Friday, June 1, 2007

Mitt Romney: True Strength for America

The Romney Vision:Confront Radical Islam Globally,

Truly Transform Our Foreign Policy


Gov. Romney Stresses The Importance Of Winning In Iraq And Defeating Radical Islam Globally. "


The congressional debate in Washington has largely, and myopically, focused on whether troops should be redeployed from Iraq to Afghanistan, as if these were isolated issues. Yet the jihad is much broader than any one nation, or even several nations. … The jihadist threat is the defining challenge of our generation and is symptomatic of a range of new global realities." (Gov. Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)



Gov. Romney Will Truly Transform Washington's Foreign Policy Practices And Capabilities.


“We need to fundamentally change the cultures of our civilian agencies and create dynamic, flexible, and task-based approaches that focus on results rather than bureaucracy. … For every region, one civilian leader should have authority over and responsibility for all the relevant agencies and departments, similar to the single military commander who heads U.S. Central Command." (Gov. Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)



Gov. Romney Will Increase The Military By 100,000 Troops And Commits Specific Funding To Do So.


"We need to increase our investment in national defense. This means adding at least 100,000 troops and making a long-overdue investment in equipment, armament, weapons systems, and strategic defense. … [W]e are going to need at least an additional $30–$40 billion annually over the next several years to modernize our military, fill gaps in troop levels, ease the strain on our National Guard and Reserves, and support our wounded soldiers. … The next president should commit to spending a minimum of four percent of GDP on national defense." (Gov. Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)



Gov. Romney Believes We Must Become Truly Energy Independent For Our National Security.


"We need to initiate a bold, far-reaching research initiative – an energy revolution – that will be our generation's equivalent of the Manhattan Project or the mission to the moon. It will be a mission to create new, economical sources of clean energy and clean ways to use the sources we have now. … It will be good for our national defense, it will be good for our foreign policy, and it will be good for our economy." (Gov. Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)



Gov. Romney Believes We Must Revitalize and Strengthen Our Alliances.


"The inaction, if not the breakdown, of many Cold War institutions has made many Americans skeptical of multilateralism . . . But such failures should not obscure the fact that the United States' strength is amplified when it is combined with the strength of other nations. … [W]here institutions are fundamentally incapable of meeting a new generation of challenges, the United States does not have to go it alone. Instead, we must examine where existing alliances can be strengthened and reinvigorated and where new alliances need to be forged." (Gov. Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)



Gov. Romney Believes In A Bright Future For The World And Opportunities For American Leadership.


"We are a unique nation, and there is no substitute for our leadership. The difficulties we face in Iraq should neither cause us to lose faith in the United States' strength and role in the world nor blind us to the new challenges we face. Our future and that of generations to come depend on our resolve to move beyond the divisiveness in Washington today and unite America and our allies to confront a new generation of global challenges." (Gov. Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)


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