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PJ: Buyer beware: are you buying a (in his own words) 'severely conservative' Romney or a moderate centrist that he is now playing? Will this man lead as a neoconservative saber rattler as he promised to do just months ago or will he seek peace and follow the successful policies of the Obama administration that he claimed to support during the last presidential debate? He has proven to be a man of opposites who plays to whatever crowd he's trying to woo at the time. Will that mean that while he is trying to sound moderate now, he will play to the tea party in Congress? Will he go to war with Iran because neoconservatives who control Congress and Netanyahu want him to do so...after all, he already said, "there should be no daylight between Israel and the US"?
The foreign-policy debate
Neoconservatism goes underground
Does this indicate that Mr Romney would, as president, be less
confrontational abroad than he sounded in his campaign for the
Republican nomination? If he continues to follow Bill Kristol's advice
on foreign policy most of the time, I doubt it. We know what Mr
Kristol's foreign policy looks like. On Iran: "It’s long since been time for the United States to speak to this regime in the language it understands—force." On Syria:
"(T)he United States—working with European allies, Turkey, and other
regional partners—should advance a new strategy that uses combined
airpower to impose a safe zone in northern Syria." On Afghanistan:
"(T)o say we're ending our war on schedule means we're not fighting our
war to win." This is the neoconservative foreign-policy prescription.
It hasn't changed just because they've recognised that their candidate
needs to appear conciliatory and say the word "peace" a lot in order to