A Pentagon advisor and military strategist believes Mitt Romney
should pound home the fact that the Middle East of today is much
different than what it was when President Obama took office four
Monday, October 22, Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, will
be the site of the final presidential debate, which will focus
exclusively on foreign policy. The continuing controversy over the
events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three
others in Benghazi, Libya, will undoubtedly dominate the
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis
(USA-Ret.), now senior fellow for national security at the Family Research
Council (FRC), says there were plenty of indicators that things
were dangerous in the days leading up to September 11.
"You have security agency personnel who were working in the
consulate just prior to 9/11, and they decided that it was too
dangerous to work there … so they removed themselves from the
consulate to other locations," Maginnis reports.
Given that information, he suggests GOP challenger Mitt Romney
should pound home the point that there has been a significant
anti-Western shift in the Middle East as a consequence of Obama's
support of the alleged "Arab Spring" over the last couple of
"It's going to be interesting how Romney and his team use what
has happened in the Arab Spring, because if you go back four years,
Egypt was an ally, Libya was very cooperative with us, Syria was
cooperating, even though we didn't like them, [and] Jordan was a
stable country," the FRC senior fellow recalls.
Maginnis concludes that Obama's policies have resulted in
countries like Egypt embracing radical Islamists, and that that has
hurt the United States.