Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges
September 17th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Where Obama, Romney stand on foreign policy challenges

By Jamie Crawford

Editor’s Note: Over the next week, CNN's national security reporters and producers will be looking at some of the most poignant differences between the two candidates on the most pressing foreign policy issues. Watch for the stories all week on CNN. More from Election Center

The protests and violence at American diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa last week steered the 2012 presidential race into somewhat unchartered territory - a debate over U.S. foreign policy.

While the topic certainly has not been absent in the rhetorical sparring between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, most of the campaign's focus thus far has been a battle over who has the best prescription to jolt a seemingly sluggish economic recovery.

But that changed last week. Romney's charge the United States was too quick to condemn a film that insulted Muslims before condemning the violence directed at American diplomatic missions abroad spurred Obama's claim that Romney had a tendency to "shoot first and aim later." And all this talk has opened a window on an area that is sure to consume a great deal of attention for whomever sits in the Oval Office next January.

The list of foreign policy challenges facing the United States is daunting - including an awakening in the Arab world with a direction still unknown, a looming nuclear crisis with Iran and an uncertain future in Afghanistan (and neighboring Pakistan) once U.S. troops withdraw in 2014.

And let's not forget a bloody civil war in Syria, where the fate of thousands of biological and chemical weapons also hang in the balance. Then there are fiscal issues, from debt crises plaguing Europe to economic and geo-political challenges posed by a rising China.

Here is a look at some of the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States, and how the candidates who seek to lead the country approach them.


As the tension over Iran's disputed nuclear program ratchets up in the face of Israeli discord over the pace of current sanctions designed to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, both Obama and Romney agree that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.

"We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Obama said in a press conference earlier this year alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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The Obama administration and European Union have launched parallel sanctions designed to squeeze Iran's petroleum sector and bring the economy to its knees as an incentive to get Iran to give up any military dimensions to its nuclear program.

In a recent interview with ABC News, Romney said he would draw the same line as Obama when it comes to Tehran's nuclear capacity.

"My red line is Iran may not have a nuclear weapon," he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "It is inappropriate for them to have the capacity to terrorize the world."

What ultimately constitutes that red line, though, is seemingly different for both men. For Obama, the Iranian government would have to take direct steps to actually acquire a weapon (which U.S. intelligence does not believe has happened yet), while Romney has said merely having a "nuclear capability" without actually moving ahead to produce a weapon would be a tipping point.

More: Netanyahu urges U.S. to set 'red line' for Iran


In Syria, where the carnage of the last year and a half has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the fate of the country's large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and whether to arm the opposition forces battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has drawn out differences between the two candidates.

What would trigger either overt or covert military involvement from the United States inside Syria?

"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to the other players on the ground, that a red line for us is (when) we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized," Obama said in a White House press conference last month. "That would change my calculus. That would change my equation."

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As to supporting al-Assad's opposition, the administration has provide funds and non-lethal equipment like communications gear. In addition, the CIA is aiding in vetting rebel members for other countries who may be providing arms on their own.

For Romney, the Obama administration's policy of not providing arms to the Syrian opposition - whose character and composition is still uncertain, according to administration officials - is a mistake. The former Massachusetts governor supports greater American involvement in Syria.

"Instead of watching what's happening in Syria from a dispassionate distance, I would be leading in Syria by encouraging our friends there like the Turks and the Saudis to provide weapons to the insurgents in Syria," he said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual briefing this summer.

More: Syria explained: What you need to know

And Barbara Starr on Obama and Romney's red lines for Iran and Syria.


No single foreign policy issue has bedeviled more U.S. presidents than the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Unlike previous presidents, for whom Mideast peace was mainly a focus in their second term, Obama entered office determined to work with all parties involved in the process to find a workable plan. But the effort did not go far, as the Israeli government continued to construct settlements in Palestinian areas and a unilateral quest for statehood by the Palestinians at the United Nations brought talks to a halt.

The relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cool, and while they have put on a public face of U.S./Israeli solidarity when they meet, it is understood the two don't have much of a personal rapport. Romney and Netanyahu, on the other hand, have a relationship that goes back decades from the time they were colleagues at the Boston Consulting Group.

While the style and rhetoric of Obama and Romney's approach to the Middle East may differ, there are rather modest differences in the substance of their positions on the conflict's root issues. Both men say their personal view is that Jersualem is the capital of Israel, but that issue must be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians - a policy shared by previous presidential administrations, from both parties.

In a May 2011 speech at the State Department, Obama called for a two-state solution based on borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day war. He also proposed "mutually agreed swaps" of land as a basis of negotiations. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer during a visit to Jersualem this past July, Romney would not comment on what borders he'd propose, but said, "I will leave that to the negotiating parties themselves."

Throughout the campaign, Romney has accused Obama of "throwing allies like Israel under the bus" and not giving due credence to Israeli concerns over Iran. He has also pledged Israel would be the first country he would visit as president.

But while the personal relationship between Obama and Netanyahu is well documented, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN in July that the bond between Israel and the United States are "stronger and deeper than ever" under Obama.

Both presidential contenders have said they respect Israel's sovereign right to defend itself against perceived threats - an apparent reference to Israeli apprehensions over Iran's nuclear program.


With the war in Afghanistan set to enter its twelth year in October, U.S. forces are on schedule to end their combat role by the end of 2014. The current plan calls for only a small number of American troops to remain to train Afghan forces.

After years of military focus on Iraq, Obama ordered a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in December 2009. At its peak, there were about 100,000 U.S. forces in the embattled country, intent on wrestling back control of areas in southern and eastern Afghanistan that had been taken over by the Taliban. That boost of troops was temporary and, by the end of September, all 30,000 extra troops will have been removed.

While Romney has called Obama's policy in Afghanistan a politically timed retreat, there is little evident daylight between them as to how they'd approach the U.S. military effort.

"Our goal should be to complete a successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014," Romney said this month in a speech before a National Guard Association meeting in Reno, Nevada. "I will evaluate conditions on the ground and solicit the best advice of our military commanders," he said.

That's not much different than what Obama said last month, during a visit to the Army base of Fort Bliss in Texas.

"Next year, Afghans will take the lead for their own security. In 2014, the transition will be complete," he said then.

It's what happens once military operations cease where differences between the two candidates come into view.

"We are pursuing a negotiated peace. In coordination with the Afghan government, my administration has been in direct discussions with the Taliban," Obama earlier this year, explaining his administration's policy of supporting reconciliation by all elements of Afghan society so long as minority and women's rights are respected, and violence is renounced.

Negotiating with the Taliban is a dangerous prospect, according to Romney.

"We don't negotiate with terrorists. I do not negotiate with the Taliban. That's something for the Afghans to decide how they're going to ... pursue their course in the future," he said last year during a Republican primary debate.

More: 'Green on blue' attacks in Afghanistan | Attackers wore U.S. uniforms


As commander in chief of the U.S. military, President Obama differs from Romney on what they see as the types of weapons and numbers of troops needed to defend the country.

In his remarks and position papers released by his campaign, Romney champions a large conventional force supplemented by 100,000 extra troops, which would bolster the entire military force to over 1.5 million.

"We must have a commitment," he said last week at an event in Virginia, "not just to more ships and more aircraft, but also, in my view, to more members of our armed forces."

In addition to extra troops, Romney has pledged to increase the Navy's shipbuilding rate from 9 to 15 new vessels a year, modernize existing weapons systems and establish a multilayered ballistic missile defense system. Romney has not said how he would pay for any of these measures.

With the war in Iraq over and military operations in Afghanistan winding down, Obama has said he wants to cut $500 billion in defense spending over the next decade. He does not support a second round of $500 billion in cuts that may take effect in January if Congress cannot reach an agreement on the federal budget.

The cuts in Obama's budget would get rid of older ships while delaying the construction of newer ones. His military would place more emphasis on small special forces teams that can deploy to hotspots worldwide, as well as the continued use of unmanned drones.

While drones and special forces would also play a role in Romney's defense strategy, the former governor says a strong and robust military is necessary to preserve America's leadership position in the world.

More from Barbara Starr on Obama and Romney's competing proposals for the U.S. military


From the early days of his campaign up to the present, Romney has maintained that China - through its monetary policy and trade practices - is cheating Americans out of good jobs and opportunities, as well as stealing its intellectual property and know-how.

"If I'm president of the United States, I will finally take China to the carpet and say, 'Look you guys, I'm gonna label you a currency manipulator and apply tariffs unless you stop those practices," he said at a campaign event earlier this year.

Like previous administrations, Obama has not taken the step of designating China a "currency manipulator" out of concern such a move could start a trade war with a nation that enjoys a $200 billion trade surplus with the United States and holds even larger sums of U.S. debt. But Obama has brought lawsuits against Beijing at the World Trade Organization.

"We're going to continue to be firm in insisting that they operate by the same rules that everybody else operates under," he said last year at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

On the sensitive issue of Taiwan, Obama has signed off on arms sales to the island - which China considers a renegade province - but he has refused to sell them advanced F-16 fighter jets. Romney has said he would sell additional arms to Taiwan and confront China more forcefully on its human rights record.

More: Obama and Romney differ on approaches to China and Russia


With Russia, Obama came to office looking to "reset" a relationship that become strained when George W. Bush was president. He negotiated a new arms control agreement, and Russian assent to opening crucial supply lines for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

As to Romney, earlier this year, he told CNN that Russia was, "without question, our number one geopolitical foe." He has said he will re-evaluate the arms control treaty, and will confront the Kremlin on its human rights record.

"Under my presidency, our friends will see more loyalty and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone," Romney said at the recent Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Romney has taken issue with the Obama administration's cancellation of plans, under Bush, to put missile defense components in Poland. But it should be noted that the United States is involved with, and supports, a NATO-sponsored missile defense shield that would host interceptors, ships and radars in Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey. Russia has repeatedly voiced its disagreement with the NATO plan.


For an issue that was front and center for the past decade, and took the country to war, terrorism has not gotten the attention it once did on the campaign trail.

The Obama administration has emphasized the use of unmanned drones to take out terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. They have been used more frequently than during the Bush administration, and are seen as an effective tool of counter-terrorism that does not put U.S. troops in harms way.

But while the use of drones has expanded, Obama said deciding to deploy them presents significant challenges.

"That's something that you have to struggle with," Obama told CNN's Jessica Yellin in a recent interview. "If you don't, then it's very easy to slip into a situation in which you end up bending rules thinking that the ends always justify the means. That's not been our tradition. That's not who we are as a country."

And while he moved to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay at the beginning of his administration, those efforts were blocked by Congress. He supports military tribunals for accused terrorists, but says he would like to see justice in federal courts.

For Romney, terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants, jailed at Guantanamo and tried by the military. He has said he would also allow more aggressive interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects.

Obama eliminated the enhanced interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration such as waterboarding, labeling such practices as torture. Romney has not specified what type of techniques his administration would employ.

More: 11 years after 9/11: Who are the terrorists?

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  1. mikem

    The Middle East is still in the middle. I don't see any hope from either clown to tell Israel and the rest to get their money elsewhere. We have NO reason to be there, Get our troops back to defend our Southern border!

    September 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • stafff sgt brown

      An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News that there was no demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi prior to last week's attack - challenging the Obama administration's claims that the assault grew out of a "spontaneous" protest against an anti-Islam film.

      "There was no protest and the attacks were not spontaneous," the source said, adding the attack "was planned and had nothing to do with the movie."

      The source said the assault came with no warning at about 9:35 p.m. local time, and included fire from more than two locations. The assault included RPG's and mortar fire, the source said, and consisted of two waves.

      The account that the attack started suddenly backs up claims by a purported Libyan security guard who told McClatchy Newspapers late last week that the area was quiet before the attack.

      "There wasn't a single ant outside," the unnamed guard, who was being treated in a hospital, said in the interview.

      These details appear to conflict with accounts from the Obama administration that the attack spawned from an out-of-control protest. The Libyan president also said Sunday that the strike was planned in advance.

      U.S. officials, in response to the claim that there was no demonstration at the time of the attack, told Fox News there was a small protest earlier in the day - but they did not dispute that there was no significant or sizeable demonstration at the time.

      But a senior Obama administration official told Fox News on Monday morning that the Libyan president's comments are not consistent with "the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community," which has been investigating the incident, and are accordingly not credible.

      "He doesn't have the information we have," the U.S. official said of Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif. ""He doesn't have the (data) collection potential that we have."

      The Libyan leader told CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the government in Tripoli harbors "no doubt" that the Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was "preplanned, predetermined." That assessment conflicted directly with the preliminary conclusion offered on Sunday by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who appeared on all five Sunday morning talk shows.

