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Romney Campaign Promise: Grow Military, Look To Bush Years For Guidance

October 10, 2011 by  

Romney Campaign Promise: Grow Military, Look To Bush Years For Guidance

Republican GOP primary candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday that he would like to see the U.S. expand its military power and continue to be involved in conflicts overseas.

“This is America’s moment. We should embrace the challenge, not shrink from it, not crawl into an isolationist shell, not wave the white flag of surrender, nor give in to those who assert America’s moment has passed. That is utter nonsense,” Romney told cadets and others at The Citadel, South Carolina’s military college, according to the Associated Press.

The candidate reportedly promised to completely review the nation’s military policy but offered no specifics about how he would handle the decade-long conflicts in the Middle East.

 “This century must be an American century. In an American century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world,” Romney said. “God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will.”

There has been some speculation that the former Massachusetts governor is attempting to emulate George W. Bush’s foreign policy ideals to draw hawkish voters. Last week, Romney said that he had formed a team of foreign policy and national security advisors to help shape his campaign proposals. According to The Washington Post, the list is a who’s who of former Bush White House advisers.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Kinetic1

    Did 8 years of neo-con policies, mistakes and wasteful military spending under the Bush administration teach us nothing? Has Romney forgotten that it was Bush’s advisors who got us into the military mess we are still working our way out of? Have his advisors forgotten the billions we have wasted on two privatized wars? Let’s see how far they get with a slogan like “Vote for Romney, get another 4 years of Bush!”

  • simian pete

    It doesn’t matter what Romney says. I think the next President is probably going to be either Perry or Obama. It seems that way.

    Anyhow, it’s good to have a strong military.

    • PATRIOT 101

      A strong military can’t be involved in multiple overseas nation building adventures! Our country is broke and going bankrupt! We need a strong military, but only to defend US! A strong military cannot be supported when you borrow 42% of your operating budget from enemy countries! Just expand the military and borrow more to pay for it?
      R U NUTZ?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      simian,
      you think our military is strong now, but you are mistaken. we are making the very same mistakes that were made by a certain dictator that tried to rule europe in WW2! the biggest mistake HE made was streatching his troops too far, over too large an area and soon had problems with resupply!!! If north korea ever decides to cross over the border we will take way too long to react, if even a simple little country like Mexico tried to cross over to go against us in a determined effort, a lot of us would die as it would be the civillians fightinf the first 48 hours, and we have so many here already!!

    • http://www.headprimer.com kantstanja

      Well, because of the competition that doesn’t add up to a loose nose booger and of the few that are noted, puppet GOP moles are eliminating as fast as their masters demand, you’d be half right.. But in either case, I don’t think I’ll be around for four or even eight more years of the crap we’ve had to put up with since 2000.. All you fools are just itching to replace one loser with another.. Forget that they are as corrupt as those before them, that those who aren’t corrupt must contend with and abide by those (old pros) already in office who think their above the law.. Just keep on voting for the savior who is least crooked than the others, that also spew lies and BS through smiling faces.. Go ahead, it’ll give you even more ammunition to bitch about when they betray your trust, your vote as well.

  • s c

    This will do it for Romney. He’s even dumber than I thought. The idea that a potential presidential candidate would dare to look at GB as an icon means that Romney is toast. GB combined moments of being an outright RINO with episodes of acting like a utopian progressive. GB’s inexplicable RINOesque and FDRish stupidity all but cancelled any right he had to be seen as a conservative.
    Has Romney never been briefed on the state of America’s economy? And he has found a reason to embrace GB advisors? You’re out of the race, Romney. Stay at home and write a book on how to end your political career faster than flies on stink. You did it, booby. You’re gone.

    • JC

      I wonder if Romney remembers that one candidate in the last election received more funding from the military than all the other candidates combined?
      He’s barking up the wrong tree…

    • eddie47d

      Correct and our military would be manageable if it weren’t for them being spread out all over the world.A strong military doesn’t mean a meddling military through arrogant politicians.

      • JON

        Amen to that Eddie!

    • PATRIOT 101

      Romney is not “Dumber than you thought”. You are just looking at the candidates wrong. Romney is a “G W Bush kinda guy”. So if you like 10 yr long wars costing $Trillions of dollars, building schools, roads and bridges for people in far away lands, sounds like Romney is your guy!
      Maybe consider a constitutionally conservative alternative candidate. If you can figure out who they are. In my opinion there are only 2 Paul or Bachmann.

