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The Romney Doctrine

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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I'll step back on foreign policy: The president's foreign policy, in my opinion, is formed in part by a perception that he has that his magnetism and his charm and his persuasiveness is so compelling that he can sit down with people like Putin, Chávez, and Ahmadinejad. And that they'll find we're such wonderful people that they'll go on with us. And they'll stop doing bad things. And it's an extraordinarily naive perception, and it has led to huge errors in North Korea, in Iraq, obviously in Iran, in Egypt, around the world. My own view is that that the centerpiece of American foreign policy has to be strength. Everything I do will be calculated to increasing America's strength. When you stand by your allies, you increase your strength. When you attack your allies, you become weaker. When you stand by your principles, you get stronger. When you have a big military—that's bigger than anyone else's—you're stronger. [Unintelligible.] When you have a strong economy, you build America's strength. For me, everything is about strength and communicating to people what is and is not acceptable. It's speaking softly but carrying a very, very, very big stick. And this president instead speaks loudly and carries a tiny stick. And that is, you know, that's not the right course for a foreign policy. I saw Dr. Kissinger in New York—you're not eating! [Audience laughs.]


Audience member: I'm mesmerized! [unintelligible]

Romney: He's bored to tears. [Audience laughs.] I saw Dr. Kissinger; I said to him, "How are we perceived around the world?" And he said, "One word: VEAK!" [Audience laughs.] We are weak, and that's how this president is perceived, by our friends and, unfortunately, by our foes. And it's no wonder that people like Kim Jong Un, the new leader of North Korea, announces a long-range missile test only a week after he said he wouldn't. Because, it's like, what's this president going to do about it? If you can't act, why, don't threaten. [To another audience member with a question] Please.

Audience member: [Asks about Iraq. (Garbled.)]

Romney: I'm just gonna taste this by the way. I just wanna show you how it's done: You take this in your fork…[Audience laughs.]…you put it in…That's good, that's good. [To audience member]: Please, go ahead.

Audience member: If you get the call as president, and you had hostages…Ronald Reagan was able to make a statement, even before he became, was actually sworn in—

Romney: Yeah—

Audience member: the hostages were released—

Romney: on the day of his inauguration, yeah.

Audience member: So my question is, really, how can you sort of duplicate that scenario?

Romney: Ohhhh. [A few chuckles in audience.] I'm gonna ask you, how do I duplicate that scenario.

Audience member: I think that had to do with the fact that the Iranians perceived Reagan would do something to really get them out. In other words [unintelligible]…and that's why I'm suggesting that something that you say over the next few months gets the Iranians to understand that their pursuit of the bomb is something that you would predict and I think that's something that could possibly resonate very well with American Republican voters.

Romney: I appreciate the idea. I can't—one of the other things that's frustrating to me is that at a typical day like this, when I do three or four events like this, the number of foreign policy questions that I get are between zero and one. And the American people are not concentrated at all on China, on Russia, Iran, Iraq. This president's failure to put in place a status forces agreement allowing 10-20,000 troops to stay in Iraq? Unthinkable! And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we have hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean that's—that was—that was the focus, and so him solving that made all the difference in the world. I'm afraid today if you said, "We got Iran to agree to stand down a nuclear weapon," they'd go hold on. It's really a, but…by the way, if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.

(source)

Do you think his proposed foreign policy doctrine will work?

by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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rachelrothchild
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM
What foreign policy doctrine?
Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM
Quoting rachelrothchild:

What foreign policy doctrine?

It appears, from the transcript above, to be primarily to rely upon the threat of force, to get people America disagrees with to toe America's line.

GardenerArtist
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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It's pretty clear that Mitt rules the roost, and Ann rules the rooster.  Therefore, he has to take his aggressions out somewhere, and if he's POTUS, we will be involved in WWIII

jcrew6
by Jenney on Sep. 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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Quote:

"centerpiece of American foreign policy has to be strength"

Agree.  Our nation shouldn't back down or appease.  Increasing America's strength. Refusing to apologize for the freedoms that make this nation great, even if we don't ALL agree? I support this. Saying we should have stood up to Russia and Iran,.  YES. 

Do I think we need a stronger, more technologically advanced military?  ALWAYS.

Do I think the Obama Doctrine is one of weakness?  YES

Do I agree with Obama thinking everyone loves him and will get along because he says so?  No.  

rccmom
by Gold Member on Sep. 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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From what I have seen and heard of Romney, I do not agree with his foreign policy. Strength is important, but so is diplomacy. We owe it to all our military men and women to try diplomacy first, and do it well and tactfully. As a last resort we use our military. I don't hear enough from Romney to see if he understands diplomacy, and his foreign policy examples so far have not been tactful.
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LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM

 No...from the way he has been sounding, diplomacy and compromise are 2 negative words in his vocabulary...and I am tired of the massively over-bloated defense budget...

Xlandria
by Bronze Member on Sep. 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM


Quoting GardenerArtist:

It's pretty clear that Mitt rules the roost, and Ann rules the rooster.  Therefore, he has to take his aggressions out somewhere, and if he's POTUS, we will be involved in WWIII

Are you really that dense? Or maybe you just don't read some things. It has been said more than one that Valerie Jarrett & Michelle Obama don't allow Obama to watch or see things that depressing, etc. They also don't let him know people say bad things about it, cause he gets his feelings hurt easily. (Give me 10 minutes and I can make him cry.)  crying

This 'man' puts his personal wants & pleasures before this country, he doesn't have the back bone or balls to stand up to another country and other countries laugh at him and us. (I'm sure the ladies don't let him know that.) At this point, he so wants be loved by Egypt that he'll do anything they want. They have oil, why do they claim they need assistance?

itsmesteph11
by Silver Member on Sep. 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM
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 I don't call what he said a doctrine  but I do agree with what he said. The only Presidents we ever had to really weaken our military were Carter and now Obama. Obviously their way didn't work out for either of them. Just having a large and prepared military has little to do with war. It's perception for one and now because of Obamas policies  it's desperately needed. 

imamomzilla
by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

 Doctrine? Was this off-the cuff?

Where was this taped...the Food Network? WTH

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM
Quoting imamomzilla:

 Doctrine? Was this off-the cuff?

Where was this taped...the Food Network? WTH

It was said to his peers in private, and secretly taped.

As such, it is probably the most honest guide we have to his actual thinking and intentions. because he didn't feel underpressure to hide bits the media might use to scare the electorate with.

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