In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal US Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney outlines his thoughts on US foreign policy and accused President Barack Obama of “stepping away” from their allies thereby heightening the prospect for war, conflict and all sorts of doomsday scenarios conjured up by the candidate. Romney’s solution to this? Improve relations with Israel – apparently blind political support and an almost unlimited funneling of aid is not enough.
“In Syria, tens of thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power, and the country’s peace treaty with Israel hangs in the balance. In Libya, our ambassador was murdered in a terrorist attack. US embassies throughout the region have been stormed in violent protests. And in Iran, the ayatollahs continue to move full tilt toward nuclear-weapons capability, all the while promising to annihilate Israel.”
And how does the presidential hopeful aim to resolve the above? He wants to ensure that the United States is not at the “mercy of events” but is “shaping them”. He goes on to explain that if Israel’s security is compromised, then “America could be pulled into the maelstrom”. While the United States’ relationship with Israel has always been close, Romney suggests an even tighter entwinement of the two nation’s fates into one big bright US-sponsored vision for the new Middle East. Spoiler alert up ahead…
His plan starts with – drum roll please – Iran.
“This means restoring our credibility with Iran. When we say an Iranian nuclear-weapons capability – and the regional instability that comes with it – is unacceptable, the ayatollahs must be made to believe us. It means placing no daylight between the United States and Israel…”
Is this a glimpse into a future evil master plan or empty campaigning gimmicks to win favor with the large and influential Jewish lobby? Whichever one it may be, if Romney does in fact win the upcoming elections we will see how his tough cowboy-esque rhetoric translates into action.
Although the last time a cowboy-esque president was in the Oval Office, things did not go too well…