I’ve decided that I’m going to write opening statements for the candidates. Everyone by now knows my political leaning, but I also like being fair, so I am doing one for both. This is what I think Obama should say. This statement times out, when I visualize Romney’s speaking style, to about 2:30 minutes.
Good evening Mr. Moderator, Governor Romney and the American people. Thank you for the opportunity to have served you for the past four years. In those four years, we have made unprecedented strides in national security and foreign policy.
Under my watch, we dealt a crippling blow to al Qaeda. We took out their leader, their guidance. We eliminated Osama bin Laden. We have dispersed al Qaeda. Driven them out of countries that harbored them, that protected them. They exist in small cells, and have not succeeded in any attacks on U.S. soil during my administration. In Iran, we have imposed some of the toughest sanctions, crippled their economy and set back their chances of obtaining a nuclear weapon. In Iraq, we have withdrawn U.S. forces and are working to withdraw forces from Afghanistan. We are ending two wars that America cannot afford to continue, despite my opponent’s insistence that they should.
We have increased drone strikes, eliminating enemies of the United States one by one. We have made our presence felt in places like Libya, where we allowed those whose security was at stake, like France, lead the campaign to stop the senseless violence in that country. We have been in a stalemate in Syria, where Russia has stalled negotiations repeatedly in imposing sanctions on Bashar al Assad.
Governor Romney will point out the tragedy of Benghazi for his own political benefit. But, for anyone to believe that someone dedicated to their country, someone who felt a personal loss with the death of those four Americans, is attempting to cover up what happened is not only absurd, but an insult to those four brave Americans. We have said, time and again, that we worked from day one with the information that was provided us. Intelligence in chaotic situations comes in bursts and has to be sorted out. It takes more than the few hours needed to make a political statement the morning after the deaths of those American citizens.
Governor Romney has said it himself. He was a governor. He was a businessman. At no point in either of those jobs does someone deal with other nations. The Governor is inexperienced, unable to determine any paths other than the ones that have already been taken. He has proposed nothing for Iran that we aren’t already doing. He wants to continue charging a nation that is having trouble financially for two wars that should have ended long ago. He has offered nothing new to change the way America works in the world.