Buzzword Watch

BUZZWORD WATCH….Matt Yglesias watches Mitt Romney’s latest TV ad and is embarrassed by the “rank ignorance” it displays. But Romney isn’t ignorant. He’s just randomly stringing together the national security buzzwords currently required of any Republican candidate:

  • This century’s nightmare: jihadism

  • A single jihadist caliphate

  • Freedom loving nations

  • Strengthen our intelligence services

  • Increase our military

  • Monitor calls

  • Stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons

This is the foreign policy version of what Steven Pearlstein was talking about earlier on economic policy. There are no actual proposals or serious thoughts here. It’s just a puerile contest to see who can stuff the most World War IV bullets into a single 30-second spot.