Thursday, November 01, 2007

Candidate Review - Foreign Policy - Mitt Romney

I did Romney last last week too - I'll have to remember to do him first this upcoming week. Haven't decided on a subject yet - probably something like immigration or tort reform. Anyway Romney has some standard statements on the War on Terror, which is the only part of foreign policy that most Republican Candidates care about.
The defeat of this radical and violent faction of Islam must be achieved through a combination of American resolve, international effort, and the rejection of violence by moderate, modern, mainstream Muslims. An effective strategy will involve both military and diplomatic actions to support modern Muslim nations. America must help lead a broad-based international coalition that promotes secular education, modern financial and economic policies, international trade, and human rights.
Seems a bit humdrum, but at least he has heard of diplomatic tools, which is more than many of his competitors.

He also has a bit on competing with Asia, which is apparently a big concern of his.
China and the rest of Asia are on the move economically and technologically. They are a family oriented, educated, hard-working, and mercantile people. We must be ready and able to compete. This means ensuring our children are educated to compete in this new market, our trade laws are fair and balanced, and our economy and tax laws welcome new investment. If America acts boldly and swiftly, the emergence of Asia will be an opportunity. Trade and commerce with these huge new economies can further strengthen our economy and propel our growth. If America fails to act, we will be eclipsed.
Does sound a bit like we need to control them or they'll beat us, doesn't it?

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