Over the course of Mitt Romney's run for President, he's already made a huge number of mistakes involving foreign policy.
Remember Mitt's vapid and empty speech at the VFW in July of 2012? Or how about Mitt's worldwide gaffe tour through England, Israel, and Poland? [Seriously - how the hell does an American presidential candidate piss off our allies in England, at the Olympics?]
It gets worse.
Seventeen of twenty-four of Mitt Romney's foreign policy advisors are Bush era neocons, led by the same people who got us into the war in Iraq, including Dan Senor. Last week, Senor - one of the top members of a group called "The Foreign Policy Initiative" - even advocated the United States get involved with 'boots on the ground' in the civil war in Syria.
None of this should surprise anyone, really. Effectively, Mitt Romney is Bush with a couple of brain cells - and he's been acting this way during his entire campaign. Check out just a few of the lowlights on the timeline of Romney's foreign policy positions, over the last year, courtesy of Think Progress.
- The Romney campaign announces Romney’s foreign policy advisers, many of whom have called for war with Iran and helped push the U.S. into war with Iraq. Another adviser was tied to a Christian militia that committed atrocities in Lebanon’s civil war. [10/07/2011]
- “I don’t think America should play the role of the leader of the [Middle East] peace process,” Romney said, adding, “My inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel.” [10/28/2011]
- Romney receives a key endorsement from John Bolton. Bolton had spent the better part of the past few years calling for war with Iran. [1/11/2011]
- CNN reports on a new analysis of Romney’s plan for the military budget which found that he plans to increase military spending by a whopping $2.1 trillion with no plan to pay for it. Romney did not dispute this figure during his Oct. 3, 2012 debate with Obama. [5/10/2012]
- The Romney team tries and fails to offer a substantively different policy on Syria from the Obama administration, continuing a trend throughout the campaign. The Los Angeles Times observes days later, “Yet for all his criticisms of the president, it has been difficult to tell exactly what Romney would do differently.” [5/29/2012]
Want the entire, comprehensive, detailed timeline? Think Progress has it HERE.