Romney: The Black Flag Was Hoisted Over Our Embassies – No Enemy That Attacks America Will Question Our Resolve to Defeat Them
In Lexinginton, Virginia, Governor Mitt Romney delivered another decisive blow against Obama, this time on the matter of foreign policy. Speaking before cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, he denounced Obama’s failed foreign policy of leading from behind, pledged to roll back catostrophic defense cuts against our military, and strengthen ties with our allies. He clearly outlined the ongoing struggle in the Middle East today, between those battling for freedom, and those who oppose them.
The attacks against us in Libya were not an isolated incident. They were accompanied by anti-American riots in nearly two dozen other countries, mostly in the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Our embassies have been attacked. Our flag has been burned. Many of our citizens have been threatened and driven from their overseas homes by vicious mobs, shouting “Death to America.” These mobs hoisted the black banner of Islamic extremism over American embassies on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
A Struggle Between Liberty & Tyranny
Further remarks indicated both his resolve to protect America from Jihadist extremists, and the difference between those who fight for freedom in the Middle East, and those who fight to destroy it. Romney further stated:
The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East—a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. And the fault lines of this struggle can be seen clearly in Benghazi itself.
The attack on our Consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012 was likely the work of forces affiliated with those that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001. This latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting Islam, despite the Administration’s attempts to convince us of that for so long. No, as the Administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the West.
We saw all of this in Benghazi last month—but we also saw something else, something hopeful. After the attack on our Consulate, tens of thousands of Libyans, most of them young people, held a massive protest in Benghazi against the very extremists who murdered our people. They waved signs that read, “The Ambassador was Libya’s friend” and “Libya is sorry.” They chanted “No to militias.” They marched, unarmed, to the terrorist compound. Then they burned it to the ground. As one Libyan woman said, “We are not going to go from darkness to darkness.”
This is the struggle that is now shaking the entire Middle East to its foundation. It is the struggle of millions and millions of people—men and women, young and old, Muslims, Christians and non-believers—all of whom have had enough of the darkness. It is a struggle for the dignity that comes with freedom, and opportunity, and the right to live under laws of our own making. It is a struggle that has unfolded under green banners in the streets of Iran, in the public squares of Tunisia and Egypt and Yemen, and in the fights for liberty in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Libya, and now Syria. In short, it is a struggle between liberty and tyranny, justice and oppression, hope and despair.
Perhaps the clearest indicator of the difference between Romney and Obama, is that the same day thousands rallied in Benghazi on behalf of Ambassador Stevens and their hard won freedom, Obama released a $70,000.00 dollar Public Service Announcement apologizing to tens of thousands of Jihadists in Pakistan. Unfortunately, they were too busy to watch it because they were burning Obama in effigy, and screaming “Death to America!”
This is a stark example of Obama’s failed foreign policy, wherein he invests American taxpayer dollars and apologizes to our enemies on the rampage, while utterly ignoring our tried and true allies and potential new ones. Libya, who rallied that same day by the thousands for Justice Stevens, and Libyan citizens who ousted Al Qaeda militias from Benghazi, were left ignored by Obama.
Romney, with a clear vision of the difference between an enemy and an ally, spoke of Libya in depth, but also addressed other vital foreign policies. With a congenial, yet determined stance, Romney stared straight into the camera and stated he would not compromise with Russia’s Vladmir Putin on the matter of missle defense. Another stark difference: Obama was recently busted on a hot mic promising Russia he would compromise when he was free to do so after he was re-elected. In short his statement can be translated as, “I can’t do what I really want to right now, but just wait til after the election when I will be free to do so.” And what Obama wants to do with Russia, is compromise on our missile defense system, once more, weakening our national security.
Romney Delivers Bedrock Priniciples of His Foreign Policy
Romney also pledged to renew freyed ties with proven allies, and to work to strengthen new ties with those in the Middle East and elsewhere who share our common values. But in one paragraph, he delivered his foreign policy in a nutshell:
It is time to change course in the Middle East. That course should be organized around these bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them… no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them… and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America’s capability to back up our words.
End quote. The quotes above, and a full transcript of Romney’s speech can be found here
Romney also spoke of specific issues pertaining to Israel, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran, and his intention to strengthen ties via Free-Market trade in the Middle East, and worldwide.
The sumnation of Romney’s speech is that of a true American leader. A leader who will not set us up for disastrous ambush by “leading from behind”, but rather a leader who will stand firm for the American values of freedom. A leader who will not apologize to our enemies while destroying our military with catostrophic defense cuts. A leader that will strengthen our ties with allies both old and new. And a leader who will protect America and her interests with unwavering and unapologetic resolve.