      There, Rice maintained that the Benghazi incident "was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo, as a consequence of the video," and that after the protest outside the U.S. consulate gathered steam, "those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons."

      Asked if the timing of the Benghazi incident – the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks - was simply a coincidence, the senior U.S. official said on Monday: "It is coincidental. All evidence we have points to this video being the spark of these events. In all of the intel and traffic, there was no one out there saying, 'Oh, it's September 11th, we must avenge...'"

      The senior U.S. official added that this is "the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community at this point," and that Rice "was not out there volunteering her own opinions."

      The official also discounted as "not accurate" reports that staff at U.S. embassy in Egypt warned the State Department - in a cable purportedly sent on the afternoon of Sept. 10 - about the effect the anti-Islam video was having, and the likelihood of violent protests in Cairo, but received no response from Washington.

      "There was cable traffic, involving discussion of the video and the potential for protests, the Embassy was aware," the U.S. official told Fox News. "There were discussions about protests between the relevant agencies - intel and State - but the idea that there was no response from State is false."

      Officials at the State Department and the White House continue to express satisfaction with the cooperation they are receiving from foreign governments in the protection of American diplomats and their families. This is said to be especially the case in those instances where President Obama has reached out to foreign heads of state, namely Egypt, Yemen and Libya.

      Still, the State Department over the weekend - in a shift of plans that occurred sometime after Friday evening - announced the evacuation of diplomats' family members and "non-essential" personnel from U.S. Embassies in Tunisia and Sudan, sites of some of the most violent scenes on Friday.


      September 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • evfrancis1

        CNN will give you truth and not there politcal point of view. learn something, your making us look bad

        September 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • JuJuBee

        This is exactly why they need to be out. I think we can all agree that this was not a spontaneous attack on the Embassy. Sure, there were protestors there and perhaps there was spontaneity to that – but the attack on the Embassy was planned. No one shows up to a protest armed to the teeth like they did. It makes no sense. But for our Administration to keep insisting that this was spontaneous and they had no knowledge of an attack – when we are finding out otherwise – what does this say about our Administration? They had knowledge and they did nothing with it. Had this happened on any other day – perhaps we'd give more of a free pass. But to be in the middle east on 9/11 and not ramp up security in our embassys as a general protocol – unbelievable.

        This is typical of this Administration – point the finger and blame someone else. They are not being honest with Americans. If they aren't being honest and accepting resposibility for a failure on their end – what else is going on? How can we expect them to protect us at all?

        September 18, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  2. Tennessee Tim

    We continue to be of the opinion that India is a zero sum event in history and that a break up of sorts is the optimum way to maximize its potential for the people. The current events in India reinforce our belief that the inevitable implosion of India has begun and the beginning of the end state is upon us. Whether that will be nirvana that most of us believe it will, is yet to be seen. But this we will say. This defragmentation of India will unleash boundless opportunities and uber economic demand that will be beneficial to US and Europe and help pull them out of current recessionary malaise. We pray for the events to unfold peacefully and in a harmonious manner for the people of India and its neighbors.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  3. Foreign Policy Guru....not!

    For Romney foreign policy is...... foreign. I know that sounds like a double negative and bad grammar, however, two negatives don't make a positive!

    September 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  4. Matt

    Everyone knows Barack Obama has failed, even Barack knows but in today's world, race and political correctness are more important then the economy, jobs and printing more money. SAD, SAD, SAD.....

    September 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  5. Matt

    Barack Obama has failed here at home and across the world. It is sad and disgusting how dreadful this president is and CNN continues to support him and do all they can to spin the news and make Mitt Romney look bad ? WOW what happened to this country ?

    September 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • Solomon

      Wherever you go globally, they laugh at Americans. Americans have no respect. Whatever was left, Obama squandered away. We were too busy developing relations with India and they stabbed us in the back....in Iran....and then they ran away scared from Talibans. South Americans treat us as a dump for drugs. Canadians laugh at us.
      Afghanis after sucking away trillions from us have no fear in shooting us.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
      • steve

        People are laughing at America because of the stupid cowboy from Dallas. Obama actually has a really good popularity around the world, from the beginning.

        September 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • drphoenixj

        Canadians aren't laughing at Obama. We love him to the tune of 65% of us. We're laughing at Romney and your newfangled Republican party make complete fools of yourselves in front of the world.

        September 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • evfrancis1

      its funny how we are so quick to flip flop unless your a dedicated republican. when Bush put us over there and found out it was not a conventional war, while looking for weapons to destroy the world America wanted someone to bring us all home. Well Obama did just that and promised to not put us in harms way unless it was an American/World issue. i understand people are Dying but do he go against what America asked for? its funny how this man is stearing America in the right direction rather forign or demestic policy and everyone is blinded by Mitt R. good looks and fast talking points. i could go on from the American economy on the verge of collapse to health care that is the same thing Mitt is suggesting. read between the lines and you will be surprised......dont trust me read for your self or watch the DNC replay.

      September 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • JuJuBee

      The media has been reduced to nothing more than entertainers. The news agencies and reporters that we knew as hard-hitting and doing everything they can to get to the bottom of the story are gone. The media, by it's definition, should always be anti-establishment. No matter who is in office – they owe it to the American public to report on the facts and to be fair and balanced. Unfortunately, the media is swayed by the highest bidder. Total disservice to America.

      September 18, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  6. Republished With Impunity

    If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
    If you have any b@lls, prepare to sacrifice them now.
    But the time has come for Indians to get out of the trenches from hiding,
    And face the Talibans head on and do the biding.
    Protecting your country is Indian responsibility,
    Subcontracting to Americans, Israelis and South Koreans is not an enduring possibility.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Solomon

      Good one !!! Ha Ha ha. Whats with the Hindus and why are they so scared of Talibans????

      September 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  7. Matt

    If Barack Obama were a Republican, can you imagine what CNN would be saying about him? On the economy, unemployment, the death and destruction in the Middle East ? imagine if Barack Obama were a Republican ???????

    September 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  8. Matt

    It is sad, deceitful and disgusting how bias CNN is. Every political story is PRO-Obama and paints Mitt Romney in a negative way. Joe Johns and Wolf Blitzer are doing all they can to get Barack Obama re-elected. This is so bad. DO NOT BELIEVE CNN, THEY WANT BARACK OBAMA RE-ELECTED IN THE WORST WAY. WHY CAN'T THEY JUST REPORT THE NEWS AND LET VIEWERS DECIDE ????

    September 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • JuJuBee

      They have become so biased, their ratings continue to tank every year. I think if they took your advice and starting "reporting" instead of "pandering" – they'd see a steady climb in their ratings.

      September 18, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  9. Sivick

    How many times do i have to vote against torture before that sinks into their thick skull?

    September 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  10. jim

    The foreign policies in place need a complete overhaul, what ever happened to defending your country within its borders? How can Romney accuse a country of terrorizing the world when that country hasnt invaded another since 1798?

    September 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  11. Anom...

    Dear All,

    I voted for Obama the first time around. I will not do so this time. As an American who lived in several countries and returned to the United States I was prayerful that this man would make a difference. Instead he has lied to us over and over again, burried his head in the sand and takes an appeasment approach. We are a nation that is being threatened with our Freedom!!! Many if not all of you on these post have never ever ever lived in a country where the people's freedom was surpressed. I did! What is happening in the ME is not about a stupid video on youtube. It is about our way of life and their desire to destroy it. Wake up America! The hope and change did not come. We all wanted to believe it would but it did not. For the record, I am strong centrist in my political beliefs and see things for what they are. I have not party affiliation nor do I plan to register one. What I am is a person who sees our very lives being put at risk. Obama did not do this with intent. I actually believe he had honorable intentions. Now the world is a much more unstable and dangerous place......Mitt is not the best choice I agree.....but he is better than what we have.

    September 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Tarbaby Leadership

      It "takes a village" to reorganize a child. Heh.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Please tell me what freedoms are being threatened and how we are less free now? Check the stats on who lies more the democrats or republicans...

      September 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • rancho

        Jeff- the stats that you need to know is that Obama has failed both domestically and internationally. We are in worse shape today than when he took office. More Americans looking for work, more Americans living in Poverty despite huge expenditures. He does not have a foreign policy or a budget/economic policy. He will not put anything in writting because he panders not lead. He had full control of both houses of 1/2 his term. He accepts no responsbility. Suprised he did not blame Bush for the deaths of Americans in Libya instead he blamed a video.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • Just do some research

        Hey Jeff, here is an article from Wired magazine that came out today:

        Our freedoms started being curtailed in 2001 with the Patriot Act!!

        September 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  12. Rudy G

    It's the ECONOMY stupid!! 14 million are waiting for job, Mr. President

    September 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • Tarbaby Leadership

      You can work for the government (me) Rudy.....and your paycheck will arrive after I tax "the rich".
      What ? You don`t believe in $$$ redistribution ? You must be a racist. I willl forgive you and your student loan after I play some golf.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  13. Tarbaby Leadership

    Now that I have destabilized the world, I can create my own New World Order, and it won`t include any Jews.


    September 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Tarbaby Leadership

      It won`t include The Pope either. Hispanics.....you all work for me now. Heh.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • maxpractical

      H, the incessant din of paranoid rhghtists. It's like finger nails on a chalkboard! This President ha sstabilized the world. Romney is the one who would destabilize it given his saber rattling and the drop of any hat. He hasn't a clue wht diplomacy is and will return to the Bush doctrine of shoot first , aim later.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
      • Tarbaby Leadership

        You wear the Yoke of the democrat plantation well, Max. Come here while I tighten the buckels. There – that does it. You belong to me now, forever. You and me. Heh.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • Tarbaby Leadership

        I proclaim you Buckle Boy. Kneel now.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • SJM

        He's stabilized the world? Really? He's disarmed a nuclear N. Korea? disarmed a nuclear Iran? brought peace to the middle east? Eased the tensions in the South China Sea? Brought Peace to Afghanistan?
        Exactly what part of your alternate univers has he "stabilized"

        September 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Jeff

        We went from strong foreign support (probably strongest ever) after 911.. Bush took that support and destroyed it with his wars... Obama has regained it.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • spike

        Stabilized the world – really – What planet do you currently reside on. It surely is not earth. Who has blinded you?

        September 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  14. saeed

    is say to the chinese nuke them all usa britain ireland australia drop a 5 megaton nuclear warhead on everyone.

    September 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  15. CitizenAJ

    "Instead of watching what's happening in Syria from a dispassionate distance, I would be leading in Syria by encouraging our friends there like the Turks and the Saudis to provide weapons to the insurgents in Syria," he said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual briefing this summer.

    Oh, likr the U.S. did with the Iraqis, provided them arms to defeat the Iranians and then had to defeat the Iraqis later as they became the U.S.'s enemy? Of, like the weapons they provided the "Taliban" to fight the Russians when they invaded Afghanistan, and now are the U.S.'s enemy. Yeah, I see why the President is not in a rush to provide these people weapons and combat support. History tells us that the U.S. will be supplying a future enemy. There are more examples. The U.S. support of the Shah of Iran. Now, Iran is a U.S. enemy. Yeah, let's keep feeding, helping U.S. enemies. Stay out of the region. Romney is failing to review history, but, what else is new about this empty suit.

    September 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply

      I've been watching Presidential elections since John Kennedy ran; and I've been voting in Presidential elections since Nixon last ran. And I have never, ever, seen a Presidential opponent every openly discussed foreign policy. This is an area of politics that the sitting President, and only the sitting President has any say so in. No one in the history of Presidential elections has ever interfered of spoken against the policies established by the sitting President. This encourages our enemies and sends a message of division instead of unity throughout the world. Mitt is wrong and should be condemned for this. If the shoe was on the other foot, I’m sure he'd be accusing Obama of Acts of Treason.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • tor5

        So true. Unfortunately, most of the posters attacking Obama know no history or understand this sacred tradition of foreign policy.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Cheetahe

      You are so very correct. Let us not get involved in any of these conflicts in the ME and instead spend our energy on improving our country and provide for our citizens and our youth.
      I am sick and tired of all these chicken hawks which have never sacrificed any of their own children agitating for military action on every conflict that arises.
      We have close to 20 million under and unemployed citizens let us hear how we are going to fix this economy and keep them doing useful work instead of sending our youth to war.
      If we are worrying about our security we should take control of our borders where terrorists can drive a truck full of them without even being noticed.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  16. anon

    I'm loving how EVERYONE in the world is saying the Libyan Embassy attack was 100% indisputable factually backed up a SET UP but in the USA we only hear it's because of that stupid movie. You are being LIED to America, WAKE THE EFF UP.

