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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mitt Romney takes on foreign policy

I have one item to ad to the article below. On the subject of Latin America Romney’s foreign policy web site says;

Decades of remarkable progress in Latin America toward security, democracy, and increased economic ties with America are currently under threat. Venezuela and Cuba are leading a virulently anti-American “Bolivarian” movement across Latin America that seeks to undermine institutions of democratic governance and economic opportunity. The Bolivarian movement threatens U.S. allies such as Colombia, has interfered with regional cooperation on key issues such as illicit drugs and counterterrorism, has provided safe haven for drug traffickers, has encouraged regional terrorist organizations, and has even invited Iran and foreign terrorist organizations like Hezbollah into the region.

While Latin America has taken a back seat to events in the Middle-east, Columbia is still one of the largest recipients of US foreign military aid in the world.
Romney’s claim that the mostly left-of-center nationalist leaders, such as Bolivian President Evo Morales who have been elected to office, harbours Iranian and or Hezbollah terrorist groups is ridiculous. There is no evidence of this. He needs to provide it in order to make such a claim.
The name “An American Century” was used by conservative groups, around the turn of the century, who envisioned regime change across the Middle-east, with pro-US political and economical governments. Romney probably plans to go with that theme if he is elected. Obama is actually following that same plan.
He seems to want to promote “An American Century” in Latin America as well. That will require a lot of resources. So the budget and the deficit will get bigger. in Latin America voters have overwhelmingly rejected that concept. The changes on that continent have reflected a people who want to control their own resources and are tired of being nothing more than US property. -សតិវ អតុ

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to focus on foreign policy at tonight’s debate. Lately he has been critical of President Barack Obama’s handling of Iran and the four killings at the US Embassy in Libya.
The truth is that Obama’s foreign policy is very hawkish and imperialist, so most of Romney’s arguments are just splitting hears over minor details.
On his own web site he labelled “An American Century” he chastised the president for not modernizing the army. But most of his information seems outdated. The US military has been using high tech equipment in Afghanistan and the president has used predatory drones to kill perceived enemies of the US government all over the Middle-east.
He criticized Obama’s pulling out of Iraq. That is old hat and most people welcomed the with-drawl.
One of the biggest differences Romney has is over Israel. On his web site he outlined what he would do differently;
Israel is the United States’ closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy and freedom in the region. The tumult in the Middle East has heightened Israel’s security problems. Indeed, this is an especially dangerous moment for the Jewish state. It has deteriorating relationships with Turkey and Egypt. It faces longstanding dangers from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon
Actually, Israel is a theocracy, a state that favors the Jewish religion over all others. Jews from around the world can move there, but any Arabs, Palestinians or Moslems who try to live there will find discrimination, if they are allowed to live there at all. The site also said.
He (Romney) will make clear to the Palestinians that the unilateral attempt to decide issues that are designated for final negotiations by the Oslo Accords is unacceptable. The United States will reduce assistance to the Palestinians if they continue to pursue United Nations recognition or form a unity government that includes Hamas, a terrorist group dedicated to Israel’s destruction.
Romney has already made racist statements both public and private that indicate he has no interest in perusing a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied states. In his last statement he implied the Palestinians had an inferior culture and religion that led to their economic problems. Then he was filmed telling potential donors that he saw no possibility of a peace accord between Israel and the occupied Palestinian states.
Besides arguing about nothing, Romney has already implied that he will be is insensitive to other cultures and wants the US to be an outright bully. At best his policies, especially in Israel and Iran, are reckless.

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