Romney flip-flops and Ryan lies an unlikely road to the White House

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Recent and ongoing events in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen have made Bill Grant’s Tuesday column (“Romney flip-flops and Ryan lies an unlikely road to the White House”) all the more timely – demonstrating again that the world is a dangerous place demanding wise and experienced U.S. leadership, not a “cowboy foreign policy” and jingoistic rhetoric.

While Senator Obama initially lacked foreign policy experience, he sat on the Foreign Relations Committee for 3+ years, focusing on dismantling nuclear weapons and securing fissible materials from around the world, and traveled extensively with then-Chairman, former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), with whom he drafted security-enhancing legislation signed by President Bush.

Candidate Obama publicly espoused a multi-lateral and cooperative approach to foreign policy that resonated both here and abroad.  President Obama then inherited two wars, responsibly ended one, and has waged an unyielding assault on Al Qaeda.

Therefore, Paul Ryan’s insipidly juvenile claim—that he “has more foreign policy experience” than President Obama had four years ago—merely mimics Sarah Palin’s similarly bogus claims in 2008, and is both demonstrably false and contemporaneously irrelevant, because President Obama clearly has more actual foreign policy and practical military experience now than Romney-Ryan have combined and/or could ever hope for. 

Romney would increase defense spending to 4% of GDP, while Ryan’s “budget” (which Romney also embraced) would reduce all discretionary spending (including for defense) to 3½ % of GDP, leaving nothing for any domestic programs (like food stamps, etc.)—prompting former President Clinton to mock Romney-Ryan’s dubious “arithmetic”.

Bipartisan experts insist that defense spending could be cut by $100 billion annually without compromising national security.  “Sequestration” would cut only $60 billion annually, which Ryan voted for but now disingenuously dissembles that he didn’t. 

True patriots shouldn’t want draft-dodging, tax-avoiding, duplicitous amateurs at the helm—again.

                Bill Hugenberg

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