    September 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  17. Pastor Culton

    The disenchantment of minorities is evident by the recent uprising in India. From Bangalore to Mumbai, to Goa to Kerala and Chennai and Pune not to forget Assam and onto New Delhi ..... this is a premonition of epic proportions. We are witnessing the implosion of India..some will grasp it now while others will need to see it in the rear view mirror.

    September 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Indian

      muslims getting biatch slapped all continets .. ROLF

      September 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Solomon

      India is done. A relic of the past. Mired in poverty.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  18. In The Name Of Our Lord

    New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

    Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
    PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

    Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

    Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities

    September 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • In The Name Of Our Lord

      The Hindu Dharam Sena has become especially terrifying for Christians in India. Jabalpur, India was plagued by at least three anti-Christian attacks every month, according to The Caravan magazine. In the western state of Gujarat and other parts of the country, the Rashtriya Jagran Manch has also violently attacked Christians, according to news website Counter Currents.

      We need to keep an eye on India and eradicate these neo nazi parties ASAP. We have our assets in Afghanistan and before we ship 'em back we need to dump some drone ammo on these hindu extremists.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
      • asdrel

        Do you really think the United States should be starting yet another war because you don't like what's allegedly going on in India? Are you ready to enlist and go over there to fight?

        September 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • Cut to the Chase

        @asdrel....The recommendation is to drop drone ammo. Not same as starting war per US Atty gen. It is legal. Lets do it. These hindu extremists need to be nipped in the bud.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Indian



      September 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Cut to the Chase

      Norway massacre was inspired by hindu neo nazi groups. Jewish Holocaust we now learn was also a result of encouragement from these hindu groups.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  19. rodio

    P ...AKISTAN

    September 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Indian

      hahahahah hilarious 🙂

      September 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • Lars Olofsson

        Are we in elementary school?


        September 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  20. John

    Romney is a bonehead. Didn't we look dumb enough to the rest of the world when GW was in office?

    September 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Pitbull


      September 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
      • Pisces67

        We do thanks to Romney and his big mouth and inablility to think his stupid comments through. His act first and think later technique is the last thing this country needs!

        September 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • calcman10

        Pisces – please tell me what in Romney's statement was wrong?

        September 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • Balanced99

        Pisces67 is simply another Obama blind follower – like most of the media. Obama states Romney shoots first and aims later – and no one will raise or discuss the fact that team Obama screwed up royally – and Romney's aim was on the mark.

        The only thing worse than Obama is the growing stupidity of the population in general – which he preys on. Pisces67 is just another blind mouse following the piper (let's just hope he doesn't actually vote).

        September 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Balanced99

      The current administration has made more blunders on foreign policy in the last week then they can count.- the idiotic statement after the first attacks (100% apology for free speech rights vs. condemnation of attacks), Obama's comments about Egypt not being an ally (which sent the State Dept and his press team scrambling) followed by having Rice hit the airwaves to say the attacks in Libya were spontaneous (which the president of Libya called ludicrous).

      Team Obama has looked like a Monkey blanking a football on foreign policy and you've got an issue with Romney? What M0r0n!

      September 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        Get your facts straight...
        1. The apology for the movie came out by the embassy BEFORE the attacks... Show me a statement of OBAMA apologizing after the attacks!
        2. Obama stating that Egypt is not a friend or enemy is exactly correct. They have a new gov't that has not proven themselves as either. It showed those in power in Egypt that they better fall in line or be labeled as an enemy.

        Maybe you should get your news from a credible source instead of posting BS on here.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  21. flox

    MyinTx , where did you get that stuff your smoking!

    by the way yiou man Romeny is not going to win!

    September 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  22. Stan

    They stand were ever AIPAC and the rest of the Israeli Lobbies tell them to stand

    September 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  23. tim

    dont any body realize that Obama is the anti christ he.s going to put Marshall law in effect he.s going to end the world
    its bible based check you tube 911 was done by us it was a cover up we all cant be stupid agian to vote obama
    pls vote romney

    September 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • DC1973

      He can't possibly be the Antichrist. The Antichrist is supposed to be universally loved and accepted.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Kevin W.

      My my, where to begin? Your atrocious use of the English language reveals you to be a knuckle dragging moron right off the bat. Leaving that aside for a bit, I believe you meant to say "martial law" not Marshall Law. As a Christian person myself, you give us all a REALLY bad name, so please do yourself and everyone else a favor and STFU...

      September 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Jon

      He's not the Antichrist, you're the Antichrist! So there!

      September 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • John

      I think your post makes it quite evident that the intelligence level of those who vote for people like Bush and Romney is pretty low. Good grief.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Dube

      Tim, my window-licking compatriot, you scare me. Your loose grasp on the English language is jaw-dropping. I don't want to tell you to vote this way or that but I would submit to you that perhaps you should do a little reading up on the candidates instead of rattling off some religious non sequitur.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Simple_Logic

      Wow, you must know a lot about Christianity. What a mean when I say 'a lot' is a sarcastic way of saying you dont know anything. The antichrist cannot be stopped by voting, and as the previous poster pointed out, the antichrist will be universally loved. You need to stop perverting the Bible for your own goals so that you wont have to burn in hell for all eternity and pretending to know the Word when you are just bearing false witness.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  24. bspurloc

    Obama led us to Osama bin Laden mittens led himself to spread religion in europe instead of defending his country.
    Obama led us out of the bush destroyed economy.... mittens got thrown out of mass.

    September 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • tim

      bin laden was dead already it was a bs thing proof thats what i need
      so they kill him and throw him in the ocean for no reason open your eyes man it was bull sh..

      September 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
      • Simple_Logic

        You are a nut, a traitor, an anti-American, an insulter of our troops, and a piece of trash that should immediatlly smash your computer and never post your verbal barf again.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  25. pooh496

    My vote is for Mitt! He will make decisions and get them done. Obama apologizes for everything he does and has not run a transparent presidency. His promises have never been fulfilled. He;s a liar and constantly goes to the extreme left on his decisions to get people to vote for him. I'm a moderate and an independent. I think the debates will be very revealing. We have terrorists that want us to die and I hear no Muslims apologizing to us or defending us. We have had wars and skirmishes since time began. We will as long as there are people in the world that hate our way of life. Peace is an elusive thing and we cannot have peace without war unfortunately.

    September 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      how does mittens make decisions when he has no idea what he is deciding on.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • rancho

        Pretty easy choice based upon facts. Obama has failed to turnaround the economy despite having full control of both houses for 1/2 his term, he has failed to reduce the deficit, more Americans living in Poverty. He has failed as CEO to have our government produce a budget that would reduce spending and get us back on track. he has failed internationally, Americans are getting murdered abroad. He denies all responsbility and plays the blame game. He has not earned a second term. I am enamored with Romney...No...But I do not like Obama based upon undenialbe facts.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • tor5

        Funny how in rancho’s version of “undeniable facts” Obama is guilty of “denying responsibility” yet Republican’s somehow think it’s unfair to ask them to take responsibility for leaving Obama with the worst economy in 80 years.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • mogran

      I too will vote for Mitt/Ryan. Obama has proven to be a dismal failure in terms of finance and foreign policy. It's time for him to go.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
      • CitizenAJ

        Where is he a failure? August 2008, the U.S. lost over 200 thousand jobs. August 2012, the U.S. added 90 thousand. Not gain busters, but no losses. Al Queda cannot rest any more. They are constantly sought out and attacked. Foreign policy is not just with Isreal, don't forget good relations with South America, the far east, Austrailia, and Europe. The U.S. is part of the international community and this President has let them know that.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      Mittens will only make the decisions that his handlers approve of.

      And Mittens is transparent? He won't say what his budget cust will be and he won't release his tax returns

      The take away from this (and other articles about foreign policy) is that Mittens and Obama are relatively close in how they view the Middle East – so much for the Republicans trying to call Obama's policies 'failed' – that's a bogus claim – they don't have policies that are not inline with current ones in this regard.

      Newsflash Pooh. All politicians lie.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • tor5

      You will never hear a historian or political scientist say that Obama apologized or that he is on the extreme left because it is demonstrably untrue. You only hear this on Fox and from Republicans running for office. But I forget, scientists and historians are evil, so what they say shouldn't matter.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • rep

      Romney just seems like he's trying to act like a tough guy, and his act is not even convincing. He's second-guessing all of these decisions that he knows NOTHING about purely for political purposes. That much was clear with his latest blunder regarding Libya. I think we've all seen enough of the "leading with your balls instead of your brain" style of decision making from GWB not too long ago, and I for one am tired of it!

      September 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  26. ABarker

    I’m not sure I understand how Obama can claim that he sees Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when he wants them to go back to the borders that were in place prior the 6 day war. The research I found states that during the war, Israel “captures the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria.”

    As I understand what I read, if Obama’s suggestion is taken, Jerusalem would again be divided. To me that doesn’t sound as though he really believes Jerusalem is the capital, or at least not all of it.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • DDM

      As has been stated many times before, this is the wording that has been in place for years, including under Bush. Obama is just restating it because it has not been changed. Proper steps must be taken before it can be changed, or else it remains as it is. What are the steps? Look it up.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      no one cares about Israel.... enough pandering to this country. if u have a problem use the Military equipment we are forced to give u... stop dragging the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA into your 2000 year old war

      September 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • Rachael

        I CARE about Isreal, and I VOTE! Romney/Ryan 2012!

        September 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • strgzer585

        You obviously don't care enough about it to learn how to spell the name of the damn place.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  27. Rayan

    How they differ? Is this a joke?

    Romney has NO foreign policy experience unless you consider the experience he had going to Italy and screwing over people and companies there just like he did in the US, become a persona non grata as far as the country is concerned. Oh, also embarrassing himself in England, Poland, and Italy by making predictably self-serving but irresponsible/ignorant/offensive comments.
    Obama on the other hand, in spite of all of his critics predicting some kind of catastrophic failure, has made foreign policy one of his biggest strengths. He has helped to restore some of the USA's lost standing after 8 years of Bush doing his best to completely destroy it. It was said that he would surrender to AlQaeda, instead Osama bin Laden is dead and terrorist organizations around the world are feeling the heat without starting any new costly and unnecessary occupations. Obama understands the nuance and subtlety of diplomacy as he has shown over and over again, Romney doesn't understand anything except how to try and score points for the election.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • ABarker

      Obama had NO foreign experience when he took office either so that really doesn't mean anything. For that matter, Obama had not experience in anything related to the president's responsibilities prior to taking office. So far as I know, most first time presidents face that same hurdle...

      September 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • rancho

      Obama had no foreign experience or experience running a state. He was a senator and voted on legislation.
      Given the disasterous situation both domestically and internationally I am willing to give Romney a shot. It cannot get much worse. I long for the days of 4% unemployment.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • flox

        iI agree, however Obama has gained experince ovr the time he has been there. What you Americans dont need right now given the situation in the world right now is a rookie to deal with it all.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • CitizenAJ

        Giving Romney a shot, a man who seems to change his mind as much as the direction of the wind blows, could be disasterous. He has no real economic policy and he is a blundering, arrogant idiot. This is what you want to represent the U.S.? He will cause the U.S. more harm than good and he has a rookie, phoney back-up in Ryan. Handing these two reign of this great republic is unpatriotic at best, it surely is not "country first".

        September 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • spike

        Obama tells his minions, we can't go back, we won't go back. I personally long for the days of the past. They were so much better by almost every single measure.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • michael

      "Given the disasterous situation both domestically and internationally I am willing to give Romney a shot."

      Given the GOP's policy of shoot first and ask questions later, I'm not willing to risk war by voting in a chickenhawk warmonger like Romney.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  28. tor5

    Obama haters refuse to recognize that he deftly guided us through the Arab Spring without serious entanglements and with our options still open in terms of responding to volatile, unpredictable events. All while getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s called smart foreign policy. If Romney were in charge, we’d be in at least four wars right now. I guess that would be good if you want people to think you’re macho. But it would be a disaster for our country.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • rancho

      deftly guided us through the Arab Spring. His inactive policy allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to fill the vacuum of power in Egypt How is that good for the USA. He remained silent and hoped for the best. That the people who took over power in Egypt would love the USA, he was dead wrong.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
      • tor5

        So I guess Romney has a secret plan to get Egypt to love the USA? Get real. Every thinking person recognizes that Egypt was never going to be our BFF. But we actually retained some influence and options. I guess you think it would be better if we had an "active" policy and were backing some rebels in a civil war?

