The major problem with Obama’s policy is that it is a progressive policy. By being nice to our enemies, and hateful to our friends, our enemies will supposedly come to love us. This policy has been tried from time to time over the last several thousand years, particularly by Christians towards Muslims over the last thousand years, with entirely predictable results. Though doubtless sincerely believed, it has in practice a suspicious resemblance to the elite selling out their subjects to their enemies, has a suspicious resemblance to the far against near alliance so characteristic of leftism, wherein the rulers, in pursuit of power over the ruled, destroy the polity that they rule.
In the latter days of the Roman republic, there was a civil war between optimates and populares The populares wanted a democratic Rome, a more democratic Roman empire, and the redistribution of wealth from rich to poor. In the final stages of the war, they allied with the Samnites. The Samnites wanted a permanent and total end to the Roman empire, and proposed to attain it by destroying Rome and killing everyone therein, or perhaps merely all adult males therein, and came mighty close to doing so. I suppose the Samnite cause was just, and most moderns would argue that the cause of the Populares was just, but the Samnite/Populare alliance was a grotesque and extraordinary act of treason by the Populares. The Populares undoubtedly believed that their plans for a more democratic Roman empire ought to be popular with the Samnites, and acted as if their plan was popular with the Samnites but the Samnites did not like the Roman empire and did not care whether it was Optimate or Populare, making the alliance entirely one sided. The Populares were allied with the Samnites, but the Samnites were not really allied with the Populares.
Our elite’s foreign policy resembles the Populare foreign policy.
So what is Romney’s critique of Obama’s foreign policy?
The only point where he has substantial disagreement with Obama is that he promises firm support for Israel.
He tells us:
The Arab Spring presented an opportunity to help move millions of people from oppression to freedom
equating voting with freedom, and neglecting to wonder if our enemies voting is a good thing.