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Published: Friday, Feb. 17 2012 10:28 a.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

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.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

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

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'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

Result?

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

Romney:

** '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?

When:

**'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?

Libya?

Zero troops!

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...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.

Perfect.

Phranc
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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.

Jash
Clearfield, UT

"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.

activ2004
Clearfield, UT

"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.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Activ2004,

"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.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'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.

activ2004
Clearfield, UT

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.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Activ2004
"and cease being the leading force for good"

You don't be that by antagonizing everyone.

Richie
Saint George, UT

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

ouisc
Farmington, UT

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.

activ2004
Clearfield, UT

"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?

homebrew
South Jordan, UT

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"

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

** '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)

DougB
Spanish Fork, UT

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.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

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?

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

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.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"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).

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