        September 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • bspurloc

        yes cuz Egypt longed for the USA to put another PUPPET in charge simply to appease Israel.
        wah wah Mubarak is gone now Egypt cut off Israels Oil and Natural Gas supply....
        and that is the USA's top priority in the world to pay arab countries to play nice with Israel.
        we give Israel BILLIONS to protect themselves, we give arab countries BILLIONS to play nice with Israel. enough is enough. Israel has a problem with a country DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Jeff

        Do you even know what the muslim brotherhood is and what their political policies are?

        September 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  29. DC1973

    Ok, wait. Wait.

    "Instead of watching what's happening in Syria from a dispassionate distance, I would be leading in Syria by encouraging our friends there like the Turks and the Saudis to provide weapons to the insurgents in Syria."

    He'd be leading in Syria by talking other people into doing it for him?

    September 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  30. NDAA

    CNN – You Missed Something......

    WHY, OH WHY does this article not even MENTION NDAA??? Quietly signed into "law" by Obama last New Years Eve;
    This bill allows the United States to arrest anyone in the world for committing a "belligerent act", and is a very clear part of foreign policy. Both candidates approve of it, and it destroys our bill of rights, how come you haven't mentioned it?


    September 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  31. CommonSense

    I know that my own race (white) is still racist, just based off of these irrational comments being made. Sad the world we live in is like this. I pray Barack Obama is re-elected. He's the most rational, poised, strong, intelligent president we have had in my life time. I will keep praying! Vote people!

    September 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • rancho

      Take a look at the facts and undeniably Obama has failed. He has not earned a second term. Who will he blame for the $20trillion in debt during his second term?

      September 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
      • George

        I'm like the majority of Americans. I've looked at the facts on both sides: Obama's and Romney's. And the choice is a clear yes for Obama. Don't waste your breath. It's over for Mitt the Twist.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
      • flox

        who do you blame? The people that started the mess in your country to begin with, The Republicans!!

        September 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • CitizenAJ

        rancho, let me clue you in on finances. If I have 100 with a 10% interest, I earn $10, thus making my balance $110. Now try that number using trillions. My point is, until we can get the debt paid down, the debt will grow no matter what because 10% of a trillion adds a HUGE chunck onto the debt balance. This President is trying to stop that, but first, he had to steer the country back onto a growth path, not a lost path that he inherited. Add billions, billions spent on two wars, not easy to overcome. And keep in mind, the republican candidates in 2008, including Romney, did not support an end to the Iraqi or Afghanistan occupations. What does that mean? Endless spending on these two nations. As the President has said often, lets put some of that billions of dollars into some nation building in the U.S.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • bspurloc

      amazing isnt it... then there is mittens who apparently hates mexicans even though his father is 100% mexican.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  32. BeverlyNC

    Romney has a plan for foreign policy other than siding with the terrorists that attacked our Embassy, other than a non-fact-based war mongering to attack Iran, other than making a total fool of himself in England where he alienated our closest ally in less than 24 hours just attending/criticizing their Olympics. The Brits figured out Romney has no substance, no leadership skills, and no clue on issues instantly – why have Americans not figured it out with Romney's daily lies, gaffes, and not one single plan told to us about what he is FOR. Romney is his own worst enemy besides the fact his own Party never wanted him for their candidate to begin with. Romney is as awkward and wooden and as solutionless as the day he started campaigning 7 years ago. Romney seems to be the only one who doesn't realize he will never be President and is just making a joke og himself.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      mittens has a plan?? did u tell him he has one? cuz he has no idea what he has as the etcha sketch has been shaking non stop for the last 2 months.....

      September 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  33. Hahahahahahahah

    Let me guess. Somewhere in Romney's foreign policy there must be "Tax cuts for the rich..........!!!" as that's the only policy that comes out of his stupid mouth. Hahahahahahahhaha

    September 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • rancho

      Where is Obama's policy....it does not exist. His neglection of duties in the name of his re election is criminal. Agree or not agree with Congress they produced a budget. The Senate has not. Without one there is no compromise with the house budget nothing gets done except the deficit spirals out of control. Great Leaders can unite and motivate a country, Obama since the beginning has divided this country and he fails to take responsbility just plays the blame game. He has not earned a second term.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • You Must

        Wow! You must be a rich republican!!!!! It's either that or you're voting against your own interests!!!!

        September 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  34. G

    To all of you Obama or Romney bashers I feel the need to express that your opinions/votes only determine what face to point to in regards to this country's fate. The real policy makers and global managers are not the politicians we elect. The only countries where the heads of state have that kind of power (on a local level) are in dictatorships or fascist regimes. Our opinions and votes had more meaning in the past than they do now. So, blame or praise whoever you want because it's as Shakespeare said, "sound and fury signifying nothing".

    September 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • rancho

      Unfortunately we have to make a choice between Obama and Romney. Obama has proven to lack the leadership skills to pass legislation by working with the otherside of the aisle. President Clinton was our last president who could work both sides. Obama has proven that the only way he can accomplish legislation is by executive order (immigration) or bribery (Obamacare). Given the fact that our economy is in the toilet more Americans living in poverty and internationally the world is about to explode, Obama has not earned a second term.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
      • George

        And the question that Mitt still hasn't answered is, "What has Mitt done during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression? How has he proven to serve America during the worst of times?" Answer: NOTHING And he will never tell you what he has because he knows the answer: he's only got blame and bashing, hoping there's enough iddiots like you who will believe him.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
      • wt?

        And with Obama you get a Clinton again. A very strong Hiliary Clinton.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • flox

        Thats because your Gun slinging, ewar mongering Republicans came right out ans said they wont work with him at all in order to win his job. Nice gong airheads!

        September 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • CitizenAJ

        Like the President extended the Muslim world an olive branch, he did so with republicans. They were disrespectful and out right said, they will not work with this President. Mitch McConnell added later in 2009 that their goal was to make him a one term President. Not to improve the nation, work with the President to overcome the greatest economic down turn since the great depression, but to make the President a one term President. Which means what? No governing. This is why congress has the lowest approval rating in the history of tracking congressional approval.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  35. the1voiceofreason

    This article fails to mention the NDAA's authorization of indefinite detention and assassination of US citizens without due process domestically and abroad. When will the public wake up to the tyranny that's before them. STOP the NDAA!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  36. rancho

    a Vote for Obama is a vote for Isreal to get nuked.
    We are in desperate need of a leader, not a panderer.
    Does the Obama really think that a spontaneous mob murdered our diplomats and fellow Americans at the embassay and secretative safe houses on the anniversary of 9/11. Just like domestically Obama fails to take responsibility and blames someone else. He has failed both domestically and internationally.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • George

      Got any words or cliches you didn't pick up from Limbaugh or Ryan?

      September 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
      • rancho

        Sorry just an observation. Are you trying to tell me we are on the right track. More Americans living in Poverty, More Americans out of Work, Americans getting murdered abroad.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • bspurloc

      u r clueless turn off foxfax.
      this is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA not the United States of Israel.
      We have no obligation to DIE for Israel. if Israel doesnt like Iran then BOMB them not send citizens here to infiltrate the US Government.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
      • rancho

        clueless? Has the unemployment been over 8% for over 4 yrs. Did he not have full control of both houses for 1/2 his term. Is Iran still developing an atomic bomb with the promise of wiping out Isreal. Has the opinion abroad of the US improved during his term? Stop drinking the Koolaide.
        Obama has failed internationally and domestically.
        Blind faith in one party gives you Carter, Bush and Obama.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • bspurloc

        no he didnt have FULL control of both houses.... another foxfaxfail. at most it was for a month counting VACATION.
        Obama got unemployment DOWN from the failed bush happening.
        u r clueless, turn off foxfax..... mittens has no chance to win per delegates.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • jj

      My friend, you offer no suggestions...just complaints. The president has shown that he does not rush to judgement. What would you have hime do...go to war? I think he's shown that's not his game plan...and most of us are glad of that I think, even if he's not our guy.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
      • rancho

        rush to judgement? He has no plan. If he would just be honest and try a different tack. For example after spending $768 to get the unemployment under 8% it is obvious it did not work as planned, so we will try a different approach (ie corp tax reform etc). He just seems unwilling to have a discussion. When anyone disagrees they are smeared and he gets annoyed. I am not saying bomb Iran or let the rich off tax wise. Just get off the partisan politics and use common sense.
        Romney is much more a centrist compared to Obama. Obama wants the government to be the answer for everything and I could not disagree more.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  37. rancho

    Obama's foreign policy is exactly like his economic/budget policy...it simply doe not exist. We need a leader not a panderer.
    His economic and foreign policies have failed.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • George

      .... only if you're living in lala land. You'd have to deny a hell of a lot and also make up a hell of a lot to suggest he's failed on foreign policy. Out of two costly, deadly wars, Al Qeda disemboweled, OBL gone, Gadhafi gone, democratic Egypt, global respect. The only people who don't like Obama's foreign policy are Muslim extremists and right wing extremists in America. Which are you?

      September 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
      • rancho

        I am an independent. Given the fact that a planned coordinated attack on our embassay on the anniversary of 9/11 is being blamed on a video and given the fact that our President does not accept any responsiblity for our economic situation I believe he is inept at both. Not extreme just the facts. He has us marching down the path of Europe and still wants to spend Where is the budget? What is his foreign policy? They simply do not exist because he is afraid to take a stand and make the tough choices a President must make.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • George

        Rancho, so you suggest the attacks in Libya are because of Obama's failed policies. Would you suggest that the bombing of the U.S. base in Lebanon was Reagan's fault? Or that 9/11 was Bush's failed foreign policy? I wouldn't. But if you're consistent, and that's the case, I'll take the president's record over any Republican's.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • bspurloc

      u dont want a pan derer?
      then y r u for mit tens the Pan derer Eli te espe cially to neten Yahoo....

      September 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
      • BeverlyNC

        Romney went to school with Netanyahu and although they did not know each other – Romney acts like he is an expert on Israel because they went to the same school. Netanyahu has made it VERY clear he thinks Romney is an idiot and has stated he feels President Obama is a great friend and ally to Israel (said this last week) so once again Romney gets caught lying – his expected response to everything. He knows nothing so he lies in desperation to fool any voter he can.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • BeverlyNC

      Really? Which ones have failed? You mean ending the fraud Bush war in Iraq? You mean killing Osama bin Laden Bush gave up looking for after 6 months? You mean gaining back the respect of the world Bush destroyed by committing international war crimes attacking Iraq with no reason ,for committing international war crimes on torture, for prejuring himself before Congress lying about non-existent WMDs in Iraq (an impeachable offense). You mean ending the reign of terror on the seas by Somali pirates? You mean getting the UN to stand up and lead for once so the U.S. is not the ONLY nation having to spend our money and our troops in handling problem nations? You mean how he has forged a strong relationship with Putin to help put pressure on Iran and help bring down Arab dictactors?
      Romney is a total joke on foreign policy. He didn't know the Soviet Union has not existed since Reagan. He didn't know Czechoslovakia has not existed since 1993 so Romney criticized President Obama for not "helping" them. Romney stood with the terrorists while they were attacking and killing our Ambassador because Romney did not know the facts before he made an idiot of himself.
      I feel far safer with the leadership of President Obama than the clueless arrogant corporate puppet of Romney.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      F O R W A R D we go away from this 2000 year old religious war in Gaza.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      obama led us forward out of the hole bush buried us in and forward we will keep going

      September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  38. true blue

    To all just remember the great Mormon angel came from the heavens..... But wait wasn't the devil cast out of the heavens Oohs the devil comes in many forms even as a rich guy that we all trust...MONEY is the root of all evil.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  39. For Your Eyes Only

    It is common knowledge that some of India’s nukes were hijacked during the recent massive power blackout in the country by the extremists. It is also a matter of great concern that the safety of India’s nuclear installations is questionable as identified by its nuclear audit agency CAG. This poses a grave danger to India’s population and its neighbors. Let us keep in perspective that over 3 (Three) Billion people live within the region close to more than half the world’s population !!!

    September 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • BsAlert

      BS Alert. BS Alert!!!!!!

      September 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  40. LVK

    Thats a dumb question BOOM BOOM IRAN you figure it out!

    September 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  41. Barry G.

    Would you consider outsourcing jobs to Asia a part of Mitt’s foreign policy?

    How about hiding money in off-shore bank accounts, to dodge tax obligations?

    September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • George

      ....which begs the REAL question, the question that underlies every other question, the question if you can't answer affirmatively you may as well forget any other question...... Do you really trust Mitt? If you do, it's got to be blind.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  42. Amniculi

    RMoney, Warmonger-in-Chief. It's going to really suck if he is elected. Yay, endless war! That must be his economic plan. It's working well already...

