- Posted October 8, 2012 by
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Romney Foreign Policy Speech Affirms A Steady Hand
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Earlier today, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney presented a look at how he views foreign policy will be conducted if he is elected president on November 6. Speaking before cadets at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Romney's remarks assured not only Americans, but the world that a steady hand would be at the helm and the steadfastness of US longterm policy views would continue.
What we saw today was a continuing presentation to the nation of the Romney that was evident during last Wednesday's Presidential Debate. That picture is one of Moderate Mitt. A man who is determined and has learned the lessons of the past that one may run to the base in the primaries, but to govern, one must lead from the center. That was re-enforced in today's speech.
What set Romney apart from the current policies is more stringent speech followed with decisive action if and when necessary, not continuing to run up to the line then running back. Romney also made it clear that there would be no "daylight" in the alliance between the US and Israel. At least that daylight would not be evident to the world. Rather where there were contentions, those would remain behind closed doors.
Romney did advocate arming the opposition in Syria, though not saying how he would accomplish this action. He noted that we need to vet the recipients to be sure that weoponry would not land in the hands of terrorists.
But the main point I saw from today's speech was there was no deviation from long-standing US policy and US commitments. I saw a man determined to keep a steady hand on the football. I heard a man that would work with our friends, but made it clear to our enemies that Americans would never back down, never retreat when in the right.
From the Cornfield, while I saw no major difference from many of the current policies, it was reassuring that Romney is not the wildeyed, right extremist that many on the left have tried and continue even today to paint. Romney gave the assurance that Moderate Mitt understands the need for balance, tempered with steely resolve and action when and if needed.
If you did not get to hear today's speech, you may read it here: