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Needed: A New Foreign Policy

johnm h Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 12:50 PM
Whether we are military strong or weak we cannot change the ME, only they can do that. Whether we are bankrupt or not matters more as does whether we produce our own energy. Being strong is necessary but it isn't a policy or a strategy. Obama has no strategy he is willing to state and being strong doesn't seem to matter to him. Romney comes a little closer by focusing on the economy and energy. Diplomacy can't be carried out in the public square in a sound bite 24 hr news dominated world. We must develop a greater awareness of the limitations of our influence but we must exercise it none-the-less toward achievable objectives.
Joseph64 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 1:27 PM
We can change the Middle East, the problem is the only way to do that is to wipe everyone out and take over the land. That is the only way you can deal with fanatics. As long as they are alive and have a base of operations to wage war against you, they will continue to do so.
Emilie3 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 3:36 PM
Wipe everyone out? Where? All over the Middle East? We are drowing in war debt and payments to too many countries. Also, to "wipe out" and take over those lands is to give the Russians an excuse to take over also. How can we fight the whole Middle East and the two big communist super-powers. No, the ME won't change in our lifetime if ever. East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.
Jay Wye Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 9:22 PM
But the stronger CAN convince the weaker to change their ways.
by whomping on them until they submit.
that IS what Islam would do to us if they had the power;What they HAVE done historically.

What you suggest is appeasement and surrender.

On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a foreign policy speech to cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. He was correct in his indictment of the Obama administration for its numerous failures -- especially in the Middle East

-- and his embrace of Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" philosophy.

A strong and respected America is less likely to be attacked.

The Obama administration's approach to foreign policy has been one of apology, genuflection to dictators and inconsistency. "...it is the responsibility of our president to use America's great power to shape history," Romney...