Commentary By Ron Beasley
Mitt Romney is off on an international tour to prove his foreign policy credentials. Of course in Romney fashion he's avoiding most of the real international issues,
Mitt Romney travels abroad this week to polish his presidential resume. But since Romney will avoid confronting head-on the vicious sovereign debt crisis in Europe that already appears to have engulfed the American economy, the trip may seem more like a vacation.
He does not want to bring attention to the Euro crisis because in doing so would be an admission that the Euro Crisis is responsible for the problems with the US economy.
But Romney will largely steer clear of the debacle that has contributed to sluggish job growth for the past three months in the United States and a 3.72 percent drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May.
Instead, his itinerary takes him to the United Kingdom and Poland, two countries that because of their currencies-the pound and the zloty-are somewhat removed from the crisis. For a presidential hopeful stumping on his business expertise, it is potentially a squandered opening.
"Candidates do this to show they're ready for the presidential stage, but if you're not talking about the number one issue, it begs the question of what you're doing there," said Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy at the think tank Third Way.
To enforce his neocon credential he is going to Israel. That may not work out so well as the Israeli government has no desire to get involved in US domestic politics at least overtly.
Romney is also avoiding Afghanistan. He must be hawkish to please the neocons but he reads the polls and a majority of Americans want us out of that quagmire yesterday.
This road show is ill advised and Romney has nothing to gain and everyting to lose. So I say go for it Mitt!