A Strategy to Secure America’s Enduring Interests and Ideals
A ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT WHITE PAPER
October 7, 2011
America does not have the option of abandoning a leadership role in supportof its national interests. Those interests are vital to the security of the UnitedStates. Failure to anticipate and manage the conflicts that threaten thoseinterests . . . will not make the conflicts go away or make America’s interestsany less important. It will simply lead to an increasingly unstable andunfriendly global climate and, eventually, to conflicts America cannot ignore, which we must prosecute with limited choices under unfavorablecircumstances — and with stakes that are higher than anyone would like. – Final Report of the Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel
Stephen J. Hadley, Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs William J. Perry, Former Secretary of DefenseCo-Chairs
FOREWORD, by Eliot Cohen
Now, as in the 1970s, as in the 1930s, and as at other times in our past, Americans are being told that the ability of the United States to influence international politics has passed. On both endsof the political spectrum we hear that the United States should clip its own wings, because it is toobroke, too unpopular, or simply too incompetent to act like a superpower. American hard power,the argument goes, is waning, our soft power ineffective, our moral authority compromised, our willenfeebled. Some people even think this is a desirable state of affairs. This is an era, supposedly, forleading from behind, or indeed, not at all — propositions which amount to pretty much the samething.
Final Report of the Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, United States Institute of Peace,2010, p. 28: http://www.usip.org/files/qdr/qdrreport.pdf.
Eliot A. Cohen, a special adviser to Governor Romney, is a professor of strategic studies atJohns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was Counselor of the U.S. Department of State from 2007 to 2009.