Romnesia," his inability to remember his political positions, extends to issues around the world. Month after month, Romney criticized Obama for his timeline on leaving Afghanistan, stating that it gives away our intentions to the Taliban. Last night, he agreed that American troops should be home by 2014. Romney previously said that killing Bin Laden "was not worth moving heaven and earth" and that the president's warning to Pakistan that he might use force against terrorists there was "ill considered." Last night, Romney agreed with killing Bin Laden. Romney previously said that he'd never engage in bilateral discussions with the Iranians to end their nuclear program. Last night, he said he'd do that.
Romney said last night that Obama projected weakness abroad. How killing Bin Laden and using drones, which Romney also said he agreed with, figure into such "weakness" remains vague. So did Romney clarify how he'd handle foreign affairs differently? Of course not. Instead, we had another "etch-a-sketch" Romney performance. Romney didn't want to come across as a neocon hawk–despite the fact that he has stocked his foreign policy advisers with Bush-era neocons, something about which Colin Powell expressed concern. Just as we saw "moderate Mitt" in domestic affairs in the first debate, this time we saw him in foreign affairs.
Obama correctly stated that Romney has no consistent policies regarding world events: "“Governor, the problem is that on a whole range of issues, whether it’s the Middle East, whether it’s Afghanistan, whether it’s Iraq, whether it’s now Iran, you’ve been all over the map.” Indeed, Romney has a global case of Romnesia.
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