In a possible warmup to next week's foreign policy debate, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Obama of lacking a coherent Mideast strategy. (October 8, 2012).
Unfortunately. This president's policies have not been equal to our best examples of world leadership. And no wars this more evidence. That in the Middle East. Qaeda remains a strong force -- in Yemen and Somalia. In Libya in other parts of North Africa. In Iraq announcer. And other extremists gain ground across the region. Drones that modern instruments of war are important tools -- fight. But there -- no substitute for a national security strategy. For the Middle East. President also failed to lead this area women than more than 30000. Men women and children. Have been massacred by the Asad regime over the past twenty months. The president is fond of saying that the tide of war is receding. Now want to believe it does anyone else. But what we look at the Middle -- today. With -- -- closer than ever nuclear weapons capability. With the conflict in Syria threatening to destabilize the region it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now. When the president took office. This is to Russia. That this is without question our number one geopolitical -- Governor Romney not too long windows saying. Russian Federation is our number one geo strategic threat close. C'mon admit I think. Can he isn't the case. Recession were fighting our way back from a still taking the ball especially in my view of different starting. Faced higher unemployment and poverty rates. -- -- the strides we've made too many workers are still being denied basic rights and simple respect. But thanks to the strength of character the American team. We are making progress. And that economists from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. And we also have Arizona Andy Sullivan a political order in calling. Is based in Washington as well. I guess good handy first a safe. Do you think this is enough to make a real difference in the election -- no I don't young.