TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Romney's foreign policy: Restoring leadership

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
 

Many phrases come to mind when we think of Barack Obama's failed foreign policy. None is flattering.

From Matthew: “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

To paraphrase Byron: Those who think they lead are most led.

Then there's this of our own coinage: “Bow early and bow often.”

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney laid out his basic foreign policy philosophy Monday at Virginia Military Institute. And it stressed, as it must, a concept foreign to the current administration — leadership.

“(H)ope is not a strategy,” Mr. Romney said, noting how steeply the stature of the United States has declined under Mr. Obama. “(T)he perception of our strategy is not one of partnership but of passivity,” he added.

Or of acquiescence, we would add.

“I believe that if America does not lead, others will — others who do not share our interests — and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us,” Romney said.

William Shakespeare once noted that tyrants cannot safely govern at home unless they purchase great alliances from abroad. And they've been buying it from the United States at bargain-basement prices for the past four years.

The clearance sale will end with Mitt Romney's election.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. Kittanning Laurels & Lances
  2. Saturday essay: Garden chances
  3. The wind ruse: A failed policy
  4. Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
  5. The Connellsville Redevelopment Authority: Facts & findings
  6. Jamestown revealed: History comes alive
  7. Dodd-Frank turns 5: What a mess
  8. Regional growth
  9. Yes, the IRS targeted conservatives
  10. Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes