Mitt Romney's hawkish foreign policy plan: A substitute for experience?
In a speech at The Citadel military college in South Carolina Friday, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney outlined a muscular foreign policy and national security plan.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has laid out a hawkish foreign policy and national security plan for what he calls an “American Century.”Skip to next paragraph
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Speaking at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, S.C., Mr. Romney sought both to distinguish himself from President Obama and to place himself ahead of his GOP rivals. His speech marked a more detailed foreign policy statement than any other candidate in the Republican primary race has made so far.
“In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world,” he said. “In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world.”
Among other things, Romney proposes to:
- Add 100,000 new troops to US forces.
- Increase military spending.
- Increase the rate of the Navy's shipbuilding program from nine to 15 vessels per year.
- Station a large aircraft carrier group in the Persian Gulf to put pressure on Iran.
- Strengthen alliances with the United Kingdom, Israel, and Mexico.
Romney’s speech, delivered on the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, comes as the United States faces major national security and diplomatic challenges around the world, including the continuing threat of terrorist attack despite the weakening of al Qaeda, the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran, and of course two wars that have kept US forces in a combat role for the longest period in the nation’s history.
Perhaps acknowledging his lack of expertise, Romney Thursday announced what amounts to a shadow National Security Council – a group of 22 advisers, many of them with years of experience in Republican administrations. Among them are former CIA Director Michael Hayden, and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.