Romney Right Again
Yes, U.S. Must Re-Engage The World
And that national attribute — requisite for the free world’s lone superpower and sorely needed now — robustly framed Mr. Romney’s 22-minute speech, in which variations of the words “strength” and “strong” resonated.
His message: America’s “exceptional” legacy is one of “strong, confident” leadership. “We led,” he said, citing the contributions of VMI’s most illustrious son, George C. Marshall, and we will, and we must, do so yet again.
The responsibility of the president, Mr. Romney said, is “to use America’s great power to shape history, not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.”
That one sentence neatly eviscerated President Obama’s wearisome four-year-long apologia for America’s global influence, during which other nations and other forces have rushed to fill the vacuum left by our diminished presence. The result: an unsteady world, a chaotic Middle East with Iran ascendant and combative, Israel more isolated than she should be, and the likes of Russia and China orchestrating, biding their time.
This is the world Mitt Romney sees; this is the world he’d like to change, through a restored U.S. military (particularly our Navy) and a diplomatic approach best described, perhaps, as smart strength.
“I believe,” he said, “that if America does not lead, others will — others who do not share our interests and our values — and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us.”
So re-engage we must, if only to offset those “dark” forces. “That is the role our friends want America to play again,” Mr. Romney concluded. “And it is the role we must play.”