By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) – In delivering his first major foreign policy speech of the campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney really went off on President Obama’s record.
“I will not surrender America’s role in the world,” he said Friday in a carefully crafted speech at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, an early primary state. “This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president. You have that president today.”
There was more. “I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world,” he added. “In Barack Obama’s profoundly mistaken view, there is nothing unique about the United States.
“Let me make this very clear,” he went on to say. “As president of the United States, I will devote myself to an American century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.
“As president, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. I will reverse President Obama’s massive defense cuts. Time and again, we have seen that attempts to balance the budget by weakening our military only lead to a far higher price, not only in treasure, but in blood.”
You get the drift. According to Romney, Obama’s foreign policy has been a disaster across the board.
In some recent interviews, Romney has praised Obama’s successful strikes against Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, but there was no mention of either in his Citadel speech.
Romney has assembled a team of experienced foreign policy and defense advisers, including several who served during the Bush administration. They have helped him with the drafting of the speech as well as for his preparation for the presidential debates.
Some critics are wasting no time in fighting back, arguing that if you liked the Bush foreign policy adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, you will love the Romney foreign policy adventures.