Romney's "Marshall Plan" against "radical jihadism". Hasn't he learned anything from Bush's failings in this area (i.e., the Coalition of the Willing)?
Mitt used B.. Bhutto's death to talk about his ideas on a Middle East foreign policy.
Romney Calls for a “New Course Altogether” Against Violent Islamic Jihadism
He proposed holding a summit of Middle East allies and major developed nations with the goal of a new type of Marshall Plan, which he called the “Partnership for Prosperity and Progress.” The objective of the strategy would be to ensure that “threatened Islamic states had public schools, not Wahhabi madrasas, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care and competitive economic policies,” he said.
But it seems that Bush had been talking up a Marshall Plan
for years. And if that was supposed to be the COTW, this article argues
that nobody really bought it.
You may recall, “Coalition of the Willing” (COTW) was the marketing term used by the White House in 2003 to convince American voters that an international consensus supported the Iraq invasion. Prewar polls indicated Americans did not want to go into war alone.
“When you have a look at the coalition of the willing … you can see that this is actually many nations who share the United States’ approach,” said White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer less than a week before the invasion.
COTW was also adopted by such Bush Kool-Aid drinkers as the right-wing think tank the Heritage Foundation. “‘Coalition of the Willing’ Already Larger than the 1991 Gulf War coalition” was a headline of one of its news releases.
Did “many nations,” in fact, “share the United States’ approach” in Iraq? Was the COTW larger than the alliance assembled to carry out the 1991 war to extract Saddam’s army from Kuwait?
No and hell no.
During the first Gulf War, Arab nations and Turkey contributed close to 300,000 troops to the invasion force. And financial pledges from other nations, including Saudi Arabia and Japan, exceeded the actual cost of the war.
The COTW for this war was largely a list of small nations who contributed almost nothing to the invasion and subsequent occupation forces.
So, what makes Romney so special? Won't countries see his new Marshall Plan just another take on Bush foreign policy?