Finally, I was able to catch up with Bill Scher from Liberal Oasis and Campaign for America’s Future for this podcast. (Please read Bill’s must-read post on how to get jobs back on the table.)Bill is one of the fabulous progressives. We discuss the fact that President Barack Obama appears to be holding the winning hand with debt ceiling negotiations coming up. We talk about Benghazi. Every time the Republicans try to make a big deal out of Benghazi, it seems to blow up in their faces. Such was the case with Mitt Romney and, most recently, Charles Krauthammer, who stated that Hillary Clinton had a case of Benghazi allergy, which is why she didn’t testify in front of Congress. Bill correctly points out that Benghazi is not a scandal. Instead, it shows the difficulty in balancing what an Embassy is supposed to do – security versus being with the people. One of the things that seems to be overlooked is that President Barack Obama is now promoting a foreign-policy that is fostering democracy in many countries that once were dictatorships. (I wonder why Fox News isn’t talking about this.) Listen to this podcast. It is extremely entertaining.
I would like to thank Bill Scher for being on the show and I’d also like to thank my co-host Vonciel for tolerating my Bogarting the microphone.
POWELL: Not only am I uncomfortable with what Governor Romney is proposing for his economic plan, I have concerns about his views on foreign policy. The governor who was speaking on Monday night at the debate was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier so I’m not quite sure which governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.
O’DONNELL: What concerns do you have with governor Romney’s foreign policy?
POWELL: Well it’s hard to fix it, I mean it’s a moving target, one day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal, the same thing in Iraq and almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, governor Romney agreed with the president with some nuances but this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign and my concern which I’ve expressed previously in a public way is that sometimes I don’t sense he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have and he gets advice from his campaign staff that he then has to adjust or modify as they go along.
ROSE: Are you concerned about the people that are advising governor Romney?
POWELL: I think there are some very very strong neoconservative views that are presented by the governor that I have some trouble with.
Sununu has proven that he has lost touch with reality. So he goes on CNN and says that Colin Powell’s thoughtful support of the President is hogwash. It is all about the fact that Obama is Black. If Obama was White and saved the country from a depression and had saved the auto industry and took out Bin Laden than that would have been nothing.
Romney continues to have a loose affiliation with the truth. I love this “women in binders” comment. We found out that Mitt didn’t go out and demand to have women in his cabinet. So, let’s look at Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. If Romney truly wanted to hire minorities and women, Bain was his company. Had he wanted it to happen, it would have. Guess what? It didn’t happen.
To me, it is clear that Mitt Romney doesn’t have any foreign policy chops. Look for Romney to try to continue to push the Libya situation during the Monday night debate. It is critical for Barack Obama put an end to all of the discussion over Libya. Obama has the intelligence. He needs to make this happen.
In advance of Monday’s presidential debate, Obama for America is laying out Mitt Romney’s five easy steps for crafting foreign policy in a new video. By following this simple plan, Romney is sure to be a blundering success.
Step 1: Get the facts wrong;
Step 2: Undermine long-lasting relationships with your allies;
Step 3: Frequently highlight your lack of experience;
Step 4: Assemble a team of ideologues committed to endless war;
Step 5: Mistake your enemies (“C’mon, Mitt…think!”).
That’s it: five easy steps to successfully lead America on the world stage – blunder by blunder.