A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor says Republican
presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have plenty of ammunition
when he debates President Obama on foreign policy next week.
In order to bolster his foreign policy credentials, the former
made a major foreign policy speech Monday at the Virginia
Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. The GOP presidential
hopeful said the risk of conflict in the Middle East has grown
under President Barack Obama's leadership, and that it is time to
change course in the region.
Romney is calling for the U.S. to take a more assertive role in
Syria. He also wants new conditions on aid to Egypt and would
impose tighter sanctions on Iran.
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is senior fellow for national
security at the Family Research Council. He says thanks to the
alleged "Arab Spring" supported by the Obama administration over
the last couple of years, the Middle East is more dangerous than
when Obama took office.
"They were trying to
encourage a democratic takeover of Egypt, failing to recognize that
that democratic takeover would be by Islamists who would then use
that opportunity to radically change the direction of that country
and, as a result, would hurt the United States," the Pentagon
Maginnis adds that Obama's policy of unilateral nuclear
disarmament has also been problematic. "I think the bottom line is
he wants to reduce our nuclear arsenal well below what is safe," he
The FRC spokesman also says there is no question that Obama's
foreign policy is ideologically driven. He believes it will be
interesting to see what the Romney camp does to challenge Obama on
The next presidential debate will take place Tuesday evening
(9:00 p.m. Eastern), October 16, at Hofstra University in
Hempstead, New York. The topic of that town meeting format is
foreign and domestic policy.
Debate #1 showed 'stark contrast'
A political analyst and former U.S. congressman believes
Romney's recent debate performance is a major reason the
presidential race has tightened in Colorado.
In 2008 Barack Obama won Colorado by a whopping nine points over
John McCain -- and in May of this year, polls showed the president
up by an average of six points over Mitt Romney. But a recent RealClearPolitics compilation of
polls shows the president with a mere half-percentage point
Bob Beauprez is a former Colorado congressman who
attended last week's debate in Denver.
"I think given [his] performance -- and especially that it
happened right here -- I think is a big advantage for Romney," he
tells OneNewsNow. "... I think it bodes well for his chance to
carry Colorado, and I expect a whole lot of other swing states were
Beauprez sees a very clear difference between the two
"[I saw] somebody who's maybe a good campaigner, and the other
guy who is somebody who's ready to be president -- a stark contrast
in leadership style and [in] capability," says the former
"Mitt Romney approached it like a business CEO would -- and
Barack Obama was still out there spinning like a politician, just
pandering to his constituency."
Beauprez believes the momentum is now very much on Romney's