Romney foreign policy:
21 June 2007:
'I believe America must establish a Special Partnership Force, with a core leadership drawn from Army Special Forces personnel training in working with civilian governments and Intelligence personnel. This force would work hand-in-glove with local host governments. Together, in partnership, they would seek to target and separate terrorists from the local population, and to disrupt and defeat them. They would have the authority to call in all elements of civil assistance and humanitarian aid. And, where they felt it was necessary, they could call in Delta and SEAL resources. Their goal is to build national institutions of stability and freedom, and to promote the rule of law and human rights.'
- Romney wishes to increase the size of the military by at least 100,000 troops
- Romney has opposed ratification of New START, a bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation, in part because he wishes to deploy defensive missiles on submarines.
- During the debate in South Carolina held May 15, 2007 Romney stated that in his view 'We ought to double Guantanamo.' He then went on to say, in reference to combatants captured in Iraq, 'I want them in Guantanamo where they don't get the access to lawyers they get when they're on our soil. I don't want them in our prisons. I want them there.'
During the 2009 Gaza War, Paul addressed Congress to voice his staunch opposition to the House's proposed resolution supporting Israel's actions. He stated: "Madame Speaker, I strongly oppose H. Res. 34, which was rushed to the floor with almost no prior notice and without consideration by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution clearly takes one side in a conflict that has nothing to do with the United States or US interests. I am concerned that the weapons currently being used by Israel against the Palestinians in Gaza are made in America and paid for by American taxpayers." He then went on to question the very purpose of America's support for Israel, asking: "Is it really in the interest of the United States to guarantee the survival of any foreign country?"
- Paul rejects the "dangerous military confrontation approaching with Iran and supported by many in leadership on both sides of the aisle."
- Described 9/11 attacks as 'air piracy'. 'Paul supports reopening investigation into the attacks' and 'He has called the 9/11 Commission Report a "charade", saying spending more money abroad or restricting liberties at home will do nothing to deter terrorists, yet this is exactly what the 9-11 Commission recommends'
- Paul advocates bringing troops home from U.S. military bases in Korea, Japan, and Europe, among others.
- Paul described the United States as 'bullies that have to attack third-world nations that have no military and have no weapons'
'Paul advocates withdrawing U.S. participation and funding from organizations he believes override American sovereignty, such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the Law of the Sea Treaty, the WTO, NATO, and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.'
On human rights:
In his speech before the House on a related bill, H. Con. Res. 467 Paul rejected the proposal for "[urging] the Administration to seriously consider multilateral or even unilateral intervention to stop genocide in Darfur should the UN Security Council fail to act." Paul argued the unrelatedness of the proposal to "the US national interest" or "the Constitutional function of [United States] military forces."
Paul was the only "no" vote on H.R. 180 , the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007 (passed House 418-1-13, not reported out of committee in the Senate), which would "require the identification of companies that conduct business operations in Sudan [and] prohibit United States Government contracts with such companies."
'In 2000, Paul voted to end trade restrictions on Cuba'
All sourced from Wikipedia.
Do I even need to comment on any of this? Withdraw US participation from NATO? Is he serious?
Romney; he may be a non-entity but he's not Ron Paul.