Skip to comments.'Hope is Not a Strategy': Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy Address
Posted on 10/08/2012 9:53:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
'Hope is Not a Strategy': Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy Address
October 8, 2012
As prepared for delivery October 8, 2012, at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, here is Mitt Romney's address on foreign policy, titled "The Mantle of Leadership."
I particularly appreciate the introduction from my good friend and tireless campaign companion, Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is showing what conservative leadership can do to build a stronger economy. Thank you also Congressman Goodlatte for joining us today. And particular thanks to Gen. Peay. I appreciate your invitation to be with you today at the Virginia Military Institute. It is a great privilege to be here at an Institution that has done so much for our nation, both in war and in peace.
For more than 170 years, VMI has done more than educate students. It has guided their transformation into citizens, and warriors, and leaders. VMI graduates have served with honor in our nation's defense, just as many are doing today in Afghanistan and other lands. Since the September 11th attacks, many of VMI's sons and daughters have defended America, and I mourn with you the 15 brave souls who have been lost. I join you in praying for the many VMI graduates and all Americans who are now serving in harm's way. May God bless all who serve, and all who have served.
Of all the VMI graduates, none is more distinguished than George Marshallthe Chief of Staff of the Army who became Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, who helped to vanquish fascism and then planned Europe's rescue from despair. His commitment to peace was born of his direct knowledge of the awful costs and consequences of war.
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Mitt, do not let up. Do not hold back. Make this man account for his mismanagement. The press has failed.
Excellent speech, Mr. President.
“Hope” is the excuse for doing nothing.
Fox has moved on to other subjects while the other MSM lapdogs are still trashing Mitt’s foreign policy speech.
Hope doesn’t create jobs either.
“Rich” people or at least people who want a better life and
perhaps aspire to be “rich” take risk and create oportunity.
Hope create 20+ failed green enterprizes and the Chevy Volt.
Hope creates massive debt with little to no return.
Hope is someone who wants to believe that even in the face
of the evidence to the contrary that 0bama has put America
on the right track.
I only HOPE we get adults in charge who actually know what
they are doing.
Romney gave an excellent speech.
I'm thinkin' we need more ground activism to drive this election home.
I don't know what is going on, but people seem to be hunkered down in their foxholes and not exhibiting their choices.
I'm floating the idea of making every debate day an empty chair day. Does this sound like a good idea to anyone?
Looks like ABC has picked it up.
For the most part, it was a good speech. What I didn’t like is his references that so many other countries want our leadership. While part of that is true, what they really want is our free money and for us to bear their defense burden.
I would feel better if he made it clear that Europe can work on defending itself as we draw down from our Cold War bases. I would also have liked him to be more firm on countries like Pakistan. They are KNOWINGLY supporting and supplying Al Queda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and YET we STILL give them aid. Take away the aid and destroy all known terrorist camps in Pakistan. If we don’t then the war in Afghanistan will not be won.
In short, there are countries that do want our support and demonstrat good government, like Israel, and with those countries we should work with, but all others, if they don’t play ball with us, stop all funding and support. We have been the World’s policeman for long enough. When these other countries crumble from our lost support, the only ones they can blame is themselves for being on the dole for so long.
Stay on the offense, and continue to strike fear in the heart of the Obama camp.
Meant to add:And, HOPE certainly doesn’t work in matters of foreign policy.
Romney at my alma mater. Makes me proud.
As discussed on Megyn Kelly. Romney NEEDS to get in front of this.
Obama’s response to Joe Wilson’s “you lie.”
Well, when Reago knew ahead of time his age was going to be used as an issue, he came up with the famous line of not using his opponents youth against him....Romney has the staff and opportunity in the next debate to do the same very publicly. Wonder what the’ll come up with?
Romney might evoke Obama’s own words:
“I do think that, as I said last night, we have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big, important issues that matter to the American people without vitriol, without name-calling, without the assumption of the worst in other people’s motives.”
Obamas staffers changed election strategy during Denver debate
On the conference call convened by aides in Denver and Chicago even as the candidates were still on stage they reversed a longstanding strategic decision, without the presidents involvement, according to the Oct. 8 article.
At the start of the campaign they had decided to attack Mr. Romney as a committed conservative rather than a flip-flopper, but now they decided to use his debate statements to argue that he was reinventing himself, the article said.
However, the Politico account says the new anti-Romney strategy was developed by Obama and his aides the day after the debate.
He huddled with his inner circle David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Anita Dunn, Ron Klain and Jim Messina and settled on the theme they hammered all of Thursday [Oct. 4] a direct attack on Romney that accused him of out-and-out lying on his tax-cut claims and portrayed the former Massachusetts governor as a two-faced imposter willing to say anything to win.