    September 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  43. Udonno


    Just to let you all know, everyone in Texas do not feel the way MYinTX does. There are intelligent folks that live in Texas as well. We just happened to be at time represented by those that would like to go back to the 1950"s. NOT!!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • true blue

      ( I second that ) My has been tea-bagged for the past year.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • George

      Poor suckers in Texas....

      September 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  44. Lars Olofsson

    I'd say the main difference between these candidates is the difference in size of the squares on their shirts.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  45. bezabe

    A MESSAGE FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD: VOTE OBAMA OR AMERICA FACES INTERNATIONAL ISOLATION. The world needs less violence, China to do well, Iran to stop developing a nuclear weapon and generally good international relations. Romney will provide none of that. He is seen by the rest of the world as a complete idiot and if you think things are bad now, they will get a whole lot worse under him.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  46. For Your Eyes Only

    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.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  47. Cogito

    If you want an even better, more in-depth comparison of where they stand on all the issues, check out "on the issues" dot org.

    Obama = Romney = Obamney...more of the same old, same old...

    Gary Johnson 2012!

    September 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  48. Bull

    Choice for americans: Bama: kiss arab a55. Nit Romney: WW3. Both choices are very unappealing.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • MYinTX

      If we continue with Obama's policies, the war may be on our soil.. too late... welcome to Sharia Law...

      September 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
      • Adrian

        Are you high, drunk, or stupid? Last I checked we're a secular nation.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • true blue

        To all just remember the great Mormon angel came from the heavens..... But wait wasn't the devil cast out of the heavens Oohs the devil comes in many forms even as a rich guy that we all trust...MONEY is the root of all evil.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • bspurloc

        ignorance levels are measured by sharia law cries.
        never mind NO MILITARY on Earth has the capabilities to invade the USA..... and no hostile nation can reach the USA with a missile. well unless u r still watching Rocky and count Russia as a hostile.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • flox

        grow up and educate yourself!

        September 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • CitizenAJ

      O.k. Bull, you made me laugh. I disagree with you however, that the President is kissing the muslim world's azz, LOL! I don't think Romney would go to war, willingly. He talks tough to sound tough, but he is a punk. Obama has attempted to reach out to the muslim world, it seems, based on the events of the last few days, in vain. But, I prefer his cooler, steadier hand than Romney's bluster and puppet approach. Romney, like Bush, will be answering to his handlers and those who bought him, not addressing the issues of the nation.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  49. rancho

    Obama's foreign policy is exactly like his economic/budget policy,,,,it simply does not exist. We need a Leader not a panderer.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • /lol

      please oh please tell me what romneys is, because he doesnt have one either.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
      • Brian in DC

        Romney is POTUS right now, Obama is and as such he needs to perform his carry out the duties he was elected to do instead of non-stop campaigning.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Brian in DC

        typo, Romney is not.......

        September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • /lol

        thats funny, because every president has done this and yet somehow because the first black president is doing it, suddenly its wrong?
        always interesting when the gop think the black guy shouldnt be trying to run again he should be in his room "doing his job" and being quiet.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
      • /lol

        oh and thanks for confirming that romney has no idea what he will do to help the country.
        see you should know BEFORE, instead of being "suprised" when in office.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Adrian

        Romney's foreign policy plan is the same plan all Republicans have 'get rid of the scary brown people'. It's also is solution to our immigration problem.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • MYinTX

        Have you checked out Romney's web-site? He has a 155+ page Jobs/Economic plan.. Where is Obama's detailed plan? And, if it's the same re-cycled garbage from the last 4 years, I don't need to see it.. Remember how he promised to cut the deficit in half.. and none of his budgets even came close... Oops.. And, I sure wish we could have seen details of Obamacare before he came into office (shoot, before it was even signed into law!). If we could have seen the 21 taxes in it four years ago, he would NOT have been elected... (those taxes, are a broken campaign promise btw).

        Romney/Ryan 2012.

        Have a nice day.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • Adrian

        Oh we've seen Romney's little 'plan' hell we lived it. Giving the rich more money wont magically create jobs. We have no need to increase defense (war) spending. And the 'free-market' isnt the panacea for all or nations ills.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Oakspar77777

      It is not a failure to lead, but leadership in a false direction. The Administration believes that rational arguement with irrational people will lead to a rational end.

      Of course, argueing ration with the irrational is like argueing rationally with a hungery bear – you might be right, but you will still loose. Liberals have always decieved themselve that other would agree with them "if they just understood."

      What needs to happen is NOT (1) diplomacy or (2) militancy. The first will not be effective and quickly turns into appeasement. The second would require a regional war that the US does not want (and is not ready for).

      What needs to happen is (A) we should withdraw our citizens from the riotious countries and then (B) we should bombard the media (TV, Internet, Movies, etc) with TRILLIONS of images of Muhammad: positive, negative, and neutral.

      No Muslim should be a part of putting up those images, that would be against their religion. Everyone else, however, should make a go at it.

      Islam needs to see that the world (or at least the US) believes in free speech and will not deign to notice whiney crybabies who cannot stand to see or hear a challenge to their beliefs. Hindus, Buddist, Christians, and Jews often see blasphemous images of our sacred figures – and we don't like it.

      We respond, however, not with violence, but with supior ideas and words. Therefore, I, at least, will be sure to upload some pictures of Muhammad to the internet today.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Cogito

        Brilliant...that worked so well the first few times around...

        September 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • CommonSense

        If you believe this mess, you're an even bigger idiot than Mitt Romney.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • JeannieM

      And you think romney is the answer. Remember we can always do a lot worse than are doing right now. romney could govern Massachuettes. He left them in horrible financial shape and now he want to the same for the country. I for one don't want to give him the chance. The tax evader and his billionaire/millionaire friend don't want to pay taxes and under a romney presidency they probably wouldn't pay much. Why else would they be spending so much in advetisting to get this clown elected. He is not fit for duty.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • MYinTX

      Rancho... sure wish they had a 'LIKE' button on his comment board 🙂

      Romney/Ryan 2012
      Have a WONDERFUL day!

      September 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • true blue

        My My My, one brain wash lil girl. wake up and get off the tea-pods. that nimrod will have us fighting every month and what will you without your disability checks. just remember Mormons don't fight wars they start them pick up a book and read about your Money man.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • bspurloc

      mittens = guiness record holder on pandering... he created pandering....
      note headlines today pandering to Mexicans.....

      trick question... what candidate flaunts his foreign policy by going to POLAND?
      NOTE Poland has not been in the news since what? Rocky II?

      September 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
      • 7MonthsOut

        Please stop talking, you might hurt yourself.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  50. Charles Deisla

    Obama and his suporters are living in a dream world. Obama can oander, pacify and bow to every tin pot dictator around, and try and apease radical Islam. Are liberals that niave? There are reports of people in those crowds where were chanting and holding up signs that say "we are Osama". Obama and his supporters naively fail to understand that no apology, no amount of appeasement or concessions will change the fact that radical Islam is radical Islam. They goal is for the whole world to be Muslim, and to implement oppressive sharia law throughout the world, and nothing short of that.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • TY

      I still think the GOP has something to do with this middle east film. People think, they will do anything.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
      • MYinTX

        It wasn't the film that caused the protests and storming of the embassy... There have been tensions in the middle east for months. Obama probably wasn't aware of it because of missing the intelligence briefings.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • Cogito

        Obama read the briefings instead of listening to them...he didn't skip them. Try to get up to speed.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • mop

        Obama probably wasn't aware of it because of missing the intelligence briefings.

        Bush went to his meetings and we still got 911.
        Never trust a Republican again.
        NEVER !

        September 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • /lol

      so you want romney in office because he will commit genocide on all muslim? Yea that sounds like a gret presidential candidate.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • Hypocrisy Hunter

      Chuckles Deisla, are you really saying that Obabam "pandereded" to Bin Laden and Khaddafi by killing them? Perhaps it is you who is living in a dream world.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • Oakspar77777

        Would any administration have not killed bin Laden if given the chance? Killing bin Laden required bravery from the Seals, not the administration. The administration showed bravery in risking sending the Seals in, not killing bin Laden, and suffering a casualty. That would have been a PR and ratings disaster for the administration.

        They risked dropping in approval polls and deserve some boost in the polls, but that was a coin flip cost-benefit risk that every administraion I have lived through would have ordered.

        MK in Lybia was killed by his own people (after a strike on a truck caravan by either us or the French). I'm not sure how much better Lybia is for us this week than they were three years ago.

        Bravery would be standing up for free speech (even offensive speech) without fear of displeasure from people who already hate us. Bravery would be the president drawing a picture of Muhammed (which he is allowed to do, since he is NOT a Muslim), ask every Muslim to turn away from the TV screen (which is the polite thing to do), and then show the world that we are never afraid of those who would assault our freedoms.

        That kind of powerful leadership, however, we are unlikely to see from any US president in our lifetime.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • Mop


        Would any administration have not killed bin Laden if given the chance?

        Ask Bush, he stopped looking.
        As for Romney, he said he wouldnt waste the time or money
        to go after Bin Laden.
        Never trust a Republican.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Alessandra

      Salve Charles,
      I do agree that there is no possible means of reasoning with Jhadists. These people have been recruited and radicalised in even greater numbers since the invasions of both Iraq and Afghanistan. I would suggest that you read "The Islamist" by Ed Husan. The middle east is an extremely sensitive area, and at this time, the west must tread very carefully and diplomatically. Threats would only serve to heighten the risk to American diplomats and soldiers abroad. It would also have the effect of assisting Jihadists politically and increasing their strong hold in the region. My opinions have are not born of being a "liberal", they have been formed through travel in the region, and living abroad for many years. This has given me the opportunity to view America from the outside.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • JeannieM

      What a ridulous statement. I never heard an apology come from President Obama's mouth and neither did you. You are just repeating what that loser mitt romney said because he's desparate. I think people that support him are delusional or racist knowing what he want to do in terms of the ecomony. Why can't you people figure out cutting more taxes for the greedy millionaires/billionaires only helps them and not the middle class. That trickle down theory hasn't worked in the twelve years of tax breaks for the uber rich. It's time for them to pay their fair share.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Despite the various liberal social views I possess, I must agree with you. Attempting to appease Islamic fundamentalism will only serve to bolster it. Liberalism only works when you are dealing with people who are willing to abide by the same world view. Islamic fundamentalism as we see it spreading today is not at all interested in conforming. It is a form of fascist hegemony, where extremists violently lash out at a government when that government does act in accordance with Sharia law. Liberal Democracies all over the world are being forced to make concessions to accommodate fundamentalists. If a member of NATO takes action against an Islamic nation, the fundamentalists within that NATO nation perpetrate violence. If a citizen of a Liberal Democracy is openly critical of Islamic law, and exercises his freedom of expression he is targeted for retribution.

      Islamofascism is a method of controlling nations by subverting their political structure. It uses violence and terrorism to do so. If Obama believes he can negotiate with these people he is as naive as Neville Chamberlain was. The problem with appeasement is that it is similar to black mail, there is never be an end in sight.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      SO... lets PANDER to Israel....
      why r American TAX dollars being given to Israel? why do we HAVE to give money to Arab countries so they play nice with Israel? why is our government infiltrated by Israeli citizens? Enough is ENOUGH. If Israel wants to bomb Iran DO IT. It is not OUR Fault BUSH HAPPENED invading Iraq blocking the air space to Iran.... all for Israel. ENOUGH. this is not our 2000 year war stop trying to drag us into it.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  51. RB Wolff

    Does any one actually believe that organizations like Hezbollah are going to be deterred by the presense of one, two or even three USN carrier groups in the region. Does anyone believe that the White House or the Pentagon would expose US diplomatic personnel to 'danger close' air support? Smart munitions aren't that smart. Send in the Marines? These organizations would like nothing more than to bring the 'far enemy' to their shores. Get real. Diplomactic pressue on the governments in the region to protect forgeign missions is the only viable option on the table.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      What makes you think that these groups will not act regardless of this "pressure".

      September 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • RB Wolff

        I don't doubt for a minute these groups will sieze any opportunity they can to further incite fear and hatred regardless of the US military presense. I'm simply advocating a sane, measured response, not a return to 'disaster capitalism' and endless armed conflict that wastes lives and treasury, which appears to be what Romney & Ryan Incoporated represents, given all their rehtoric of late. There will likely be hotspots in the region where there is such a complete breakdown of law and order it will become necessary to evaccuate diplomatic personnel as a last resort. That's the State Department's call. Hopeully that call will come in time to save lives with 'limited collateral damage'. All I can add is stay the course, Mr. President, stay the course. We certainly live in interesting times.

