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How safe would we all be with Mitt Romney on the nuclear trigger?

Half a century later, it still is and, even in the academic colloquy over the Missile Crisis, doubts arise about the fitness of Mitt Romney to follow in JFK’s footsteps.

As Mitt Romney blusters about confrontations with China, Iran and other adversaries, his sound-bite posturing may be effective in debates, campaign ads and comic relief, but how safe would we be if he moved into the Oval Office?

Romney on the Nuclear Trigger: How Safe? http://themoderatevoice.com/164729/romney-on-the-nuclear-trigger-how-safe/ Oct 19, 2012 by ROBERT STEIN At Harvard today scholars commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 13 days when the world held its breath in the shadow of a nuclear war that John F. Kennedy said could have led to “ultimate destruction of the human race.”

In interviews afterward, the President told me, “Too many people want to blow up the world…In Cuba, a lot of people thought we should take more drastic action. I think we did the right thing. More drastic action would have increased the possibility of nuclear exchange. The real question now is to meet conflicts year after year without having to escalate.”

Half a century later, it still is and, even in the academic colloquy over the Missile Crisis, doubts arise about the fitness of Mitt Romney to follow in JFK’s footsteps.
“Of the two candidates this year,” one Harvard scholar asks, “does
Obama or Romney have the better command of history, coolness under
pressure, and good sense to make the right choice for all of us when
the next crisis occurs?
“Obama has demonstrated some of these qualities in his adept isolation
of Iran, his largely skillful handling of the Arab uprisings, and his
bridge-building to allies and partners that has rebuilt U.S.
credibility in Europe, especially.
“Romney’s big foreign policy speech…illuminated the challenge he has
had in making an impact in foreign policy. His back-to-the-future
evocation of American leadership seems right for the Cold War but not
nearly sophisticated enough for our very different 21st-century
world.”
As Mitt Romney blusters about confrontations with China, Iran and other adversaries, his sound-bite posturing may be effective in debates, campaign ads and comic relief, but how safe would we be if he moved into the Oval Office?
Two years ago, in putting Tehran “on notice,” President Obama invoked
the carrot-and-stick formula JFK used and, just as Kennedy ignored
military advice to “bomb Cuba back into the Stone Age,” rejected the
notion of “victory” in today’s crisis.

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October 20, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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