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Mitt Romney talks about foreign policy

08-31-2012 07:44 BJT

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Mitt Romney faces a critical test in his White House bid on Thursday when he addresses the Republican National Convention. This is an opportunity for him to convince millions of Americans that he can forge a path to economic rebirth and provide stronger leadership than President Barack Obama. Earlier, the Presidential Hopeful also addressed his policies on military spending and foreign policy.

Newly nominated presidential candidate, Mitt Romney - was back on the campaign trail Wednesday, speaking to U.S. military veterans.

He said, "The world continues to be a dangerous place. Major powers are rapidly adding to their military capabilities, sometimes with intentions that may be very different from our own."

Back in Tampa, just two speakers are addressing U.S. foreign policy, Senator John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Historian Alan Lichtman said, "Foreign policy stances matter almost nothing at all in American Presidential Elections. The reason is: American’s don’t follow the day to day conduct of foreign affairs. "

Still, it’s worth asking: what is Mitt Romney’s foreign policy

According to the campaign, if elected, Romney would increase sanctions on Iran and provide missile defence to Gulf allies.

He would arm the Syrian opposition and continue military sales to Taiwan.

And he plans to spend four percent of the U.S. economy on national defence, an estimated increase of $1.7 Trillion dollars over 10 years.

Romney said, "The Obama Administration is set to cut defence spending by nearly a trillion dollars, my administration will not. "

Romney hasn’t described what government programs he’s going to cut to pay for this increase in military spending.

And his plan spends $1.4 Trillion more than the plan proposed by his vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan.

Military analyst Chris Preble says it’s a 1980’S-style foreign policy.

Chris Preble, Cato Institute, said, "It seems that governor Romney has committed to spending more on the military just because he thinks having a larger military is important even if the threats that we facing are very different than when Ronald Reagan was president."

And of course this decision on military spending leaves Romney open to criticism.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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