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October 08, 2012


Romney Remains Vague on Foreign Policy Details

Mitt Romney plans a major foreign policy speech today where he is expected to criticize President Obama by saying that "hope is not a strategy," the New York Times reports.

"But beyond his critique of Mr. Obama as failing to project American strength abroad, Mr. Romney has yet to fill in many of the details of how he would conduct policy toward the rest of the world, or to resolve deep ideological rifts within the Republican Party and his own foreign policy team. It is a disparate and politely fractious team of advisers that includes warring tribes of neoconservatives, traditional strong-defense conservatives and a band of self-described 'realists' who believe there are limits to the degree the United States can impose its will."

In fact, several Romney advisers say "they have engaged with him so little on issues of national security that they are uncertain what camp he would fall into, and are uncertain themselves about how he would govern."

However, New York magazine notes that "talking tough even if he doesn't have the specifics worked out could be an effective strategy, as long as Romney advisers can restrain themselves from venting to reporters for the next month."












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