Faceoff: Election 2012

Foreign policy might not be the first thing on every voter’s mind as they come out this November. Foreign affairs are complex, sticky and unfamiliar to almost everyone – but it is clear President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is the right choice for America.

Obama has taken many initiatives to keep America as the top superpower on the global stage. First and foremost, Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to the United States. It took a bold decision under an immense amount of pressure, but the president was unwavering.

For Obama to send Navy SEALs into Pakistan in such a manner and not succeed would have been an embarrassment. Instead, because of his visionary leadership, thousands of American families found some kind of closure.

Obama’s main agent in foreign affairs was once one of his greatest rivals. Obama appointed Hillary Clinton to secretary of state, and it stands to be one of his best moves yet.

After the Egyptian protests in 2011, Clinton came out at the forefront of the U.S. response, calling on former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down and to make an “orderly transition” in Egypt.

When the Libyan Civil War broke out, Clinton was crucial in rallying the international community to support military intervention. In a few short months, former ruler of the Libyan Arab Republic Muammar Gaddafi was deposed.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing to tout in the realm of foreign policy. Last March, an American solider went on a shooting rampage in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 16 civilians including nine children. Obama immediately renounced the killings as “tragic and shocking.” Romney, however, stuck firm to his concept of “No Apology.”

“We may make mistakes as a nation, and we’ll say we’re sorry for that, but apologizing for America is something I will never do,” Romney said. Yes, he actually said that. He can’t even keep it together in the same sentence.

In July, Romney went on a trip overseas to the United Kingdom, Poland and Israel. In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Williams asked Romney about the upcoming London Olympics. Romney responded, “There are a few things that are disconcerting.”

After a bad meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the prime minister released a statement against Romney’s coordination of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics; he said London was hosting the Olympics in one of the busiest cities in the world.

“Of course it’s easier if you host the Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” Cameron said.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, held a pre-Olympic rally with over 60,000 people.

At the event, he said, “I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready?” The massive cheers from the audience indicated a harsh rejection of Romney’s character. In the British press, Romney was humiliated with headlines like “Mitt the Twit.”

It should be blatantly obvious to the American people whose foreign policy credentials are superior. With Romney, we’re talking about a man that has no experience in foreign policy whatsoever. Romney isn’t an experienced man – he’s just a bold man. For me in 2012, it’s the guy who got bin Laden versus the other guy.

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