Note to GOP Field: Braggadocio Is Not Leadership
Playground antics come to mind when watching the remaining
True, their jabs at each other are far more memorable, and injurious. As when
However, when the candidates do set aside taunting each other and focus on their real opponent,
"I'm tougher than he is," they want you to know. And no topic sets them off quite like foreign policy, as evidenced
by the comments during a recent debate in
The president as a foreign policy wimp?
The truth is, this
It's a clown car wobbling down the road. For a while, it seemed, a new frontrunner popped out every month or so, to the surprise and delight of the audience. Santorum is the last clown, and he and Romney are busy running around the vehicle, trading turns in the shotgun seat.
But the wheels appear in danger of coming off completely. Some within
Desperation also explains the playground braggadocio. Here's the thing about bullies: they tend to be the kids with the lowest self-esteem. They never turn out to be the powerhouses they pretend to be.
Paul conceded that his usual arguments against rushing to use military force have fallen on deaf ears. He's right. When it comes to dealing with conflict abroad, moral reasoning and constitutional arguments don't seem to cut much ice with Republican voters. (Nor do simple appeals to prudence.) So Paul made a fiscal argument, pointing out the crippling costs of war to the budget.
He also noted that he is the only one of the four candidates with any military experience. That's telling.
Obama had no military experience before becoming president, but now he knows the responsibility of being commander-in-chief. He's walked silently amongst the coffins of U.S. service members as they arrive at
The day after the
This is a real-world problem the president must solve. It's not the sort of thing that can be dismissed with the bombast we see on display in the
Bluffing that you are the bigger bully is not the place from which a true commander in chief would ever start.
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