Without a crystal ball … it seems very difficult to tell exactly how they’d be different — or which future would be better.
- They’ve both shown a capacity to directly and unapologetically contradict their previous rhetoric with their actions. Would President Obama be more or less willing than President Romney to wage war on Iran without congressional approval? There really is no way to know.
- There is substantial bipartisan overlap in foreign policy. Obama kept Robert Gates and David Petraeus around. Would Romney keep David Petraeus and Leon Panetta? Although Obama opposed the Iraq war, his secretary of state supported it, as did many congressional Democrats and liberal pundits. Are Republicans or Democrats souring most on Afghanistan? It’s sometimes hard to tell. And isn’t Romney likely to continue Obama’s drone war?
- A lot of our current policies are secret, so we can’t even air them and press the candidates for their respective stands. What measures has the United States taken inside Iran to harm its nuclear program? What are we really telling Israel behind closed doors? In how many countries have our drones assassinated alleged terrorists? We don’t know the answers to these questions.
For more on this story, visit: Obama vs. Romney: Unknowable Foreign-Policy Differences – Conor Friedersdorf – Politics – The Atlantic.