Romney's rhetoric won't be matched by reality
Arvamus 06 Feb 2012  EWR
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Michael Knigge, Deutsche Welle
Mitt Romney, the prohibitive favorite to win his party’s nomination, hasn't minced words on world affairs. But while he’s routinely clobbering Obama’s foreign policy, Romney wouldn’t do all that much differently.

Republican candidate Romney is painting a picture of stark contrast. He has labeled President Barack Obama an appeaser, calling him the most dangerous president in our lifetime. He opposes negotiations with the Taliban and has criticized the United Nations as a talking club that gives a platform to international dictators. He has vowed to take a tougher line vis-à-vis Russia, China and Iran and promises to beef up America's military prowess.

The official blueprint for Mitt Romney's foreign policy is "An American Century: A Strategy to Secure America's Enduring Interests and Ideals," a 44-page white paper. In it neither NATO, arguably the world's most important security alliance, nor the European Union, the world's biggest economic bloc, are mentioned once. What's more, the majority of Mitt Romney's foreign policy team of 24 special advisors has served under President George W. Bush.

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