Dear Mitt Romney, About that WSJ piece. Part 1.

Dear Mitt Romney,

About that WSJ piece. I don’t write to you often, I know you’re really slammed right now. But listen:

•Events in the Middle East aren’t “disturbing.” There is a tide sweeping across the region that has the potential to change the world as we know it.

•What’s happening there cannot be summarized as “major issues,” these are potentially cataclysmic events.

•Sure, Obama isn’t protecting “our people or our allies.” We know that. What would you do?

•We need “a new strategy toward the Middle East.” Damn straight. What is it?

•We do need to restore our “credibility with Iran.” How?

•Yes, we need to use the “full spectrum of our soft power to encourage liberty and opportunity” in the Middle East. What specific tools do you mean?

•“[K]eeping the peace requires American strength in all of its dimensions.” So true. How?

It’s not enough to say that Barack Obama is bequeathing to his successor a world less safe, less prosperous, and less American than the one we enjoyed four years ago. Americans want to elect a man with more than simply the vision to note that his opponent stinks. What’s yours?

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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