The election debate on foreign policy
April 26th, 2012
10:49 AM ET

The election debate on foreign policy

By Ashley Killough

Vice President Joe Biden will take direct aim at presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a speech on foreign policy Thursday, according to prepared remarks released by the president's re-election campaign. "Governor Romney's national security policy would return us to the past we have worked so hard to move beyond," Biden will say in a speech at New York University.

The vice president is expected to draw a sharp contrast between the president and Romney over involvements abroad and the fight against terrorism.

"If you are looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it's pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Biden will say, repeating a line he's used in recent speeches.

As Security Clearance's Jamie Crawford noted on Monday, as the Republican candidate transitions from the long primary slog into the general election battle, his effort to cut down Obama on foreign policy and national security will sharpen. Naivety, appeasement, apologist and a menu of other unflattering descriptions are likely to be emanating from Romney's attack machine trying to cut down the president's perceived advantage on foreign policy. The president and his campaign team will be doing their best to ensure that advantage is maintained.

Read more preview of Biden's speech on CNN's Political Ticker

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  1. obama leans into arm pit of russia to ask favour

    the answer to this question should be asked tomorrow when north korea test a nuke ?

    April 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • trish contreras

      it is really pathetic the way cnn is a stooge mouthpiece for the gop.they lambast john edwards, while mark sanford(the trailblazer) john ensign(my parents got you baby)and newt gingrich(can we have a open marriage baby) get little or no notice.think people,black people do not notice this?think again.

      April 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • gideon

      Israel needs to be the focus here.

      We are facing destruction from Iran, but you still stuff burgers in your fat American faces…


      Have you forgotten what happened to us in WW2???

      If you Americans withdraw support,or betray Israel, I’m quite sure my nation will take you down with us. The Jews are sick of taking shittt.

      Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • Unknown

        look what I wrote on your other posts

        April 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
      • gideon

        Look wat I wrote on your moms ass 😉

        April 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
      • Peace Keeper

        idiot troll.

        April 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  2. Clinton

    I think the question in my mind is, how does the Republican candidate view foreign policy at this time... I honestly think worst case scenario is he has a similar view as Bush's administration. We have a lot of enemies in the world this is true, but the Bush administration took the hardline stance of "if you're not with us you're against us" Well that put a lot of people who were straddling the fence, on the other side of it... we lost a lot of country's respect and trust over that... Throughout his term, we were hated by more and more people... i think it's been rebounding slowly under Obama who has been adament about using all other means to work with foreign country's besides force or threats of force. Iran being one exception for various reasons. Personally, i don't have a solid idea of Romney's foreign policy ideas... he has kept a lot of what he plans to do if he were elected quiet.... That's one of my biggest worries about the man... he hasn't proclaimed positions on a lot of things... the only thing i know about Romney on Foreign policy is he believes strongly that we should keep military options on the table against Iran... something the President already said he's doing... so... i honestly don't know how they differ at all at this point.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • Stan

      @Clinton, fair analysis but I think you underweighted a big part. Yes, both force and diplomacy are instruments of national power and you can say Bush too quickly resorted to force. “War is an extension of politics by other means,” informed Carl von Clausewitz: There’s a point at which the parties have bargained to impasse and there’s nothing left to talk about so force is employed to achieve what is subjectively perceived by the CinC as a vital national interest. But when do you arrive at that point? Like with Iran, when do we end the charade of negotiations and switch tracks to the use of force? And getting that point wrong has big consequences.

      Now, to me here’s what you missed: The persuasiveness of diplomacy derives not from the soundness or logic of your position. It derives from power, military and economic. You can negotiate all day long, but if you can’t enforce it with credible power projection, it’s just talky talky. Obama has unquestionably extraordinarily diminished both American military and economic power. You say our reputation is rebounding. The opinion surveys I’ve seen vary on other country’s favorable opinion of us, but they all concur that America is a declining power. We are not negotiating from a position of strength.

      Example: Over two million southern Sudanese were slaughtered in their civil war. Bush, from a position of strength, engaged all parties and negotiated the separation of North and South Sudan. That peace process abruptly ended with Obama, and look now how the North has invaded and resumed the slaughter. Obama’s response? A strongly worded letter. Ooooo, oooo, Look at me, I’m really scared, says North Sudan. Obama may be liked, but he is not respected and not negotiating from a position of strength.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  3. shivadass


    It's time to wake up.
    Our world depends on it!

    April 26, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply

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