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Mitt Romney takes on world as he vies for presidency


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  • Melanna Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    your list would be a lot more convincing if you actually did something other then spew the right wing talking points with no supporting evidence.

  • woolsocks Sandy, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2012 8:56 p.m.

    This article is really unfair and somewhat misleading on Romney's foreign policy. It leaves out come critical truths about Romney that, if included, paint a much more accurate picture, but would have gone against the point the article's author was trying to make.

    Such as
    * Romney criticizes Europe for the same reason he criticizes Obama's Administration--spending more they bring in on taxes.
    * The article failed to mention Romney's strong support for expanding LEGAL immigration
    * The article failed to mention Romney's stance on strongly supporting our allies, and only bring up disagreements behind closed-doors, and not saying anything in public that would undermine those relationships (as Obama has done) and even makes it seem like Romney feels the opposite, which is false.
    * The article fails to emphasize that many of these stances by Romney are actually the hard truth, and it is Romney's stance that they mustn't be ignored or underplayed. Notice that the article doesn't disagree with Romney's claim that China is a currency manipulator--it just quotes a professor who believes that it wouldn't be politically wise to 'pick that fight' with China. While I believe that that particular issue is worthy of good honest debate, I also feel that Romney's position reflects an understanding that if China is to ever be a really good force in the world (as the US has undoubtedly been, mistakes notwithstanding), the US needs to stop giving China a free pass to do whatever it pleases (human-rights violations, not enforcing the rule of law, intellectual piracy, etc), and instead hold it to the same standard that the rest of the world holds the US.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    Obama has the best foreign policy, and is starting to look pretty level headed compared to romney.

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    Romney: China manipulates their currency?

    Do you know what country introduced the evils of fiat currencies and the federal reserve to the world? One guess, and it isn't China.

    Your blatant ignoring of the federal reserve as a political issue has cost you one voter. As long as our currency continues to be manipulated, I will vote for a candidate who takes the evils of the Federal Reserve seriously.

    Like the founding fathers, I believe that our country does thrive or fall on our monetary system. This is not a "side" political issue. This is the main course.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    Is Mittens having an emotional breakdown? Wow, just wow. He has been sliding and if he really chosen to take this tangent is is about done. All Rick and Newt have to do is sit back and let the spoiled little rich kid tank his efforts. In a way this is kind of sad but what would you expect when you have never had to work for anything and are so detached from what america and americans are all about!

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    "What the Olympic games, supposedly hosted and funded by Salt Lake City, which began in corruption and bribery, has now turned into is an incredible pork-barrel project for Salt Lake City and its environs," McCain said on the Senate floor on Sept. 19, 2000.
    " I do not understand how we Republicans call ourselves conservatives and then treat the taxpayers dollars in this fashion. This is terribly objectionable."

    Romney can't take on anything without distorting, flip flopping, and being hypocritical!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    '2) Obama likes to spend money. LOTS of it. Our credit value has dropped because of him.' - Riverton Cougar | 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012


    ** 'Republicans bail on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

    2 months later:

    ** 'S&P warns it may downgrade U.S. credit rating' - By Martin Crutsinger - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/15/11

    ** 'Dow average plunges 513, worst drop since 2008' - By David K. Randall - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/04/11

    I always thought the national credit rating went down...

    because Republicans vote 'No' on any budget since Obama took office.

    139 filibusters support this claim. Almost DOUBLE from a Democrat controlled house and senate.

    ** 'The Rise Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo - 01/27/10

    I enjoy when conservatives make a list...

    and it is based on nothing, but heresay.

    Like 'Bush killed Osama Bin Laden'...

    more than two YEARS after his final term.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    "Stress and strain all you like, but the Obama Administration has been off the charts good when it comes to foreign policy."

    Let me tell you why Obama's foreign policy clashes with Romney's:
    1) Obama likes the European socialism.
    2) Obama likes to spend money. LOTS of it. Our credit value has dropped because of him. Who are we to have the best economy in the world?
    3) Obama is also out to destroy Israel.
    4) Our Constitution sets us apart from the rest of the world. That's why Obama wants to do away with it.

