Mitt Romney doesn’t know squat about foreign policy.

Rachel Maddow…congrats to the lucky woman who marries her.  They can have all my jealousy as a wedding gift.

And Paul Ryan isn’t better.  You know that sequestration bill that Maddow brought up?  Paul Ryan hated it!  He even chastised Joe Biden for it in the Vice Presidential debate.

“Of all the things that Mitt Romney and I differ, disagree with President Obama – we need a strong military!” Ryan said. “We believe in peace through strength. We believe that when America’s military is strong, America is safer.

“These defense cuts that he is promising, these devastating defense cuts that he is promising not only undermine our peace, not only undermine our security, they compromise jobs right here,” he said.

But he didn’t hate it quite as much…when he was voting for it.

“The Budget Control Act represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy. I applaud Speaker Boehner’s leadership in stopping tax increases on job creators, rejecting President Obama’s demands for a blank check to keep borrowing, and advancing real spending cuts and controls.

When he was voting for it he was reigning in out-of-control spending.  In the VP debate though, it was all about how Obama wants to weaken our military.

And remember in the VP debate where Ryan was trying to pin Biden down on the shooting in Libya?  The Romney/Ryan ticket’s reaction to that event underscored their complete cluelessness with regards to foreign policy.

Mitt Romney was quick to denounce President Obama’s reaction to the violent protests in Libya that left US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others dead.

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” Romney said in a statement late Tuesday night, the Washington Post reported. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

But this reveals an ignorance of what is going on internationally.  The response Romney was citing was not put out by the President, but rather by the US embassy in Cairo.  What’s more, it was in response condemning disrespect for the religious beliefs of the Muslims in the area, not the Libya shooting.  In fact, it couldn’t have addressed the Libya shootings because it was released before the shooting took place.  This is about what we’d expect from a candidate who, in a brief stint in the UK earlier this year, managed to insult and alienate our closest ally.

This is just compounded by Romney lying about his interactions with Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, capitalizing on his death to further Romney’s campaign.  At least he had the minimal amount of integrity (or unwillingness to commit political suicide) to stop lying about him when Doherty’s mother jumped his case for it.

“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” Barbara Doherty said.

Yet, what percentage of people who love family and biblical values will vote for him anyway, regardless of his ineptitude with foreign policy and his willingness to lie about a dead man to further his agenda, but because Romney swears to love the lord?  To how many people is that one fact infinitely more important than the fact that neither Romney nor Ryan have the first fucking clue about foreign policy?

The problem isn’t with our politicians, it’s with an uninformed populace with completely messed up priorities.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Courtney C.

    I told my husband if I ever left him for anyone it would be Rachel Maddow. His response was, “Yeah, I’d be okay with that.

  • John Horstman

    To how many people is that one fact infinitely more important than the fact that neither Romney nor Ryan have the first fucking clue about foreign any policy?

    • John Horstman

      Fixed that for you.

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  • RuQu

    It’s worth bearing in mind that many people are as uninformed as they are due to a lack of quality journalism, and the over-abundance of partisan journalism.

    Obviously MSNBC leans left more than most news outlets, but that doesn’t change the fact that Maddow was doing exactly what journalists should be doing: informing the people. As she showed, Romney clearly lacks any knowledge on these topics, and apparently has no enthusiasm to learn them.

    I don’t care if you decide to run for President coming in with one specialty and central policy category you want to focus on. Once you make that decision, you need to get excited and jump in whole hog, and get up to speed on every last item. Yes it’s tough, and a lot of expectation, but you are trying to get elected “Leader of the Free World.” Did you think it would be easy?

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