Skip to comments.Flashback: Obama’s debate zinger on Romney’s ’1980s’ foreign policy (video)
Posted on 03/21/2014 11:09:16 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
Seven months later, during their debate showdown, Obama was ready with a zinger.
First, however, he mischaracterized Romneys original point. Governor Romney, Im glad that you recognize that al-Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked whats the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaeda, Obama said. That was wrong, as there is a difference between threat and foe. During the debate, Romney called Obama on this error, emphasizing he was talking about Russia at the United Nations.
Russia, I indicated, is a geopolitical foe. Not Excuse me. Its a geopolitical foe, and in the same paragraph I said, and Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again.
For the purposes of the debate, such subtleties apparently did not matter. Obama offered a jab that spawned approving headlines: The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold Wars been over for 20 years .When it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s, and the economic policies of the 1920s.
The Bottom Line
Obamas comment on the 1980s was clearly a planned zinger. In the wake of the Crimea standoff, odds are the anonymous author of that line is not eager to be identified. But it probably seemed like a clever idea at the time.
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