Editor: New York Times writer David Sanger reported Oct. 8 that Mitt Romney’s approach to foreign affairs in the Middle East, according to his foreign policy director, Alex Wong, is “the restoration of a strategy that served us well for 70 years.”

Romney claims repeatedly, in his critique of President Obama, that hope is not a strategy; does he believe that nostalgia is? Does he think that a policy that tolerated the leadership of dictators over many decades could or should endure?

Neglecting to take into account that the Arab Spring, whether it is good news or bad news for us, is a signal that things have changed — is either naïve or, more likely, cynical. If that “back to the good old days” approach is not alarming, what is?

We need a president with the vision and courage to address current events with an eye to their consequences for the future — not to  turn back the clock on an era that is no longer with us.  The good old days were, in fact, not very good for the millions of people who lived with none of the rights and responsibilities that we enjoy.

I am disappointed in us — the American people — who leapt onto the Romney bandwagon after the first debate. No matter that he was a different person from what he was the day before or certainly from who he is when he speaks to his base. We cannot afford a leader whose judgment and rhetoric change from day to day — and we cannot be party to turning back the clock.

We are moving forward, thanks to President Obama, who rescued us from the economic abyss and brings wisdom and integrity to what is probably the most challenging job in the world. We need him more than ever.

Times-Tribune Publication Date: October 16, 2012 

No turning back