Foreign policy is emerging as a key issue in this year's presidential election, which makes it critical that voters learn two key facts before voting on November 6th:
1) The Bush foreign policy team was a disaster for this country; and
2) The Romney foreign policy team is virtually undistinguishable from the Bush foreign policy team, with 17 out of 24 of Romney's advisors being Bush alums.
Consider this piece from the New York Times by Kurt Eichenwald entitled "The Deafness Before the Storm":
The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.Read the rest at the New York Times.
But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.
The attacks on 9/11 could been thwarted if George W. Bush's administration had been paying attention, but they weren't. They were too busy looking for an excuse to start a war with Iraq. They failed to protect the American people on 9/11 and then used the attacks to justify a war of aggression against Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11 and had no weapons of mass destruction. That war cost the United States thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.
Now these people want to be put back in control of the foreign policy of this nation. "Worst among equals" is the loathsome Dan Senor. Senor was the Bush administration's spokesman for the invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the occupation. Senor is notorious for frankly telling lies to the press about the progress of the war and occupation. According to Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senor told reporters, "Well, off the record, Paris is burning. But on the record, security and stability are returning to Iraq."
Senor's dishonesty seemingly makes him an ideal fit for the fact-free Romney campaign. Senor has been tapped by Romney to be Paul Ryan's foreign policy advisor. This could backfire for team Romney/Ryan. Ryan is notoriously uninformed when it comes to foreign policy, and on October 11, 2012 he will have to take on Joe Biden, a foreign policy master. If Ryan goes on stage and begins repeating Senor's lies and distortions, Joe Biden will eviscerate Paul Ryan on national television.
The United States can't afford another four years of neo-conservative mismanagement of its economy or its foreign policy. Mitt Romney and his motley crew of Bush-era retreads must be defeated.