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Confronting Radical Jihad

 

 

CHALLENGE: Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century's nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet the Jihad has been with us for some time.

 

Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to a fundamentalist form of Islam.

 

 

Merely closing our eyes and hoping that Jihadism will go away is not an acceptable solution. U.S. military action alone cannot change the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims. In the end, only Muslims themselves can defeat the violent radicals. But we must work with them. The consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "Today, we face a new generation of challenges, globally and here at home. We will do as Americans have always done: we will rise to the occasion. We have all that we need. We have technology, technology that would have been beyond the imagination of our grandparents. We have national wealth. And most important, we have the heart and passion of the American people - always the greatest source of our strength as a nation." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/2007 )

 

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "I think many of us still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, by Jihad. Understandably, we focus on Afghanistan and Iraq. Our men and women are dying there.We think in terms of countries, because we faced countries in last century's conflicts. But the Jihad is much broader than any one nation or nations. Jihad encompasses far more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For radical Islam, there is an over-arching conflict and goal - replacing all modern Islamic states with a caliphate, destroying America, and conquering the world." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/2007 )

 

  • "Romney wants the public to know that Jihadists] are not an 'armed group of crazed maniacs in the hills of Afghanistan.' Rather, Romney says the United States is facing a 'far more sinister and broad-based extremist faction' with a 'very 8th century view of the world.'"

 

  • "The Jihadists] are waging a global war against the United States and Western governments generally with the ambition of replacing legitimate governments with a caliphate, with a theocracy."

 

The Romney Plan: To meet today's challenges, we must mobilize and integrate all elements of national power in unstable areas where traditional civilian agencies cannot operate effectively and traditional military power alone cannot succeed.

 

Create A Special Partnership Force (SPF). The SPF will integrate all elements of national power under a new force with leadership drawn from a core group of our Army Special Forces trained to work with civilian governments and intelligence personnel to form a new capability that is:

 

  • Focused on locally-targeted efforts to win support in the community while identifying, isolating and eliminating terrorist elements.
  • Highly integrated and able to mobilize all elements of national power, including humanitarian and development assistance and rule of law capacity building.
  • Closely coordinated in partnership with local governments.
  • Intelligence driven.
  • Agile and flexible in its operations.
  • A sustainable effort in contested areas and sanctuaries of Jihadist groups.
  • Launch A New Type Of Marshall Plan Unifying Nonmilitary Sources Of Power To Support Moderate Muslims. As President, GOVERNOR ROMNEY will call together our Middle East allies and the major nations of the developed world to establish a "Partnership for Progress and Prosperity."

 

This Partnership will assemble the resources of all developed nations to assure that threatened Islamic states have public schools, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care, and competitive economic policies. Resources would be drawn from public and private institutions, and from volunteers and NGOs.

 

Strengthen Global Alliances. The failure of efforts such as the United Nations Human Rights Council has given multilateralism a bad name. America’s strength is amplified when it is combined with the strength of other nations.

 

We need to expand alliances such as NATO and efforts among the world's leading nations to face the new threat of radical Jihad and increase our homeland security. We need to build global and regional capacities and networks of law enforcement and intelligence officials to confront Jihadists and other transnational threats.

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "This Special Partnership Force would work hand-in-glove with local host governments. Together, they would seek to target and separate terrorists from the local population, and to disrupt and defeat them. They would have the authority to call in all elements of civil assistance and humanitarian aid. Where they felt it was necessary, they could call in Delta and SEAL military resources. Their goal would be to build national institutions of stability and freedom, and to promote the rule of law and human rights." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At AEI World Forum, 6/21/2007 )

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "And further, if I were fortunate enough to be elected your President, I'd call for a National Summit of Nations to create a new partnership – a Partnership for Progress and Prosperity."

 

"This Partnership would assemble the resources of all the nations of the world to work to assure that Islamic states that are threatened with violent Jihad have public schools that are not Wahhabi madrasas; that they have micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care, and competitive economic practices." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At Yeshiva University, 4/26/2007 )

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "The inaction, if not the breakdown, of many Cold War institutions has made many Americans skeptical of multilateralism... But such failures should not obscure the fact that the United States' strength is amplified when it is combined with the strength of other nations. Where institutions are fundamentally incapable of meeting a new generation of challenges, the United States does not have to go it alone. Instead, we must examine where existing alliances can be strengthened and reinvigorated and where new alliances need to be forged." (Governor Mitt Romney, "Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges," Foreign Affairs, July/August 202007 )

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney and the Jihadists]

 

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Key Romney Speeches

 