        September 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      The Dems are only going to fight like this as long as they prevent domestic terrorism. Once an Islamic extremist does a suicide bombing in the US the body politic will switch to the right and the bombs will drop. It's like you said, these groups will not stop. Their goal is global islamofasist hegemony. Subvert the authorities of governments to make them subservient to Sharia law so that their fundamentalist handlers in the M.E. can manipulate global policy. Everyone just quietly sits back and allows it to happen until suddenly these fundamentalists find and excuse perpetuate violence in the name of religion. U.S., England, France, Holland, exc...

      September 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  52. Hollywood

    If Romney is elected President, i am concerned for his propensity to "shoot from the hip."

    September 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • MYinTX

      Obama is weak. His weakness has allowed protests to continue and escalate.. The incidents last week were not spontaneous and not about a video. Obama had his blinders on and we paid the price last week.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
      • JeannieM

        What an asinine statement. I suppose we should have troops all over the world, just incase they protest. That was really a stupid comment.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • Mop

        Obama is weak. His weakness has allowed protests to continue and escalate...

        Crowd control my stupid friend.
        It is better to let them blow off steam and go home
        than to antagonize them to more violence.
        There are at least 32 Muslim countries,
        you want them all declaring jihad on us ?

        Stop sniffing the Republican glue.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • CommonSense

        Lol! You're an idiot. So let me guess, any terrorist attack/ protest that happens in this country or elsewhere, is the fault of the current administration, right? For some reason I thought it was the extremist/ religious warriors that are causing alll of this turmoil, but I didnt think that the administration should be able to predict these occurances with the psychic they elected along with Obama.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • rancho

      Shot from the hip? Obama's foreign policy is much like his budget/economic policy it does not exist. I cannot believe the Administration is standing by that the assination of our diplomat and staff was result of a rogue demonstration inflamed by a obscure video. This was a coordinated attack on our embassy and safe houses planned and implemented on the 9/11 anniversary. Anyone with common sense knows it. The first statement from this administration was an apology for the video and not a condemnation of the attacks. Much like his economic policies, Obama's foreign policies have failed.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • Mop

        The first statement from this administration was an apology for the video and not a condemnation of the attacks.

        Why do all Republicans lie ?
        The consolate issued the statement about the video, to calm the crowds.
        Obama has not appologized to anybody.

        Sometimes i think all Republicans have some kind of defect.
        Your brain is wired to defend your party even when it is WRONG.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • bspurloc

      mittens doesnt know which end of a gun the bullets go in. he has his butler load them

      September 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  53. gliese42

    Can you guess who will vote for Obama due to their political beliefs? Al Qaeda, Iran, China and yes even Turkey who is afraid to discuss the Armenian massacre because Obama is a good man but too soft much like Carter

    September 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Pitbull

      Obama has no experience in foreign policy Never had and never willl. It's time for him to go.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
      • Hypocrisy Hunter

        Pitbull,Obama hasbeen president for 4 years. He killed Bin Laden and Khadaafi and made the world safer to travel as an American. Please tell us all about Romney's foreign policy experience.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • Cogito

        And Romney's foreign policy experience is what exactly? Oh yeah, dealing with Cayman & Swiss Bankers...that obviously makes him immensely qualified to stop riots in other countries...

        September 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • Tony

        Actually, Obama has at least 3.5 years of foreign policy experience (he is, after all, the president), it's Romney that has had none. The vice president also has unimpeachable foreign policy credentials (the same can't be said for Sen. Ryan). I would love to point out the foreign policy differences between Obama and Romney but, as MIttens hasn't had any experience in this area and hasn't given any details on what his foreign policies (or any other policies for that matter) will be, I don't have sufficient information to debate this subject. I'm sure as soon as Romney's campaign team finishes studying the polls and tells him what his foreign policy message should be based on what get's him the most votes, he'll be sure to educate the public in due time.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • JeannieM

        romney already showed us what he can do just on a good will tour. Blunder and insult. You think that is what we need in the white house. He is just itching to involve us in another war. Who going to pay for this one.?

        September 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • 7MonthsOut

        Apparently he has had experience getting all cozy with Russia. How quickly everyone forgets!
        I feel like we have the same discussion every 4-8 years. Something has GOT to change.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Mop

      Can you guess who will vote for Obama due to their political beliefs?

      Sorry, only Americans can vote for president.
      Your statement is juvenile and stupid.
      Give me a Democrat any day of the week, and twice on Sundays.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      yeah cuz he increased drone strikes exponentially and took out OSAMA BIN LADEN... the dude mittens and bush declared a non issue.... and in pakistan the place mr weak mittens declared he would not enter to get Osama....
      Obama the man who made Al Quaida the primary target again....

      September 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  54. Bryan

    The film has been out since June. Why is this "spontaneous" uprising just now happening? If Obama and Biden hadn't gone through the whole Dem Convention spiking the football about how "Osama is dead, and GM is alive" this would not be happening! Way to go, Dems.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • JeannieM

      You sound really stupid. Typical gop rhetoric. That is why tax evading romney and lying ryan will lose.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • jdaddy

        No...They will lose because so many people in the US are on welfare or some type of government support. If Romney and Ryan get in they lose that....and they cannot lost that Precious. Obama will win, but only because he is printing money. The US dollar is being devaluded, countries are going else where to invest because the US is no longer safe, Obama will not stopping this from happening...Moody's will lower your AAA rating soon. You need something to change...I am a Canadian and to be honest, I don't give a rats @$$ what happens, but if I were an citizen of the US, I would be worried.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • Pitbull

        I cannot understand how gullable some Americans are especially Democrats of which I was for 50 years until 1 year after Obama was elected. I am now an independent. Obama is a good orator saying what he believes you want to hear and then does nothing. Wake up Jeannie, you are about to lose your freedom if you re-elect Obama. I believe Romney will brin back jobs to America and reduce welfare and food stamps to only those truly in need. I want my grandchildren to be able to achieve and not be burdened with a deficit which Obama and the Democrats continue to explode on Americans. WAKE UP

        September 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • JSmith

        JeannieM, (and all others who acuse Romney of tax evasion) Can you honestly say that if you had Romney's millions you would not take advantage of all tax loopholes? and that you would just turn over your money in taxes to the US government?? so that they would have more money to take trips to Vegas??

        September 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • Cogito

        Pitbull, I've got news for you...if you've been a Democrat for 50 years, and are now going Republican, you're NOT an independent voter. You're just switching from one side of the same coin to the other side of the same coin.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • MYinTX

      There have been riots on a smaller scale the last few months... It has been escalating. This was not a spontaneous uprising about a video. Obama had his blinders on and people were killed because of it.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • /lol

      why you gop trolls are actually blaming obama for an uprising in other countries? jeeze. blame the black guy for all the world wohs. why couldnt he, one man, save the entire world in one day.... freken ignorant bigots.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Starr

      Please explain to me how it is Obama & Bidens fault about how an idiot made such a film?

      September 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • 7MonthsOut

        No one is saying that.
        There are several issues being debated: Why aren't embassies provided with proper protection (live ammunition, etc) which, hate to say it darlin', IS the fault of the current presidency. And whether or not the film sparked the protests and IF it seems as though Obama is apologizing to the muslims.
        Everything else on here is "my dad can beat up your dad".

        September 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Starr

      I guess some Romeny voters failed to read how is going to start talking about the only thing he think he knows.. The economy. To be President you have to learn how to multi task. DUH

      September 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • Mop

      Dem Convention spiking the football about how "Osama is dead, and GM is alive" this would not be happening! Way to go, Dems.

      You are saying that if Obama had said nothing about Bin Laden being dead
      that all of these protests would not have happened ?

      My god the stupidity.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      ah that is why the Republicans just spewed christian taliban rhetoric at the RNC and REFUSED to mention Afghanistan and the troops, along with the 50,000+ injured troops....
      why didnt george wmd bush speak at the rnc? so odd.... he was the godfather of the AWESOME economy b4 Obama crashed it riiiiiiiight...

      September 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  55. Kareful-Kay

    "Doesn't anything socialists want to make you throw up? like free health care for all and great public schools?"

    September 17, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  56. abdc1

    All and present and past Foreign policy ,usualy are followed by the president and they never change a single thing ,case in point Moneys give them seams like they last for ever .And the biggest issue with Mitt and today Obama is China ,which our good President Nixon signed a trade agreement in his short trem as President which has been a spur in our saddle since. So it Mute to me what they say ,they will do what an when they please .

    September 17, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  57. ejktexas

    So basically they both want to stay involved in just about every corner of the world, they just differ on logistics?

    Vote Gary Johnson and bring the troops home.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • MYinTX

      That will just make it worse.. We huddle here at home with our blinders on and in a few years, someone will attack us from outside.. Next thing you know, we'll be under Sharia law.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Cogito

        And in the meantime, the NDAA, the Patriot Act, the TPP, and all kinds of other "Big Brother" goodies are coming your way, and you are going to be oppressed one way or the other.
        At least Gary Johnson will fight for your liberties, not try to control you under the guise of "homeland security"...

        September 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • true blue

        Okay you fight for the rich leave the rest of us out of it.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • true blue

        By the way it better speak lightly and carry a big stick. Mitt speak and let the others take the fall, yes that's your leader two face blow hard.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • Mop

        Next thing you know, we'll be under Sharia law.

        Man, have you swallowed the Republican kool aid.
        First, we have a c-o-n-s-t-i-t-u-t-i-o-n.
        Second, do you actually think that 350 million Americans would let this happen ?
        Third, you need to DETOX from the Republican propaganda.

        Grow a brain.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  58. Big_D

    1. Obama is so good he got a Nobel Prize just for being the person they want to deal with.
    2. Mitt Romney makes George W. Bush look peaceful, sane, and rational.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Charles Deisla

      Obama got the Nobel Peace prize because of his pigment, thats it. He didnt earn anything.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
      • jdaddy

        Agreed...Obama did nothing. you Americans are so brain washed...and liberal...no wonder Romney doesn't have a chance.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • /lol

        and the only reason you dont like him is because of his pigment.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Mop

      Funny, people still bash Obama for getting the nobel peace prize.
      You sound as if he gave the thing to himself.
      Why dont you google how the nobel peace prize is given.
      Maybe learn something with that tiny brain of yours.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
      • 7MonthsOut

        Goodness, Mop, with the amount of times you claim to be the smartest person on this thread, YOU should run for office. Obviously your incredible bouts of knuckle-dragging and "don't drink the Kool-aid" posturing will serve you well.
        Wait, let me guess what you are about to say: "grow a brain. Oh the stupidity." Good contribution.

        Spot on, yes?

        September 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  59. tia

    Romney has foreign policy experience? Wow you could have fooled me. He has insulted London dignitaries during the 2012 Olympics. He believes Russia is America's number one enemy and wants to possibly go to war with Iran while troops are still in Afghanistan. And most recently released a distorted statement saying the administration apologizes for exteremists while diplomats were being killed in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. You think that is good foreign policy? REALLY!! Does this man realize he is running for the office of the Presidency? Maybe someone should tell Romney he is not running for CEO of Bain Capital anymore. He is totally unfit to be Commander in Chief.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • JeannieM

      I agree.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • MYinTX

      I guess you voted for McCain 4 years ago because he had WAY more foreign policy experience than Obama... Obama's foreign policy (or lack thereof) directly led to the killings in Libya last week. There were signs this was coming... It was NOT a spontaneous uprising over a video... People don't bring the heavy weapons the protesters had for a spontaneous protest.

      Obama was the one who didn't stop campaigning when this was going on. Romney was the one that came out with a STRONG warning to the protesters... Not an apologetic statement to them.

      Romney/Ryan 2012

      September 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
      • /lol

        yea, shame on obama for not stoping protests in other countries, he is the first black presient so he should be magic and stop all world issues....

        September 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • IndianaProf

        Obama had more international experience the McCain. Obama and Lugar negotiated a nuclear arms agreement with the Russians while junior Bush was making war in Iraq.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  60. Karen

    Barak Hussein Obama meets with the head of the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood, but refuses to meet with the leader of Israel, America's only ally in the Mideast. Makes you wonder where his loyalties are.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • sal

      His smooth talk is old!!! The non-leader must go!!!

