When I first saw excerpts from the critique of Mitt Romney's foreign policy that Joe Biden is delivering today, they seemed easy to dismiss as hyperbolic campaign rhetoric. Biden warns that Romney would take us "back to a foreign policy that would have America go it alone, shout to the world you're either with us or against us." Surely Mitt Romney isn't surrounding himself with foreign policy advisers who are that primitive!
Then, in the same AP story that previewed those excerpts, I saw that "Richard Williamson, a top Romney foreign policy adviser," recently said, "We should not be playing 'Mother, may I?' about sanctions on Iran and relations with China and Russia." And I thought, "Hmmm... primitive!"
It's true, as alleged by Williamson, that Obama has consulted with other nations on sanctions against Iran. It's also true that he has tried to maintain good relations with China and Russia. Indeed, these two facts are related: Obama has sought--and gotten--support for a potent United Nations sanctions regime against Iran. Naturally, this involved consulting with other members of the UN Security Council. It certainly involved consulting with--and maintaining at least minimally good relations with--China and Russia, since they, like the US, France, and Britain, have veto power in the Security Council.