2007

 

2005

 

 

2006

 

  • 09-05-2006; ROMNEY DENOUNCES KHATAMI VISIT TO HARVARD, Declines to provide escort, or offer state support for trip

 

2004

 

 

2003

  • 05-15-2003; Investing in homeland security: Challenges facing state and local government.
  • 06-17-2003; “First Responders: How States, Localities and the Federal Government Can Strengthen Their Partnership to Make America Safer”

 

Quotes from Governor Mitt Romney on the Jihadists]

 

 

 

  • "Romney wants the public to know that Jihadists] are not an 'armed group of crazed maniacs in the hills of Afghanistan.' Rather, Romney says the United States is facing a 'far more sinister and broad-based extremist faction' with a 'very 8th century view of the world.'"
    • (ABC News, April 30, 2006)

 

 

 

  • "The Jihadists] are waging a global war against the United States and Western governments generally with the ambition of replacing legitimate governments with a caliphate, with a theocracy."
    • Governor Mitt Romney, 01-23-2006, Romney tours area with an eye on '08, By Robynn Tysver, The Omaha World Herald

 

  • "But number five, the culture of America is under attack. Now some people say wait, when you talk about culture , Governor, that's not of the same order of magnitude as the things you just mentioned: Jihadists] and the emergence of Asia , spending too much money, using too much oil. And I disagree. There was a book written some years ago by a fellow named David Landis; he's a Harvard professor. The book was given to me. It's called The Wealth and Poverty of Nations. The jacket cover included an endorsement by John Kenneth Galbraith. I said, oh boy, this is going to be some liberal diatribe. I read through it and found it pretty scholarly. And after about 500 pages, he concludes with roughly these words: If anything can be learned from the history of economic development in the world, it is this--culture makes all the difference."
    • Governor Mitt Romney, 09-22-2006, Values Voter Summit 2006, Washington, DC, Democracy in action transcript

 

  • "The key issues we face, of course, are first, the conflict with the Jihadists]. This is a conflict which is going on within the world of Islam, and the Jihadists] are attempting to overcome the moderate, modern factions of Islam and replace them with a caliphate. It’s going to require the involvement of the U.S. as a leader of the world to help move Islam away from that kind of extremism and violence. That’s one challenge."
    • Governor Mitt Romney, 12-28-2006, Q&A: Mitt Romney Discusses Iraq war , Reagan's Influence and Gay Marriage, by Robert B. Bluey

 

  • "It is also true of our state and community. We imagine that the way things are now will always be. But history teaches that where change is the only constant, a society will either grow stronger or it will decay. Today, we are painfully aware that there are forces that would weaken us: global competitors compete for Massachusetts jobs, innovators look to displace our lead in technology, the very values which underpin our society are challenged, and of course, most alarming, Jihadists] attack our country. As we have always done, Massachusetts will rise to the challenge. We will look first to the strength and character of our people. We will sacrifice complacency to invest of ourselves in our fellow citizens, providing them with better education, better healthcare, and enduring principles of success."

 

  • “Just like Jihadists] who are attacking us economically and militarily, just like the challenge we face competitively from Asia , our culture is under attack, only this time from within.”
    • Governor Mitt Romney, October 28, 2006
      • At a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Mike Whalen at Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport.


 

Debate about Governor Mitt Romney and the Jihadists

  1. Romney understands the threat [Jihadists] pose to the United States].
  2. Mitt Romney is the most read about the threat of the [Jihadist].
  3. "State taxpayers should not be providing special treatment to an individual who supports violent Jihad and the destruction of Israel." - Governor Mitt Romney, 09-05-2006 Press Release
  4. "The president is right to point to an international [Jihadist|The president is right to point to an international Jihadist movement aimed at the collapse of the United States]." - Governor Mitt Romney, 12-31-2005 Press Release
  5. Romney was right to denounce Khatami’s visit to Harvard, decline to provide escort or other state support for his trip.


 

Also See

  1. Terror
  2. Terrorism
  3. War On Terror
  4. Iraq
  5. Iran


Jihadists] Videos

 

 

This Short Documentary connects the dots and helps understand how we are actually winning the war on terror in the middle east despite negative media coverage and poor approval rateings.

It reveals strategically why Iraq IS a desirable place to combat the war on terror such as Jihadist, bin Laden and al Qaeda.

