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The president's foreign policy, in my opinion, is formed in part by a perception he has that his magnetism, and his charm, and his persuasiveness is so compelling that he can sit down with people like Putin and Chavez and Ahmadinejad and that they'll find that we're such wonderful people that they'll go on with us, and they'll stop doing bad things. And it's an extraordinarily naive perception.
Right. Silly, naive President Obama. Doesn't he understand that real Americans don't even care about foreign policy in the first place? And that charm and magnetism is for suckers? Heck, that's why totally-not-extraordinarily-naive Mitt Romney, while in England for a photo-op, made sure to show the president how it's done by insulting the country's security measure in place for the Olympics, thereby causing an international riff for which Mitt "Never apologize for anything" Romney had to apologize; complimenting the "backside" of 10 Downing Street, which might have been intended to be charming, until you realize saying "nice ass" isn't very presidential; and so thoroughly insulting the entire country that British conservatives called him "worse than Sarah Palin."

At least no one accused him of being charming! But that's just his plan for how to deal with our friends and allies, apparently. He'll be taking a much bolder approach with our not-friends. In fact, when Mitt Romney is—pause to laugh—president, he'll call those countries names like "currency manipulator" and "cheater," except in more complicated situations, where the obvious not-extraordinarily-naive move is to simply "recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it."

Do nothing and hope something will change? Who's being naive, Mitt?

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM PDT.

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