Your morning jolt: Romney presses for deeper U.S. involvement in Syria, would re-examine Afghan exit

In a speech this morning at Virginia Military Institute, Republican presidential nominee will endorse deeper U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war, and raised the prospect of delaying the exit of American combat forces from Afghanistan.

From the Associated Press:

“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,” Romney plans to say in the address, adding that the U.S. should use its influence “wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively.”

On Syria:

”I will work with our partners to identify and organize 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. 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.”

On Afghanistan:

“I will pursue a real and successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. President Obama would have you believe that anyone who disagrees with his decisions in Afghanistan is arguing for endless war. But the route to more war – and to potential attacks here at home – is a politically timed retreat that abandons the Afghan people to the same extremists who ravaged their country and used it to launch the attacks of 9/11. I will evaluate conditions on the ground and weigh the best advice of our military commanders. And I will affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects, but to the security of the nation.”

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which have been sending cash and small arms to Syria, say American foreign policy is one reason they haven’t delivered anything heavier to rebels – like shoulder-launched rockets. From the New York Times:

While they have publicly called for arming the rebels, they have held back, officials in both countries said, in part because they have been discouraged by the United States, which fears the heavier weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists.

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For those of you who missed “SNL”’s take on last week’s presidential debate:

This morning, the Gallup organization says:

Registered voters’ preferences for president are evenly split in the first three days of Gallup tracking since last Wednesday’s presidential debate. In the three days prior to the debate, Barack Obama had a five-percentage-point edge among registered voters.

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Emory University is opening up about a secretive and unpleasant part of its history – two decades of discrimination against Jewish students at its dental school. A private meeting between former Jewish students and university president James W. Wagner has been scheduled for Wednesday, according to the New York Times.

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle declined to step out in front on the charter school debate at a Saturday gathering of Republicans in Cobb County. From the Marietta Daily Journal:

“I am a firm, firm believer in the charter model, and when I say ‘charter model,’ that means a contractual agreement that allows and really requires school systems to go through a 12 or 18 month strategic plan really assessing what we’re doing,” Cagle said. “But I also believe in the constitutional authority that resides in local school boards. So these are issues that are somewhat in conflict, but at the end of the day, putting the best democracy is allowing the electorate to voice their concerns and they’re going to have an opportunity in November.”

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Over at the Augusta Chronicle, Sylvia Cooper had this note about the 12th District contest between Republican Lee Anderson and Democratic incumbent John Barrow:

Hearing Anderson debate anywhere, especially in Washington is something Augusta’s former first lady Gwen Young wants to avoid so much she’s going to support Barrow and host a meet and greet for him at her home.

“I’m inviting some of my Republican friends so they can meet him,” she said.

She hasn’t voted for a Democrat since she was “a young naive girl,” but “sending Anderson to Washington would be like sending Honey Boo Boo up there,” she said. “To send him up there would make it look like we’re all like that in Georgia.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes on a claim contained in a “chain email” that less than 10 percent of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet members have private-sector experience.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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51 comments Add your comment

Marlboro Man

October 8th, 2012
10:44 am

Check with the RNC for Romney’s positions, they change daily.

Lynn43

October 8th, 2012
10:47 am

More war and thanks, Mr. Cagle, for your LOCAL support.

cc

October 8th, 2012
10:48 am

“We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds”

Exactly! Our allies MUST be able to trust us and our enemies need to understand that we will deal with them as necessary.

“”I will work with our partners to identify and organize 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”

. . . and I don’t believe he’s talking the muslim brotherhood here, Hussein!

““I will pursue a real and successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. President Obama would have you believe that anyone who disagrees with his decisions in Afghanistan is arguing for endless war.”

We must finish the job, and we must handle our withdrawal at the appropriate time without alerting our enemies of troop withdrawal date(s) thereby allowing them to attack our dwindling forces.

It will be nice to actually have a working foreign policy again!

Goodbye, Barak . . .

Road Scholar

October 8th, 2012
11:00 am

I wonder if Romney will send HIS sons to Syria or Afghanistan?

“… who share our values…”
Does he know Syria is Muslim?

cc:”We must finish the job, and we must handle our withdrawal at the appropriate time without alerting our enemies of troop withdrawal date(s) thereby allowing them to attack our dwindling forces.”

cc,He said he would withdraw by the end of 2014. Isn’t that a deadline?

Jon Lester

October 8th, 2012
11:08 am

And today it will become painfully obvious to all thinking Americans (not that there are enough to decide an election) that Romney has no idea what he’s talking about with regards to foreign policy. Those Gulf Cooperation Council member states aren’t arming the Syrian rebels out of altruism or the interest of “freedom” or “human rights,” but for the cause of Sunni supremacy. Afghanistan is better off under the aegis of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. And Romney needs to explain how he squares his proposed energy policy with his promise to attack Iran, because it sure won’t help any of us at the pump.

catlady

October 8th, 2012
11:15 am

Guessing Romney has stock in Blackwater, or something.

cc

October 8th, 2012
11:25 am

“cc,He said he would withdraw by the end of 2014. Isn’t that a deadline?”

”I will pursue a real and successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014”

I didn’t see the word “withdrawal” in the above statement. The assumption obviously is that a withdrawal will occur at some point after the end of 2014, not exactly the same thing as a “successful transition”.

honested

October 8th, 2012
11:51 am

Every time robme opens his mouth publicly, it makes me glad he will never be President.

