Mitt Romney made the right play in the last debate with President Obama which centered on foreign policy. While many like myself and even the cool cucumber Charles Krauthammer would have loved to see Romney go at Obama with a Louisville Slugger on the Libya debacle, it would have taken the debate into the tall weeds. As I’ve said many times, candidates running for president actually deserve our sympathy because they have to spend so much time – most of it in the home stretch – convincing really stupid people to vote for them. Maybe that’s a little harsh but what you have to remember about “undecided” voters is that they have no real ideology. They never spend their time doing any deep thinking, of giving much consideration to things outside of their domestic bubble. Romney’s message of “we’ll be a strong nation (i.e. safe) abroad by being a strong nation domestically (i.e. economically)” was a stroke of genius considering who he has to win over in the final days. A broad, macro approach to foreign policy appeals to moderate or undecided voters who he can put him over the top on November 6th.
That being said, us political wonks know that what has happened in Libya is a “big f-ing deal” to quote our Vice President who isn’t just an idiot, he’s an unfeeling and callous individual. I’m the type of person that speaks my mind and occasional bends the rules of decorum, but asking a dead-soldier’s father about his son’s balls is the height of social ignorance and utterly contemptible. You see, to Obama, Biden and Hillary, we aren’t even real human beings, we’re like game pieces, but not in a game of kings like Chess or even Risk. I’m afraid we’re all playing Sorry.
Be that as it may, all the evidence and ass-covering of the past weeks points to only one conclusion. President Obama left our people in Libya defenseless. The only question left is why? Was it a purely political decision? an avoidance of a possibly failed military mission before an election? Certainly the ghost of Jimmy Carter’s ill-fated rescue attempt of the Iranian hostages is still with us. But even if that’s so, it’s maddening to think that Obama and his inner circle would think that something like this could stay a secret.