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Romney set to challenge Obama over Middle East

LOOKING FOR A FIGHT:Despite acknowledging the foreign policy successes of the US president, Romney said his own vision includes chasing down terrorists in Libya

AFP, WASHINGTON

Obama cites the killing of Osama bin Laden, extraction from Iraq, standing up to China and the winding down of war in Afghanistan as foreign policy accomplishments, but Romney’s campaign insists the president has come up short.

“Benghazi shows that while drone attacks are helpful and the world is certainly better off that Osama bin Laden is dead, the struggle between radical extremism and those who want moderation isn’t over,” Williamson said.

Obama’s campaign on Sunday had a message for Romney should he wish to have a foreign policy debate: “Bring it on.”

“To date, all Mitt Romney has offered is bluster and platitudes,” Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said, adding that Romney has “erratically shifted positions on every major foreign policy issue.”

Smith said Romney’s desire to keep troops in Iraq, backing plans to explode defense spending levels for the Pentagon, and “insulting our allies and partners around the world on the campaign trail” is not mainstream policy.

Romney has ruffled feathers by denouncing countries like Greece and Spain as examples of why the US should avoid European economic policies.

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