June 21st, 2007
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney to call for 'new course' in war on terror

Romney will call for a "new type of Marshall Plan" Thursday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will call for a "new course" in the war on terror by proposing "a new type of Marshall plan" in a speech Thursday night.

According to the prepared text of of the speech he will deliver to members of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Romney will call for a partnership that "would assemble resources from developed nations to work to assure that threatened Islamic states had public schools, not Wahhabi madrassas, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic healthcare, and competitive economic policies."

The Republican presidential candidate will also call for a "Special Partnership Force," made up of personnel from the Army's special forces and the intelligence community.

"Their goal is to build national institutions of stability and freedom, and to promote the rule of law and human rights," Romney will say.

6:30 p.m. ET UPDATE: The Edwards campaign points out the former North Carolina senator proposed a similar new type of Marshall plan "weeks ago."

 “John Edwards has proposed a strong, smart national security policy to fight terrorists, keep our country safe and restore our place of moral leadership in the world," Edwards' Deputy Campaign manager Jonathan Prince said in a statement.  "He has called for the creation of a ‘Marshall Corps’ to help weak and failing states, a global effort to provide public education, improve public health, and expand economic opportunity; it’s promising that Gov. Romney seems to be joining us with his call for a ‘new type of Marshall Plan.'"

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    You can't force our values upon people that do not want them.

    Not to mention the fact many people in the Islamic world dislike America.

    We need to ask the questions why first before we can truly make a "new course".

    Perhaps if the US showed less favoritism towards Israel and did not start pre-emptive wars against nations that never attacked us...there wouldn't be so much anti-American sentiment in the Islamic world.

    June 21, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. MJ, St. Louis, MO

    Wow – impressive. Unafraid to take bold new steps to diplomatically resolve the issues without being insensitive or showing weakness. Go Mitt!

    June 21, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. jon

    finally someon with a smart and innovative plan. no more of the same crap. kudos to romney.

    he is impressive. he apparently has a more thurough plan than simply attack everybody who thinks of even threatening us until we have outwarred ourselves. he has a long term plan that will defeat the radical jihadist philosophy.

    June 21, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Fighting terror, by fighting poverty and ignorance. Could that work? It seems worth a try...

    June 21, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Robert, Gainesville Florida

    Yes, lets keep meddling and wasting money in regions of the world where the people already hate us... that will fix things.

    June 21, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Chris Finkler, Toledo, OH

    There is nothing new about Mitt Romney's plan. The concept of nation building is a very old – and a very liberal – policy dating back to Woodrow Wilson; it institutes something far different than a conservative American enterprise.
    People don't need to mastermind plans for national institutions. People need to agree in terms of a social contract. That idea is as old – and as conservative – as Locke, and it is something that I feel a lot of Americans still believe in.
    It's not nation building, central banking, and entitlements for health care and education that give root to liberty. It's upholding the Constitution, free markets, and the freedom to educate yourself on the choices you make that denote true freedom.
    Perhaps Mitt should spend some time on trying to make that work in his own country. He might even find that not intervening in the affairs of other countries would incite less hatred and more swiftly end the war on terror than any Special Partnership Force or Marshall Plan that he could dream up.

    June 21, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Matt, Tampa, FL

    This new idea is well-intentioned, no doubt, but it sounds a lot like empire to me. Forcing all of these things on people who already hate us won't make the situation any better. Indeed, it will probably just make the situation worse as we feed them pro-America propaganda in through these new programs, yet continue to torture their Muslim brothers in a new, improved, and expanded Gitmo.

    This makes very clear that Mitt Romney is a great businessman who has ideas – they're just not ideas that needs to be achieved by the means of government. These things are the provinces of businesses and non-profit organizations.

    Romney's more qualified for some private sector initiative than being President, where he is restrained by the Constitutional limits on power.

    June 21, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Robyn C. -- MD

    "Assemble resources from developed nations"...that means, we have to open the big wallet first, to make a show of commitment, then hope other countries pitch in. We're already spending billions on similar projects, and they still hate us. If they wanted public schools, human rights, micro-credit and banking, for a start, they'd be rioting in the streets for them, not denouncing them as decadent, Western influenced and evil.

    We can't force our way of life on them. But we can improve the quality of all our lives, by spending half that amount we would have spent on unappreciative Islamic countries on our own public schools and basic healthcare, and leaving the other half of that sum in the taxpayer's pocket.

    As oil rich as many of the "poor" and "third world" countries are, they can easily take care of their own "have nots" themselves.

    June 21, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Bob McPhearson

    Romney will say anything to win the presidency. Yes, even more than many of the other candidates. Please think before believing what he has to say.

    June 21, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Matt, Austin, Texas

    I'd love for someone to explain to me how going into some country, blowing it to smitherines and then building it back up is a "very liberal" ideal. I'd also like someone to explain how social contract theory is conservative (using the modern definitions of liberal and conservative, of course).

    Social contract theory is simply used to justify the actions of a government, including the laws that they create and enforce. I would think that conservatives these days would rather just be in the state of nature, where they can just take what they want without regard for other people and shoot anyone who tries to stop them.

    June 21, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. JLW

    I have to say KUDOS for Mitt. At least he is putting out ideas where others are too busy trying to blame each other for what is going on.

    June 21, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Travis

    Rule of law, public schools, basic human rights - that isn't nation-building. I don't see Haliburton anywhere in the equation. What he is advocating isn't the nation destroying and nation building we have been doing but an actual change in direction.

    June 21, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Mark, Lavallette, NJ

    If we want to promote the rule of law in the Middle East, then we should end the war in Iraq, which is a gross violation of international law and a war crime under the Nuremberg standards. If we are serious about boosting our image in the Mideast, then we have to withdraw support for Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine, and we have to stop supporting repressive regimes (like Saudi Arabia) just because it serves our interests. And I wish the people of the US had all of things that Romney wants for Islamic states, including decent public education and universal access to healthcare.

    June 21, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. John

    Having a war on terrorism is like having a war on thunderstorms. Pointless.

    June 25, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  15. Jeff Mowatt

    If one googles the subject of "microeconomic marshall plan" one may discover that Mitts plan has already been written and not by him.

    January 16, 2008 04:26 am at 4:26 am |