Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Foreign Affairs

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have articles in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, covering America’s international role.

Both candidates support expanding the military: Obama adding about 100,000 troops, Romney adding the same number and spending a minimum 4% of GDP on defense spending. 

On Climate Change:

Obama: “As president, I intend to enact a cap-and-trade system that will dramatically reduce our carbon emissions.”

Romney: “Moreover, even as scientists still debate how much human activity impacts the environment, we can all agree that alternative energy sources will be good for the planet.”

Does Mitt Romney believe in climate change?  A search for climate change on his site revealed nothing.  A search for global warming showed one hit, a press release saying “some in the Republican party are embracing the radical environmental ideas of the liberal left”.  So, if climate change is the idea of the liberal left, it is also the idea of the national science academies of the G8 nations plus Brazil, India, and China, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the American Association of State Climatologists, the American Meteorological Society, the U.S. National Research Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many, many other organizations. 

On Iraq:

Obama: “The best chance we have to leave Iraq a better place is to pressure these warring parties to find a lasting political solution. And the only effective way to apply this pressure is to begin a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces, with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008 — a date consistent with the goal set by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. This redeployment could be temporarily suspended if the Iraqi government meets the security, political, and economic benchmarks to which it has committed.”

Romney: “But walking away now or dividing Iraq up into parts and walking away later would present grave risks to the United States and the world. Iran could seize the Shiite south, al Qaeda could dominate the Sunni west, and Kurdish nationalism could destabilize the border with Turkey. A regional conflict could ensue, perhaps even requiring the return of U.S. troops under far worse circumstances.”


2 Responses to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Foreign Affairs

  1. Climate change is the epochal, man-made threat to planet. Man-made meaning fabricated by extremist environmentalists and delusional Democrats. If one accepts that there was an ice age, global warming is a great thing. Why is the past regarded as the optimal climate?

    Carbon emissions are offset naturally by the hydrologic cycle. It will be a cloudless day the world-over when rising sea levels will flood coastal regions around the world. Hurricanes and tsunamis flood coastal regions but sea level is not rising. The tides and other motions are confusing folks. The solids that turn to liquids toward the poles equal the liquids that turn to gas toward the equators.

  2. truthiness says:

    Norman, you’re obviously high on your own CO2 emissions.

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