May 29, 2012
On Memorial Day, the presumptive Republican nominee said the world is a dangerous place and the United States must remain the most formidable military in the world.
“The world is not safe,” Romney told veterans in San Diego. He said “social needs” must be sacrificed on the altar of war and never ending military spending. It is the duty of Americans “to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world.”
Flanked by senator John McCain, Romney said Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia threaten the hegemony of empire. Romney “believes in American exceptionalism,” McCain said. “He believes the 21st Century will also be an American century.”
Romney has the support of the neocons and their forever war ideology and pro-Israel bias will steer his administration if he beats Obama in November.
In January he said former U.N. ambassador John Bolton’s “wisdom, clarity, and courage are qualities that should typify our foreign policy. I look forward to consulting with him as we campaign to restore America’s standing abroad and ensure that this century is an American Century.” Romney said he “will restore our military, repair relations with our closest allies, and ensure that no adversary – including Iran – ever questions American resolve.”
According to Ari Berman at the Nation, over seventy percent of the neocons who staged the illegal Iraq war have signed up as Mitt’s foreign policy advisors. It is the same old pro-Israel rogue’s gallery, including Elliott Cohen, Robert Kagan (who is behind Romney “American exceptionalism” stance), Eric Edelman (one of Bush’s main neocons at the Pentagon), and Dan Senor.
“Many of these advisors belonged to the PNAC, an influential neoconservative advocacy group founded in the ‘90’s. It has morphed into the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) launched by Kagan, Edelman and Senor. They advocate for regime change in Iran and a more confrontational stance with Russia. They are opposed to cuts in military spending,” writes Nancy Lindsay.
Colin Powell: Romney is surrounded by neocons.
In a recent article, Patrick J. Buchanan said Romney’s pick for Secretary of State will either be Bolton or the consummate neocon and Israel-centric warmonger Joe Lieberman.
Neocon fixture Bill Kristol said as much recently. “On Tuesday at Manhattan’s B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue during a debate with J Street founder and President Jeremy Ben-Ami, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol predicted that the next U.S. Secretary of State in a Romney administration would be Senator Joe Lieberman,” Maidhc Ó Cathail wrote on May 19.
Not only is Lieberman “the No. 1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in Congress,” he is also an enemy of the Constitution. “It would be hard to think of anyone who has done more to undermine American freedoms than Joseph Lieberman. Since 9/11, the Independent senator from Connecticut has introduced a raft of legislation in the name of the ‘global war on terror’ which has steadily eroded constitutional rights. If the United States looks increasingly like a police state, Senator Lieberman has to take much of the credit for it,” Cathail writes.
It remains to be seen if Romney will win the game of musical chairs we colloquially call national elections. But it really does not matter. Obama is also committed to attacking Iran.
On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the United States is “ready from a military perspective’’ to attack Iran under the guise of preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons.
“We have plans to be able to implement any contingency we have to in order to defend ourselves,’’ Panetta told ABC’s This Week. “The fundamental premise is that neither the United States or the international community is going to allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.’’
Despite the illusion of battling ideologies – Romney and his neocon handlers portray Obama as soft on Iran – following the national dog and pony show in November there will be blood… and a lot of it.