Sunday, July 29, 2012

India: Mormon beliefs vs Romney's political declarations

The Hindu

The world according to Romney
By Inderjeet Parmar
But these are relatively isolated voices in the Mormon community, while Mr. Romney swims with the tide. Candidate Romney has drawn his foreign policy advisors from among re-organised and renewed neoconservatives who backed the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and other militaristic organisations — like Elliott Cohen, William Kristol, Robert Kagan, John Bolton — that called for an American war on Iraq as early as 1997. Not for Mr. Romney, a foreign affairs novice, the counsel of old time Republican internationalists like Brent Scowcroft or Richard Armitage, or Reagan-Bush I era former secretaries of state, James Baker III or George P. Shultz — who were aggressive enough in the pursuit of American power. Consequently, the Republican contender has veered towards bellicose declarations — no negotiations with the Taliban (instead the U.S. should “go anywhere they are and … kill them”), greater military and economic pressure on Iran, more arms to Taiwan, and declared Russia America’s main geopolitical enemy

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