      September 17, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • JeannieM

      That's not what I heard Prime Minister Netanyahu say on Meet the Press yesterday. Where are you getting your information from. Probably faux new. They're not real news, you do know that, don't you. They make up things that will get the racist gop base all riled because they are desparate to win even though they know mitt romney is not fit to president. He lies and flip flops on a daily basis.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • MYinTX

        There are tons of articles about Obama NOT wanting to meet with Netanyaho. Just one example: http://blogs. telegraph. co .uk/news/nilegardiner/100180493/barack-obama-refuses-to-meet-benjamin-netanyahu-on-his-us-visit-a-rude-snub-to-7-million-israelis/ (remove spaces)

        September 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Josh

      So if Obama's weakness led to the killings of four Americans, what was the reason for 9/11 when we had a tough Texan in Office. I about 3,000 died in American soil. I would take 4 deaths to 3000 and foreign attack than home attack.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
      • true blue

        Josh they want to forget about that, it never happen. they wish they could pin that on Obama the President.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Cogito

      Obama is right to not meet with Netan-yahoo...Who does Netan-yahoo think he is trying to tell the US how to handle our own foreign policy? I wouldn't meet with the arrogant SoB either, AND I'd tell him exactly where he could stick his advice too.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • JeannieM

        Yeah! Romney's just pandering, and trying to get support from anywhere he can get it. Why should americans care who Netanyahu endorses?

        September 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  61. Vryadli

    Romni friends are genocidal Turks (kiiled 3mln Armenia, biggest genocide per time action)and superreich plotting muslim fundamentalist Saudi monarhy... that speaks volumes! And mind it he pledge more loyalty to them.

    Please Romny, don't tell me about democracy after that. My brain will go over safety limits.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  62. The Preacher

    Reading the article, both candidates have pretty much exactly the same foreign policy statements. It should have just said that in the first 3 lines of the article.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • ejktexas

      They differ on logistics, not overall policy. Gary Johnson actually wants to end foreign wars.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
  63. mm

    Romney's foreign policy = GWB's on steriods

    Romney's economic team = GWB's old economic team...one and the same.

    And Republicans expect different results the second time around? That is pure idi0cy.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Charles Deisla

      Obama's forign policy= bow and kiss up and hope they wont attack us

      Obama's economic plan= crickets

      September 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
      • lambert

        That makes no sense.

        September 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • IndianaProf

      The very definition of insanity, doing the exact same thing and expecting a different outcome...

      September 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • lambert

      If that is not one of the biggest red flags here, there is not one. Why anybody would chose the same economic team that messed this country up so bad does not register within the gamut of sanity. NO THANKS on that one.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  64. Jon Cronprince

    Romny is stupid and idiot... He cann't decide any questions!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • MYinTX

      Obama is the one who constantly LIES to us. He lied about cutting the deficit in half (none of his proposals came close). He lied about NOT raising taxes on the middle class (Obamacare has 21 taxes in it). Youtube "Obama 7 lies in under 2 minutes" and tell me how anyone can put up with all those LIES.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • JDinTPA

        So, another president has broken a campaign promise. Shocking.
        I'll accept the tax for an improved healthcare system, as it represents a good investment in America.
        Thank you, President Obama, for doing the best you can against an ornery Congress.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  65. Mary

    PLEASE tell me the American public is to smart... to think Romney has any answers...He is a complete IDIOT!!!! Unless you are in his class...you don't matter!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
  66. ussr

    russians dont give 2 $$its about america and its friends isreal, uk and begger pakistan what a supporrt

    September 17, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  67. B

    It is fairly simple, Obama has a Foreign Policy and Romney does not.

    Obama cares about People and Romney does not.

    Obama has the "Right Stuff" and Romney does not.

    Romney makes a fool of himself every time he gets in front of a camera. The Republicans simply made the Wrong choice.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • JeannieM

      How right you are. At first they threw him under the bus when he opened his trap and inserted his foot. Then is seems as an after thought they realized they are stuck with him so now they flip flop and come out in support of his idiocracy.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  68. Mark

    Romney is a slug

    September 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
  69. Dick Smegma

    Delusional libs do not believe that the war for radical Islam ascendency is already ongoing, aided by the incompetent narcissist Obama.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • TomGI

      You "handle" is appropriate for your comment.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
      • Lily02886

        . . . . and it's probably a very small handle at that !

        September 17, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Dee Bee

      Right wingers are trying to blame Obama, but the fact is,,,since the Camp David peace accords more than three decades ago, the United States and Egypt have had an unspoken bargain in terms of the roughly $2 billion in aid given each year to Cairo. So let's be clear. Aid to the Middle East did not begin with Obama.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • fidup

      first smart thing I have thus far.... It's not about a video its what they do and how they feel about Americans... Why was the first issue on 9/11/1– Wake up Morons (liberals) before its too late... Hit them where it hurts.. Economic Aid.. cut it off now..

      September 17, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Cogito

      Anyone starting their comment with "Delusional libs" (or 'Conservitards' or any other insulting phrase obviously doesn't expect to be taken seriously as a critical thinker....

      September 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      war for radical Islam was a creation of the NEOCONS.
      When the Soviet Union fell, they needed a new enemy to fight.
      They created Al Queda with Osama Bin Ladens face on it.
      Stroke of genius actually.
      An enemy that has no government or national borders.
      An enemy that pops up, just like playing whak-a-mole.
      Perpetual war for the warmongers.
      And people like you swallowed hard.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • IndianaProf

      Actually is is long over. It ended when Charles Martel defeated them back in the 7th century.

      September 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  70. Arch

    This is what the Al Qaeda wanted to drag us into war. OBL said in his previous interview, if you drag the U.S. into war, they cannot sustain and their economy is going to collapsed. I don't know why the GOP are taking this bait. They have not learned their lesson.
    FORWARD 2012 – NO more war!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • Cogito

      If you want no more war, Obamney isn't the one to vote for. Only one candidate has gone on the record saying he will get all troops out of Iraq & Afghanistan NOW... Gary Johnson.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
      • Fearless Freep

        There is a guy on my street who wants no more war.
        He has about as much chance at being president as Johnson does.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  71. qwedie

    It sounds like Romney means war. If you don't talk to people then nothing can be gained. If you show more backbone and spend 1 trillion on new weapons and troops it puts pressure on you to make use of the money spent. On and On and On....

    September 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Dee Bee

      Not only that, but Romney is clearly ready to go to war with Iran on Isreal's behalf.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  72. TomGI

    I think Romney fancies himself as a modern Reagan character. I think he will behave like #40 did and I think he has a couple of Reagan's foreign policy advisers telling him what to think.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  73. disean

    Romney foreign policy= Go to war with Russia, Iran and fight some more in Afghanistan.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  74. Steve

    Wow - MItt R will throw the World back in the Cold War, push the USA into more debt way more $$$ into milatary, He is a complete War Hawk.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • kathy/minnesota

      And guess whose kids "WILL NOT" be going to fight and die in that war? MITT ROMNEY AND PAUL RYAN'S FAMILIES, LOVED ONES ETC..... MEANWHILE he wants to send evryone else's children to war...........

      September 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  75. Red

    Romney just proved he has no foreign policy with his ridiculous statement on the killing of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. He and his campaign are crass and ignorant of facts. #MitttheTwit

    September 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  76. So Sad

    Romney ask Rudy Giuliani the brilliant wife swapper for advice.

    As a professor stated last week on CNN (which has not been picked up yet?) Romney campaign has been hijacked by the conservative's, so sorry, so sad!

    September 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  77. LBLA

    Why is it that whenever we talk foreign policy we leave out "Immigration" as if it is another category altogether?

    September 17, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Mark

      Please try and stay focused on the topic. Thank you!

      September 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
  78. BLKmanWHOvotes

    Intresting ............................... robo-Romney now has a Foreign policy? REALLY!

    September 17, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  79. us_1776

    Your choices are simple:


    Please register to vote.

    Push 'D' on all congressional and senate races.

    Obama | Biden 2012


    September 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Cogito

      HAHAHAHA!!! As if that's really a choice...
      The REAL Choice for voters this year should is A) Obamney = more & more of the same BS with slightly different spin, B) Gary Johnson = Someone you should familiarize yourself with, C) Jill Stein = Also someone you should familiarize yourself with, D) Rocky Anderson, E) Virgil Goode. As far as I am concerned, A is the absolutely WORST choice.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  80. 1CentFree

    It's obvious Romney wants to start a war with Russia again. He feels that conflict didn't end to his liking. Apparently, there wasn't enough mass destruction. He's a little jealous that Bush got to land a jet on a carrier.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  81. JeannieM

    mitt romney and the gop think they now have their albatross in light of what is happening overseas. In his bid to sound and look presidential, romney open his mouth and inserted his foot. He look and sounded very foolish when he made his false accusation that everyone now knows was incorrect. Instead of backing down he keeps repeating the same lie to his base, who need no convincing. This is a very desparate man who tell as many preposterous lies as he thinks he can get away with. When you have a candidacy of a ryan/romney who fail communicate with each other and discuss which lie and how they will tell it, and then get caught in their lies, failure was bound to happen.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Antaes

      Romney is not YET the President but he only speaks of making this country strong – that does not mean he will go to war. This President does not understand the issues and in terms of action, he has done nothing about anything and of course the numbers speak for themselves if people only care to look, and he uses social issues to cloud his incompetence. So whenever there is a question raised about anything, either his administration lies ( Like ambassador Rice has about the attacks in Libya ) or they cloud the real issue with diversionary issues. It would bode well for Americans to look at actual records of each candidate. I voted for Obama but will vote for Romney & hope millions like me will do the same !!!

      September 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • shorties1

        I don't think so

        September 17, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • JeannieM

        Are you for real? Unless you are in the 1% ryan/romney presidency will do nothing for this country except take us over the edge this time. You do know he was monumental failure as governor and now you would entrust him to lead the country. He will never get my vote. He is a flip flopping panderer who has lied consistently and that is the only thing that has been consistent about him. He now claiming he has a plan for rescuing the middle class. I say he's lying again.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  82. Meeps

    How come nobody is raising the question of whether or not the violent protests about this video have been orchestrated by Al Queda? They obviously want to influence the U.S. election results. The emergence of this story is definitely on a trajectory to hurt Obama. One has to wonder why Al Queda wants Romney to win the election? Unless Obama is going to shutdown free speech and ban the video from Youtube, I don't see how anyone can blame Obama for what is happening in the Mideast and Africa right now.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • fidup

      BINGO... Al Queda...

      September 17, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • JeannieM

      romney is hopeful that this is the ammunition he needs to get a leg up. I think people are smarter than that and it won't work.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  83. Gene

    Is it just me, or does Romney want to go to war with everyone? His stance seems to be either you agree with us (USA) or we will go to war with you. It is very apparent that he has no military background, unlike those he would be sending to die for his views. It is also apparent that his leadership style is more along the lines of roll with me or get rolled on.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • You Bet


      He sounds oddly like the last GOP President we had.

      He just has a little more money.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • DJ

      You think Obozo has a military background? Think again. He has not served a day in the military let alone a full term as senator.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • Fearless Freep

        You think Obozo has a military background?

        Only angry six year olds use words like Obozo.
        Feel better ?
        Have a twinky.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • JDinTPA

        Yes, but PRESIDENT Obama has now served as Commander In Chief for over 3.5 years, and has done a fine job at that.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • IndianaProf

        So Obama had the same amount 3.5 years ago as Mittens currently has. Once again advantage Obama

        September 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  84. pjoe

    It's the economy stupid.

    Obama (and his supporters) are too ashamed to mention these truths.

    – 47 Million Americans receiving food-stamps ... up 16 million during Obama's watch.

    – Thanks to inflation in food prices and the extra need, the food-stamp (SNAP) program's costs have doubled.

    – 8%+ official unemployment for all but 1 month of Obama's Presidency.

    – 50% of recent college graduates are unemployed or under-employed.

    – You have to go back 30 years to find an unemployment number worse that Obama's best unemployment number (which happened in his first month in office).

    – You also have 86 Million working-age Americans that have given up looking for a job and are not counted in unemployment statistics.

    – The debt has exploded to over $16 Trillion, and Obamacare hasn't really kicked in yet.

    – The debt owed by college students for their education is around $1 Trillion.

    – 106 Million Americans receive direct federal welfare support from the over 120 different welfare programs.

    – Average tuition cost of college has risen 25% since Obama came into office.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Gene

      Have we not considered that since the crash in 2008, many seniors have returned to the work force or have delayed their retiring. As a result, there are fewer positions for younger individuals. And while we talk about the unemployment rate under President Obama, let us not forget that many products made by American companies are made over seas. Where does Mitt Romney fit into this equation?

      September 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
      • Gulfwwind

        Seniors are forced to return to the work force to support their adult kids who can not find a job as under Obama's leadership there are no jobs.