      • s c

        P, you sound more than a bit confused. How do Romney’s words make him smarter? He’d be a better candidate if he was ‘smarter’ by your definition? He just ended his campaign by saying what he did.
        Maybe you should ‘graduate’ and get past that 101 level. Frankly, between the two of us, I am NOT even close to being a RINO, a neocon or a progressive. Your reasoning is shaky, and I’ll watch your coming opinions to see how I should categorize you.
        At the moment, it’s hard to be impressed by comments that are more in line with this website’s moonbat, wingnut progressives. If you’re trying to have it both ways, forget it.
        Are you a closet, Obummer-lovin’ healthcare scam fan? Maybe you ‘forgot’ that Romney’s healthcare format is being used by Oiamyourgod. Do you have a memory problem in addition to your strange dictionary skills? 101, without a doubt, bub.

    • http://www.headprimer.com kantstanja

      It’s a simple reality.. Romney wants a cracker thus he parrots his supreme idol. The guy’s an idiot! Doesn’t have the brain matter to over-see a burger joint.. He’s nothing more than another snag in the throngs of politics, trying to convince others of his uniqueness.. He and all the cronies vying for the brass ring should be institutionalized along with the idiot we voted in office. Re-define America.. Rid it of politics all together. Bring back logic and cooperation for this country as well as the rest.. Once they can look up to us again as a leader, maybe our influence will mean something besides covert underhandedness and war mongers.

  • Karolyn

    What is he nuts??????

    • http://?? Joe H.

      karolyn,
      No he’s just being caught in a rare time of truthfulness!! The dumb ones will be the ones that vote for him!!!

  • Chris

    Yep. Just what we need—another 100,000 on the payroll. Why do we elect these people; better yet, why do we let these people even run.

  • Doc Sarvis

    We already have the strongest/best/most well funded military in the world. In these economic times how could he propose to emulate anything Bush did?

  • Norma

    Have any of Mitt Romney’s children served in the military? Why is it that politicans who support sending other people’s children to war rarely send their own?

    Mr. Romney is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateralists and the Bilderbergs. He would continue the policies of the present administration that will bring down the wages of workers.

  • CP

    Norma, what conservative candidate is not sworn to reduce the average working man to essentially slave status, that is, what you earn is always just a little less than you need for self-sufficiency? I have never seen a Republican in favor of anything that actually helped the working man, be it minimum wage, social security, or trade unions. Generally, the Democrats have helped the working man, when the Republicans didn’t cancel out all that had been done in the past.

    • JC

      “Generally, the Democrats have helped the working man”

      Yep! Blacks have been voting Democrat for 45 years and they’re still poor.
      Both sides of the aisle are as guilty as sin of implementing “Big Government Socialist Policies” and that is what is killing everybody.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      CP,
      ron Paul!!! Sure as hell isn’t Nobummer!!! Watch what the unemployment rate does in late january!!! now to Dec doesn’t matter as that’s just the holiday temps being hired, but watch what happens right after the returns are done!! Another round of non-holiday layoffs!!!

  • CanCan

    Oh brother, did you ever notice all these nit wit politicians-including Romney-never both to send their OWN loved ones overseas to these wars that were never officially declared by Congress? Somehow, it always seems to be okay to put the rest of America out there on the firing line, while they sit around passing bills that are never read. And, even worse, such “kinetic actions” are not even to defend our Constitution, which seems to be a dead document according to ‘Time’ magazine. Let us throw all 535 members of Congress over there in Afghanistan, including the President. You can surely bet that America would not be over there very long if the shoe was on the other foot.

  • JON

    Making the statement that you’re going to expand military spending when at the time you’re NOT in a present administration is a totally irresponsible thing to say. That is not a conservative. That’s someone who is pandering to get votes because he thinks it’s what people want to hear. There is so much wasteful spending in the military that does nothing to keep us safe. It just wastes our tax dollars. Sorry Mitt.

  • NamNavyVet

    Well now I know who NOT to vote for. Stronger military? More middle east invasions? Ignore the War Powers act again? Kill for peace? Sorry Mitt old boy, but you have not been listening to America’s youth or Ron Paul. US imperialism has wasted over $4 trillion and thousands of young lives and you want even more? I hope you burn in Hell with Bush, Cheney and all the 9/11 co conspirators, Zionists and neocons. He must have been part of PNAC as well.
    End the Fed, stop the wars. Ron Paul 2012. Rand Paul 2016. Peace.

