5 Things We’ve Learned About How Mitt Would Run the World
The foreign policy of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is still a work in progress. It’s clear that Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and businessman, thinks President Obama is doing a terrible job overseas as well as at home. But the specifics of what Romney would do differently are harder to pin down: Republican senators are scratching their heads over what their nominee will do in Afghanistan and Syria, for instance.
Romney’s Tuesday speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars provided some additional specifics — and some surprising ones. Sure, speeches are at best imperfect guides to how presidents will govern. (Remember when Obama was going to get out of Iraq within 16 months?) But they lay down markers, at least, for judging how candidates approach what Romney called a “dangerous, destructive, chaotic” world. Here are five new and notable aspects of Romney’s emerging foreign policy — some of which look surprisingly familiar.