On September 5, 2012, Condoleezza Rice, James A. Baker, George P. Shultz, and Henry A. Kissinger - all have held the position of secretary of state - posted an endorsement for Mitt Romney. The endorsement included an explanation of why they are optimistic about the future of
"Like the country we have been privileged to serve, we remain fundamentally optimistic about the future. We have endured a financial collapse, a protracted recession, a fiscal crisis that threatens the creditworthiness of the
government, and polarized politics that makes it ever more difficult to
govern. Pundits regularly remind us how
other great powers, from U.S. Rome to ,
all fell into eclipse. Great Britain
"We reject such pessimism. The
remains the world's
most powerful and, above all, the most indispensable country - diplomatically,
militarily, even economically." United States
After several more paragraphs about why they are optimistic about
they explained why they are endorsing Mitt. America
"This is why we have endorsed Mitt Romney for president. He has the experience, strategy and temperament to lead a robust economic recovery and rein in the mounting federal debt that threatens our future. And he fully understands that our prosperity at home is inextricably linked to our influence abroad.
"Mr. Romney has laid out a strong and mature vision of American leadership during his campaign. It is based on a consistent theme that peace abroad depends on American vitality.
"Mr. Romney understands that the world remains a dangerous place. He is a staunch supporter of our alliances around the world. He believes in maintaining our military strength. He is committed to expanding free trade and investment. He will oppose the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. And he knows that no American president should ever be ashamed of espousing the democratic principles upon which our nation was founded.
"Most of all, he recognizes that
its best when it assumes a leadership role on the world stage. Mr. Romney will devote himself to building an
that remains the hope of the world - a world of peace, justice and
I am impressed by the fact that these four outstanding individuals - people who have sat in counsel with several Presidents - are recommending that we vote for Romney. I believe that they have sufficient understanding of the state of the world to know what kind of President we need. We remember of course that Ms. Rice was secretary of state during the second administration of George W. Bush, but we have to wonder what happened to Collin Powell, Bush's secretary of state during his first term of office. James A. Baker was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush, George P. Schultz was secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, and Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.