As Fox News continues their celebration of Paul Ryan as Mr. Romney’s VP pick, commentator KT McFarland is in awe during a segment with John Roberts.
MCFARLAND: Look, it’s a brilliant foreign policy choice. Why? For three reasons.
One, you know, the biggest problem America faces, the biggest national security problem we face, according to the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the economy. If we don’t fix the economy, foreign policy is collateral damage. So first fix the economy. And people forget that my boss, Reagan, in the first Reagan term, Reagan fixed the economy. He didn’t take down the Soviet Union until the second term. So first, fix the economy.
The second thing is, America’s immediate problem in foreign policy is Israel and Iran. Now, the United States and Israel have to see eye to eye on how to deal with Iran. If they don’t see eye to eye, than Israel could be tempted to go off on its own, start a war with Iran that they can’t finish that we have to finish. The closest relationship is between Romney and Netanyahu. They’ve known each other for forty years. They are on the same page. They may not always agree, but they’re on the same page. And, you know John, as far as who’s the foreign minister of Kazakhstan, what Romney can do is appoint a blue ribbon committee of wise men. Get Henry Kissinger, who opened China, did the first Middle East negotiations. Get George Schultz, ended the Cold War. Get Jim Baker, won the first Iraq war. Have them be a wise men committee to vet whoever the foreign policy picks are for the Cabinet. So, no, this is a great foreign policy choice, because it shows that America can solve it’s problems and we’re back.
ROBERTS: Quick answer if I could ask you for it KT, this idea of American exceptionalism as well, in a talk before the Council on Foreign Relations, Paul Ryan said “Obama (the President) doesn’t think America is an exceptional nation. It’s a shame he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism.” Is this idea of America being bigger than everybody else and stronger than everybody else really play into our national security going forward?
MCFARLAND: Yeah, and John that is in fact a key point. If you look around the world and say what’s the biggest problem with the perception of America, it’s that the best days are behind us. We were a great empire, no longer. And all the Obama administration’s going to do is manage the decline. With a Romney-Ryan ticket, it’s like Reagan again! It’s like saying, we have big problems. We can solve big problems. And if the United States is the only mature democracy in the world that can do that, it sets the world on a whole new direction. I think it’s brilliant! Crooks and Liars 8/11/2012