National Security Brief: Romney Foreign Policy Speech Widely Panned

— Pundits, experts and media outlets widely panned Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech he delivered yesterday at the Virginia Military Institute. “Romney’s stated policies in Monday’s speech, just as they have been in the past, are either pretty much like Mr. Obama’s or, when there are hints of differences, would pull the United States in wrong and even dangerous directions,” a New York Times editorial stated, adding, “His analysis of the roots of various international crises is either naïve or deliberately misleading.”

CBS and Reuters concurred that Romney “provided few details” and “offered few specific clues” on how his foreign policy would be different from President Obama’s. “Mitt Romney delivered a ‘major speech on foreign policy on Monday,” a Time article says, “although that designation of import comes from Romney’s own campaign, and hardly seems warranted.”

— Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called Romney’s speech confusing and “full of platitudes.” “Peace through strength,” she said, relaying an Romney’s oft-repeated line, is “not really a foreign policy.” Meanwhile, former Clinton administration National Security Council official James Lindsey said, “There’s absolutely nothing in this speech. This is a repackaging of language that has been a staple of Romney’s campaign since he threw his hat in the ring.”

— A new report by a security think tank in Washington says that Iran need at least two to four months to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one nuclear bomb, and additional time to weaponize that material. However, the report said an Iranian push for a bomb would be detected by U.N. inspectors.

— Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is working on new legislation that would further tighten economic sanctions on Iran.

— The Turkish and Syrian militaries continued to exchanged artillery fire for the fourth consecutive day yesterday. Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the “worst-case scenarios” were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself.