Romney blames Obama for Mideast 'chaos'

2012-09-29 22:53

New York - White House hopeful Mitt Romney renewed his attacks on Barack Obama's foreign policies on Saturday, blaming the president's "passivity and denial" for sewing chaos in the Middle East.

The Republican nominee took Obama to task for saying unrest and violence were "bumps in the road," adding that such a "casual assessment of shocking events reveals that the president really doesn't understand the gravity of the challenges that we face in the broader Middle East".

In his weekly podcast just 38 days before Americans vote on November 6, Romney made the case that Obama's 2008 victory was based not on his record of accomplishment but on his arguments that a more humble posture would command greater respect abroad and boost the US economy and moral standing.

"Four years later, every one of these arguments has been proven wrong," Romney said, citing the violent unrest coursing through the Middle East that led to the death of four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya.

Passivity and denial

Obama's "theory that receding American leadership would calm anger against us and win us favour has not only failed, but it's produced more chaos," Romney said.

"President Obama's foreign policy is one of passivity and denial... And that places America and our friends and allies at the mercy of events and those who mean to do us harm."

The podcast marked a return to the Republican campaign's bracing attacks on the administration's handling of the unrest, one day after Romney said it was "premature" to judge Obama's handling of developments in Libya.

Friday's comments, in which the former Massachusetts governor said he would wait for results of an ongoing investigation into the assault on the consulate in Benghazi that led to the four US deaths, signalled a shift in tone for Romney.

Earlier this month, Romney harshly condemned a statement by US diplomats in Cairo as attacks on the embassy in Egypt and the consulate in Benghazi unfolded.

The statement - accusing the Obama administration of sympathising with extremists - came out before Romney knew ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans had died, and the Republican nominee was criticised for bungling his response to the crisis.


On Saturday, he said Obama "continues to show that he does not grasp the dimensions of what's occurring".

"We've seen a confused, slow and inconsistent response to the terrorist attack in Libya, a refusal to be frank with the American people about what happened, and a complete failure to explain the growing terrorist threat we face in the region," Romney added.

US foreign policy is a major focal point just four days before the first presidential debate on October 3.

Romney and Obama dropped off the campaign trail on Saturday ahead of the first face-off in Denver, Colorado, one of about 10 swing states where the election will be decided.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-09-30 00:32

    Romney, your an idiot and a populist, except that the populism you support consists of corporations, not people

      mark.barker.370 - 2012-09-30 08:45

      You are the idiot Arne , if Romney were a populist as you claim he would be quoting the sort of BS Obama does , tax the rich , blame the 1% etc. Stick to the bush dude!!!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-30 09:04

      well, clearly Mark didn't get the gist of what I was saying.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-30 09:23

      Arne you criticize Romney but ignore the Empty Chair in the room. Obummer is the gretaest disaster to befall western Civilization. We will be feeling the pain of hhis first-and-only election to power for decades to come.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-30 17:35

      For those of you who want the REAL story of Obummer's mid-East Fiasco, Read this: This isn't for the faint-of-heart...

  • Raymon - 2012-09-30 09:10

    Arme, I have to agree with mark.barker. If there ever was a populist politician, then Obama is you man. 'Yes we can' and all that tripe has brought the Americans nothing but hopes with zero results. The U.S. has newer in it's history been so in debt as it is now. Although it is true that the Obama administration inherited some of the debt, Obama just made it much, much worst. And if you recal, he included cutting government spending in his rhetoric about -Change- He used all these populist talk to win the election, and then sold the Americans down the river. Now he's buying votes with promises of welfare grants and free medical aid plans etc. Not to mention buying Immigrant votes by stopping the crackdown on illegal immigrants (...oh sorry, forgot to put on my PC speak hat), meant to say 'undocumented immigrants' The U.S. is between the rock and the hard place with these two jokers. It's sad, but the people of America blew it. Should have listened to Ron Paul.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-30 10:31

      Raymon, for fear of sounding repetitive, please read my comment again. What it is, is a comment on his corporate personhood outlook. If you cant get that, or you dont read or understand the second half, I cant help you.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-30 10:38

      Your argument however, is sound. Both are the same, and America needs a revolution.

      piet.strydom - 2012-09-30 10:42

      You clearly do not know much of what is happening in America. Obama saved 1000's of jobs with the Auto bailout, and halted the job losses which was running at 750 000 per month when he took over. And he is not doling out free medical aid - he is making the health industry more efficient, he is forcing the medical insurance giants to insure everyone, including dependent children at university. Previously, as soon as child left for university or college, they had to leave the parents medical plan. He did cut government spending where it was possible - The federal government has shed jobs in the last four years, while private industry has created slightly more, exactly the way it should be.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-30 11:30

      Piet you are a complete idiot. Obummer has caused more job losses since the Great depression. He has caused the biggest government debt known to mankind in all its history. he is a liar, a fake, an islamist and a pretender. he will be voted out in November and reduced to ccommunity organizing childrens parties with his ugly wife.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-30 11:41

      why do you start off any comment with an insult Morgaenart. Trust me, it doesn't bode well for your maturity, credibility or intelligence.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-30 12:28

