Checking the facts in Romney's foreign policy speech
October 9th, 2012
03:12 AM ET

Checking the facts in Romney's foreign policy speech

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered highly publicized remarks on foreign policy Monday afternoon, two weeks before facing President Barack Obama in a security focused debate. The former governor took every opportunity in his 20-minute speech at the Virginia Military Institute to point out the perceived failures of the Obama administration. CNN conducted fact checks on several of Romney’s assertions to gauge their validity.

Fact check: Did Obama say he wants 'daylight' between U.S., Israel?

Throughout his campaign, Romney has cast himself as an ardent backer of Israel - and, either directly or indirectly, suggested that President Barack Obama hasn't been similarly supportive. Monday was no exception as Romney stated that the relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has suffered great strains" in recent years.

Fact Check: Was Obama 'silent' on Iran 2009 protests?

Romney lashed out against Obama's handling of protests in Iran, insisting the president failed to weigh in publicly when Iranian demonstrators were met with violence while protesting the disputed elections three years ago. "When millions of Iranians took to the streets in June of 2009, when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world, when they cried out, 'Are you with us, or are you with them?' - the American president was silent," Romney said.

Fact Check: Romney's comparison of past, present Navy pointless

Trying to equate the U.S. Navy's size to Obama administration policies, Romney also said the fleet was as small as it was around World War I and vowed he'd boost its size if he became president. In an effort to augment the force and power of the Navy, he suggested bolstering the Navy overall by building 15 ships a year, including three submarines.

Fact Check: Has Obama 'not signed one new free-trade agreement'?

The former CEO of Bain Capital criticized Obama’s business record, saying he "has not signed one new free-trade agreement in the past four years," and assuring the audience he would "reverse that failure."

 


Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Defense Spending • Foreign Policy • Iran • Israel • Middle East • Military • Navy • Romney
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  1. Hahahahahahahaha

    The author used the words "Mitt RoMoney" and "Facts" in the same sentence! Hahahahahahahahahhaha

    October 10, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
  2. George Patton

    If Romney comes to power he would double the drone strikes on Pakistan. He might send army inside Pakistan or help Baluchi separatists. Mitt Romney is a friend of India and Israel. Defeat Romney in election.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • Barry Rubin

      We know Indians, we have worked with Indians, we have watched Indians and India is no friend of Israel. So don't put India in same league with Israel. We don't trust you and never will. Another reason why we don't trust Indians is as follows.

      "It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner."

      Let me quote another instance of this disgraceful disposition:
      It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust."

      A few months ago an auction was being arranged in Europe of Gandhi's letters and other artifacts corroborating the foregoing. Apparently, the Indian government with assistance from expatriate Indian businessmen muscled the auctioneers and put a stop to this auction.

      October 10, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
  3. When Bangladesh Farts, India Smells ©

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG: The Story of India
    Mirror Mirror on the Wall
    Indian Hindus are the slimiest of them all
    The way you let the Shadows Play
    You'd think my hair was getting Gray.
    What's that, you say? A double chin?
    Nah, that's the way the light comes in.

    Self Denial....is the Hindu play
    Maybe catharsis is another way.

    October 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Shamsu the bengali

      LIPSTICK ON A PIG: The Story of India
      There is only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty
      Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.
      India is mired in sewage and poverty.
      GDP growth GDP growth
      Has done nothing but made the people loathe.
      Lipstick on a Pig is the Indian way
      Either nukes will soon blow it away.
      Or an implosion can perhaps ease the sway.

      October 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  4. Carl P

    Besides emerging as a regional power, the time has come for Pakistan to take the leadership role in the Islamic World and lead them to the path of progress, prosperity and glory. The only nuclear nation in the Islamic World, Pakistan has shown the world that it can stand up to the nuances of world politics on principles and partake in global affairs. Also, that it can equally contribute to the progress of this planet called Earth. The sacrifices of the Pakistani nation in making this world safe are unmatched and deserves a seat at the table of the permanent members of The UN Security Council.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Heath

      I agree

      October 10, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
  5. William Whitehouse_McLean, VA

    WE SALUTE YOU, PAKISTAN......The Americans acknowledge the innumerable sacrifices made by Pakistanis in this ongoing war. The Americans appreciate the bullets taken on the chest by the Pakistanis in fighting the enemy. The Americans appreciate the ultimate sacrifices made by Pakistanis in sacrificing their lives while trying to make America and the world safe.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Heath

      Tip of the hat for you pakistan. Much thanks

      October 10, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
  6. George Patton

    I am getting bad vibes reading about Hindus and Indians and their culture. I have read up on them as well and don't like what I see. How can our government be supporting India, a culture so brutal and anti women, children and minorities. I have put in a call to our congressional delegation and emailed them as well opposing any further financial aid/support of any kind to India. We Americans cannot condone such archaic cultures. I urge all Americans to contact their congress people and voice their concerns regarding India.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • George J

      We are well aware of the deep rooted connections of Hindu Terror Groups headquartered in India to International Terror Groups such as Al Qaeda. These groups have an extremist philosophy, Neo Nazi bent and are the torch bearers/successors to Al Qaeda.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  7. Patrick

    We have invested a lot of resources in India over the past two decades and given a lot of aid to prop it up. There has been no investment on this return. Instead India has squandered all the resources in building nuclear weapons while poverty remains rampant in the country. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts.It has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. India needs to be carved up into smaller independent states to be a viable economically and geo politically.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • Zane-Buckhead-USA

      Give them the shaft

      October 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  8. Amit-Atlanta-USA.

