Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate yielded unflattering criticisms towards the current administration’s approach to national security, care of Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. However, in true gentlemen fashion, President Obama brushed off Mitt Romney’s comments the next evening, calling Mitt Romney’s comments oversimplification and saying that anyone that engages in such talk regarding the issue “is either politicking or doesn’t know what they’re talking about”.
Mitt Romney boldly claimed that “[Obama's] biggest foreign policy failure is Iran [and that] if [Obama] is re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon”, a charge that is easily refuted when examining Obama’s track record for maintaining the highest levels of national security both nationally and abroad, with the most active (not to mention effective) offensive on Al-Qaeda since the war on terror started.
Over the past three years of Obama’s first presidential term, he only landed crushing blows to several top Al Qaeda officials, ordered crippling drone attacks on the Taliban and Al Qaeda and even brought America the bounty that took ten years and three Presidential terms to fulfill; Osama Bin Laden.
So when criticizing Obama’s track record, we should all be clear of what we’re examining; the track record of an effective and influential leader that has done his best to protect the security and safety of an entire nation, without becoming the most hated leader in American history in foreign countries, a mistake that was egregiously made by his predecessor, George W. Bush.