Why won't Mitt Romney hold President Obama accountable on foreign policy?

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    Why wont Mitt Romney hold Obama responsible for foreign policy?

    Four reasons.

    1. He got us out of Iraq.

    2. We have a firm date to (finally) be out of Afganistan.

    3. He got Osama Bin Ladin

    4. When Obama does open a new front against terrorism he doesnt
    Send in hundreds of thousands of troups. He does it smarter by
    making use of drones instead.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    There's one less chief terrorist and one less dictator in the world. Neither of 'em needed a foreign war to achieve. I think the president has done quite well in foreign policy.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 17, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    'Obama has a dangerous foreign policy which projects weakness and appeases and encourages dictators.'

    How many American lives were lost in Lybia? How many in Egypt? How many in are at risk in Syria?

    Now lets compare the success rate and cost in lives for Iraq and Afghanistan. And you think Obama's plan has failed?

    Good grief, the level of partisan blinders is amazing. And to think that opening yet another war front in Iran is some peoples idea of good foreign policy all the while our military is exhausted, it makes one wonder. One of the prime lessons one learns when strategizing is don't over extend your assets. Treating our military and their families as expendable resources that we can call on to pay the full prices of questionable policies just because it makes for nice sounding sound bites.. really sad.

    Our military should not be called on to pay the price they pay only when all other choices and avenues have been expended. As it turns out, we are seeing signs that mahmoud ahmadinejad is being forced out. If we can achieve this goal with the loss of US lives or those of Iranian citizens...

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Like getting Osama & Ghaddafi? Or, keeping a low profile during the Arab Spring?

    Perhaps, the lunatic fringe on the right has something else in mind?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 17, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    The Romney foreign policy appears to be in two parts: first, attack Iran under the quaint label of "regime change", and second, call Israel and ask what we should do next.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    Apparently the author forgot that the Soviet Union collapsed twenty years ago, and that modern day Russia does not possess anywhere near the military might that the Soviet Union did.

    While conservatives sit in their armchairs complaining about the President Obama being weak and an appeaser, he is quietly and effectively killing off our enemies. Surveys show that the American people trust President Obama far more on national security than they do Mitt Romney. It is a wise political move on Romney's part not to remind us of that.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    After the Bush years, the decline of the neo- cons has been the best thing to happen in our foreign policy. If there is anything that the Obama administration has excelled in it is foreign policy. The writer of this piece can ignore many things, but doing so does not make him correct in the least.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 17, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    MAD is sensless because our most likely nuclear threat is from a ground based nuclear device by shifty non-state organizations.

    PU-238 is very difficult to detect. What Obama HAS done is to concentrate on securing the nuclear materials that are on the black market. There's enough "missing" plutonium to make 350 hiroshima bombs.

    Get SOME facts before believing you have all the answers. Nobody has all the answers.

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    Aug. 17, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Putting up a missile defense shield categorizes the people on the outside of the shield as the enemy. More importantly, it weakens the *defenses* of those people. How does it weaken Russia's defenses? When the West has no shield, mutual destruction prevents them from going on the offensive. When the West has a shield, they are free to go on the offensive with impunity.

    Because this type of a shield obliterates Russia's key defense mechanism, it is in fact an offensive weapon. The way for Russia to defend against this weapon is to seek out technologies to defeat or overpower the shield. This leads to a new type of arms race.

    I would hope that Governor Romney is smart enough to know that starting a new arms race with Russia is bad foreign policy.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 6:24 a.m.

    Obama has a dangerous foreign policy which projects weakness and appeases and encourages dictators. It's 180 degrees from where Ronald Reagan had this country in Peace through Strength. Observe how Putin in Russia is now working with Castro to establish a Russian Naval base just 90 miles from Florida. Haven't we seen this movie before?

    I will forever be disgusted at Obama's lack of supporting the democratic uprising in Iran two years ago, with hundreds of thousands of protesters in the streets of Tehran. Obama, who apparently is renowned for his smooth words and hasn't been shy on talking on almost everything, was conspicuously silent. Why? He didn't even let his White House press office issue a tepid press release supporting the people wanting to overthrow their dictators and have more freedom.

    Obama should be held to account. And I suggest we all do November 6th.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 17, 2012 5:54 a.m.

    After reading this, it is clear why Clifford doesn't drive policy for either party. The "incidents' he talks of are silly at best.... almost daily events by both sides. Russian ships have operated in and out of Cuba for 50 years now, and during the Bush administration ran military drills with Venezuela.

    The biggest issue why Republicans don't attack Obama on foreign policy is they agree on 95% of what is going on. It is only those group who are driving pro Israeli/anti muslim agendas. agendas that short of the US going to war on behalf of Israel. would not be satisfied with any American policy, that believe we have a wedge issue here on Foreign politics.

    We currently have one of the "Axis of Evil" countries crumbling right now. Iran has been blunted in was increasing influence in the middle east. North Korea's attempt to go nuclear has been largely stymied. Three Dictatorships have fallen. And Bin Laden and his organization have lost their leadership. American interest have been promoted.

    Just perhaps Israel needs to learn how to live in peace with its neighbors... while keeping an eye on Iran all the while.