International relations and defense play an important role within Mitt Romney’s campaign for the 2012 Presidency. He has courted support from the Heritage Foundation, which derives much income, in the form of donations, from well-known conservative broadcasters Shawn Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and others.
(This particular speech dates back to min-2009. I allude to it, because it is heavy-handed. Mitt Romney was criticized for reversals regarding Viet Nam, as will be expanded upon later in this article, and may have exhausted his allotment.) Romney in a speech before the Heritage Foundation in early June of 2009, one of the few speaking engagements he has had since 2007, demonized China, Russia, and several other nations, characterizing them as competitors with America, and demanding that this nation dramatically increase its military spending, chiefly on new, bigger and better missile defense systems to counter the developing threat. He says that a soldier in China costs a fraction of what it costs us. The same is true for the cost of building submarines, artillery pieces, tanks, and other military platforms. Romney says it would be a “serious error” to underinvest in our capability to prevent or prevail in wars of the future. Romney says, “As China becomes stronger, China will be more tempted to achieve natural ambitions through aggressive tactics.” China, Romney insists would exclude American naval and air assets from the Straits of Taiwan. China has bought killer missiles from Russia. China, he concludes, has the most active ballistic missile program in the world, with 150 new missiles every year. In addition, China, Romney says, is committed to cyber-warfare, and space-warfare. He asserts that China is developing Electromagnetic Pulse attack.
Also mentioned by Mitt Romney is Russia. He states the Russian strategy is based on authoritarianism, but unlike China, with might derived from industry, Russia’s might is derived from energy. They seek he says to control the energy of the world. He says they would fill their treasury, empty everyone else’s.
In reference to North Korea, he says these tyrants cannot be stopped by earnest words and furrowed brows. Strong bold action is the only effective deterrent.
He mentions Jihadists, whose intent is to collapse other visions, and to drag the world into medieval dictatorship.
As we know, the Heritage foundation spent large sums of money donated at the cry of Limbaugh, Hannity, and others to support Michael Mukasey for attorney general in 2008. Mukasey faced opposition owing to his refusal to condemn waterboarding. George W. Bush approached Heritage on Mukasey’s behalf. Mukasey was soon confirmed and became U.S. Attorney General. Special interests’ lobbying is big-business in Washington at this time.
Mitt Romney is a follower of the Mormon Church, also called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He attended Brigham Young University. He spent, beginning in 1966, 30 months as a Mormon missionary, in France. His father also did missionary work. In October of 2006, while preparing for a Presidential run, Mitt Romney met with fifteen of the world’s leading evangelicals, including Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention. An article from Newsweek magazine mentioned that Romney was working “tirelessly” for the support of Christian conservatives.
Romney also attended Sanford College, where he was a Young Republican. He is a former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital. Bain works with companies to utilize their assets more effectively and to sustain greater and longer growth. They make decisions on strategy, organization, operations, technology, mergers, and acquisitions.
Republican Willard “Mitt” Romney was a one term Governor of Massachusetts; Romney contributed $6.3 million to his own campaign; a record at that time for a state election.
Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan, and is the son of Republican Presidential contender George Romney, who lost the Presidential nomination in 1968 to Richard Nixon. As stated, Mitt sought the Presidency in 2008. He served in the conflict in Viet Nam, returning in November of 1965. He spoke long and hard of his belief in the American involvement in Viet Nam. But later he reversed his position, calling the conflict “tragic” and denouncing his earlier belief that the war was morally right and necessary. Some believe the reversal of position may have cost Romney the election.
While campaigning for the 2008 Presidential office, Mitt Romney, a member of the National Rifle Association, indicated he supports the right to bear arms.
Romney felt at that time that illegal aliens should be mandated to carry U.S. Identification cards. They must begin the citizenship process, with no advantage because they are already in this country.
Romney supported the Invasion of Iraq and the hanging of Saddam Hussein. He said the invasion was “superbly executed.”
On Sunday, January 9, 2011, The Associated Press reported that Mitt Romney has completed a week-long visit to Afghanistan, where he met with both Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, and American General David Petraeus. We recall that in 2007 he spoke at the annual Herzliya Conference in Israel about the threat posed by Iran.
In a speech on September 17, 2010, Romney took a forceful stand regarding the administration of Barack Obama. He said the opening years of the Obama Presidency were an “abject failure” and that that period for the President amounted to “on the job training.” He said the President, instead of focusing on jobs and the economy used crises’ to push his liberal agenda. He said America is tired of an administration that exploited the economic crisis instead of solving it.
On the matter of education, Mitt Romney has stated a number of principles on which he stands. He would abolish the federal Department of Education. He say’s schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer. On the environment, Romney would allow the states to set emission standards. On Free Trade, he would re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries. Romney says trade negotiations should be made by businesspeople, not politicians.
As the National elections of 2012 draw closer, in coming months, we will be able to look further into the views of this highly regarded candidate who at this point is seen by many as the leading contending Republican.