What makes this all the more frustrating are polls that show no matter how much this administration moves toward a general geopolitical force that collectively contains more anti-American sentiment (and anti-Israel, as well) than rank-and-file residents of the former Soviet Union ever exhibited, many Americans do not care. That is particularly true of many Jewish voters, who in surveys support the Obama administration despite these policies.
Ironically, many who are not of the Jewish faith remain intensely devoted to an independent and free Israel and are willing to support candidates who feel the same way. And just below the surface, a suspicion, which many voters have expressed in private polling, that President Obama is friendlier to Islamic/Muslim nations and leaders than past presidents is now appearing to have some true evidence behind it.
When the Arab Spring hit last year, experts warned that the chaos that would ensue would be in the interests of more extreme and anti-U.S. forces. That is exactly what has happened.
An American ambassador is killed, and all we can say is that we basically hope that a lawless and toothless bunch in Libya can bring those responsible to justice. We turn down Israel facing a potential nuclear crisis and coddle killers with threats rather than direct action.
The fact is, don't ever tell me that Jimmy Carter was the worst president in modern history. At least he knew who the enemy was, negotiated like hell to free embassy hostages, staged a daring (if ill-fated) rescue mission in Iraq, risked the life of his close advisor Hamilton Jordan by using him as a go-between to those holding Americans hostage and even created a special operations force to respond to the types of crisis he faced as a result of what he learned.
Romney has found Obama's Achilles heel. The media want him to pay nice guy once again. That won't work. He should simply say: Mr. Obama, I remember Jimmy Carter -- and you are no Jimmy Carter. In fact, you make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill.
Matt Towery heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage. Follow him on Twitter @matttowery. To find out more about Matt Towery and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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