Mitt Romney gave a speech on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute that every voter should read and ponder before voting to put war making powers in his hands.
Why? In it, Romney laments our ending the Iraq war, blaming the endless civil war we imposed upon that hapless country nearly ten years ago on our leaving Iraq, not attacking it.
In it, Romney laments our 2014 deadline for removing our troops from our senseless, lost war in Afghanistan and signals he will re-evaluate that decision by letting the "generals" decide.
In it, Romney laments his imagined weakness of our sanctions against Iran. He pledged to ratchet them up and work in lockstep with Israel to bring this dispute to conclusion; a policy that significantly threatens to provoke a war that would make our failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem like a walk in the park.
In it, Romney laments not taking sides in the Syrian civil war and salivates toward finding some friendly rebels we can arm to the teeth to implement regime change to install folks of our liking, regardless of alarming concerns that such actions could spur a region wide war.
Maybe Romney doesn't really intend to implement this catastrophic agenda but is merely following his general campaign strategy of observing the President's measured policies for the past four years and simply promising to do the opposite. Maybe he surmises that as a man whose entire family has never served a day in the military, he's got to project a bellicose foreign policy to establish his bona fides with the Military-Industrial Complex. Regardless, it would be folly not to take Romney at his word. Putting Romney in charge of American foreign policy for another go at George W. Bush style pre-emptive war on steroids is something we peace loving citizens find truly lamentable.