportunity
    to escape the massacre.
     
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    Before deciding to vote, or who to vote for,
    check out Romney's Foreign Policy Address
    to VMI students---

    and I suggest that be done before you listen to the second of the so-called presidential election "debates"-- that might help you, as i believe it will help me, to better understand that upcoming debate.
     
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    Great, another drive-by cut and paste liberal hack with no ability to think on his/her own.

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