As conservative journalists and television pundits praise Mitt Romney for “hammering” President Obama during his foreign policy speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, a closer reading reveals very little difference between the two major party candidates on issue that are important to constitutionalists.
In fact, going by the content of his address today, a Romney presidency would see the continued growth of government and the expansion of the U.S. military’s role as international regime topplers. Neither prospect, of course, should please those looking for an alternative to the status quo and a return to the limited government and non-interventionist policy preferred by our founding fathers.
One of the most morally and monetarily destructive elements of the current administration’s foreign policy is the perpetuation of the preemptive war program initiated by the last Republican president, George W. Bush.
Since he was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama not only continued combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but expanded the role of American “warfighters” in Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, and Yemen.
At The New American, we have dutifully chronicled the use of drones to search and destroy suspected militants in Pakistan and Yemen. Of course, at least three of the victims of the president’s death-by-drone program have been American citizens -- including a fifteen-year-old boy.
Would President Romney immediately burn his would-be predecessor’s kill list and insist that Leon Panetta, head of the C.I.A. do the same with his? Here’s what Romney said about the drone war during his first major foreign policy address.
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Photo: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to deliver a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Va., Oct. 8, 2012: AP Images