    It's funny how Obama continued Bush's plan for Iraq, but the plan was bad when Bush presented it. Double standard? And why does Obama get credit for Osama Bin Ladin, but Bush doesn't get credit for Saddam Hussein? Both were evil, but the military gets credit for both. Note that Bush declared war on Bin Ladin, not Obama (so saying Bush did nothing makes you sound stupid).

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    Romney has lost my respect and my vote in the primary through all this pandering for ultra-conservative votes. The US doesn't need MORE enemies nor does it need the stress of additional confrontations.

    If Huntsman's name appears on the ballot, that is where my vote likely goes even though he pulled out of the race. If he isn't, Ron Paul gets it.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Feb. 17, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    Does Mitt still want to double the size of GITMO, or does he get a pass on that now? What about torture? What about his expressed desire to have a VP like Cheney?

  • DougB Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    Mitt Romney has completely "outsourced" his foreign policy to military-industrial lobbyists. I don't mean that he has outsourced them in the traditional sense of 'sending out to a foreign country for manufacturing', but he might as well have.

    It seems like he's never quite gotten over his father finally being brave enough to question the military planners who were lying to politicians about our strategies and activities in southeast asia. George Romney's simple admission that he was starting to reasonably question some of the more obvious falsehoods is what is largely crediting with ending his own seemingly strong Presidential campaign where many had deemed him a "front-runner" for the nomination. Mitt said in 2006 to an AP reporter that his father, George Romney, told him, of that particular event, that "in politics being right too early is not a good thing. But he was right, and it was too early." ...

    What a singularly Machiavellian statement! I worry that Romney wants plausible deniability on anything touching on war, peace, and bombing innocent civilians and consequently he's willing to sacrifice what *is* right entirely â as long as his presidential ambition isn't among the casualties. The men Romney lets guide him on foreign policy -- though hardly different from Obama's advisors as one commenter has suggested they might be -- are truly some of the most frightening warmongers on the planet.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    ** 'We need a president whose foreign policies put American interests first not international interests.' - Jash | 12:21 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012

    'I'm actually seeing more failures than successes in the Obama foreign policy. (sic) 1) Syria--thousands dead...' - ouisc | 1:44 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012

    Ok. Now I'm getting conflicting claims here.

    I realize ouisc and Jash are not he same person, I don't know their stances, and I know nothing about either.

    But first, it was Obama's not doing enough for THIS country:

    ** US nets 200k more jobs in December, a better-than-expected performance By Jeff Thredgold Deseret News 01/13/12

    Then, it's that Obama isn't doing enough for OTHER countires:

    ** 'Osama bin Laden Killed: 'Justice Is Done,' President Says' - By DEAN SCHABNER - ABC News - 05/01/2011

    I can understand rhetoric criticising Obama on one or the other...

    but not both, at the same time.

    But, what do I know?

    Let's invade ANOTHER country to the tune of $800 billion of your tax dollars. x10 years...

    and over 4,000 American dead. (sarcasm)

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    The GOP is going from a circus with a bunch of clowns to a cartoon from Looney tunes. In November america can say goodbye to the GOP once and for all "Badee, Badee, Thats all folks"

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    "The problem is that the way [President] Bush has done it over the last eight
    years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our
    children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first
    42 presidents -- number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome -- so that
    we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay
    back. [That's] $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible.
    It's unpatriotic."
    -- Barack Hussein Obama
    (1961-) 44th President of the United States

    Who is antagonizing whom? Or is it Whom is antagonizing who?

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    I'm actually seeing more failures than successes in the Obama foreign policy. Here's a shortlist of failures:
    1) Syria--thousands dead--maybe we can try to strain their economy. again.
    2) Iran, who doesn't even answer our letters anymore
    3) Israel, who no longer shares their top intel with us anymore
    4) Russia, who literally laughs at our foreign policy
    5) Libya--I guess half of this country is glad we started a civil war there
    6) Iraq--went by the evil George W. Bush timeline, precisely.
    7) Afganistan--using the evil George W. Bush surge idea.
    8) use of drones for assassination
    9) no leadership, whatsoever, in the global financial crisis

    President Obama definitely gets points for the gutsy, successful call of killing Osama bin Laden, with bonus points for the classy way of processing his death and his body. Personally, I'd also give Obama points for the handling of Iraq and Afganistan, but I have to list them as failures because he is continuing George W. Bush's goals, which were unacceptable during Obama's presidential campaign.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Don't let Obama pull the wool over your eyes. Americas interests are not Obamas. Go get them Mitt.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    "and cease being the leading force for good"

    You don't be that by antagonizing everyone.

