Taking advantage of what was called a win for the Romney campaign against President Obama in last week’s debate, the GOP nominee tackled foreign policy today in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia– a important swing state in this year’s election.
Romney used last month’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya, which resulted in the deaths of three diplomats including Ambassador Chris Stevens, as a platform to launch a sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Faulting the administration for “leading from behind,” Romney criticized an apparent lack of support for countries affected by the Arab Spring and for maintaining an ineffectual counter-terrorism policy.
While Romney conceded a point to Obama on the death of Osama bin Laden, he countered by saying that Iran has been “emboldened” under the current administration, especially in its efforts to create a nuclear weapon. His words on Iran at VMI today echoed the ones he gave at Yeshiva University back in 2007, during his run for the Republican nomination.