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Oh my here we go again. Romney's vision for 'an American century'. From CNN this morning.

One day after President Barack Obama referred to the jobs crisis in America as "an emergency", GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver his first major foreign policy speech, sharply criticizing the president while laying out his own vision for what he calls "An American Century" including calling for increased military spending.

In an advance draft of his planned remarks he'll deliver before cadets at The Citadel in Charleston, Romney is expected to lay out his vision that combines economic and military strength, noting that "God did not create this country to be a nation of followers."

"This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world."

If this sounds familiar it should, in fact Romney has apparently lifted his foreign policy vision whole from the Project for a New American Century, a group founded in 1997 which published its Statement of Principles four years before that vision was enabled by 9/11. Signatories and key extracts under the cruller.

First the signatories:
Elliott Abrams    Gary Bauer    William J. Bennett    Jeb Bush
Dick Cheney    Eliot A. Cohen    Midge Decter    Paula Dobriansky    Steve Forbes
Aaron Friedberg    Francis Fukuyama    Frank Gaffney    Fred C. Ikle
Donald Kagan    Zalmay Khalilzad    I. Lewis Libby    Norman Podhoretz
Dan Quayle    Peter W. Rodman    Stephen P. Rosen    Henry S. Rowen
Donald Rumsfeld    Vin Weber    George Weigel    Paul Wolfowitz

Some of these names were household at the time: Forbes, Qualye, Bauer, Bennett and perhaps Fukuyama. Others maybe only political junkies could have picked out of a lineup but are pretty notorious today: Gaffney, Khalilzad, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, 'Scooter' Libby. But you only had to be minimally informed about the world to recognize Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney and Vin Weber. But basically we are talking about the Neo-Con Wall of Shame.

Extracts from the Statement:

But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America's role in the world. They have not set forth guiding principles for American foreign policy. They have allowed differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives. And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century.

We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?

and:

Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;

• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;

• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;

• we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.

As Molly Ivins quipped about Pat Buchanan "He sounds better in the original German"

Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Mittster!

Hey I like doing a little Obama bashing here and there, I published warnings about the Obama economic team all the way back in Spring 2008, only the blind couldn't have predicted the centrism. But lets not lose focus here. The Mittster with this release and the naming of his foreign policy advisory team yesterday (Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Team Includes Former Nat'l Security Figures, Conservative Scholars) is poised to give us 'PNAC: Reloaded'.

Christ remember that Bush was the moderate, work across the aisle, compassionate conservative President to be back then. Gosh no different than Al Gore. DO NOT make this mistake AGAIN. Because I really don't want to spend the next five to nine years repeatedly violating Godwin's Law, the last decade was crappy enough.

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  •  If this list of signatories were a Jeopardy (3+ / 0-)
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    answer, the question would be: Who would gone on to become some of the biggest f--- ups in American history?

    •  A couple of names missing (4+ / 0-)

      Luckily they showed up on the referenced Letter to Clinton. Lots of overlap but the AWOL show up:
      Elliott Abrams    Richard L. Armitage    William J. Bennett

      Jeffrey Bergner    John Bolton    Paula Dobriansky

      Francis Fukuyama    Robert Kagan    Zalmay Khalilzad

      William Kristol    Richard Perle    Peter W. Rodman

      Donald Rumsfeld    William Schneider, Jr.    Vin Weber

      Paul Wolfowitz    R. James Woolsey    Robert B. Zoellick

      And note that between the two lists we get BOTH Kagan's. We could call it  'No Warmonger Left Behind"

      Is it any wonder Cheney as head of the VP search team only managed to come up with his own name? Because he already had the whole team in place just waiting to be named. BTW the Letter to Clinton originally appeared as a full page ad in the NYT, it was not like the War on Iraq was some secret plan, Cheney's boys were literally begging for it as early as 1997,

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      by Bruce Webb on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 09:26:08 AM PDT

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  •  He's right. (4+ / 0-)

    God did not create this country.

  •  and he's supposed to be the SANE one? (5+ / 0-)

    sounds more like a return to the years of Bush/Cheney insanity.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 09:22:52 AM PDT

  •  Maybe all the people terminated by Bain (2+ / 0-)
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    will form Romney's bigger and better all-volunteer army. Since Mitt's a job assassin*, not a job creator, there won't be too many other employment options.

    *hat-tip to Blue Aardvark

    Incremental change frightens excremental minds.

