Talk about history repeating itself. As we endure 1979 flashbacks we also endure pusillanimous “leadership” from the White House. And in a sadly ironic twist, the empty chair is actually channeling Jimmy Carter lines from 32 years ago.
“Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later,” President Obama said in a CBS interview last night, criticizing Romney’s reaction to the embassy attack in Cairo. Romney criticized the Obama administration’s ‘apology’ in response to the attacks on the embassy and subsequent failure to condemn the attacks right away.
Obama’s remarks, however, echo frequent criticisms made by President Jimmy Carter of Ronald Reagan, then his opponent for the presidency.
Carter criticized Reagan’s views on foreign policy during his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1980, slamming Reagan for living in a “fantasy world” and noting his inability to understand the “complex global changes” in foreign policy.
“It’s a make believe world. A world of good guys and bad guys, where some politicians shoot first and ask questions later,” Carter said, “No hard choices. No sacrifice. No tough decisions. It sounds too good to be true – and it is. The path of fantasy leads to irresponsibility. The path of reality leads to hope and peace.”
Reagan’s reality led to our hostages coming home as he was inaugurated and later the collapse of the Evil Empire. Obama’s fecklessness has led our enemies to use him like a punching bag.
Let’s hope history repeats itself November 6. The alternative is not a pretty prospect.