Mitt Romney’s speech at VMI (full text at the link courtesy of Current) on foreign policy has been widely condemned as vague and lacking in substance, sort of like the man who gave it. But the speech is also full of suggestions and criticisms of the Obama administration that are simply not realistic. The speech is Romney’s “Mission Impossible,” only without the cool theme music and also without a prayer of being actually achievable short of launching a series of 5 wars. I’ve decided that my initial assumption that a businessman of Romney’s experience must know something about the world was dead wrong. Apparently it is possible to sit in cushy big offices in companies like Bain, and to remain completely ignorant of foreign affairs. Romney’s speeches are all just a replaying for us of the prejudices of CEOs when they play golf together and complain vaguely about the Chinese, Russians, Arabs, and so forth. Or, maybe Romney has gotten so many campaign contributions from arms manufacturers that he can’t help see foreign affairs through the lens of new wars he wants to fight.Cole then lists Romney's Five Wars and discusses each. It's an interesting look into Romney's thinking on foreign policy. It's not something I want to see brought to fruition by his election.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Something To Think About Other Than Poll #s
One of the commenters I like the most is Professor Juan Cole. He has a wonderful column today about a speech Romney gave recently on US foreign policy at VMI. This is just the first paragraph of Cole's column: