Monday, March 19, 2012

Al Jazeera English: Mitt Romney and the lure of neo-imperialism - Opinion

. . For if the presidency of Barack Obama represents an effort to achieve a "post-imperial" foreign policy orientation for the United States, Mitt Romney wishes self-consciously to counter it with a "neo-imperialist" one.

Romney appears to espouse a fantasy held by many, particularly on the conservative right in the US, which holds that the foreign policy approach which, at least in their own romanticised and nostalgic view of recent history, caused the US to prevail in the Cold War with the Soviet Union is also the formula for US leadership and dominance in the multi-polar, post-cold war world which has followed. As one who is himself a believer in the vigorous, if judicious use of US power in the world, I can understand the appeal of such blandishments. The champions and purveyors of this line, however, could not be more mistaken.

See the complete article at Mitt Romney and the lure of neo-imperialism - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
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