RSS
Romney calls for more aggressive Mideast plan
Team Romney is reportedly planning an October surprise, but voters may be too cynical to fall for such a political Hail-Mary campaign tactic.
Team Romney is reportedly planning an October surprise, but voters may be too cynical to fall for such a political Hail-Mary campaign tactic.
Dennis Van Tine/Retna Ltd/Corbis
I

n a foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared that "it's time to change course in the Middle East," proposing that, among other things, the U.S. take a more assertive role in the ongoing civil war in Syria and tighten sanctions on Iran. Romney accused President Obama of "passivity" in the region and said that hope is not a foreign policy strategy. With regard to the more than yearlong battle between Syrian rebels and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Romney called for the U.S. to work with other countries to arm rebels. He also touted his support for a two-state solution for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, even though he dismissed the notion during a secretly videotaped speech in May.

EDITORS' PICKS

THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER

Subscribe to the Week