WHAT WILL ROMNEY'S TOUR ACHIEVE?
That can be anybody's guess.
Mitt Romney, the presupposed candidate for the 2012 presidential election, is in a bind, when it comes to seriously, relevant foreign matters; and so, he is to take off on a visit to far away places and deliver pre-packaged speeches to make him look like he has an "enormous knowledge" of foreign affairs.
His handlers are pushing for this "foreign tour" so badly, they will want him to start on the trip by going to the London Olympic games, and then to other European and Middle East countries; thus visiting places such as Israel, Poland and Germany, to rub shoulders with world leaders that he knows nothing of; .....and even if he does, they have never discussed any serious topics with him, but just being friendly and culuturally platonic.
The substance of the trip is more important to the American people than just having photo-opportunity sessions around the globe for propaganda, in view of the November general election; and that is whether Romney has any quality ideas to contribute to the numerous conversations between him and these world leaders. Will they (conversations) be detailed; and what will come out of them? Will they benefit America? The point is that he is not in position to represent the country; no, not as yet.
Nobody will deny that he is rich and famous, and that he has traveled widely to broaden his outlook in so many ways over the years, but when it comes to foreign affairs, a person with just a tourist frame of mind is not what America is looking for, in view of the intricate matters, comprising of nuclear proliferation, world sea lanes to be free, holding back insurgencies to stop terror attacks at home and abroad...etc., etc.
President Barack Obama is already in the business of taking on the responsibilities of doing all those things almost succinctly; and his record speaks for itself. He is trusted in world circles as a strong advocate for peace; and though he will use diplomacy and sanctions to curb Iran, or convince China to relent its trade restrictions, or resist North Korea from creating disturbances to destabilize the Far East and making unnecessary threats to America's allies, Japan and South Korea....his fortitude to use force is clearly defined in his actions; like Libya.
Romney's associates and conservative pundits are only interested in the candidate making good impressions; and so they are urging him to go to Afghanistan as well,
“I think it would be nice if he went to Afghanistan,” Kristol said. “I think it would be nice if he visited the troops defending the country. I think it would be nice if he went in a very apolitical way.” (Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard).
And making such statements like,
"The trip to London provides Romney with the chance to both reinforce America’s “special relationship” with the United Kingdom and to remind voters of his leadership role in rescuing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City." (Politico.com, 7/06/12). WHAT?
All those are salacious plans to bamboozle the American electorate to get Romney elected in the United States as president, when for months, he has been harping on the notion that the country's jammed economy is his first priority. He will fix it and create jobs uncountable.
Now his campaign officials are going to switch his image and make him into a foreign policy expert, just by asking him to go to places on a mere visit, and probably bad mouth President Obama.
The only part of his itinerary that will be exceptional will be for him to meet the troops of the U.S and its allies in Afghanistan, and to thank them for protecting people like him, who will allow none of his sons to join the military. Abolishing "the draft" will have been marked in his mind for many years, because of his family.
The problem will be, if Americans will fail to see the shenanigans that the Republicans are anxious to put them through to get them to vote for their candidate. They are drawing all kinds of inferences, including the Poles being annoyed with Obama for meeting with Medvedev, the former Russian leader, and again he (Obama) being at odds with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the European financial crisis. (Politico.com, 7/06/12).
The truth is that they have a lousy candidate, who is acutely narrow minded, and will outsource jobs to foreign lands, to push him on the American people; but the question is, will all the confusion they are creating work?
Many people will doubt that. Why? Because the American people will choose a president, who is in the know, and not just one with vast fortunes; for they are more important than just one single, isolated person; (With or having North Korea in mind).
P.S. Reagan and Obama have traveled abroad before they assumed the presidency, separately though; but times have changed. It will be better to tour Harlem and Watts, by Romney.