Washington Post reporter Nia Malika Henderson on Thursday noted that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had selected neoconservatives from the Bush administration to be his foreign policy advisers.
“He is surrounded by neocons from the Bush administration, people that Colin Powell called ‘too far to the right’ in terms of what he believed was the right course for American policy,” she said on MSNBC.
More than 70 percent of Romney’s foreign policy advisers worked for the Bush administration, according to The Nation. One of Romney’s closest foreign policy advisers, Dan Senor, is the former spokesman for the American government in Iraq.
Eight of Romney’s foreign policy advisers also participated in the Project for a New American Century, a neoconservative think tank that influenced Bush’s military and foreign policies.
“Part of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy is that he wants to expand the military by 100,000 troops, bring up the level of support up to 4 percent of the GDP and that plays really well in a state like Virginia where there is a big military population,” Henderson said. “But I think it does go up against the fact that Americans are weary of war at this point. We already experienced a time where we did have two large land wars going on at the same time and we saw what that did to the economy.”
“So he is very much going up against a different reality in terms of what Americans what, but then again he has these neocons who are surrounding him that were part of the push to war with Iraq.”
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