GUEST EDITORIAL: Eerie Reminders of the Carter Years May Doom Obama This November

By Tom Stark
GUEST EDITORIAL:  Eerie Reminders of the Carter Years May Doom Obama This November

A couple of weeks ago as the GOP National Convention got underway in Tampa, Florida, NBC's political analyst Chuck Todd injected a thought that was, to say the least, quite a stretch. 

As the nation watched to see what kind of damage might be in store for New Orleans, Todd tried to suggest that a "pall" had been cast over the entire GOP National Convention as people remembered President Bush's performance during the early part of Hurricane Katrina, several years before.

So Todd seemed to be trying hard to curse the GOP National Convention in 2012 over a memory from seven years ago.  Mind you, that memory summoned by Todd was one that was relevant only in that the two events featured a hurricane.  Todd's whole suggestion was perhaps the most transparent attempt by a mainstream journalist to inject his own biases this election year.

The 2012 GOP National Convention passed without incident, and Todd was the only one who saw the similarities between Tampa 2012 and New Orleans in 2005.

But let's give Chuck Todd this much:  he has come across an interesting new psychological parlor game.  Let's call it "Depressing Memories" and see what other current events may have even more funk to share for today's voters.

On Tuesday of this week, voters across America viewed images from Egypt that must have struck a chord with anyone old enough to remember America's humiliation at the hands of Iran in 1979:  Islamic radicals storming an American embassy, burning the American flag in the streets, and generally being supported by a new, unfriendly government.

We predict that those kind of scenes will jar a lot more memories from the Carter Administration than anything Chuck Todd could come up with from the storms surrounding this year's GOP National Convention. 

For Presidents Carter and Obama both have had the same problem when it comes to foreign policy.  They believed it is better for America to be weak than strong.  Now, strong doesn't mean having to buy every single weapons system the military industrial complex wants.  Nor does it mean that we can't reconsider just how many bases we need in this world to defend American interests.

However, for President Obama to give the Muslim Brotherhood, the reigning power in Egypt, $1.5 billion recently, only to see our embassy attacked in Cairo this week by some of their members, well, one wonders what we're in for next.

Foreign policy has a way of rearing its ugly head during election seasons.  In 1979,  the economy was in a freefall, but Carter was still leading Reagan until the last few weeks of the campaign.  But the drip-drip-drip of the Iranian hostage crisis for 444 days was what killed Carter and put Reagan in the White House.

Whether it's dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or the mullahs in Iran with their quest for nuclear weapons, Obama certainly has seemed like the proverbial innocent abroad.  American Presidents don't do well when they are seen as easily pushed around.

Neither does America.

Look for Mitt Romney to contrast his positions with Obama's by giving clear, consistent positions that leave no doubt as to the different course he'd take as Commander in Chief.   Romney doesn't have to clarify his foreign policy that much to at least not be as murky and weak as Obama's has been.

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