Tonight, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are squaring off in a foreign policy debate, giving the American people a glance at what their Commander in Chief will look like over the next four years. As American Jews, what the candidates say tonight will be particularly relevant to us. For us, the status of the US-Israel relationship, Israel's security, and thwarting Iran's nuclear program are particularly important issues. Between his comments and behavior surrounding U.S.-Russia relations, the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden, Iran sanctions, and security cooperation with Israel, Romney has shown that he is not ready to be Commander in Chief. Let's review the governor's flubs since he started running for president:
During his trip abroad in July, Romney had at least one gaffe at every single one of his stops:
During Romney's visit to London on the day of the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics, he insulted the British by saying that he saw, "a few things that were disconcerting," questioning the UK's preparedness.
While at home, Romney has also made quite a few relevant foreign policy gaffes:
Romney pledged to "do the opposite" of President Obama on Israel, despite the unprecedented security cooperation between the United States and Israel.
After his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Politifact gave his "apology tour" attack a Pants on Fire rating. Politifact said, "A review of Obama's foreign travels and remarks during his early presidency showed no evidence to support such a blunt and disparaging claim." Since the speech, this has been a common complaint from the Romney team in regards to Obama's foreign policy.
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