“Would Romney Pursue a Neocon War Agenda?” Revisited
The FP 50:The 50 most powerful Republicans on foreign policy
On reading the The FP 50:The 50 most powerful Republicans on foreign policy, I found myself compelled to suggest that people re-read my article “Would Romney Pursue a Neocon War Agenda?”
In the article I illustrate the neocons who have surrounded Romney and the hardline war positions he has taken.
I write “Given that Romney’s identification with the neocons and their hardline policies is likely motivated by opportunism rather than conviction, shouldn’t he now be expected to change to a more moderate position for the general election, which he would continue as President? Furthermore, should he become President, would he really want to harm his own popularity at home and abroad by launching a war that would be apt to devastate the economy just to placate the neoconservatives and other segments of the Israel lobby?
These factors must be considered, but Romney has gone so far in his involvement with the neocons that it would be very difficult for him to extricate himself from their war agenda without serious negative repercussions for himself. The neocons and their wealthy supporters expect him to pursue a policy in line with their thinking, at least in key areas such as Iran, Syria, and Israel.
It must be remembered that the neocons are very influential in the conservative media, best represented by Fox News. Should they turn on him for deserting their Middle East agenda, their criticism of him would likely resonate with the Republican base, which was never too keen about him in the first place, and thus undermine his administration.
Since it is doubtful that Romney would be able to attract substantial support from independents and Democrats by a more moderate foreign policy stance, his alienation of the neocons, with their power over the Republican base, could leave him with virtually no significant support. It would thus seem that Romney, out of personal self-interest, would need to keep his wagon tied to the neocons, trying to ameliorate some of their most extreme positions.
This approach definitely would mean that much stronger measures would be taken against Iran than have been implemented so far, and if the United States did not actually initiate war over Iran’s nuclear program, it would engage in belligerent tactics that would inevitably lead to war.
Read the full article here: http://mycatbirdseat.com/2012/07/would-romney-pursue-a-neocon-war-agenda/
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