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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Praising Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as “bold” has quickly become the most overused meme of the campaign, but there is one especially daring quality to Romney’s pick: together, Romney and Ryan have less foreign policy and national security experience than any national ticket of either party since the 1940s.

Romney’s glaring lack of foreign policy credentials has been well documented throughout the campaign. With no relevant experience of his own to draw on, Romney tends to regurgitate talking points from his neoconservative foreign policy team — which is stacked with veterans of the George W. Bush administration — then try to swiftly change the subject back to jobs.

There is a good reason for this strategy: When the Romney campaign shares extended thoughts on international affairs, it tends to highlight its disturbing lack of knowledge. Indeed, in the midst of Romney’s disastrous overseas trip, even his fellow Republicans acknowledged that Romney’s foreign policy is “strangely amateurish.”

Unlike past presidential candidates like Bush and Barack Obama, who picked vice presidents who burnished their thin diplomatic resumes, Romney instead chose to double down on emptiness.

Despite having worked in Washington for virtually his entire adult life, Ryan has next to no experience in international relations. Ryan has largely avoided the topic throughout his seven terms in the House — preferring to focus his attention on budgetary issues instead — but he has taken a few notable stands.

Ryan’s most high profile foreign policy moment came in a June, 2011 speech to the Alexander Hamilton Society. There he argued in favor of American exceptionalism — hardly drawing a controversial line in the sand — and addressed a few issues of the time in broad terms. With regards to the Middle East, he declared that “We have a responsibility to speak boldly for those whose voices are denied by the jackbooted thugs of the tired tyrants of Syria and Iran,” but declined to elaborate on what should be done. He argued that “Now is the time to lock in the success that is within reach” in Afghanistan and Iraq, but did not explain how to do so.

  • I doubt Romney or Ryan know how to spell foreign policy.

  • highpckts

    Appearing on a battleship was supposed to show how proud they are to be Americans?? Well they better stay in America because they are at serious risk of getting many shoes thrown at them!!

  • old_blu

    Did Romney or Ryan serve in the military? If you are going to call our military leaders liers I think you should have at least tried to do it yourself.

    @Dominick– They sure don’t know how to spell diplomacy.

    • Mitt used college and being on a mission for the Mormon Church as deferments during the Vietnam War. I am a Democrat but using deferments during the Vietnam War was a national past time and by itself is not an indictment. He can be faulted for some of the things he said after the fact.

      In 1994 Mitt Romney stated, “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft.”

      In 2007 Mitt Romney stated that he “longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam,”

      Mitt’s brother, his father, and none of his sons have served in the military.

      During his first campaign for the Presidency Romney was asked about his sons’ service and his answer (paraphrased) was: My sons are serving their country by helping me become President. What arrogance!

      I have researched all the way back to 1841 when Miles Romney a Mormon convert left England and I have found none of Romney’s forbears to have served in the military of the United States.

    • Neither one served in the military, additionally Mittens Rmoney got deferments during Vietnam to proselytize his Mormon Church cult in France, yet root on the sidelines as a Republican warmonger chickenhawk.

  • William Deutschlander

    Ryan and Romney are bankrupt on Budget proposals, foreign policy and military service and military spending.

  • It is a good thing Mittey knows how to offshore his money because when he goes abroad or talks to the rest of the world we understand how little he actually knows about anything that is not dollars and cents that he owns.

  • TheOldNorthChurch

    No less Foreign Policy experience then the last election. Joe Biden was reject by the Draft Board for Asthma after five student deferments.

    The closest Obama came to Military service was his anti-war speech in Chicago in 2002.

    So what is the point of this article – very weak.

    • There is nothing wrong with a pacifist not serving in the military, as long as their beliefs remain the same later in life, especially if they are elected to positions of power. What is very wrong is for people like Dick “college deferment” Cheney, or Mitt Romney whose five sons limit their demonstrations of patriotism to visits to Dave & Buster and the purchase of video games, to suddenly become hawks and get us involved in unnecessary wars.

      • TheOldNorthChurch

        Agreed, but the Pacifist loves his Drones. Why did we get involved in Libya? Anything Dufus McCain supports should be rejected first then debated by the American people before making a decision.

        Why are we still in Afghanistan? The Pacifist is not one and so misled the American Public.

        There are only eleven countries in the world that a majority of Americans support being involved with if there is a Military conflict: Only one country in the Middle East (Israel 60% support) gets more than 34% support.

    • Dianes4babies

      Pres. Obama was much too young for the Vietnam War, and too old for Iraq and Afganistan!….Romney, on the other hand, was a perfect age for Vietnam, and his sons the right age for the recent wars.

      • TheOldNorthChurch

        The Vietnam war was a scarey time for most of us involved. Many of my friends came home injured or not at all. My sisters Marine friends talked me out of joining and urged me to go to college.

        My draft lottery number was 174. They fell just 10 numbers short of that number during my Christmas Break from college.

        Romney received two 2-S student deferments, then, like most Mormon missionaries, a 4-D ministerial deferment while in France, and then two more student deferments.

        In 1970 all deferments were cancelled and we went to the lottery. Romney’s December 1969 draft lottery number was 300 which ensured that he would not be selected.

        I have four sons all could have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. They elected not to and that was their choice. My neighbor was 45 and went to Iraq.

  • onedonewong

    Empty foreign policy compared to who””” A president who could see Canada from his house and felt they were a threat, Joe Biteeme who wanted to divide Iraq into 3 entities and old Hilary spending billions on building new Mosques

  • Mitt used college and being on a mission for the Mormon Church as deferments during the Vietnam War. I am a Democrat but using deferments during the Vietnam War was a national past time and by itself is not an indictment. He can be faulted for some of the things he said after the fact

    In 1994 Mitt Romney stated, “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft.”

    In 2007 Mitt Romney stated that he “longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam,”

    Mitt’s brother, his father, and none of his sons have served in the military.

    During his first campaign for the Presidency Romney was asked about his sons’ service and his answer (paraphrased) was: My sons are serving their country by helping me become President. What arrogance!

    I have researched all the way back to 1841 when Miles Romney a Mormon convert left England and I have found none of Romney’s forbears to have served in the military of the United States.

  • bcarreiro

    dumb and dumber!!!

  • They’re banking on America being stupid, hateful and not giving half a crap about the rest of the world. The new G.O.P. foreign policy is to not have a foreign policy at all.

  • One buffoon on the GOP ticket with zero foreign policy experience was enough. Now there are two.