      Arne you started the first thread with an insult.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-30 13:49

      Gerhard, yes, as an opinion. Not as the only substance to my argument. I also dont go around telling everyone that differs from my perspective that theyre idiots, morons, or ugly

      dane.herbst.5 - 2012-10-01 09:46

      ron paul was the revolution america needed

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-30 09:12

    Typical pathetic Romney remark. Obama is going to shred him in the debates. The middle east has been in crisis since biblical times and as long as you have divided crazy religious fanatics running around claiming to be the right ones then peace will never exist in the middle east.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-30 09:24

      Oh Dougie, bet you love America's First Gay president, mwah

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-30 10:27

      Obama gay, pathetic Romney type of comment.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-30 17:36

      Oh really? Educate yourself and read the LA Times article here:

  • - 2012-09-30 09:29

    why is the USA so concerned with the Mideast? someone please edify me a lil.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-30 09:43

      For strategic reasons. This is where East meets West. If we don't go there they come to us.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-30 10:26

      Gerhard, you have been indoctrinated

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-30 10:43

      In western Europe we did not forget the islamic occupation of Spain and Portugal for 700 years. In more recent history the occupation of the Balkans, the siege of Vienna by the Ottoman empire. So once again, if we don't go there, they come to us.

      piet.strydom - 2012-09-30 10:44

      Partly because of the oil. Probable mostly. Also because the American Jews have a large influence on the American government. And because the middle east has the potential to spark world wide chaos.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-30 14:40

      Herr Gerhard - the Islamic occupation of Spain lasted almost a 1000 years; you are jealous becuase they got rid of all the blonds. They did however, introduce them to the Guitar. They only come to people like you. You attract culturally and religiously different people. - It's about energy reserves, the west needs these reserves. Obama inherited ALL the crap from Bush - I cannot understand how he won two terms. I think he is doing a good job under the circumstances; I may not agree with his methods, I hope he wins a second term. ps: Chris Rock said, just wait and see all the white people are going to blame the black guy.

      jaba.kov - 2012-10-01 06:15

      Tshepo Islam and democracy are not compatible. The one subdues its faithful; the other grants freedom to question its dogma. The US is currently the leader of the free world - thus they are engaged in an ongoing struggle with the militant portion of Muhammad faithful. Obama has failed in the Middle East because the only freedom the ‘Arab Spring’ brought (which he supported) is freedom to the fundamentalists. It’s fast becoming the Arab winter. The only “spring” in these circumstances is the flowers placed on the graves of tens of thousands of Arab youth who truly wanted democracey in the last two years. Look at the freedoms Muslims obtain in the west in comparison to the apartheid like policy that’s Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists are forced to live under in places like north Nigeria, Egypt, Iran or Pakistan. The battle lines were drawn a millennia ago - Liberals and Obama’s policy of appeasement have given a winning hand to the Islamics… in fact Most westerns are not even aware of this ‘cold war’. The huge numbers of immigrants to Europe don’t seek the freedoms of democracy – they seek to turn Europe to the same place they came from… If you don’t believe me go to London, Paris and Berlin and open your eyes… it’s a numbers game and democracy is losing…

  • piet.strydom - 2012-09-30 10:45

    And this is from the guy that wants to kick the Middle East "ball" down the road, hoping somebody else will pick up the pieces after his own neglect.

      piet.strydom - 2012-09-30 12:11

      @Morgaenart.fart - you should spend less time thinking up insults, and more time staying up to date with what is happening in the world....

  • morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-30 17:34

    For those of you who want the REAL story of Obummer's mid-East Fiasco, Read this: This isn't for the faint-of-heart...

      piet.strydom - 2012-09-30 22:44

      I decided to check up on one of the more factually based comments in your "news" link, and it turns out to be incorrect. SO maybe you should find more credible sources in future....

      piet.strydom - 2012-09-30 22:55

      One story circulating on the Internet today, that Rice skipped the U.N. General Assembly address by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to have lunch with Clinton, is just not true, officials at the U.S. mission to the U.N. told The Cable. In fact, Rice was attending a ministerial level meeting of the P5 countries program in Clinton's place. The meeting included U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Rice was in the hall to hear the speech of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a portion of the Netanyahu speech, but the speeches ran behind schedule and Rice judged that participating in the high-level meeting, at Clinton's request, warranted leaving the hall before Netanyahu's speech was concluded. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman took her seat in the hall and several other U.S. officials were also there, including Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and Middle East Special Envoy David Hale. Moreover, Rice attended Clinton's meeting with Netanyahu later that day, officials said.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-10-06 16:49

      Rice is a lying pig

  • porshe.vrebec - 2012-09-30 21:57

    Romney, just tell the American what solution you have, to fix USA. Than critizing Ob. if you want to win,work like devil at like fool while pulling all strings, what OB is doing right now.

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2012-10-01 09:48

    obama is a pawn and so is romney, both are as bad as one another, end of story

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