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 09:26:03 AM PDT

  •  Good for Mitt and for us (0+ / 0-)

    It's always a good idea to reuse rather then reinvent and the structure of PNAC, as opposed to the content, is a traditionally effective plan. Can't make strategic progress without a strategic plan. Cheney may be the most successful pol of our times, if only he was a man if integrity and not a mendacious warmonger.

    Good for us in that it exposes the Mitt, who might otherwise appear to be a minor differential wrt domestic affairs from the current right-of-center admin, as embracing the warmongering of Bush/Cheney. This is a game changer for Mitt's GE chance.

    OT: I wish Obama and the Dems would advance a "strategic vision of America's role in the world" economically..."set forth guiding principles for American" economic policy and global cooperation. Not allow "differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives."

    Without a clear strategic plan there's just meandering.

    Offer a national economic and jobs plan "that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century." Not such bad guiding principles, IMO.

    I like this if you think of it outside the realm of war and imperialism:

    We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.

        As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. ...America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?

    and:

        Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

    Even these are not bad in the sense of global cooperation rather than dominance.
       • we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
        responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future

        • we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;

        • we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;

        • we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.


    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 09:38:24 AM PDT

    •  The striked out lines are the point of PNAC (0+ / 0-)

      Read the whole Statement of Principles as backed up by all the rest of the material on their web-site. Or just re-read this sentence:

      "And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century."

      The Cheney/PNAC vision was explicitly to use the American military to advance the interests of Halliburton/KBR/Big Oil

      In that sense there is about zero distance between "New American Century" and "Fourth Reich", it is a call for American Empire backed by unchecked and unchallengeable military force.

      American Exceptionalism on Steroids. Couple the PNAC foreign policy with Cheney's equal insistence on the powers of the Arbitrary Executive and for that matter his equal insistance that the OVP was not subject to either the restrictions in law that applied to either the Congressional or Executive Branches of government, hence 'Fourth Branch' and everyone's Godwin Meter should be pegging hard .

      "Even these are not bad in the sense of global cooperation rather than dominance."

      Yeah except the concept of "cooperation" doesn't show up anywhere in the Statement, every bit of it is 'My (American) way or the highway'. Dominance being the fucking theme.

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      by Bruce Webb on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 10:03:55 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, I know PNAC inside and out (0+ / 0-)

        Contemptuous goals.

        I do however admire its simple existence, its cohesiveness and some of the signatories single-minded focus.

        Dominance, not over others, but of one's fate as a person and, for national figures, for the country of its own fate, based on a cohesive, principled Democratic foundation, enabled by a coherent strategy that is used and adapted over time...leads to achieving a mission.

        If the mission is merely to defend and protect the Constitution then that's one thing. Reactionary term-limited planning may do. But if the mission includes the general welfare of the nation, then a coherent consistent strategic plan seems - at the very least - to be an essential necessity.

        Cheney, IMO, is a man of no integrity and a war criminal who deserves the consequences of his grave actions. But he stands out among his peers of post-WWII to the present. I've always recognized Cheney's superior sense of focus, mission, and strategic planing. I wish I could say the same for President Clinton, for instance, or some other major national figures who might add integrity and good Democratic principles to a decent coherent, actionable living mission. Kind of an anti-Cheney with the same organizational skills.

        Not intended to distract from your good point that Mitt's signaling to the PNAC crowd that he'll play game and the significance of that.  

        Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

        by kck on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 12:03:06 PM PDT

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        •  Godwin save me (0+ / 0-)

          "I do however admire its simple existence, its cohesiveness and some of the signatories single-minded focus."

          Practically a definition of the Totalitarian mind. I find none of that admirable.

          "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

          Let's just say I don't take Barry Goldwater as my moral lodestone.

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          by Bruce Webb on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 12:34:45 PM PDT

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  •  Merciful Jesus, he wants MORE military spending? (0+ / 0-)

    chalmers johnson military budget Pictures, Images and Photos

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 09:51:50 AM PDT

  •  speaking at the Citadel, in front of cadets (0+ / 0-)

    I know the Citadel is a public university and not all of the student cadets are on military contracts or ROTC scholarships, but they should not let candidates (of any party) speak there using Cadets as a backdrop and applause track.

    What results is headlines (and we know who only reads headline hyperbole) that have "troops" applauding these partisan political hit-speeches. (See the usual suspects talking about Mr. Romney's speech today, and the applause noted at Drudge, Weekly Standard, CNN etc.)

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