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    12:58 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012

    OK, thank you for being transparent and civil, at least we know which side your progressive science comes down on when speaking of The Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    'We need a president whose foreign policies put American interests first not international interests.' - Jash | 12:21 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012

    ** 'U.S. suspending $800 million in Pakistan aid' - By Douglas Birch - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/10/11

    'WASHINGTON The Obama administration's decision to suspend $800 million in aid to the Pakistan's military signals a tougher U.S. line with a critical but sometimes unreliable partner in the fight against terrorism.' - article

    ** 'Obama marks Iraq wars end with salute to troops' - by Erica Werner - AP - Published by DSNews - 12/14/11

    ** 'Obama to promote ways for veterans to find work' - By Ken Thomas - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/07/11

    We do.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 12:58 p.m.


    "the shining city on a hill" is nowhere in the Declaration or the Constitution.

    It is a red herring notion from a greedy bygone era.

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    "Mitt Romney takes on world as he vies for presidency"

    So, I am confused is this a bad thing or a good thing?

    What does 'The United States of America Constitution' and 'The Declaration of Independence' mandate.

    Heaven forbid we should have a Pres. with an understanding of what these two documents stand for and refuse to be militarily weakened and economically battered anymore.

    This article is more a transparent indictment of the social progressive's who through their interpretation of the 1st amendment use divisive deception to see America weakened and cease being the leading force for good and remain "the shining city on a hill."

    For all you who want the freedom security blanket of The Documents to perpetuate your agenda allow those of us who understand that ".....all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,"..... That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,...."
    Declaration of Independence.

    I am on the side of The Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

  • Jash Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    "the Obama Administration has been off the charts good when it comes to foreign policy."

    Yes, off the charts good for other countries, friend or foe.

    We need a president whose foreign policies put American interests first not international interests.

    Feb. 17, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    Republicans have blocked Obama at every turn when he has tried to close Guantanamo Bay. During the obama administration however we have despite republicans best efforts ended one of their unfunded wars and we are ending the second, got Bin Ladin and several other terrorist etc..... Foreign policy really is not going to be the republicans strong hand this time around GOVERNOR Romany sorry.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    "...Just ask Obama, who vowed he would close the U.S. military prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during his first year in office. That still hasn't happened â CONGRESS HAS STOOD IN THE WAY of such action â and the pledge lives on mostly as an issue the Republicans use against the president."

    Congress sitting at the lowest approval ratings, ever.

    And the beat goes on...

    However, this will all be better when the republicans take over, again, after a 4 year hiatus perfecting their "forget what happened last time, we won't fool you again" talking points.


  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    'Romney has some of the most dangerous foreign policy advisors out there in that they are the worst of the worst from the Bush Administration.' - Esquire | 7:09 a.m. Feb. 17, 2012

    Let me support this:

    "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002


    ** 'U.S. Military deaths in Iraq war at 4,485 - AP - Published by the DSNews - 12/20/2011


    ** 'GOP contenders argue on Iran' - By Kasie Hunt - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/12/11

    "If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon," vowed the former Massachusetts governor." article

    Do we REALLY want that result, again?


    **'Obama marks Iraq wars end with salute to troops' - by Erica Werner - AP - Published by DSNews - 12/14/11

    When we took out troops out of Iraq, just two months ago?


    Zero troops!

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Romney's starting to look more looney than the other Republican candidates.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    Romney has some of the most dangerous foreign policy advisors out there in that they are the worst of the worst from the Bush Administration. These are people whom most have never heard of. You will rue the day if these people get back into power. Stress and strain all you like, but the Obama Administration has been off the charts good when it comes to foreign policy. Making up controversy in a political campaign on this issue will fail.