Faceoff: Election 2012

The United States is an exceptional nation – the greatest symbol of freedom and liberty the world has ever seen. Today, with the Middle East up in flames and authoritarian governments rising in South America, Asia and Africa, the U.S. has a choice: We as a country, with the help of our allied friends, may lead as a global force for good, or we may let events unfold as they will. We are presented with two choices this November, and it is clear former Gov. Mitt Romney is the correct one.

We can choose a nation that leads from behind as it has for the past four years under President Barack Obama, or we can lead with the exceptional American spirit that has been passed down from previous generations under Romney.

Peace through strength is Romney’s foreign policy model. He plans to reverse the sequestrations about to hit at the end of this year, which cut hundreds of billions of dollars from our defense budget over the next decade. This will restore current military spending, keeping our military the strongest and most prepared in the world.

Due to growing security threats in the Pacific, Romney plans a major expansion of the U.S. Navy, adding additional ships, including destroyers and submarines, to a Navy in need of more vessels.

Under new American leadership, our friends around the world will recognize America as a global leader. Countries such as Israel and Poland won’t have to worry about threats, knowing that America will be there for them.

From the threat of a nuclear-capable Iran to the bullying of nations such as Russia, the world will know that America is there to do the right thing. A Romney administration wouldn’t have allowed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to massacre almost 30,000 innocent people over the past 20 months.

Under President Romney, not only would we support our allies, but more importantly, our embassies and ourselves. The most recent attacks on the Benghazi Consulate were not only ruthlessly tragic but somewhat of a reflection on America’s current foreign policy.

In his address last week, Romney said that as a global leader we cannot be “leaving our destiny at the mercy of events. Unfortunately, that is exactly where we find ourselves in the Middle East under President Obama.”

The U.S. military made global headlines when we killed Osama bin Laden. As much of an accomplishment that was, destructive forces in the Middle East have in no way calmed down but have in fact increased since.

We are all anticipating the day when things will be safe for everyone; we hope that day will come soon. Until it does, however, Romney is correct in saying that, “Hope is not strategy.” Things will not get better until we turn strategic plans into actions and put forth efforts to make the world a safer place.

We now have the opportunity to change the world and live up to the rest of the globe’s expectations.

As Romney said, “The torch America carries is one of decency and hope. It is not America’s torch alone. But it is America’s duty – and honor – to hold it high enough that all the world can see its light.”

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