Mitt Romney's spirit guide on foreign policy.
Officials of the Obama campaign say Romney should provide some details about what he is going to say:
“The bar really is whether or not Mitt Romney is finally ready to shed a little light on what appears to be the secrecy of his foreign policy plans,” campaign adviser and former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs declared on a conference call set up by the campaign.While neither of two of Romney's top pugnaciously ultrahawkish foreign policy advisers—former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton and former Vice President Dick Cheney—will be physically on the trip overseas, they will as usual be operating from the shadows and have a huge impact on what Romney will include in whatever he says. But the big speech may happen before Romney embarks. On Tuesday, he will be in Reno at the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference. We may hear something detailed then.
Colin Kahl, a former Pentagon official in the Obama administration, said, “If Romney thinks it’s time to use military action against Iran and abandon diplomacy this early, I think he owes it to the American people to actually say so.”
Romney has sought to play the tough guy on foreign policy since his campaign began, and given the make-up of his foreign policy team, that's no surprise:
Of Romney’s forty identified foreign policy advisers, more than 70 percent worked for Bush. Many hail from the neoconservative wing of the party, were enthusiastic backers of the Iraq War and are proponents of a US or Israeli attack on Iran. Christopher Preble, a foreign policy expert at the Cato Institute, says, “Romney’s likely to be in the mold of George W. Bush when it comes to foreign policy if he were elected.” On some key issues, like Iran, Romney and his team are to the right of Bush. Romney’s embrace of the neoconservative cause—even if done cynically to woo the right—could turn into a policy nightmare if he becomes president.The venality of that team, and the stuck-in-the-past approach that has led its members and Romney himself to refer more than once to the Soviet Union as a present day U.S. enemy, provide some idea of where a Romney presidency would take us. Down a bloody road we've already been.