Post #19: “He huddled with his inner circle David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Anita Dunn, Ron Klain and Jim Messina”
Ron Klain (wiki):
During Klain’s tenure as Gore's Chief of Staff, Gore consolidated his position as the likely Democratic nominee in 2000. Still, Klain was seen as too loyal to Clinton by some longtime Gore advisors. Feuding broke out between Clinton and Gore loyalists in the White House in 1999, and Klain was ousted by Gore campaign chairman Tony Coelho in August of that year. In October 1999, he joined the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. A year later, Klain returned to the Gore campaign, once Coelho was replaced by William M. Daley. Daley hired Klain for a senior position in the Gore campaign and then named him General Counsel of Gore's Recount Committee.
Hmmmmm....it is really starting to sound like all is being set for Obama to steal this election. Between this, millions of hollow point bullets going to obscure federal agencies and the media trying to convince everyone that Obama has already won....we have major problems headed our way.
be prepared and don’t let anything stop you from voting folk! Nothing!
Stolen election has been my biggest fear. Just pointed out on FOX that he is again receiving funds from out of country.
OB and Thugs think rules are to be broken. They are above the law....Sure wish something (at this point anything) would come crashing down on them. A visable falling of their house of cards.
Seems both Dunn and Klain quietly rejoined Obama’s inner circle, er, never left and flew under the radar.
As Biden’s top aide, Klain had a tough assignment. Obama and Biden had little in the way of a personal relationship when they took office. And Biden’s penchant for gaffes annoyed a White House staff that prized discretion.
From Biden’s standpoint, two positive developments played out under Klain’s tenure.
After internal meetings that were devoted to Biden, White House aides are less likely to recoil when the vice president wanders off message. And Biden has been allowed into the inner circle, spending hours a day in meetings with Obama.
Klain came to the job after making a mark in popular culture. A chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore, Klain was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the HBO movie “Recount,” the story of the disputed 2000 presidential race between Gore and George W. Bush.
“The most important thing a chief of staff can do for a vice president is to be a serious and respected player within the president’s staff,” said Roy Neel, who like Klain was a chief of staff to Gore. “The vice president lives and dies according to the deference that he gets from the president and the president’s staff. And having someone who comes with the stature and experience of Ron is half the game right there.”
Posted this about a year ago.
W.H. aides debated politics of Solyndra visit
That same day, DoEs stimulus point man, Matt Rogers, defended Solyndra in an email to Klain. The going concern letter is standard for companies pre-IPO, Rogers wrote, adding, the company should be strong going into the fall with their new facilities on line.
Rod OConnor, who was Energy Secretary Steven Chus chief of staff at the time, also chimed in to Klain. Bottom line is that we believe the company is OK in the medium term but will need some help of one kind or another down the road, OConnor wrote.
Klain then sent the two comments from the DoE officials to Jarrett with a recommendation that Obama participate in the event at Solyndra.
Sounds like there are some risk factors here but thats true of any innovative company that POTUS would visit, Klain wrote. It looks like it is OK to me, but if you feel otherwise, let me know.
Im comfortable if youre comfortable, Jarrett replied.
Klain responded, The reality is that if POTUS visited 10 such places over the next 10 months, probably a few will be belly-up by Election Day 2012 but that to me is the reality of saying that we want to help promote cutting-edge, new economy industries.
Democratic sources: Biden chooses chief of staff
Nov 13 07:15 PM US/Eastern
By LIZ SIDOTI
Klain is a former partner in the Washington law and lobbying firm OMelveny & Myers.
Senate lobbying records show that at the firm, Klains lobbying clients included Fannie Mae, U.S. Airways, Time Warner and the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, a business group that sought government help resolving asbestos lawsuits. However, the most recent lobbying Klain appears to have done was in 2004 for Fannie Mae and Time Warner.
He was involved in both of Clintons presidential campaigns, and was Gores top aide in the vice presidential office for several years. He later had a senior role in Gores 2000 campaign, including the Florida recount and Supreme Court standoff that ultimately tipped the election to George W. Bush. Actor Kevin Spacey played Klain in the 2008 HBO film Recount.
In 2004, Klain was among several veterans of the Clinton-Gore political campaigns who advised retired Gen. Wesley Clark in the Democratic primaries. He backed Biden, whom he had known from working with Senate committees, four years later.
