5 Ways Mitt Romney Would Double Down on U.S. Empire and Hegemony
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An approach like this will put the U.S. on a clearer path to a catostrophic military conflict with Iran.
3. Increased Military Spending
The world Romney wants to see is one where militarization increases and armament makers profit more. Referring to the U.S., Romney “complained that our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut...I will make the critical defense investments that we need to remain secure.”
As for the rest of the world, Romney wants the same: an increase in spending on militaries at a time of austerity and budget cutting that is wreaking havoc on the lives of Europeans. “I will call on our NATO allies to keep the greatest military alliance in history strong by honoring their commitment to each devote 2 percent of their GDP to security spending. Today, only 3 of the 28 NATO nations meet this benchmark,” Romney vowed.
4. Neoliberal Trade Agreements
Romney wants more so-called free trade agreements, which in reality are agreements that often hurt workers around the globe.
“I will champion free trade and restore it as a critical element of our strategy, both in the Middle East and across the world,” said the former Massachusetts governor.
He also made a misleading remark when he claimed that “the President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years.” While it is true that negotiations over the trade agreements Obama has signed began before he took office, it is a distortion to imply that Obama didn’t sign free trade agreements. Agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea have been signed by Obama--and as Politico notes, they were implemented “in defiance of what labor groups, a major Democratic constitutency, wanted.”
5. More Military Assistance to Israel
President Obama has already increased the amount of military aid the U.S. gives to Israel to unprecedented levels. But Romney wants Israel, a state that is occupying Palestinian land and threatening Iran with war, to receive more.
Romney said that he would “work with Israel to increase our military assistance and coordination.” Israel already receives 3.1 billion in military aid from the U.S.--aid that directly bolsters the occupation and the building of illegal settlements in the occupied territories, since the Israeli military solely protects settlers in the West Bank.
This military aid would be sent with a blank check. Romney vowed that under his presidency, “the world must never see any daylight between our two nations.” In practice, this would mean that no matter what Israel did with U.S. weaponry, a Romney administration would never criticize the state publically. This has largely been the stance the U.S. has taken in recent history, and it has been catastrophic for the people of Palestine and Lebanon.