Monday, October 8, 2012

Romney on Iran

The GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will explain his foreign policy today at the Virginia Military Institute. According to advanced excerpts, the following will be his remarks on Iran:

"I will put the leaders of Iran on notice that the United States and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. I will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran, and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf the region -- and work with Israel to increase our military assistance and coordination. For the sake of peace, we must make clear to Iran through actions -- not just words -- that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated."

If you thought these remarks could have been delivered by President Obama, you are not the only one! 


Unknown said...

Mr. Romney is hitting below the belt when he criticizes Obama on the Middle East.

He's playing in the ignorance of some segments in society by trying to indirectly remind them that there was talk about Obama mulsim links that clouds his policy toward the Middle East and Israel.

The president has advanced the interests of the USA effectively and manged to not end up on the wrong side of history when it comes to the Arab spring, while still protecting the camp David accord between Israel and Egypt.

Blaming president Obama for the turmoil in the Middle East is like blaming president Bush for 911. Being there when things happen doesn't necessarily make them your fault.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Romney say in a private fund raising event that the best he can expect is to "kick the can down the road.." on Middle East? Now he is claiming he can fix it? What a Hypocrite!

Anonymous said...

US cant go to war with her economy descending toward bankruptcy. obama knows that, generals know that

Anonymous said...

Romney want to return to Iraq, continue the war in Afghanistan, start new wars wit Iran and Syria. That was not a Foreign Policy Speech, That is a nightmare!

Anonymous said...

I have seen a movie where the Antichrist was born and grew up in the US.
M. Romney has many badges of him.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, Romney and his followers don't know the full story of Obama's delicate situation as an "unofficial" world leader trying to create harmony. Those who look for substance will certainly vote for Obama. The more Romney exposes himself, the more he is destroying his own integrity. I think that Obama is handling world politics quite well, with wisdom and diplomacy. Can Romney do better in world affairs?

Robert Kozlowski said...

@Jabbar Fazeli

The president has advanced the interests of the USA effectively...

Where exactly?


@Anon 2:32 PM

Obama's fecklessness on the international stage is not leadership... Sorry.

Unknown said...

@ Robert Kozlowski 8:18
First of all it's refreshing to see a name for a change, so thank you.

There are many examples that would take pages to write, but for the purpose of this discussion lets take Libya.

The Libyan regime was not defeated when the US came on the side of the people. By acting in support of the Libyan revolution early and decisively the president ensured that a large segment of the population benefited directly from US action, and in doing so improved the Image of the USA in Libya. Despite the events in Banghazi and the tragedy of killing Ambassador Stevens, the long term benefits to the US are tremendous, in terms of rehabilitating the US image in the region. In facts the ambassador's heroic sacrifice (by being there in the thick of things instead of hiding in tripoli with a large security contingency) will go along way in consolidating the US gains in the region. I expect that you will find streets named after ambassador Stevens in Libya, including the street where the consulate once stood.

From a strategic stand point the short term benefits to the US were that the Libyan oil didn't go offline for years as a result of a protracted civil war and sanctions, at a time when the US was pushing to limit Iranian oil exports at a time of global recession.
Also, the US intervention means that we have a hand in the pie, not allowing the Islamists to take all the glory for wining the revolution and by extension taking over the government, without any US secular allies to counterbalance the Islamists influence.

Compared to starting two long term wars, one of which was with the wrong country, I'd say the Libyan achievement alone is a pretty good record for Obama.