Presidential Debates Prove that Obama and Romney’s Foreign Policy Is Virtually Identical

Anthony Freda:

As made obvious by the third-party presidential debates, Romney and Obama’s foreign policy is virtually identical.

They both favor elective, preemptive wars of aggression.  They both want to force regime change in Syria, and they both characterize Iran as the “biggest threat” to the U.S.

Forbes’ Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes:

The debate could not plausibly be a real debate because of the following parameters: Barack Obama has essentially pursued the same foreign policy as the Bush Administration, and Romney has eschewed any fundamental critique of the Obama-Bush consensus ….

Even Jon Stewart agrees:

Former British ambassador Craig Murray notes:

I have traveled this world much more extensively than either Obama or Romney, and I still do. I find everywhere, even in areas of conflict and economic difficulty, the vast majority of people are friendly, even kind, and have very similar aspirations, across cultures, to personal development and emotional fulfilment.

The striking thing about tonight’s US Presidential “foreign policy” debate, is when it did occasionally discuss foreign policy, the world out there was discussed not as a place of vast potential, but as a deeply disturbing place full of foreigners who are, apparently, all evil except the Israelis, who are perfect.

The vast benefits from cooperation and trade with “abroad” were not mentioned once that I noticed (though I confess the thing was so awful my attention wandered occasionally). Europe apparently doesn’t exist, other than Greece which is nothing more than a terrible warning of the dangers of not being right wing enough.

The correct attitude to all these foreigners that God so unfortunately and inexplicably placed on this planet, is apparently to maintain incredibly large armed forces, murder people with drones (they were both very enthusiastic on this one), place sanctions on them and declare them “currency manipulators”. The only surprising note was that both agreed that they could not kill everyone in Iran.

But “We can’t just kill our way out of this mess” was spoken with regret, rather than as an affirmation of the possibilities of cooperation instead. What a grim and joyless world view.

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  • ForestSilverwood

    I wonder if that internet group Anonymous would be able to create enough influence to keep both Romney and Obama from getting elected. Nether are good choices.

  • Quintus

    Everything they agreed on has already been pretested on focus groups and passed muster with flying colors.
    When the 30,000 drones are turned loose on Americans……. maybe not so much?……….

  • lou

    Anotherwords…..Gov Romney has no ideas of his own.

    • Dex

      And Obama has adopted Bush II’s. Politicians don’t get to the top by having original ideas, they get there by towing the party line. What’s your point?

  • charlie

    Even if we could overcome all US citizens’ brainwashing and convince them that our government is NOT here to help us, I do not know that it would make that much difference. We are all still forced to pay taxes and support our evil government. I suppose if we all started our own farms and became self sufficient and quit using the government’s money that would have a big effect. It will come down to a war between US citizens and the government. Maybe a war of the states versus the federal government. A quicker solution would be to leave to another country, AND become a citizen of that country and renounce your US citizenship, because the US government does what few others do, they tax their citizens no matter where they live, so you have to get rid of your US citizenship.

    • wish it was possible to leave – but none of the civilized countries worth escaping to will allow you in unless you are quite wealthy.

  • apivetta

    “What is the difference between throwing 500 babies into a fire and throwing fire from aeroplanes on 500 babies?”~Captain Philip S. Mumford, January 5, 1937. (As quoted in Nicholson Baker’s *Human Smoke*.)