Mitt Romney’s big foreign policy speech is readable for all right here, below the fold. There are details, outweighed by the tonnage of applause lines, but hey, it’s a campaign speech. I was just struck by the sections on Afghanistan, a war that turned 10 years old today.
In Afghanistan, after the United States and NATO have withdrawn all forces, will the Taliban find a path back to power? After over a decade of American sacrifice in treasure and blood, will the country sink back into the medieval terrors of fundamentalist rule and the mullahs again open a sanctuary for terrorists?
A good question! The answer:
I will order a full review of our transition to the Afghan military to secure that nation’s sovereignty from the tyranny of the Taliban. I will speak with our generals in the field, and receive the best recommendation of our military commanders. The force level necessary to secure our gains and complete our mission successfully is a decision I will make free from politics.
That’s not really any different from Herman Cain’s answer, saying he’d listen to commanders. Romney’s plan on Afghanistan: Light into Obama, figure the rest out later.