The Cheney In Mitt Romney

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 18 2012 @ 12:15pm


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)