“Democracy is not defined by a vote. There have to be the underpinnings of democracy: education, health care, people recognizing they live in a place that has the rule of law. And that’s why our effort to spread democracy should continue, not to just spread votes, but instead to encourage other people in the world to have the benefits that we enjoy and to welcome democracy. There’s no question in this country, we need to reach out, not just with our military might–although that we have, and should keep it strong–but also reach out with our other great capabilities.” – Mitt Romney 8/5/2007 Des Moines, IA debate
Summary: Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy
- Strongly stand by our allies such as Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Columbia, etc.
- Promote and defend democracy throughout the world.
- Stop Iran from developing or acquiring nuclear weapons.
- Work with moderate Muslims to defeat Jihadism.
- Don’t enter into treaties or agreements that will not be honored or put the U.S. at a disadvantage.
- Never publicly announce military withdrawal dates from a theater of action.
- Allow our allies a faster path to becoming NATO members.
Videos: Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy
Mitt Romney Talks About Foreign Policy at Young American Foundation
Mitt Romney Discusses Foreign Policy with Wolf Blitzer
Mitt Romney Answers Questions About Iraq War
June 21, 2007
Mitt Romney Speaks About Jihadism
January 31, 2007
Quotes: Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy
Mitt Romney When Asked About Using Military Against Iran:
“You don’t take options off the table. All over the world we’re seeing the same thing happening, and that is, people are testing the US. We have to make sure they understand that we’re not arrogant. We have resolve. And we have the strength to protect our interests and to protect people who love liberty. For that to happen, we’re going to have not just to attack each one of these problems one by one, but say, ‘How do we help move the world of Islam so that the moderate Muslims can reject the extreme?’ And for that to happen, we’re going to have to have a strong military and an effort to combine with our allies in such a way that we combine for an effort to help move Islam towards modernity. There is a war going on, and we need a broad response to make sure that these people have a different vision.” – 6/5/07 at Manchester, NH debate
Mitt Romney on Russia’s Increasing Military Power:
“Putin is working tirelessly to recover the geostrategic assets that he believes Russia tragically lost in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. His invasion of Georgia not only advanced his control over energy but captured the nervous attention of political leaders throughout the former Soviet republics and sent them an unmistakable message. The NATO countries’ unwillingness or inability to prevent or repel the invasion sobered those leaders who were moving towards greater cooperation with the West and independence from Russia. These concerns – plus a few billion dollars – were enough early in 2009 to convince Kyrgyzstan to initially retract its agreement to allow NATO aircraft landing rights as they ferried troops and supplies to Afghanistan.” – No Apology, p. 60
Mitt Romney on Establishing Democracies in Middle East:
“I think when there’s a country like Lebanon, that becomes a democracy, that instead of standing by and seeing how they do, we should have been working with the government there to assure that they have the rule of law, that they have agricultural and economic policies that work for them, that they have schools that are not Wahhabi schools, that we try and make sure they have good health care. We bring together not just America, but all the nations of the civilized world. We help draw these folks toward modernity, as opposed to having them turn toward the violence and the extreme. And that kind of a campaign of values, combined with our strong arms, speaking softly but carrying a strong stick, as Teddy Roosevelt said, that will help move the world to a safer place. We’d love it if we could all just come home and not worry about the rest of the world. But the problem is, they attacked us on 9/11. We want to help move the world of Islam toward modernity so they can reject the extreme.” – 8/5/07 at Des Moines, IA debate
Mitt Romney on Standing With Our Allies:
“My concern extends to our entire foreign policy. If the U.S. government engages tyrannies and autocracies — countries like Iran and North Korea, Syria and Russia, Sudan and Zimbabwe — based on the conviction that we are dealing with common interests more than competing interests, it will not end well. Keeping our word to our allies is a matter of honor, but it is also a matter of self-interest. The United States needs allies for economic, political and national security reasons. Good allies and strong alliances allow us to share the burdens we carry, complement and supplement our efforts and present a united front against those who wish us harm. When we treat any ally in a desultory manner — and especially if we act in a way that causes them to question our reliability, our resolve, our commitment and staying power — then they as well as our other allies, all of whom are watching closely, will turn to others for their security.” – 10/23/09 Union Leader editorial
Other Resources: Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy
Eight Problems with the New START op-ed by Mitt Romney
Iran: Biggest Threat Since Soviets op-ed by Mitt Romney
Stepping Away From Israel Will Weaken the United States op-ed by Mitt Romney
A Timid Advocate of Freedom
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