Foreign policy hasn't figured much in the presidential campaign, which is lucky for Mitt Romney.
With scant foreign policy experience, Romney has had trouble projecting himself as a statesman. His foreign policy statements have veered from vague to disturbingly hawkish.
So this week, he's off to Europe and Israel in hopes of burnishing his image as the future leader of the "free world." Unfortunately, the world Romney seeks to lead no longer exists.
Romney's foreign affairs statements have a Rip Van Winkle quality, as if he had just emerged from a sleep of two decades. His cold war language suits the bipolar world of the 20th century, not the current era.
One telling example: Earlier this year, he made the stunning claim that Russia was "our number-one geopolitical foe," prompting former Secretary of State Colin Powell to comment, "C'mon, Mitt, think. That isn't the case." Read more;