Writing in the Washington Post, Mitt Romey, 2012 US Presidential Candidate, argues that all reasons put forward for the decimation of the U.S. military defence are wrong, and that as “Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, [and] the Islamic State threatens” there is still need for a mighty U.S. military.
For example, although some people believe that a multipolar world is preferable to one led by a strong United States, Romney counters by saying that the world would not see peace if these other pole nations were China, Russia and Iran. This is because “ultimately, one would seek to conquer the others, unleashing world war.”
Other arguments contend that if the United States withdrew its military strength from the world it would be left alone. However, Romney argues that the “history of the 20th century teaches that power-hungry tyrants ultimately feast on the appeasers.” Moreover, he believes that the U.S. “economy would be devastated by the disruption of trade routes, the turmoil in global markets and the tumult of conflict across the world.”
Romney puts forward that the real reason for shrinking the U.S. military is that “politicians, and many of the people who elect them, want to keep up spending here at home.” As the turbulent times set to continue, and with freedom and peace in the balance, he believes that the “Washington politicians are poised to make a historic decision.”
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Mitt Romney was the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States. He was also a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, which eventually went to John McCain. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Mitt Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, he balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office.
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