Every president needs a foreign policy doctrine (ala the Monroe Doctrine) to act as a package for his foreign policies. What will Romney’s Doctrine be?
Romney has told Americans what kind of foreign policy his administration would run if he was elected president.
On Israel, he would leave no daylight between USA and Israeli policies on Iran.
On the Arab Spring, he indicated that he would be more proactive than the Obama administration has been, including supporting the rebels in Syria.
And the biggest change he claims he will make is on China.
In effect, he will declare a trade war with China on day one of his administration. These are his words from the transcript of Debate 2:
I want to make America the most attractive place in the world for entrepreneurs, for small business, for big business, to invest and grow in America.Now, we're going to have to make sure that as we trade with other nations that they play by the rules. And China hasn't. One of the reasons — or one of the ways they don't play by the rules is artificially holding down the value of their currency. Because if they put their currency down low, that means their prices on their goods are low. And that makes them advantageous in the marketplace.We lose sales. And manufacturers here in the U.S. making the same products can't compete. China has been a currency manipulator for years and years and years. And the president has a regular opportunity to label them as a currency manipulator, but refuses to do so.On day one, I will label China a currency manipulator, which will allow me as president to be able to put in place, if necessary, tariffs where I believe that they are taking unfair advantage of our manufacturers.
Tariffs through presidential fiat on Chinese goods exported to the USA.Now that would be a major change for American policy!