THE PURSUIT OF A DAUNTING ENERGY JOB
Washington Post - Wednesday, January 6, 1993
Author: Al Kamen ; Thomas W. Lippman ; Steven Mufson ; David S. Broder
Washington lawyer Jamie S. Gorelick, a longtime FOZ (Friend of Zoes), has put together a legal brain trust to assist Attorney General-designate Zoe E. Baird at her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.).
The group includes two former Biden chief counsels, Mark Gitenstein and Ron Klain , former staff director Jeff Peck, and Duke Law School Prof. Walter Dellinger, veterans of bitter fights over judicial nominations in the late 1980s who now find themselves working for, not against, committee confirmation.
Jan 5, 2011
Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, is leaving the White House to become the new president of Case Holdings, the investment company of AOL co-founder Steve Case. Klain is leaving his current position later this month and will oversee Cases various holdings including investment firm Revolution LLC, investments in Hawaii including Grove Farm and Maui Land & Pineapple, and Steve and Jean Cases Case Foundation.
We spoke with Case to talk about Klain and the direction of Revolution LLC, which has invested in hot start-up companies such as LivingSocial Inc., which recently raised $175 million from Amazon.com, Zipcar Inc., which is in IPO registration, Everyday Health Inc., and Revolution Money Inc., which was acquired by American Express Co. in 2009 for $300 million.
In early 2011, he was selected by President Barack Obama to serve as Chairman of the Startup America Partnership and named to the Presidents Council on Jobs & Competitiveness.
Nov. 8, 2010
The Obama administration is working on streamlining the Department of Energys loan guarantee program, a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tells me this morning. The move follows a leaked memo (online here) dated October 25, reported by the Wall Street Journal (and picked up by others), from White House officials to the President that lays out several recommendations for ways to revamp the DOE loan guarantee program. One of the recommendations from that memo was moving the remaining loan guarantee program funds to another renewable energy grant program, basically killing the loan guarantee program.
But instead of reprogramming the loan guarantee program, the Obama administration and the DOE have decided to remain committed to the program and try to make it better and take less time, the OMB spokesperson tells me.
October 25, 2010. MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT. F ROM: CAROL BROWNER. RON KLAIN. LARRY SUMMERS. SUBJECT: Renewable Energy Loan ...
Peas in a pod??
Birds of a feather?
Rabbit pellets? AKA
Peas in a pod??
Birds of a feather?
Rabbit pellets? AKA
“Stolen election has been my biggest fear.”
You can bet the wheels are in motion.
I’m thinking the ever-gaffervescent Biden might be the one to deliver the “you’re no Jack Kennedy”-esque sound bite.
Obama and his cronies will stop at nothing to keep him in power. Unless we vote in mass he will try to steal this election. The only chance we have is overwheming numbers of conservatives,republicans and independents showing up at the polls so that the margin is so wide no funny business is possible.
“...to vanquish fascism...”
Did we...after all?
You don’t seem to understand the strategy of winning an election.
You can’t always say what you want to.
Virgil Goode is aiding our enemies, by clouding the election, and he knows it fulwell.
Go read Jean Kirkpatrick's famous Dictatorships & Double Standards and explain to me how Romney and the current generation of neocons are not Jimmy Carter in drag.
There are a wide variety of factions in both countries but the only way the more civil of these options will come to the forefront is if they have some kind of help to provide some stability until they can become at least as welll organized as their enemies and stand a chance. AQ is already organized which is why we can't just walk away- if we are going to walk away we may as well just crown AQ ourselves and give them the keys to NY hotel rooms so they can finish what they started. No one's interest will be serve by allowing either of these places to remain safe havens for terrorist groups. The democratically oriented people there- and there are many in both Libya and Syria- need a strong horse, not a treacherous one-trick pony that's been trained to bow or skip away.
Unfortunately, retreating and letting AQIM and AQ have their way, or Hezbollah and Iran have its way, is not an option. In Libya the deed is done, the original government removed, and there is a vacuum. Nature abhors a vacuum; we can fill it or someone else will surely fill it, and that someone else is not a nice bunch. 9/11 was the result of walking away from Afghanistan and leaving a vacuum which then was filled by Pakistan with Taliban.
Hezbollah over the years not only filled the vacuum of Lebanon but spilled over and flowed around the world, becoming firmly established even in our hemisphere, and bold enough to plan attacks in our own country; it is not going to just pack up and leave one day on its own out of the goodness of its heart.
One way or another, we are going to have to find a way to help the least threatening and or most useful factions gain the upper hand. Something is going to fill the void in Libya and Syria and the west is much better off if it has some influence in choosing who and what that will be rather than letting it go to the default setting, which is always the most violent.