Frank Gaffney

The poster child for such accommodation could be Omar Abdul Rahman, the jihadist cleric serving a life-sentence for fomenting multiple terrorist plots in this country, including the first conspiracy to destroy the World Trade Center in 1993. The Muslim Brotherhood's Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has demanded the release of the so-called "Blind Sheikh" and Mr. Romney could usefully announce that if he's president, Abdul Rahman will die in American prison, period - and call on Mr. Obama to say the same.

The American people need to have President Obama clarify his stance on another front, as well. In March 2012, he was overheard conveying a promise to Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin that he would have "more flexibility after my last election." Mr. Romney can helpfully establish whether, as seems likely, that would translate into: an even more aggressive effort to pursue U.S. nuclear disarmament (unilaterally, if necessary); concessions constraining missile defenses; and acquiescence to Kremlin efforts to assert Russia's authority worldwide, at America's expense. He can show that, while we have engaged in such restraint in the name of "resetting" relations, Putin is comprehensively modernizing the Russian nuclear arsenal, conducting exercises simulating its use against us and undermining U.S. interests around the globe.

Governor Romney must also show how President Obama has failed to warn of, let alone effectively counter, the rising power of Communist China. This is not simply a question of currency manipulation. The PRC is also investing in: a massive military build-up of highly threatening nuclear forces - including, for example, four new long-range missiles and 3,000 miles of tunnels known as the Underground Great Wall in which to hide them; anti-space capabilities; and advanced conventional weaponry (notably, two new stealth aircraft). At the same time, it is threatening war with our ally, Japan, and claiming sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea.

Mr. Obama's response is a so-called "pivot" to Asia. The Republican challenger can point out that this is seen by Beijing for what it is: the unresourced - and, therefore, meaningless - machinations of a paper tiger. No matter how many times Obama-Biden say it, America's military leaders are not in favor of the sorts of budget cuts that are validating such perceptions by eviscerating our defenses and especially our power-projection capabilities.

Governor Romney has already taken President Obama to task for declaring that he does not regard Venezuela's rabidly anti-American dictator as a threat. Now that Chavez has engineered his reelection, we are likely to see even more evidence of how wrong Team Obama is in discounting the danger posed by a regime that has: turned Venezuela into a despotically misruled and dangerous armed camp; forged alliances with Iran, China, Russia, Cuba, Hamas, Hezbollah and other foes of the United States and brought to power like-minded proxies throughout the region; and agreed to place in Venezuela Iranian missiles capable of reaching the United States.

In the course of the 2008 election, Barack Obama famously declared that he was going to "fundamentally transform the United States" by, among other things, redistributing wealth. He has, since gaining the presidency, pursued another, less-recognized transformational agenda: Call it redistributing American power. A recent poll sponsored by the Foreign Policy Initiative suggests the voters overwhelmingly reject such a practice. By focusing on the foregoing, winning issues in the remaining days of this campaign, Governor Romney can enlist - and deserve - their support.

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
 
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