  • Song

    “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ”
    –John Stewart Mill–

  • PATRIOT 101

    Mitt must think that conservatives want a bigger Military and want to spend even more money overseas on foreign lands. He needs to “pay up” a little bit more and hire better advisors! He must not have “poll tested” that remark before he stuck his foot in his mouth!
    RINO to the core! Romney, The Great RINO!

  • Stunned at sunset

    Oh, yes, of course…let’s have an even grander, larger military for even more stupendous wars of attrition intended to confiscate foreign territory and resources for the Plutocrats.

    Will we ever get back to basics? You know, having a military for the defense of the Nation and all that stuff. Guess not, huh?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Stunned,
      Mitt just wants to lower the unemployment levels by hiring more into military servitude!!! HOKEY DOKEY!!!!

  • Glen

    We do not need or want a larger military. Nor do we need or want it involved in another neo-conservative action. We seem to have confused what being conservative is and have replaced it with the neoconservative view that the U.S. is always right and should enforce its values worldwide. I believe that our ways are right – for us. A worldwide responsibility simply impoverishes us and costs thousands of American lives. For more on the difference between true conservatives and neoconservatives, either google it or review the book by Francis Fukuyama. Essentially, neoconservatives are simply former Democrats who, in the 1950s, wanted worldwide involvement and could only find a home in the Republican Party, thus changing what it meant in the collective consciousness to be “Conservative.” The Conservative Party and to a degree the Tea Party appear to be the sole remants of the true, old school conservativism.

  • whistlestop

    “Republican GOP primary candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday that he would like to see the U.S. expand its military power and continue to be involved in conflicts overseas”. JUST WHAT WE NEED, ANOTHER EVIL TO KILL OFF INNOCENCE! Now I will never vote for this sick jerk. As a service connected disabled veteran let me bring into focus what a military is to be used for for those that dont have a clue. Our military is to be used for protecting, protecting what was to be evident in the constitution. I know you war mongering jerks have never read your constitution but it is to protect democracy and freedom not yur right to dictate who lives and dies to your absurd ideas of facsism. I thought I had joined the Army for Democracy and Freedom but noooo, I was injured for those that believe in the luciferean principles, isnt that wonderful? How many clowns will join this wretched satanistic government when they know what it really is all about? My excuse is that I joined in the ’80s when information was poor at best. In this new century with all these new sources of information how can any American say that they dont know what the military is up to but to be working for such entities such as the stinking U.N. for the resources for the already filthy rich? If that dont matter to any one come on over I am angry enough to give you further education on what Romney is talking about. Certainly I would love to educate this sick Romney on how to be human first. I GOT MY EVIL EYE ON YOU ROMNEY!

    • JC

      10 Points! :)

  • http://httpwwwaol.com ARMY/RET

    Just who are we at war with besides ourselves.H- – l we are being destroyed from within ourselves by ourselves Does that make sence??obama states not with Islam its crazy Just look at ourselves for once.We dont have the brains GOD gave us to use.Maybe its too many drugs on the street I dont know

  • chuckb

    we need to keep our military strong and ready, we need to keep our technology ahead of the world. we need to keep our space technology as the leader in space, we need to keep our troops and our government home and not interfering in other countries politics and revolutions. we need to stop all immigration until we have cleaned out the illegal migration and returned them to their home country.we need to remove barry soetoro from the white house.

  • AJ

    Mitt say’s, on Friday that “he would like to see the U.S. expand its military power and continue to be involved in conflicts overseas.” You NWO lackey. Ya, let’s keep feeding the Military Industrial Compex Mitt you twit. Vote Ron Paul!!!

  • jopa

    Bush is gone ,he is history now, blame it on Bush.You people are just too funny.Liberals make a comment about Bush saying exactly what you are all saying today and you call them every name in the book.Do you folks know where you really stand on the issues.If you looked closely at the protesters om Wall Street and throughout the nation you will see they are protesting the same issues as you.They want fair taxation, do away with lobbiests, end the wars, more jobs and Wall Street reform to mention a few.

  • http://google mike b.

    Romney is a liberal just like mccain!! This repub only votes for conservatives. I will not vote in 2012 if romney is repub candidate.

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