“The 21st century can and must be an American century,” he said. “Our friends and allies across the globe do not want less American leadership. They want more—more of our moral support, more of our security cooperation, more of our trade, and more of our assistance in building free societies and thriving economies.”
In the face of crises and in the midst of turmoil, America must lead because, as the governor said, “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.”
Governor Romney understands the status quo is unacceptable, and that a brighter, more peaceful future requires a stronger America. Leading from behind is not true American leadership. He explained Monday, “I know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy.”
Some have accused the president of basing his foreign policy on his own political interests. Others have said he is simply in over his head. Whether or not either is the case, the most important point is that this president has not kept his promise to the country. He has not restored America’s role in the world. And with no plan to change course in a second term, we cannot expect anything but more of the same.