Governor Romney's Foreign Policy Speech at the Virginia Military Institute
Governor Mitt Romney delivers an important speech on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute Monday, October 8.
A few notable quotes of many.
“This is what makes America exceptional. It is not only the character of our country it is also the record of our accomplishments. America has a proud history of strong, confident principled global leadership. A history that has been written by patriots – of both parties.” (More quotes below the video.)
“It is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use America’s greatest power to shape history, not to “lead from behind”—leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.”
“Iran today has never been closer to a nuclear weapons capability. It has never posed a greater danger to our friends, our allies and us. And has never acted less deterred by America – as was made clear last year when Iranian agents plotted to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in our Nation’s capital. Yet, when millions of Iranians took to the streets in June 2009; when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world; when they cried out “are you with us or are you with them?” The American president was silent.”
“The president is fond of saying that the tide of war is receding, and I want to believe him as much as anyone else. But when we look at the Middle East today with Iran closer than ever to nuclear weapons capability, with the conflict in Syria threatening to destabilize the region and with violent extremists on the march; and with an American ambassador and three others dead – likely at the hands of al Qaeda affiliates, it is clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. I know the president hopes for a safer, freer, more prosperous Middle East, aligned with us. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds.”
“It’s time to change course in the Middle East. That course should be organized around these bedrock principles. America must have confidence in our cause; clarity in our purpose; and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them. No enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them. And no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America’s capability to back up our words.”
“I’ll put the leaders of Iran on notice that the United States and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.”
Much more in the video, the link to which is below. Worthy of sharing.