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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3:46 p.m.

Board games with Mitt: Romney’s foreign policies a ‘Risk’ to say the least

Did you see the presidential debate Monday? If you didn’t, you were probably partying endlessly at The Grove. For those who decided to tune in, we got quite a show, didn’t we?

Mitt Romney unveiled his foreign policy plan — it’s called the instruction guide to the board game “Risk,” where he endlessly builds up an army to try and colonize the world. And it was evident that Romney wished he was playing his other favorite board game, “Monopoly,” because it was clear he just didn’t know what he was talking about when it came to foreign policy. Romney was like the student who is called on English 101 who didn’t read Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and needs to construct an answer that leads to the salesman dying at the end of the play.

It’s one thing for a presidential candidate to say that Iran is landlocked — look at a map, Columbus. It’s one thing to try and indict Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the World Court — it’s actually the International Criminal Court, and the U.S. has no jurisdiction, regardless. It’s one thing to accuse China of currency manipulation — there is no joke here, it’s that bewildering.

It’s actually not OK at all. But when your only foreign policy experience is managing a Swiss Bank account, it is understandable.

The larger and more dangerous problem is Mitt Romney’s world view — the orientalist notion that the world is clamoring for U.S. leadership, that America is so star-spangledly awesome that countries abroad yearn for America to save the day.

Does this sound familiar? George W. Bush was the architect of this plan, and now the torch is being carried forth by Romney.

Not only is the Bush-Romney worldview wrong, but this supercilious worldview itself is actually the greatest threat to the security of the United States. This arrogant global overreach that Bush II and III proclaim is far more dangerous than a nuclear Iran.

Imperial overreach has been the downfall of many empires, the most namely of them being the bloated and overstretched Roman Empire, which could not defend its vast territory in light of new challenges.

Romney’s insistence on increased military spending, even when the military itself has said they don’t want the money, is the very definition of this imperial overreach and is the mark of a president whose foreign policy is a wet paper bag.

We cannot let our nation fall victim to the imperial overreach that has plagued previous hegemonies, for which Mitt Romney advocates. Given that acting as commander in chief is exactly one half of the president’s constitutional duties, our country can ill afford an amateur at the helm of our armed forces, bent on imperial domination who views the world like a game of “Stratego.”