Romney's vision for 'an American century'
October 7th, 2011
10:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney's vision for 'an American century'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - One day after President Barack Obama referred to the jobs crisis in America as "an emergency", GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver his first major foreign policy speech, sharply criticizing the president while laying out his own vision for what he calls "An American Century" including calling for increased military spending.

In an advance draft of his planned remarks he'll deliver before cadets at The Citadel in Charleston, Romney is expected to lay out his vision that combines economic and military strength, noting that "God did not create this country to be a nation of followers."

"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."

Claiming America's standing in the world and the economy have "been weakened" by the Obama administration, Romney is expected to call for more military spending.

The former governor of Massachusetts will lay out eight foreign policy-related actions he would implement in his first 100 days as president, including expanding the United States warship fleet, consolidating Middle East policy into the office of a regional director, and creating economic opportunity in Latin America through a "robust public-diplomacy and trade promotion campaign."

Romney will also reinforce that the U.S. has a special responsibility to allies such as Israel, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

On Thursday, Romney announced his foreign policy advisers, many of whom are drawn from the Bush's administration including former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Jim Wilkinson, Meghan O'Sullivan and Dan Senor.

While Romney has previously called for America to withdraw from Afghanistan, Democrats were quick to criticize his new national security team as the group responsible for U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place.

Romney will also say an early administration priority will be to review the need for a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan, with an emphasis of consulting generals on the ground.

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  1. Four and The Door

    Democrats were quick to criticize his new national security team as the group responsible for U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place.
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    And sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq in the first place were the right decisions, supported by a majority of Americans at the time, Democrats included. Of course in hindsight we should have in both cases gone in with more commitment to execute the strategy. We could have done better in both cases with stronger consistent commitments to achieve objectives and then get out. Instead our political system gets too involved and we tend to go in, give partial support and stay much longer at much more expense in every imaginable way and then eventually realize what needs to be done before we make that decision, finally commit to the effort, acheive what is necessary and then get out.

    In any event, Mitt Romney is showing the kind of leadership here that will get him elected. I enjoy watching that happen because that's exactly what we are seeing.

    October 7, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. NYC REPUB

    This man will sell his soul to be President.......I just don't trust him!!!!
    Obama 2012!!!

    October 7, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    The military don't have money problems, the military has a "stay of other countries problem!"

    October 7, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Jeremy

    Looks like the candidate wants to save the economy by cutting the budget, not even consider increase in federal revenue, and increase spending on the military again... This sounds a lot like what Bush did, which started the budget crisis we have now. And he wants to stamp out threats preemptively as Bush did, but slick Mitt is good to not mention Iraq. Apparently war for the sake of war is still a popular ideal.

    October 7, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Increase military spending, cut taxes and fix social security.....Where is the money?

    October 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Mr. Moderate

    Uhhh Mitt? The cold war ended over 20 years ago. What do we need to spend more money on? And you are relying on the advice of people involved in some of the biggest foreign policy blunders in the history of this nation? Wow...

    October 7, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "calling for increased military spending."

    hahaha...keep it up...see where singning that song gets ya, Mittens...all I hear is "all ye defense contractors, please donate to my campaign!!"

    October 7, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. R.Thomas

    Please tell me what Romney meant when he said something to the effect of: We (America) do not need to be the enforcers of the law around the world (inferring that America needs to get out of policing around the world). And two breaths later he said: As America demonstrates its dominance around the world alone as we will take care of business. Someone PLEASE help me to understand what he meant?!?!?!

    October 7, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Darrell W.

    Superb speech President Romney! America's Patriots thank you and Israel thanks you.

    October 7, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    Sorensen
    ...First, the 21 century is already the Chinese/Pacific century. The US had the 20th century...
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    I think most Americans prefer to give our nation more credit than that. You are free to relocate. In fact, I recommend it.
    You need to be where all the action is. Just be prepared to take your lifestyle back in time about 5 decades. And don't be disappointed that you will not be allowed to speak as freely as you are on this board. It's different there.

    October 7, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Laverne

    The economy is not in great shape. However, President Obama has been steadfast when it comes to foreign policy and there is nothing that any republican can say to factually dispute the President's success thus far. They are counting on the American people to forget, ummm.............the capture of Osama Bin Laden, Al-awaki, surge in Afganistan, draw down of troops in Iraq, liberating the Lybian people, US has been safe and have successfully warded off attempted attacks from Al queda, and on and on......... The desperation that is coming from Mitt Romney is just right down sickening. It is a turn off and I am not republican so I can imagine how they feel. Mitt Romney is the biggest flip flopper, ingenious, dorky candiate out there.

    October 7, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. callmecrazy

    Never thought I'd be saying this, but...

    Run, Sarah, run!!!!

    We do not need a PNAC do-over. That is what got us in this mess.

    October 7, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    In any event, Mitt Romney is showing the kind of leadership here that will get him elected. I enjoy watching that happen because that's exactly what we are seeing.
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    That is exactly the type of leadership Republicans like to see. A tax cutting, defense spending, job cutting politician. Like Mr. Cain said, if you are not rich and do not have job, then it is your own fault. Cain's actually correct. Vote for people like Romney and Cain, and you will no one to blame but yourself for the cardboard box you are living in.

    October 7, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Laron

    Re: Romney's plan to increase production of naval ships from 9 to 15 per year.

    Let's sell ship naming rights (just like stadiums) to the billionaires who refuse to pay their fair share of taxes. Each "named" vessel will include an owner's suite with all the usual trappings and will be available anytime the "owner's" want to tag along on a cruise. They can even bring their friends and Congressmen. Makes everyone happy – no new taxes and we don't have to print / borrow any more money to fund this military expansion.

    Big ships for big egos. Perfect!

    October 7, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Canuck

    "God did not create this country " ... he should have stopped right there.

    October 7, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Me

    PNAC = epic fail. What has the "war on terror" accomplished except to bankrupt this country, kill lots of innocent people, de-stabilize Pakistan and take out Iraq, which was the only country keeping Iran in check? So far, Iran seems to have benefitted the most. Nice job, war-mongers.

    October 7, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Me

    Laron, I love it. Brilliant plan!

    October 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Yes because forcing our will on other countries was soooo effective between 2001 – 2008. This is more of the same from Bush Co. No thanks!

    October 7, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Like Mr. Cain said, if you are not rich and do not have job, then it is your own fault. Cain's actually correct. Vote for people like Romney and Cain, and you will no one to blame but yourself for the cardboard box you are living in.
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    So Rudy, you do not believe this is fundamentally true??? That it is up to each individual to take control of their life and future? Or do you believe it is the goverment's role to pave the road with gold and grant everybody a care free life in socialist utopia (that somebody else pays for)?

    October 7, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. emma

    A lot of us are quite aware of Romney's misguided notions about cutting taxes of Corporations, destroying collective bargaining, privatizing Social Security and deregulating Wall Street . His kind of thinking by a president before Obama tried this and it has not worked. Please, no Romney in the Oval Office.

    October 7, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    What a load of BS. Looks like Mitts going after the Tea Party again with talk of Military spending and GOD. The TPers will never support you even if you are nominated. They hate you more then Obama. They will never support your GOP bid and if you do win they'll sit out 2012. Good luck pal.

    October 7, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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