Obama Rejected Cold War Policies
President’s rant against Romney about more than just “outdated” policies.
Jonah Goldberg: “Obama mocked Mitt Romney for his claim that the Russians are our ‘No. 1 geopolitical foe,’ and scoffed: ‘The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.’ That scorn looks embarrassing enough given recent events. But the truth is Obama’s hostility to Romney’s policies had little to do with them being outdated. Obama didn’t like America’s Cold War policies during the Cold War. In 1983, then-Columbia University student Obama penned a lengthy article for the school magazine placing the blame for U.S.-Soviet tensions largely on America’s ‘war mentality’ and the ‘twisted logic’ of the Cold War. President Reagan’s defense buildup, according to Obama, contributed to the ‘silent spread of militarism’ and reflected our ‘distorted national priorities’ rather than what should be our goal: a ‘nuclear free world.’ Of course, it’s unfair to put too much weight on anyone’s youthful writings. Except there’s precious little evidence his views have changed over the years.”
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