Romney calls for strong U.S. role in world affairs
October 8th, 2012
06:48 PM ET

Romney calls for strong U.S. role in world affairs

By Tom Cohen

Mitt Romney promised Monday to restore U.S. foreign policy to a traditional role dating back decades, based on exerting global influence through military and economic power, in a major speech two weeks before he debates President Barack Obama on international issues.

In the address at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney argued that Obama is failing to provide the global leadership needed and expected by the rest of the world, especially key allies such as Israel.

Romney cited recent protests and violence in Arab countries, including an attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three others, as examples of a worsening security situation that he blamed on Obama's policies.

"It is our responsibility and the responsibility of our president to use America's great power to shape history — not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events," the Republican presidential nominee said, after earlier declaring that "unfortunately, this president's policies have not been equal to our best examples of world leadership and nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East."

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  1. George Patton

    Romney calls for strong U.S. role in world affairs, now that's a bad news for Pakistan. Pakistan pulled a fast one on weak Obama and kept border closed until Clinton said SORRY, but Romney may send troops inside Pakistan to find AQ#1 man. Romney is a BAD news for Islamic countries. Romney is a friend of Israel. We Pakis must help Obama to defeat Romney.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  2. No Hindus In My Backyard Please

    The only growth left in India is the hair between the legs. Value of rupee has tanked, inflation is in the clouds, stock market has crashed, corruption is rampant, hospitals are burning, people are dying in scores, societal values have rotted, Microsoft and GE are pulling the plug on call centers...Dell and Delta Airlines have almost packed up and shifted the call centers to Canada.

    October 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  3. Free Jammu & Kashmir From India's Occupation

    NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination.
    “Kashmir is one of the most protracted and bloody occupations in the world — and one of the most ignored,” she told a large audience at the Asia Society during a discussion on “Kashmir — a case for freedom”.
    Under the Indian military rule in Kashmir, Ms Roy said, freedom of speech was non-existent and human rights abuses were routine. Elections were rigged and the press controlled.
    She said the lives of Kashmiris were made miserable by gun-totting security personnel who harassed and terrorised people with impunity, adding that disappearances were almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves have been discovered and the conscience of the world remains unstirred……
    The apathy towards Kashmir, especially in the western world, Ms Roy said, was because of their pursuit of commercial interests in India where they were more eager to “sell their goods than human rights”……..

    October 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • Free Jammu & Kashmir From India's Occupation

      NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination……
      She said so little was known about the atrocities being committed by more than half a million Indian troops, the continuing repression and indignities let loose on Kashmiri men, women and children.
      More than 700,000 troops were concentrated in the tiny valley, with checkpoints at every nook and corner of Kashmiri towns and cities. The huge Indian presence, she added, was in sharp contrast with 160,000 US troops in Iraq.
      Ms Roy alleged that Indian army or security personnel were killing young children, adding that Kashmiris were not radical Islamists or jihadists as India portrayed them. She deplored the Indian government’s attempts to demonise Kashmiris

      October 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  4. TruthMatters

    Obama's policies causes people to attack us? If anything is going to cause or increase attacks on us it is US military and economic bullying of others. It doesn't matter who is in office, there are historical reasons for why the mid east doesn't like us and there will be attacks, until something drastically changes. A "stronger" US role in the world isn't that change, it's more of the same. Who ever says stupid things like "the people in the mid east only understand power" is as ignorant as can possibly be. It's a catch phrase. Romney is lost in a fairy tale view of the world, of evil vs good. There is no such thing.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  5. Flushed

    I've flushed things down the toilet that have more "values" than a republican.

    October 9, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  6. Patrick

    As Mitt Romney claims to be a Mormon, I wonder just what part of the Sixth Commandment "Thou shalt not kill" does he not understand. Will someone here explain that to me?

    October 9, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
  7. OffTheWorldPolitics

    We need a strong foreign policy! otherwise Americans and their allies are at risk all over the world. Jews being murdered in Bulgaria, Americans in Libya. Our embassies, and those of our NATO ally Germany being attacked. Obama is more concerned about getting reelected. I would have had more respect for him if he went on tv and said, "I will not be in the limelight for a few days because I need to briefly focus on issues abroad."

    October 9, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
    • nobody's fool

      I noticed your spam piece.

      I have to say, somebody who will take FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS, away from Americans and give it to nations who want nothing to do with it, has absolutely no credibility anyway....

      So please, do continue to embarrass yourself..

      October 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Yeah yeah, Obama just wants to take the money away from people who work for it, and give it to people who contribute nothing.

        October 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • nobody's fool

        Yea, inheriting money is so hard...

        What a wimp you are, to care for people who despise you....

        October 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  8. RailLizzard

    Best exit stategy? Is that why one of our diplomats is dead now because of his stand-up foreign policy in the mid-east?

    October 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  9. APatriot1

    It's not inconceivable that a President Romney could provoke a Third World War.

    October 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Romney "talks tough"! Okay, when he gets his own adult children enlisted so he can send them to war let's see how his talk changes! It's that now famous 47% who are doing all the fighting and dying! So simple to order "them" into war! Draft 50% of the 2% kids and see how the story changes!
      Romney continues his disdain for the 47%! Sending more of them into war should reduce their numbers!
      Wow, the unemployment problem solved!

      October 9, 2012 at 7:48 am | Reply
  10. APatriot1

    Mr. Romney's return to chicken-hawk neo-con interventionism would be costly and dangerous. President Obama has followed the best exit strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan, and wisely resisted the urge to get the US involved in any more nation-building or interference in the Arab Spring. Mr. Romney is clearly sounding the drums of war and would result in the Middle East being awash in American blood and bankrupt the nation. How he can reconcile taking an adversarial position with Russia, involvement in Syria and Libya and eroding what fragile ties we retain with Egypt while pushing hard for war with Iran defies not only logic, but sanity. The so-called liberal media has been absolutely silent while he politicized US Foreign policy, which has almost universally been treated gingerly in past campaigns. The very fact that he's publicly criticizing the administration in specific areas to which he is not, and cannot be fully privy can cause real harm. This is not a mere 3am attack ad, he is attempting to inject himself in our relations with international foes and allies. God help us if the country elects him. There truly will be no hope for peace in the Middle East.

    October 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • Tptlead

      Obama followed the Bush exit strategy in Iraq. Obama has no exit strategy for Afghanistan. He also has no mission. There are over 90,000 U.S. soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan, with no plan to make that 0 anytime in the near future.

      October 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        The real problem in Afghanistan is Karsai! He, and his heroin dealing relatives, have no interest is seeing US soldiers and civilians pull out! This "war" keeps them rich and comfortable. If he had to actually manage his own country, this war would end.

        October 9, 2012 at 8:01 am |
      • nobody's fool

        Every soldier I know has enormous respect for Obama.

        I'm sure your magic underpants wearing super villain, cannot say the same...

        October 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Tptlead

      You don't think Obama is nation-building in Afghanistan? What else would it be? Of course it is nation-building, in one of the worst, illiterate, backwards societies in which to attempt nation-building.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        Ha! There is no "nation building" going on in Afghanistan! Karsai does everything he can to prevent this! He doesn't want a nation he will have to manage. He and his relatives are doing quite well under the status quo. Everytime Karsai is seen in the media, he looks happier and wealthier! What incetives are there for him to change anything? NONE! Yes, he occassionally critizes the US. Someone then gets him to shut up. Karsai will have a very rude awakening someday when ALL of our troops and aid money are gone! This is the only "solution"! GET OUT!

        October 9, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • StanCalif

      Romney "talks tough"! Okay, when he gets his own adult children enlisted so he can send them to war let's see how his talk chnges! It's that now famous 47% who are doing all the fighting and dying! So simple to order "them" into war! Draft 50% of the 2% kids and see how the story changes!
      Romney continues his disdain for the 47%! Sending more of them into war should reduce their numbers!

      October 9, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  11. saeed

    whats needed is a long range terrain hugging cruise missile armed with a semi armour piercing 150kt nuclear warhead hitting usa, britain and ireland that would be so cool.

    October 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • FutureSEAL

      I think your a CNN insider

      October 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Lay down and relax... Just gonna put this towel over your face and pour some cold water...

      October 9, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply

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