Mitt Romney has been extremely critical of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. At least he was until Monday night, when the two candidates met for their third and final debate. During the debate, Romney abruptly changed his entire foreign policy position. It turns out that Mitt now supports the Obama administration’s foreign policy completely! His only quibble is that Obama isn’t a big jerk about things. Here’s a sample of foreign policy issues where Romney has pledged to be just like Obama, only louder.
1. There’s No Reason to Change Policy in Syria
Mitt Romney has been critical of the ongoing stalemate in Syria, where Bashar al-Assad continues to cling to power as his people try desperately to oust him. Certainly, the ongoing crisis in Syria, which has claimed 30,000 lives, is a terrible thing, and we all want it to come to an end. Mitt Romney’s plan?
ROMNEY: I don’t want to have our military involved in Syria. I don’t think there is a necessity to put our military in Syria at this stage. I don’t anticipate that in the future.
As I indicated, our objectives are to replace Assad and to have in place a new government which is friendly to us, a responsible government, if possible. And I want to make sure they get armed and they have the arms necessary to defend themselves, but also to remove – to remove Assad.
But I do not want to see a military involvement on the part of our – of our troops.
Okay, no troops, but what else can we do? Romney sees America taking “a leading role, not militarily, but a leading role organizationally, governmentally to bring together the parties; to find responsible parties.”
As Obama noted, this is not actually different than what the US is already doing. Romney’s proposal to solve the Syrian crisis would be to do what we’re doing — but maybe yell loudly that other countries should fall in line.
2. Killing bin Laden Was a Great Idea
In 2008, when Osama bin Laden was still breathing, and Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were both presidential candidates, both men had the opportunity to discuss a hypothetical attack on bin Laden within the borders of Pakistan. Both men gave clear, precise answers. Then-Sen. Obama was clear that he would order an attack. Romney was clear that he absolutely would not.
Well, in 2011, Obama turned the hypothetical into reality, and US military forces succeeded in killing the man behind the 9/11 terror attacks. This was, needless to say, a really popular decision by the president, so needless to say, it’s a decision Romney heartily supports today.
“I congratulate him on – on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaeda,” said Romney during the debate. Of course, had Romney been president, that decision would likely have been different — something Obama took particular glee in pointing out.
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