Hawkish rhetoric from Republican candidate at military college
Sounding very much like the Neo-conservative hawks he has surrounded himself with, Mitt Romney attacked Barack Obama today for not being aggressive enough militarily and urged more US ‘leadership’ on the other side of the planet. Holly Bailey has the story for Yahoo News:
Looking to bolster his foreign policy credentials in the final weeks before Election Day, Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of “passive leadership” in the Middle East….
“Hope is not a strategy,” Romney argued in a Monday morning address at the Virginia Military Institute.
…Romney argued that Obama’s policies “have not been equal to our best examples of world leadership. And nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East.” He accused the president of leading by “passivity” and said the nation is missing a “historic opportunity to win friends who share our values” by exerting a “strong global leadership.”
…Romney offered some new details on his foreign policy approach. Among other things, he called for more direct intervention in Syria, arguing that anti-government forces should have weapons. He said Obama has “failed to lead” in the region.
…His VMI speech included points he’s made before on the campaign trail, including a tougher stance against Iran and more clarity in Middle East policy. He repeated his argument that the country’s overseas leadership has diminished under Obama’s watch.
“I believe that if America does not lead, others will—others who do not share our interests and our values—and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us. America’s security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four years,” Romney said.