    Taj Mahal (purely by connotation, not size) reminds one of the saying of our dear architect friend Mies Van Der Rohe that “Less is More” and its application to India geo-politically. The recent economic bubble burst and minority backlash in India point to the necessity of imploding India in a controlled manner to make it more manageable administratively, before it ruptures chaotically. The Moghals may have left behind a legacy of regality in India but it was Mies that has given Indians a political concept that may give Indian Hindus a chance at survival albeit in a fragmented form.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  9. Ain't No Boy Young Enough

    Mahatma Gandhi and Jerry Sandusky: Strange Bedfellows

    What do these two have in common???? Terrorizing boys !!!! Shame. Let us bring their memories down and their legacies trashed. Let us knock their statues down and their thoughts erased.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • Colby H

      It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  10. No Hindus In My Backyard Please

    India can drape itself with an American flag, hide behind the American skirts, try to shed its communist skin and sweep the genocide in Kashmir and atrocities against minorities under the rug. But those who understand the Indians and have kicked the tires know well that it is a country that garners no respect and is not to be trusted. Indian Hindus are like termites that appear harmless but will eat you up to the core at the first chance they get. Therefore, from people who know them, they will never ever get any respect. That is one of the biggest character traits that has kept this country from progressing and amounting to much.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  11. Clinton

    Romney is a joke when it comes to Foreign policy... a legitimate joke... he acts like the US foreign policy should just be to give Israel more support and invade or bomb 3 or 4 Middle Eastern Countries... what an absolute dip!@#$ ... he doesn't have a clue... the guy can't even go overseas without angering even our allies... just an absolute moron.... worst possible candidate the Repubs could have come up with outside of maybe Donald Trump.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  12. krm1007 ©™

    Mr. Presidential Candidate Romney...

    I am an independent reporter from Pakistan. Let me present to you what your South Asian Foreign Policy stance should be.

    The American war on terror in Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of Pakistan as a nation. With a population of over 180 millions people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) few hundred thousands continue hiding in the trenches scared from Taliban. A few teenage Taliban invaded the country's most secured army base and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless Pakistani army is. It was embarrassing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a front line ally on War on Terror (WOT). The Taliban brought them down in a few days with some water guns. It is all over for Pakistan. Its demise is in process and should be completed with Afghanistan withdrawal.

    The bottom line is that the only way to have peace in Afghanistan and lessen regional tension is split Pakistan into pieces, give Balochi people a place to hang their turbans. It has become too big of a terrorist headache in Pakistan to control or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. You have invested a lot of resources in Pakistan, in forms of foreign aid and military packages, over the past two decades and given a lot of aid to prop it up. There has been no investment on this return. Instead Pakistan has squandered all the resources in building nuclear weapons while poverty remains rampant in the country. Mr Romney you need to revisit your relationship with Pakistan. American taxpayers should not tolerate this anymore, and may ask you in your debates with President Obama. You need to take care of your own populace going forward. You cannot be syphon American tax dollars to Pakistan or giving it financial or technical handouts.

    Sincerely,
    Kareem Chamar

    October 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Mahatma Gandhi, a pedophile, needs to be exposed and tried posthumously for his child molestation crimes just like the Penn State crowd Sandusky et al. Gandhi's statutes need to be knocked down everywhere they have been put in USA. The hindu deities need to be shattered and trashed. Disgusting figurines of ugly and scary looking characters with demonic personalities. How can hindu children grow up mentally stable looking at such atrocious representations of evil in its most heinous form.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Abdullah Al Hindi

      PAKISTAN !!!!

      THANK YOU …. THANK YOU…. THANK YOU!!!!
      FOR MAKING USA SAFE FOR MAKING THE WORLD SAFE>>>>>>>>>>>>
      Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over
      US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

      Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

      No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

      Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
      We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Kaiser Safi

      What a stupid comment. I don't believe that @krm1007 has written this one as his comments are very insightful, original and brilliant. This is probably case of stolen ID.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  13. Thomas

    Once again Romney is telling us wonderful thigns he wants to do, but not giving us any information on how he would accomplish this.

    I just don't feel comfortable trusting that Romney will somehow magically fix problems. He frankly has not earned anything near that level of trust.

    Please give us details, not just dreams.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  14. Flushed

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

    October 9, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  15. George Patton

    Exactly what would one expect this bozo Mitt Romney to say? As expected, he says he'll kill more people than Obama did during the last 4 years! Both candidates this year are right-wing fanatics when it comes to killing people. Enough of this right-wing mumbo-jumbo already! How old it gets!!!

    October 9, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Well put, George. Like you, I too am very sick and tired of all this sickening right-wing drivel. We need a moderate in the White House and how!

      October 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply

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