Huntsman Criticizes Top-Heavy U.S Military Infrastructure

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr. believes the U.S. military has remnants of top-heavy, post-Cold War infrastructure.

Huntsman will say America must reexamine its military and defense structure and that counterterrorism efforts need to be a larger part of the country's foreign policy, according to advance excerpts of a speech Huntsman is expected to give Monday morning.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

"It defense spending needs to be transformed to reflect the 21st century world, and the growing asymmetric threats we face," Huntsman said.

Huntsman referenced his experience as an American diplomat in China and said that those seeking reform looked to U.S. values.

"Half a world away they could see this country's light. Dissidents around the world can see it. All the troops in the world cannot give you that light," Huntsman said.

The speech outlined three steps to fight U.S. enemies and renew what Huntsman calls American exceptionalism: a foreign policy based on expansion as opposed to containment; to rebuild America's core by creating jobs and reducing debt to restore confidence in people; and to change current foreign entanglement.

The speech comes a few days after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney revealed his own foreign policy platform, which emphasized that the U.S. should retain military supremacy.

Romney said he would bolster multilateral alliances and review military transition to Afghan forces, which is similar to Huntsman's call in his speech to reduce America's troop footprint in one year in Afghanistan.

Huntsman speech is also similar to Romney's in that both GOP presidential hopefuls want to make clear the United States' close relationship with Israel and that the world couldn't live in a nuclear-armed Iran.

Huntsman rolled out an economic and jobs plan in late August shortly after Romney had announced his own. To date, Huntsman and Romney are the only two candidates to have formally proposed both an economic and foreign policy plan.

Former GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty unveiled a foreign policy platform in June, but the former Minnesota governor dropped from the race in August after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll. Pawlenty is now part of Romney's campaign team.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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