From NBC's Mark Murray
Since Mitt Romney is slated to speak tonight at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University (which has become a refuge of sorts for some Bush 41 foreign policy realists), we wondered earlier today if his speech would serve to ally himself with those realists -- rather than the neo-conservatives from the current Bush Administration.
Well, it looks we were wrong, at least according to the speech excerpts his campaign has released. In his remarks, Romney backs Bush's troop surge ("Running away from Iraq now would embolden our enemies, giving them the sanctuary they need to plan more devastating attacks against our country"); he talks about the threat of Jihadists ("For radical Islam, there is one conflict and one goal -- replacing all modern Islamic states with a caliphate, destroying America, and conquering the world"); and he even takes Nancy Pelosi to task for her recent trip to Syria ("At this time of war, her action stands as one of the most partisan, divisive, and ill-considered of any national leader in this decade").
However, Romney will also call for strengthening America's partnerships in the world and expanding its alliances, which critics say the current Bush Administration has failed to do. And he will call for increasing the size of the US military by 100,000 troops.