 

 

While Alan gives support to these terrorist promoters, Sean and Mark discussed the hypocrisy of liberals to apologize for the Jihadists] rather than rail against their anti-woman culture.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDgjXo4Dtfo

 


 

 

 

http://mittromney.com/Issue-Watch/Defeating_the_Jihadists

 

Iran:

 

There are few more urgent priorities for our nation than confronting Iran's dangerous nuclear program and support of terrorist groups targeting Americans. GOVERNOR ROMNEY has led efforts to stand up to an Iranian regime that threatens America, Israel, and ultimately the world. At the 2007 Herzliya Conference in Israel, GOVERNOR ROMNEY laid out a comprehensive, five point strategy for dealing with Iran.

 

Specifically, we must:

 

  • First, continue to tighten economic sanctions.
  • Second, impose diplomatic isolation on Iran's Government.
  • Third, have Arab states join this effort to prevent a nuclear Iran.
  • Fourth, make it clear that while nuclear capabilities may be a source of pride, it can also be a source of peril. The military ] option remains on the table.
  • Fifth, integrate our strategy into a broader approach to the broader Muslim world--including working with our NATO allies and with progressive Muslim communities and leaders to build a partnership for prosperity.

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY has taken concrete action to confront this threat. As Governor, he denied state police security for former Iranian President Khatami's visit to Harvard. He has personally and repeatedly led efforts and called on numerous private sector and state officials to strategically divest from Iran and cut off the resources Iran uses to fuel terror. No state could have a bigger impact on this effort than New York - the world's financial center, site of the tragic attacks on 9/11, and home of some of America's largest pension funds. After a new state comptroller responsible for New York pension funds was named in February 2007, GOVERNOR ROMNEY wrote New York's Comptroller, Senators Clinton and Schumer, and Governor Spitzer calling on them to join this effort and terminate investments that support the Iranian regime and its nuclear and terrorist activities.

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY Discusses Iran:

 

"In the previous global wars, there were many ways to lose, and victory was far from guaranteed. In the current conflict, there is only one way to lose, and that is if we as a civilization decide not to lift a finger to defend ourselves, our values, and our way of life."

 

  • GOVERNOR ROMNEY, Remarks at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference; Herzliya, Israel, January 23, 2007

 

"The Iranian regime threatens not only Israel, but also every other nation in the region, and ultimately the world. And that threat would take on an entirely new dimension if Iran were allowed to become a nuclear power. And just think of the signal a nuclear Iran would send to other rogue regimes with nuclear ambitions – this could be a tipping point in the development and proliferation of nuclear regimes. . . It is time for the world to plainly speak three truths: One, Iran must be stopped. Two, Iran can be stopped. And three, Iran will be stopped."

 

 

"Today, as we stare at the face of radical violent Jihad and at the prospect of nuclear epidemic, our military ] might should not be subject to the whims of ever-changing political agendas. The best ally of peace is a strong America."

 

 

 

[GOVERNOR ROMNEY On The War On Terrorism]

 

 

CHALLENGE #1: Keeping Americans Safe At Home And Abroad

 

CHALLENGE: After President George H.W. Bush left office, in 1993, the Clinton Administration began to dismantle the military ], taking advantage of what has been called a peace dividend from the end of the Cold War. We took the dividend, but we did not get the peace. Meanwhile, we lost about 500,000 military ] personnel and about $50 billion a year in military ] spending. The U.S. Army lost four active divisions and two reserve divisions. The U.S. Navy lost almost 80 ships. The U.S. Air Force saw its active personnel decrease by 30 percent. The Marines’ personnel dropped by 22,000.

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: They took the dividend, but didn’t get the peace. It seems that we had come to believe that war and threats and evil men were gone forever. As Charles Krauthammer observed, we took a ‘holiday from history.’ (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/2007 )

Clinton Administration Defense Cuts

 

Between 1992 and 2000, the Clinton Administration cut National Defense by more than half a million personnel and $50 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars.

ARMY

Lost 4 Active and 2 Reserve Divisions

AIR FORCE

Active Personnel Decreased by 30%

NAVY

Number of Ships Decreased from 393 to 316

MARINES

Personnel Dropped by 22,000

Source: The Heritage Foundation

 

CHALLENGE: In our civilian agencies, a more pervasive problem exists: bureaucratic inaction. Today, there is no unity among our international nonmilitary ] resources. There is no clear leadership and no clear line of authority. Too often, we have to struggle to integrate our nonmilitary ] instruments into coherent, timely, and effective operations.

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: We removed barriers to unify efforts across the services. This included establishing ‘joint commands’ with individual commanders fully responsible for their geographic region… Our non military ] resources enjoy no such jointness, no such clear leadership, no such clear lines of authority and responsibility. Too often we struggle to integrate our military ] and civilian instruments of national power into coherent, timely and effective operations. (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/2007 )

 

CHALLENGE: During the Clinton Administration, our intelligence community was critically weakened. The CIA workforce was slashed by almost 20% and recruitment was reduced dramatically, undermining effective human intelligence. Unfortunately,Washington’s response has focused on creating a new, expanded and duplicative bureaucracy in the Directorate of National Intelligence.

1990s intelligence Cuts

Former CIA Deputy Director of Operations, James L. Pavitt: “The 90s were lean times for the human intelligence business. We were vastly underfunded and we did not have the people to do the job.

 

Personnel

“Our clandestine ranks were reduced by 20%

 

Funding

“The entire intelligence community, not just CIA, lost billions of dollars”

 

Recruitment

“They simply stopped recruiting people”

Source: James L. Pavitt, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, U.S. Government, Testimony, 4/14/0 George Tenet, At The Center Of The Storm, 2007, p.14

 

Bureaucracy Does Not Equal Security

 

Need to Slash the Size of the Bloated Directorate of National intelligence (DNI) to Put Officers in the Field

Initial Personnel Estimate for DNI: 70

Current Personnel Estimate at DNI; Over 1,500

  • A Stronger military ]. We must increase the size of our military ] by 100,000 troops. In addition, we should increase to at least four percent of our gross domestic product to defense. This kind of investment will make up for critical gaps in the modernization of our equipment, personnel and health care efforts. However, as we invest in our military ], we must ensure that funds are used to address critical needs of the men and women of our Armed Forces, not political or contractor interests. _
  • Transform And Strengthen Our Domestic Civilian International Efforts To Meet A New Generation Of Challenges. Building on the Goldwater-Nichols military ] reforms of the 1980s, we need to ensure that our civilian instruments of national power have the ability to build joint efforts among our civilian agencies and empower Regional Deputies with clear lines of authority, sufficient budgets and the responsibility to develop and execute regional plans and strategies. We must also constantly challenge bureaucratic group think and revitalize our national security structures so we have the capabilities needed to meet 21st century challenges. _
  • Strengthen Strategic Planning. Many of our civilian national security and foreign policy structures were created decades ago. Today we need strengthened capabilities to strategically integrate all elements of national power. National Security Council staff must be empowered and accountable for reaching out to divergent viewpoints and challenging policies and proposals. _

 

Protect The Homeland. While there has been much emphasis on protecting facilities and responding to attacks, a key priority must be prevention. Today, protecting the homeland must begin far from home. intelligence and law enforcement efforts able to address threats before they reach our shores must be a priority for U.S. and international action. This will demand new U.S. capabilities, stronger international alliances and integration of our federal actions with international, state and local efforts.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: We need to increase our investment in national defense. This means adding at least 100,000 troops and making a long-overdue investment in equipment, armament, weapons systems, and strategic defense. ... We are going to need at least an additional $30-$40 billion annually over the next several years to modernize our military ], fill gaps in troop levels, ease the strain on our National Guard and Reserves, and support our wounded soldiers. ... The next president should commit to spending a minimum of four percent of GDP on national defense. (Governor Mitt Romney, Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: We need to fundamentally change the cultures of our civilian agencies and create dynamic, flexible, and task-based approaches that focus on results rather than bureaucracy. ... For every region, one civilian leader should have authority over and responsibility for all the relevant agencies and departments, similar to the single military ] commander who heads U.S. Central Command. (Governor Mitt Romney, Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: The key to effective homeland security, in my view, is intelligence, finding the attackers before they attack, gathering and analyzing tips, monitoring suspects, wiretapping, surveillance, all of the tools associated with intelligence work. It’s aided measurably by the Patriot Act, perhaps our most effective new tool. It is also dependent on effective delineations of responsibilities between and among federal agencies, across federal and state lines and state and local lines. (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The National Press Club, 7/14/04)

 

CHALLENGE: Jihadism] – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century’s nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet the Jihad has been with us for some time.

 

Key Post Cold War Jihadist Attacks

1994

Jewish Com. Ctr. Argentina

2001

  • 9/11 Attacks

1993

  • WTC

2004

  • Madrid Train

2005

  • Sharm Al-Sheikh

1998

  • Kenya Embassy

1992

  • Israeli Embassy Argentina

1998

  • Tanzania Embassy

2005

  • London Subway

2004 Beslan School

2000

  • USS Cole

2002

  • Bali Bombings

 

Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to a fundamentalist form of Islam. Merely closing our eyes and hoping that Jihadism] will go away is not an acceptable solution. U.S. military ] action alone cannot change the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims. In the end, only Muslims themselves can defeat the violent radicals. But we must work with them. The consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable.

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Today, we face a new generation of challenges, globally and here at home. We will do as Americans have always done: we will rise to the occasion. We have all that we need. We have technology, technology that would have been beyond the imagination of our grandparents. We have national wealth. And most important, we have the heart and passion of the American people - always the greatest source of our strength as a nation. (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/2007 )

Post Cold War Terrorist Incidents

 

REGION, INCIDENTS, INJURIES, FATALITIES

 

Africa: 745, 8615, 2980

East Central Asia: 171, 5487, 214

Eastern Europe: 1466, 5121, 1992

Latin America & The Caribbean: 2283, 3337, 1945

Middle East/Persian Gulf: 13048, 48989, 24869

North America; 153, 4083, 3184

South Asia: 4896, 20887, 8142

Southeast Asia & Oceania: 1591, 5217, 1622

Western Europe: 3636, 2512, 512

TOTAL 27989 104248 45460

Source: The MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base; RAND

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I think many of us still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, by Jihad. Understandably, we focus on Afghanistan and Iraq. Our men and women are dying there. We think in terms of countries, because we faced countries in last century’s conflicts. But the Jihad is much broader than any one nation or nations. Jihad encompasses far more than the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. For radical Islam, there is an over-arching conflict and goal - replacing all modern Islamic states with a caliphate, destroying America, and conquering the world. (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/2007 )

Confronting Radical Jihad: THE ROMNEY Plan

 

To meet today’s challenges, we must mobilize and integrate all elements of national power in unstable areas where traditional civilian agencies cannot operate effectively and traditional military ] power alone cannot succeed.

  • Create A Special Partnership Force (SPF). The SPF will integrate all elements of national power under a new force with leadership drawn from a core group of our Army Special Forces trained to work with civilian governments and intelligence personnel to form a new capability that is:
    • Focused on locally-targeted efforts to win support in the community while identifying, isolating and eliminating terrorist elements.
    • Highly integrated and able to mobilize all elements of national power, including humanitarian and development assistance and rule of law capacity building.
    • Closely coordinated in partnership with local governments.
    • intelligence driven.
    • Agile and flexible in its operations.
    • A sustainable effort in contested areas and sanctuaries of Jihadist groups.
  • Launch A New Type Of Marshall Plan Unifying Nonmilitary ] Sources Of Power To Support Moderate Muslims. As President, GOVERNOR ROMNEY will call together our Middle East allies and the major nations of the developed world to establish a Partnership for Progress and Prosperity.

 

This Partnership will assemble the resources of all developed nations to assure that threatened Islamic states have public schools, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care, and competitive economic policies. Resources would be drawn from public and private institutions, and from volunteers and NGOs.

  • Strengthen Global Alliances. The failure of efforts such as the United Nations Human Rights Council has given multilateralism a bad name. America’s strength is amplified when it is combined with the strength of other nations. We need to expand alliances such as NATO and efforts among the world’s leading nations to face the new threat of radical Jihad and increase our homeland security. We need to build global and regional capacities and networks of law enforcement and intelligence officials to confront Jihadists] and other transnational threats.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: This Special Partnership Force would work hand-in-glove with local host governments. Together, they would seek to target and separate terrorists from the local population, and to disrupt and defeat them. They would have the authority to call in all elements of civil assistance and humanitarian aid. Where they felt it was necessary, they could call in Delta and SEAL military ] resources. Their goal would be to build national institutions of stability and freedom, and to promote the rule of law and human rights. (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At AEI World Forum, 6/21/2007 )

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: And further, if I were fortunate enough to be elected your President, I’d call for a National Summit of Nations to create a new partnership – a Partnership for Progress and Prosperity.

 

This Partnership would assemble the resources of all the nations of the world to work to assure that Islamic states that are threatened with violent Jihad have public schools that are not Wahhabi madrasas; that they have micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care, and competitive economic practices. (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At Yeshiva University, 4/26/2007 )

 

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: The inaction, if not the breakdown, of many Cold War institutions has made many Americans skeptical of multilateralism... But such failures should not obscure the fact that the United States’ strength is amplified when it is combined with the strength of other nations. ... Where institutions are fundamentally incapable of meeting a new generation of challenges, the United States does not have to go it alone. Instead, we must examine where existing alliances can be strengthened and reinvigorated and where new alliances need to be forged. (Governor Mitt Romney, Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007)

 

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