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Analysis of Romney’s foreign policy speech

October 8th, 2012
08:05 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

In the race for President of the United States, domestic policy has so far dominated both campaigns.

But Thursday, Republican candidate Mitt Romney took on the world in his first major foreign policy address. Romney accused President Barack Obama of failing to assert American leadership in the world’s most volatile regions. “I know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous Middle East allied with us. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy,” Romney said.

A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans currently prefer Obama's foreign policy to Romney’s 52% to 45%. And as Romney presented his worldview, Obama fought back with a sharply critical ad of Romney's foray into this arena so far, depicting his July tour of Europe and Israel as “reckless” and “amateurish.”

Romney on Syria

“In Syria, I'll work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values,” Romney said. “And then ensure that they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad's tanks and helicopters and fighter jets.”

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for "The New York Times," said Romney’s speech was good in its critique diminished American influence in the Middle East. But Sanger, in his reporting, has characterized Romney’s foreign policy team as fractured. He said he saw those same fractures in Romney’s speech.

“He made the case that the Syrian rebels needed to be armed against President Assad,” Sanger said. “In fact, the Obama administration has been allowing some of the Gulf States to go do that, but he stopped short of saying it was the U.S. that should provide those arms.” FULL POST

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