        September 17, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Name*Nlsmr

      You don't have to go back too far to see a job report worse than Obama's. GW was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. Obama has been adding jobs consistently for most of his presidency. The increase in food stamps were because of those hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs under GW. Your claiming a third of America is on welfare? You sir, are an idiot.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • german

        There are 87 000 Upper level good paying jobs available that they have a hard time filling My son graduated last year, he found a nice paying job within 3 month. Education should be a top priority in these election, and not starting wars,

        September 17, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • shorties1

      And why is that? Cause of the idiot you had as president before him. If you people thought that Obama could just come in there and turn the economy around ,just like that, with the huge mess inherited. Then you are the idiots. If senator McCain had won the election and was in the same boat would you all still be singing the same tune. Nope your response would be at least he is trying. So give credit where credit is due. The Republicans don't care about you or your moma. They just want your vote so they can further destroy this country. If your wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister, or aunt got raped by someone. Guess what if they are elected, they have to have the baby. Look at this way you republican voters, you are not in the 1%, those that are responding on this website. They DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU. When will you people wake up and see that.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • JeannieM

      I didn't see drought on your list. Why don't you blame him for that as well? President Clinton stated it well when he said no president in four year could get us out of this mess it took eight years for george w to create. With this do nothing obstructionist republican congress, what do you expect. It has been their plan from day one, at the expense of people who are suffering to do nothing in an attempt to keep the president from succeeding.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep


      It's the economy stupid

      And all of this could be fixed if the Republicans in Congress gave a damn about America.
      THEY DO NOT.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • rtrMicky

      All thanks to the largest economic collapse since the great depression brought to you by the trickle down theories of the GOP. You MItt-Witts crack me up!

      September 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • JDinTPA

      I lost my job in 2010. Should I blame Obama?
      My house went into foreclsoure in 2010. Should I blame Obama?
      I went on food stamps for a year, or else I would've starved to death. Should I credit Obama for continuing a plan that has been around for a long time, or should I blame him for adding to the debt ?
      I went back to school in 2011 on a Pell Grant. Should I credit Obama for expanding the ability for me to afford an education, or should I blame him for adding to the debt?
      I found a wonderful paying job in 2012, have a new car, a nice apartment and life is good again. I guess, under the logic some people use to blame Obama, I should certainly give credit to Obama now. Right?

      September 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • IndianaProf

      Let's not forget that Bush created the situation with two off the books wars and two sets of tax cuts for the rich. Trickle down economics don't work and have never worked. The French tried it for more then 200 years and it never worked...

      September 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  85. For Your Eyes Only

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    We continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. We concur with this approach and find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Adam o`connal

      we are in debt to India ..India bieng one of major super powres in asia ..helping american economy in plenty of ways investing in american companies and banks ,,we need Indians the next supwerpower

      September 17, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • Mirza

        Thanks bud we Indians always support america , all big americans companies in India are making lots of money, we Indians have most rich middle class in the world and few millions poor but soon will make sure no poor is left it will take time but will win in the end 🙂

        September 17, 2012 at 11:23 am |

        India is playing a double game with Americans in Iran as the article rightly points out. We are also aware of the other dirty games India is playing in the region...financing terrorists who are killing US/NATO/Pakistani troops ....undermining democracies, paying off some factions of talibans protection money so they won't do another Mumbai attack. India may pretend to drape itself in an American flag but it will never fool the world that the biggest threat to American interests in Asia and Middle East is India and their obsolete policies.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • Are you kiddin Me

        ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
        In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
        Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Chuck Hutchinson

      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.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • Keep your brain active

      Eyes Wide Open Only – You said "Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now". Do you know that India had been attached by Persian Muslims for more than 300 years and almost 35% of Indian gold, diamond and silver from North Indian Temples were stolen by these attackers from Indian temples. These happened from 16th century till 19th century. There were no drone attacks then and USA was not big enough to be a country. Still India remains one of the largest Democratic Countries. The reason you do not know this fact is that they do not teach these facts in Global Histroy lessons in High School. Please understand that histroy is eternal and does not start from September 11, 2001.

      By the way I have PhD and post doctoral experience gotten here. We are taught broader lessons back in India and when I see my son studying here, I can certainly say that it not broad enough to know all facts. What happened on September 11 was painful and I saw it here. Please understand the trageday is painful for all those hate terrorism. We had lived with these attacks for 100s of years. UN and US could not even block China from taking control of Indian soil including Tibet in 1960s. Even people in India to visit holy shrines of Himalayas, they need to get Chinese Visa to access parts of that place in India, since travel through other sides is not possible. That smart are these chinese people to protect attacks from India and they took control of the only land access India had and still it is in their control. By the way do you have any idea about the money channeled through Christian missions from this country that being diverted to India for christian conversion. It is extensive and it is as bad as terrrorism.

      Go back and read Histroy lesson how Indian kings fought wars. They are not afraid of tennage talibans as you had mentioned. Thousands of people have sacrificied their life in doing so. The finanical aid given by US to Pakistan is much more than they gave to India. But Pakistan gave place for OBL to hide in their country. Can you get a back a penny from Pakistan?

      A swedish economist predicted by 2048, US will become a third world country and the 30 minute power ponit presentation provided indepth details. The current political climate presented by Republicans and what GWB did for eight years will put it the same direction as this professor had predicted. This country has lot of pride and other countries like India and the only way a citizen needs to do is to fight to keep its pride. Do not let these politicians ruin the great pride this country has. The terrorism is painful and more than any country India had gone through difficult times from Muslim invasison. So please refrain from using childish remarks without knowing facts.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
      • Kevin Winter-San Diego

        Spare us your rubbish. India is a bully and a trouble maker in that region. It has kept the neighbors behind due constant bickerings. India has always lived in the shadow of Pakistan and has been forever defined by Pakistan. Unfortunately, India had a chance at leadership and blew it. Pakistan has now taken over the reins and is running with it. Much to the chagrin of Indians. So be it. Destiny has dealt its hands and India is about to fold. Americans have their own people in need to take care of and cannot afford to pamper India going forward.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • Old Man Gandhi And The Goat

        INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

        The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Reposted With Much Intent To Educate

      "Experimental Democracy" has failed in India. An experiment that was being shoved down India's throat by western countries too eager to propagate their own values on a country that was trying to decolonize itself while trying to shed the communist skin of being a Soviet ally. India was thus trapped. What has become evident now is that this "Experimental Democracy" has marginalized the country. The marginalized groups of the country – Dalits and ‘backward’ castes/classes, indigenous ‘tribal’ people and religious minorities have been disenfranchised. "The belief that corruption is the important issue in the country is shared only by the minority living in urban areas and towns who have been beneficiaries of economic liberalization policies mandated by western countries. The most important challenges of Indian society remain as follows: justice, social and economic equality and equal access to certain standards of life for all Indians. “While India seems too eager to please its western masters and put on a progressive and softer face for CNN for public consumption, people see through it. The consequences of this "Band – Aid" approach will be brutal for India geo-politically when it realizes that the GDP statistics that it has been relying to gage its progress has not amounted to much in the long run.

      September 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Medieval India


      A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to

      September 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Pack Man

      Amerikans should get closer to Pakistan.
      We are going to be next superpower, after we remove stain of India.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
      • IndianaProf

        How many times has Pakistan fought India in the last 60 years and how many times has it won?

        September 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  86. judy

    war war war and none of their kids will go. Forward 2012

    September 17, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
  87. mike

    Romney believes in attacking US personnel for political gain. Obama would never betray the country like that. Republicans are kicking the President when he is down like a bunch of mad dogs. America in crisis and the GOP responds by attacks America.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Gulfwwind

      America in crisis and Obama is campaigning.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Mark

        Typical talking point. Try thinking on your own
        BTW, its election season...duh!

        September 17, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • fidup

        Yep, Romney makes a speech right from the beginning while Obama is tweeting for votes and campaigning...

        September 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • JeannieM

        What should he do? Let romney get the uphand. Besides I think he is quite capable of multi-tasking. Something romney can not.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • metekrop

        That is silly...What do you think of Romney was doing when US embassies were all in turmoil. Do you think he was praying….

        September 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • Dance This Mess Around


        America in crisis and Obama is campaigning.

        Thank god we finally have a president who can muli-task.
        The last one couldnt walk and chew gum.
        You do understand that there is this little devide called a phone ?
        You can keep tabs on what is going on in the world in an instant.
        You dont need to be chained to a desk in Washington, after all
        thats what you have a cabinet for.

        Time to grow up grasshopper.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Gan

      For me, every time Obama says he is sorry he is betraying America and our values that our children are dieing for. And the Dems would kick the Republicans while they were down as well. Both sides use dirty politcs, and thats why both sides must go! Our country will either move to war or we will move to support every worthless piece of trash that "WILL" not support themselves. The new American dream, live off the government!!!! Our weak middle class can support that???

      September 17, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
      • nkrempa

        And when did Obama say "sorry" to anyone? Sources? Quotes? Proof other than Faux News?

        September 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
      • Dance This Mess Around

        move to support every worthless piece of trash that "WILL" not support themselves.

        Millions of people thrown out of work during the Bush administration,
        people are looking for jobs that dont exist.
        You dont think the government should help them out,
        feed there children until they are back on thier feet ?

        Thats pathetic.
        Figures coming from a Republican.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • Gan

        Inkrempa, ill leave the research up to you, but all you have to do is Google it. You will have to get out of your left wing media to see though.
        Dance This Mess Around, I did not say not help the people that need it, I said I don't like supporting the people that are too lazy and want to live off the government. People need help at times and I am okay with that, but let’s not live on it. According to Bidden on the DNC there are all kinds of good paying jobs out there, but it’s funny how Bush gets the credit for the jobs leaving the country.?. Did NAFTA not “start” that, I think so. Who put NAFTA in place??? And for the record, I’m not a Republican. I think we get rid of both sides and everyone in the government, and start all over. Congress and Senate both make the average wage of their states, and that only last while they work for the government. They have to live by any law they pass. Once there term limit is up; it’s time to find a job in the economy that you built (better make good). We were once a proud nation that stood for something, now we are a bunch a pathetic wine bags taking hand outs from the Chinese.

        September 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  88. anoel2005

    hey Mr.President,

    Apparently Susan Rice doesn't know what she's talking about and neither do you.


    September 17, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  89. Carlos Murphy

    War War Everywhere – vote GOP and watch our children die.

    Whatever else we think, there is no doubt that the GOP will take us to war and economic ruin.

    September 17, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  90. oldbikerbeatch

    It is time to stop encouraging radical Muslims because of the political weakness of a failed affirmative action example of political incompetence named Barack Hussein Obama (aka Barry Soetero). Iran is essentially the power behind the curtain in terrorist activity. Time to lob a nuke into downtown Tehran and send a very big message to raggheds

    September 17, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • Carlos Murphy

      More war, more debt, more ruin.

      September 17, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • anoel2005

      ...at least we should make a clear threat to Iran and give them the last chance to stop their nuke development

      September 17, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
      • Laura

        ....as long as we give the last chance to Israel to stop their settlements spread and start to serious process of building a Palestinian State, which would defuse the tension in the Middle East and hostility toward both of us in the Arab World, instead of jumping to another war with Muslims because Israel want us to do so

        September 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Gene

      And are you going to put on a uniform when we end up in yet another war? Or are you talking from the cheap seats.

      September 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • Matt

      Amen! In the last 3.5 years, we have not been a deterrent to anything.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • JeannieM

      In typical republican style, they want to start another war that their loved ones don't fight in.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
      • metekrop

        That is correct. Especially Mitt has five big azz boys and eighteen grand kids none of whom enlist in the military. But he claims he loves the military and wanted this country to be strong. What a...

        September 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  91. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP solution: Tax cuts for the rich so they can create foreign policy challenges!!!!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  92. Gayla Jakoubek

    I'm glad the Mr. President doesn't jump and think war, he thinks things out. Mr. Romney is just looking for votes, he will say anything.

    September 17, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • JeannieM

      True that! It's not working so good for him though.

      September 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  93. RobK

    At first I thought the author's use of "poignant differences" was odd, since I usually think of poignant as "keenly distressing to the feelings" or "affecting or moving the emotions." But there are other definitions, including "keen or strong in mental appeal" and "pungent to the smell." The author was obviously using the former.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
  94. Lisa

    "Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone,"...... well ...good luck with that, Romney....

    September 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  95. michaelfury

    "It is inappropriate for them to have the capacity to terrorize the world."

    How inappropriate is this, Mitt?


    September 17, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • metekrop

      I know the main objective of Mitt is to be a leader of the USA and terrorize the world again like G.W. Bush did.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Dance This Mess Around

      It is inappropriate to pass gas in a crowded room.

      September 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
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