Rachel Marsden

According to Romney, squeezing Iran with sanctions is supposed to be some sort of solution, when Iran can survive quite nicely under its current protectorate of China and Russia -- two countries that only benefit from increased trade and rapprochement when Western sanctions are imposed on one of their allies. Further, he wants to "improve the flow" of information about the Iranian government to its own people. I think they already know, Mitt. They already tried to do something about it in 2009, and many were killed for it.

Chinese domination is a concern for Romney, who "will implement a strategy that makes the path of regional hegemony for China far more costly than the alternative path of becoming a responsible partner in the international system." That clicking sound you hear is the Chinese government texting "SO FUNNY, MITT!" on their made-in-China iPhones.

Likewise, Romney hopes to curtail Russian authority by "implement(ing) a strategy that will seek to discourage aggressive or expansionist behavior on the part of Russia and encourage democratic political and economic reform." He doesn't say precisely how he could possibly put Russia in that position. Presumably he's just going to ask nicely.

The threat of United Nations military intervention in Syria last week was mysteriously followed by Russia's Gazprom toying with the natural gas tap flowing into Europe at a time of record low temperatures and record high prices. Whack something on the head these days, and the headache pops up in a place where you might least expect it. If this Romney foreign-policy naiveté is the epitome of what America can expect from the top presidential challenger, we're in a lot more trouble than we might realize.

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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