The 2012 Vote
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|Julian Pecquet||October 23rd 2012|
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened Monday night's debate by calling for a measured U.S. policy in the Middle East. â€œWe can't kill our way out of this mess,â€ Romney said. â€œWe don't want another Iraq, we don't want another Afghanistan.â€
Romney also ruled out military action in Syria â€” including no-fly zones â€” prompting President Obama to say the Republican candidate would do the same things he has. â€œAnd that's because we're doing exactly what we should be doing.â€
Romney criticized Obama for presiding during a time in which he said extremism was growing in the world while American influence was scaling back. â€œWe must have a comprehensive strategy to help reject this kind of extremism,â€ Romney said, pointing out to recent progress by radical Islamists in Libya, Mali and other countries.
He cited work by a panel of experts at the United Nations to make the case for continued foreign aid, more trade and efforts to empower women in the Middle East.
Julian Pecquet writes for The Hill, from where this article was adapted.