Quote of the Day: Mitt Romney’s Nonexistent Foreign Policy

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From an anonymous Romney advisor talking about his candidate’s approach to international affairs:

The Bush foreign policy is a terrible brand 

Roger that. The whole piece is worth a read. Romney has been pretty cagey about domestic policy, declining to take firm stands on healthcare, taxes, financial regulation, or, really, much of anything. But that’s nothing compared to his slipperiness on foreign policy, which sounds increasingly like something out of an HBO sitcom. Romney wants to sound more like Reagan — but with a “more cautious view of where and when we use force.” He wants to sound more forceful than Obama — but without actually suggesting he’d use force anywhere. He’ll provide arms to the Syrians — but no, it turns out he won’t. He has a different red line on Iran — but not really, it turns out. He’d handle the Arab Spring differently from Obama — except that he’d pretty much do exactly the same thing as Obama.

“The idea that Romney is following the George W. Bush approach is a caricature the Democrats want to draw,” the anonymous advisor said. “We’re not going to help them with that.” Apparently not. Instead, they’re just going to take so many different positions that nobody has any idea what approach they’d take.

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