From The Hill:
On the eve of the biggest day in his political career, Mitt Romney previewed GOP convention speeches focused on the Republican plans for defense and foreign policy.
Romney pledged to return “confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose, [and] resolve in our might” to the American military in a Wednesday address to the American Legion in Indianapolis.
Confidence, clarity and resolve … that all sounds good. Mitt’s right: We should have more of that stuff. But what exactly does it mean?
Last year, for example, Romney criticized President Obama for not intervening aggressively to help the rebels in Libya. I suppose you could call that acting with confidence, clarity and resolve. The problem is, Romney then reversed course, later attacking Obama because he had, well, intervened aggressively in Libya.
In fact, after Obama pledged to remove Muammar Gaddafi from power, Romney warned ominously that it would lead to “massive strategic failure.” Only after the dictator was dead did the GOP nominee jump in to proclaim complete support for the removal of “one of the worst actors on the world stage.”
So … I’m not sure where this clarity, confidence and resolve is going to show itself.
How about Afghanistan? Surely we can see resolve and clarity in evidence on that issue, right?
Well, when the Obama administration announced it would pull combat troops out of Afghanistan by 2013, Romney was quick to condemn it as “misguided,” claiming that “(Obama’s) naivete is putting in jeopardy the mission of the United States of America and our commitments to freedom.”
And Mitt’s alternative plan? Glad you asked:
I know … it fairly drips with confidence, clarity and resolve, right? Well, maybe not.
OK, there’s the example of Osama bin Laden? Surely, Romney has always been a stalwart advocate of bringing to justice a man who killed more than 3,000 of our fellow citizens. Whatever it takes to get him, right? A leader with Romney’s self-professed resolve, clarity and confidence would never have dismissed such an effort, claiming that “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
A leader possessing clarity, resolve and confidence would never have said such a thing.
– Jay Bookman