The Cheney In Mitt Romney


It's increasingly clear that his foreign policy will be, as Bill Clinton put it, the old neocon stuff on steroids. Here, for example, is his view that a war against Iran need have no Congressional authorization:

I can assure you if I'm President, the Iranians will have no question but that I would be willing to take military action, if necessary, to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I– I don't believe at this stage, therefore, if I'm President, that we need to have war powers approval or a special authorization for military force. The President has that capacity now.

Remember that this was Cheney's position vis-a-vis Iraq. Bush over-ruled him. Romney is to the neocon right of George W. Bush in foreign affairs. Then this:

We cannot survive a course of action [that] would include a nuclear Iran.

Survive? So how did we survive a contained nuclear Soviet Union and a contained nuclear Communist China? And yet this comparatively puny, creaking, theo-fascist regime threatens America's very survival? Well: no one can say we haven't been warned.

You want a return to Cheneyism in foreign policy? You know what to do.

(Photo: Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney presents Vice President Dick Cheney with a Red Sox jersey at a GOP fundraiser May 21, 2002 in Boston, MA. Vice President Cheney was in town to endorse Mitt Romney's Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign. By Douglas McFadd/Getty Images)