President Obama desperately wants his administration's foreign policy to be summed up (covered up) with the promulgations: We got Osama Bin Laden. We ended the Iraq War. Even if we put aside the way he politicized the Bin Laden raid and the intemperate way he withdrew from Iraq - thus crediting him with these accomplishments - the broader view reveals a foreign policy devoid of serious national security strategy and shockingly inattentive to American ideals.
At its best, American foreign policy combines moral and practical concerns. ... no significant American foreign policy initiative has emphasized neither American power nor American ideals. And yet, this is precisely what President Obama has done. He has rejected American principles for the sake of a relativist doctrine that views all cultures and ideas as valid. He has decreased American military power and surrendered our strategic advantage for the sake of an accommodation that makes little distinction between enemies and friends. He has abandoned both the pro-democracy spirit and the defensive alliances of “containment” – a foreign policy initiative which stands, perhaps, as the most brilliant and successful of the twentieth century.
As I observed in my Foreign Policy Mythology series on Ricochet,
The Obama administration: embraced a minimalist response to Iran’s nuclear program; sought a “reset” in relations with Russia by offering nuclear reductions and turning a blind eye to Russian resurgence and oppression; revoked plans to install missile defenses on Polish and Czech soil; chose Syria’s Assad as “peace intermediary” in the Middle East; made public, preemptive demands upon the Israelis while making no such demands upon the Palestinians; centered policy around “talking” with the world’s worst tyrants and offering them concessions in exchange for keeping their ruthlessness confined within their own borders; bowed to Hugo Chavez and sent fawning letters to the “Supreme Leader” of Iran; was mute in response to the cries of brave young Iranian protestors; said nary a word for innocent Iranians languishing in notorious prisons or innocent North Koreans suffering in concentration camps; focused on economic disagreements with China while ignoring the plight of Chinese democracy advocates; and came very close to ignoring the bloodbath in Syria (and did ignore it at first).
Nowhere is the lack of humanity and the lack of "grand strategy" more evident than in the Obama administration’s Syria policy – a policy so indifferent to human suffering, so devoid of initiative and so counterproductive to Middle Eastern struggles for democracy that it can only be called abhorrent.
If Romney exposes the startling, sobering truth about Obama administration foreign policy, he will come out on top in tomorrow's debate.