The animating theory that underlay Romney’s view of the world was that the United States and its allies are in strategic competition with rival systems of governance, and always have been. “Other global strategies, each pursued by at least one state or major actor, are aggressively being pursued to surpass us and, in some cases, to suppress us,” Romney wrote in his 2010 book, No Apology. That book—although viewed by many who never read it as a run-of-the-mill campaign biography—was in actuality a book about geopolitics. It identified the governance models of China, Russia and radical Islamic jihadism as the chief competitors at this point in history to American-style political and economic liberalism. To beat those actors and ensure our security, Romney wrote, U.S. leaders must first recognize that we are in fact in a competition and that our adversaries are implementing sophisticated strategies to beat us. President Obama’s failure to come to that realization is the original sin that has doomed his entire foreign policy.