Advice for the Romney administration
American foreign policy is dictated, first and foremost, by the need to provide security to the nation along with its citizens at home and abroad. We recognize that the United States has commonalities with all nations, and those commonalities provide a means for dialogue and cooperation. We also recognize that, in some cases, there are vast differences between the United States and other nations.
While we do not seek to impose our beliefs, we will encourage the spread of these beliefs as we can. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness regardless of their nationality. A free market, free press, free elections and widespread educational opportunities are the foundation of our society and we will encourage those same conditions in other nations.
American foreign policy has no simple answer to regional or world problems. We are not the world’s policeman nor are we its bank. We will not apologize for our success or be shamed by our freedoms. We will do all that we can to ensure that our beliefs and freedoms are available to all but it will be up to the rest of the world to make use of those beliefs and freedoms.
The armed forces of the United States exist to secure the liberties and rights of Americans throughout the world. Our military will be used to do just that. If we must use force, we will not hold back. It is not, however, our duty or that of our military, to ensure the survival in power of any foreign government or to prevent civil unrest in any foreign nation. Our military policy will work in conjunction with our foreign policy, acting in the security interests of the United States.
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