Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy: George W. Bush Redux?
Mitt Romney is due to deliver his first major speech of the GOP primary on foreign policy on Friday morning, from the Citadel military academy in Charleston, S.C. The address has been billed as a major opportunity for the GOP presidential frontrunner to put further distance -- in terms of seriousness and vision -- between himself and the rest of the primary field, but already a fair amount is known about his foreign policy outlook.
In a snippet of the speech released by the campaign in advance Thursday night, Romney calls for a strong and proactive military, and the return of America to a role of world supremacy and guardianship:
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. God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place, and liberty and prosperity would surely be among the first casualties.
If that sounds a bit like the perspective of the George W. Bush administration, there's also this: Romney's team of national security advisers, also announced on Thursday, includes many of the very Bush administration officials and aides who were most responsible for pushing that era's controversial policies, from torture and warrantless wiretapping to the war in Iraq.
Take a look at a slideshow of a few of the key figures in Romney's team of foreign policy advisers, and their roles and legacies from the Bush era: