Foreign Policy and the Election: Yes, it Matters
Earlier today Doug Mataconis asked Obama And Romney: A Dime’s Worth Of Difference On Foreign Policy?
I understand the basic point about the general direction of US foreign policy being unlikely to change under a Romney administration. However, clearly presidents matter. The Carter’s foreign policy wasn’t Reagan’s which wasn’t Bush’s which wasn’t Clinton’s which wasn’t Bush’s which wasn’t Obama’s.
Are there various themes, threads, and interests that run through the decades represented by the above list of names? This is certainly the case. However, no one is going to pretend that it didn’t matter that a given president was elected. Further, each president brings a new team. This matters as well.
One key question that is perhaps the most salient for November 2012 on the topic of foreign policy is: who will be giving the advice on Iran to the President of the United States in 2013? Which party is more likely to be populated by advisors more willing to support Israel at any cost and to behave belligerently towards Iran?
If one party is more likely to have pro-war advisors than the other then one cannot say that the election does not matter in regards to foreign policy.