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.