The former Massachusetts governor accused Obama of appeasing the country’s enemies in his first foreign speech of the US general election campaign.
Members of the former Massachusetts governor’s foreign policy advisory team predict that that Mitt Romney would abandon the President’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London.
“Obama is a Left-winger,” said an advisor. “He doesn’t value the Nato alliance as much, he’s very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances don’t mean as much to him. He wouldn’t like singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.”
Romney is also predicted to reverse Obama’s priority of repairing strained overseas relationships while not spending so much time maintaining traditional alliances such as Britain and Israel, writes The Telegraph.
“In contrast to President Obama, whose first instinct is to reach out to America’s adversaries, the Governor’s first impulse is to consult and co-ordinate and to move closer to our friends and allies overseas so they can rely on American constancy and strength,” one told the Telegraph.
One of advisors suggested that the Republican challenger had a better understanding of the depth of ties between the two countries than President Obama, whose father was from Africa.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.
By the way, Mitt Romney is scheduled to visit Britain, Israel and Poland this week to disprove Democratic accusations that he is inexperienced abroad.
He lands in the Britain’s capital early on Wednesday morning, and he is arranged to meet with David Cameron and other ministers on Thursday. The candidate is also to meet Ed Miliband and Tony Blair and to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Romney has already vowed to maintain America’s leading role in the world, reports Reuters. The candidate also criticized his rival’s handling of Washington’s allies and foes.
“This is very simple: If you don’t want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president,” Romney told a convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. “You have that president today.”
Promising the new world in which US acts as the global night watchman and does not hesitate to “wield our strength” when needed, he said: “I will not surrender America’s leadership in the world”.
He blamed Obama for a cooling of relations with Israel and for “shabby treatment” of the key U.S. ally in the Mideast.
Although a recent poll shows that American voters are focused on the economy, international issues like the Afghanistan war and the growing worldwide influence of China make for a critical backdrop in the campaign for the next elections.
The Republican said he would draw a line against Iran to prevent it from producing a nuclear weapon and said, “There must be a full suspension of any enrichment, whatsoever, period.”
“It is a mistake – and sometimes a tragic one – to think that firmness in American foreign policy can bring only tension and conflict,” Romney said.