Republican hawks don’t understand why they’re losing on foreign policy because they can’t admit that Obama isn’t Carter and they can’t or won’t acknowledge that the Iraq war was a debacle. They also don’t realize that their reputation is in tatters because of their own Carter-like administration, and it isn’t helped by their belligerent Dukakis-like nominee. So they’re stuck drawing strained comparisons to the hostage crisis that even they probably don’t find credible.
That generation of neocons experienced 1980 as an epiphany. They keep trying to relive it. They have largely ceased thinking about foreign policy seriously since then, except as an extension of the global hegemony the collapse of the Soviet Union dangled in front of their twitchy fingers. They have simply erased the Bush-Cheney catastrophe from memory. They have learned nothing. And they think Americans have learned nothing either. Dumb and contemptuous of the American public: a good description of the Romney campaign.