Mitt Romney sier han vil væpne opprørerne i Syria, men presiserer at det må være de som USA kan gå god for.
Romney skal holde en større utenrikspolitisk tale mandag. Forhåndslekkasjer sier at han vil gå mer aktivt inn i konflikten i Syria.
He accused Obama of failing to provide unequivocal support for the rebels in Syria. «I will work with our partners to identify and organise those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets.»
He anticipated that the rebels will one day lead the country and the US should align itself with them, given the country’s position at the heart of the Middle East.
Romney sier at Iran er aktiv deltaker i Syria. Det samme må USA være.
In extracts published in advance, he opened up the prospect, if he becomes president, of a US-Iranian proxy war being fought in Syria.
«Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them. We should be working no less vigorously with our international partners to support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran – rather than sitting on the sidelines,» he said.
The proposal would mark a significant shift from Barack Obama’s administration’s policy of trying to keep the conflict a low-intensity one amid fears it might turn into a regional war. Obama is putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the main backers of the rebels, to restrict the supply of weapons to small arms.
Romney mener at angrepet på konsultatet i Benghazi viser at Obama ikke lenger har en politikk som er oppdatert.
Romney’s comments that will have the most bearing on the election campaign are his return to criticism of the Obama adminstration over its handling of the killings of the US ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans at the consultate in Benghazi, Libya.
«The attack on our consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012 was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001. This latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting Islam, despite the administration’s attempts to convince us of that for so long,» Romney said.
«No, as the administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the west.»
He said he and Obama share a desire for a safer, freer and more prosperous Middle East.
«I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds,» he said.
Romney har hittil prioritert økonomien. Det er uklart hvor han står utenrikspolitisk. Benghazi har satt utenrikspolitikk i sentrum, og kan bli viktig.
New York Times har en artikkel hvor de kartlegger Romneys utenrikspolitiske team og den kurs han vil legge seg på. Mye er uavklart.