As he begins a weeklong trip to Britain, Israel and Poland designed to burnish his foreign policy credentials, Mitt Romney is offering a critique of President Obama's military and diplomatic policies that is long on bluster and short on detailed disagreements.
So far, he has provided mostly hyperbole, broad and vague criticisms, and cheap shots. In a speech Tuesday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, for instance, he said that Obama had "given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due." He revived the canard that Obama has been traipsing around the world apologizing for America and accused the president of lecturing Israel, undermining its position and speaking "as if our closest ally in the Middle East was the problem."
"If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your president," Romney told the veterans. "You have that president today."
But the devil is in the details, and Romney was frugal with them. True, there has been some friction between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as there has been between American and Israeli leaders in the past. But Romney's indictment of Obama as unfriendly to Israel was almost comically over the top. No less deceptive was his suggestion that national security was threatened by "Obama's massive defense cuts," a reference to planned across-the-board spending cuts agreed to as part of last year's bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling.