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Romney’s Foreign Policy Team: Look Familiar?

This might be a bit disappointing for those who believe that national Republicans are being torn between the warmongering neoconservative influence of old, and today’s “isolationist inclinations” [1] of the post-war/post-financial collapse Tea Party landscape. Here is a list of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s foreign policy and national security advisors, as reported by Mike Allen at Politico [2], within the last hour.

Sadly this reads more like yesterday’s news — top-heavy with pro-war neoconservatives and  status quo establishment standards. If anyone can read more into this list, please chime in. But at first glance it looks so 2008. And we see how that turned out.

From Allen:

FIRST LOOK: Ahead of Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy speech tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., he today will announce his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team, saying: “Their remarkable experience, wisdom, and depth of knowledge will be critical to ensuring that the 21st century is another American Century.”

–SPECIAL ADVISERS: Cofer Black … Christopher Burnham … Michael Chertoff … Eliot Cohen … Norm Coleman … John Danilovich … Paula Dobriansky … Eric Edelman … Michael Hayden … Kerry Healey … Kim Holmes … Robert Joseph … Robert Kagan … John Lehman … Walid Phares … Pierre Prosper … Mitchell Reiss … Daniel Senor … Jim Talent … Vin Weber … Richard Williamson … Dov Zakheim.

–WORKING GROUPS:

–Afghanistan & Pakistan: James Shinn, Co-Chair … Ashley Tellis, Co-Chair

–Africa: Tibor Nagy, Chair

–Asia-Pacific: Evan Feigenbaum, Co-Chair … Aaron Friedberg, Co-Chair … Kent Lucken, Co-Chair

–Counter-Proliferation: Eric Edelman, Co-Chair … Robert Joseph, Co-Chair … Stephen Rademaker, Co-Chair

–Counterterrorism/Intelligence: Michael Chertoff, Co-Chair … Michael Hayden, Co-Chair

–Defense: John Lehman, Co-Chair … Roger Zakheim, Co-Chair

–Europe: Nile Gardiner, Co-Chair … Kristen Silverberg, Co-Chair

–Human Rights: Pierre Prosper, Chair

–International Assistance: Grant Aldonas, Co-Chair … Daniel Runde, Co-Chair

–International Organizations: Christopher Burnham, Co-Chair … Paula Dobriansky, Co-Chair … Robert O’Brien, Co-Chair

–Latin America: Clifford Sobel, Co-Chair … Ray Walser, Co-Chair

–Middle East & North Africa: Mary Beth Long, Co-Chair … Meghan O’Sullivan, Co-Chair … Walid Phares, Co-Chair

–Russia: Leon Aron, Co-Chair … William Martel, Co-Chair

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#1 Comment By Wick Allison On October 6, 2011 @ 7:59 am

It’s the Clinton/Bush/Obama/Romney administration! Who says American foreign policy isn’t consistent?

#2 Comment By illInIL On October 6, 2011 @ 8:12 am

Good God. That’s about the only list that could make me vote for Obama.

#3 Comment By Dmitri Aleksandrovich On October 6, 2011 @ 8:45 am

It’s the same thing over and over again. Americans who actually think there is a difference between the parties are the sheep in Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. Even if he doesn’t get the nomination I am voting for Ron Paul so at least my conscience is clean.

#4 Comment By Supporter On October 6, 2011 @ 8:50 am

@ Wick Allison — Thank you for extra copy of the current issue, and for making such a generous donation of publishing assistance.

@ illlnIL — I couldn’t vote for Obama, but there is no way in hell I will ever vote for Romney now. Not even pinching my nose and looking away. As Michael Scheuer might say, we are most certainly “Marching Toward Hell” if they’re the foreign policy team.

#5 Comment By James Canning On October 6, 2011 @ 10:42 am

For “Defence”, is this the same John Lehman who pushed for a 600-capital-ship Navy during the latter years of the Reagan administration, when it was clear the USSR was rapidly nearing collapse?

#6 Comment By JoshLowry On October 6, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

What a joke.

This is just going to guarantee Obama a second term.

Paul or nothing.