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Romney Goes Bold in Foreign Policy Speech


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Alana Goodman



Anyone who worried Mitt Romney would be overly cautious or avoid taking strong stances during his foreign policy speech today was proved wrong. Romney delivered a substantive critique of Obama’s Middle-East policy, and outlined his own strategy, including some bold positions on Syria and Afghanistan. The best soundbite of the speech, “hope is not a strategy,” will surely be a theme the campaign hammers home between now and the election. This is more than a catchy line; it’s an encapsulation of Obama’s Middle-East policy. In the Arab-Spring countries, democracy needs to be guided, supported, and encouraged. And yet Obama has seemed reluctant to use U.S. influence on this front.




In Syria, Romney said he would arm the anti-Assad forces, and explained why U.S. involvement there is critical in terms of our values and strategic interests regarding Iran. He also noted that it’s important to show our support for the Syrians fighting the Assad regime is more than just words.


In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets. Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them. We should be working no less vigorously with our international partners to support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran—rather than sitting on the sidelines. It is essential that we develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the Middle East.


Romney also rejected a policy of “daylight” between Israel and the U.S., committed himself to the peace process and a future Palestinian state, and reiterated his red line on Iran (nuclear capability). The speech was well-delivered, too. The debate performance seems to have given Romney a new boost of confidence, and the fact that he’s catching up in the polls made the speech seem weightier than it might have seemed only a few weeks ago.




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Rush absolutely and totally LOVED what "President" Romney said.

He is sounding like a 100 per center for Mitt now with no reservations.

Have no idea what is going on with Kristol.

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