Retired Soldier

October 8th, 2012
11:55 am

Agree on Syria, disagree on Afghanistan, we need out of there now. When our “Allies” are killing us. we need to bring our guys home.

DannyX

October 8th, 2012
11:56 am

“It will be nice to actually have a working foreign policy again!”

When was the last time we had a “working” foreign policy, cc? Was it during the days of the Iraq disaster? Remember that debacle? We spent nearly a trillion dollars there, losing 4,000 lives. We created the new Iran Iraq alliance.

Was it during Bush’s term when people traveling outside the country had to pretend to be Canadian?

Your days of working foreign policy won a Nobel Peace prize for Obama, only because the world was so relieved that Bush was gone.

If only we had a President that could look into the souls of world leaders again.

Why don’t you tell us all about it, cc.

td

October 8th, 2012
12:04 pm

Romney did much better then I thought he would in his foreign policy speech and way ahead of where Obama was at this point in 2008.

Not Blind

October 8th, 2012
12:09 pm

He’s way ahead of Obama right now. Any president that avoids most of his daily intel briefings is stupid.

Not Blind

October 8th, 2012
12:15 pm

I would also like to add that any president that thinks 9-11 is just another day at a middle eastern embassy is also stupid. The Libyan debacle is a perfect example of the lessons Obama has learned in his 4 years pretending to be POTUS.

B. Thenet

October 8th, 2012
12:18 pm

Russia is the big player backing Assad, not Iran. These neo-cons have been trying to get the Cold War kickstarted for the last decade.

td

October 8th, 2012
12:27 pm

know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. 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, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-speech-vmi-obama-virginia-military-institute-libya-2012-10#ixzz28j367JiX

Hazel

October 8th, 2012
12:38 pm

Romney on Israel/Palestine.

Foreign Policy Speech …

Finally, I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel. On this vital issue, the President has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new President will bring the chance to begin anew.

Private Fundraiser …

“I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way … the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish … [S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

More here from the Mojo Tapes.

Kris

October 8th, 2012
12:52 pm

Road Scholar “I wonder if Romney will send HIS sons to Syria or Afghanistan?”

One thing is for sure: If Romney does get elected and does start another war, no one in his family will fight in it. Neither his father nor Mitt Romney himself nor any of his five sons ever served in the military.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hamill-romney-chicken-hawk-article-1.1172487

Looks like nattie had Mr. Cagle in a tight leash…

To ponder should the charter school boondoggle happen. Georgia is 49th in education that will give us 2 school systems Will that make Ga. 98th in education?

Please Help save Big Bird

GaBlue

October 8th, 2012
1:06 pm

Mr. Rmoney has a much better working knowledge of foreign policy than most Americans. He knows exactly in which countries he can hide his money so as to avoid paying US taxes. And despite his very public denial last week, he knows exactly which countries to which he can outsource jobs for a tax break. As for ongoing wars: good news for friends who have stock in no-bid defense contractors! Life is good for the people who matter. Let’s continue that trend at our own expense, why don’t we? Rmoney/Ayn 2012!

Buford T. Justice

October 8th, 2012
1:12 pm

Politifact. The best they can do is analyze a chain email? Come on now. Can’t analyze the lies the Obama Campaign says Romney told? Or how about one on the Administration’s inaccurate and ongoing statements about the attack on the Libyan embassy? And on top of the silliness of the investigation, they never directly disclose the real percentage of Cabinet members with private-sector experience. No wonder folks have lost trust in the media.

raininbuffaloes

October 8th, 2012
1:15 pm

Romney’s speech was having an effect on me and I couldn’t figure out why until it hit me: He SOUNDED like a leader with a clear vision and was presidential in the forceful way in which he expressed that vision. What a huge contrast to the last 4 years of listening to the uninspiring, empty slogan-filled teleprompter served offerings from the one who sounds so “community organizerish”.
It’s time to return to adult leadership………

td

October 8th, 2012
1:17 pm

Food for thought via the Talkmaster: BHOs father was a markist. His mother a communist sympathizer..His grandparents were communist. His mentor communist. His friends at Occidental communist…..Now his campaign slogan is Forward. That is the title of Karl Marx first book….Coincidence…I don’t think so..Hope his supporters wake up from their coma in the next 30 days

intowner

October 8th, 2012
1:25 pm

Brought to you by the same folks who brought us the Iraq War on a Chinese credit card~

Same neocon people, different daft sock puppet

And just how is Romney proposing to pay for the Military (that Ryan doesn’t want to cut btw) with all his continuing tax cuts?

When do we start singing Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran?

How does this all square with protecting Israel for the Christian end of days, or are we all hip on hastening that when the Muslims turn their ire on our closest partner in crime?

honested

October 8th, 2012
1:25 pm

td,

Always remember, ‘if you heard it on talk radio (especially emanating from Atlanta) it is probably a lie!’.

honested

October 8th, 2012
1:27 pm

raininbuffaloes,

We already have a Secretary of State representing the previous ‘adult administration’ representing the current ‘adult administration’.
How many American youth do you want to sacrifice on the next fools errand?

Road Scholar

October 8th, 2012
1:29 pm

Romney said Nothing! As for never having a separation with Israel, why don’t we just elect the Israeli leader to ensure that! We’ll just do whatever he says!

cc

October 8th, 2012
1:30 pm

“Russia is the big player backing Assad, not Iran. These neo-cons have been trying to get the Cold War kickstarted for the last decade.”

What EXACTLY was Hussein talking to Putin about when he was caught on the open mic? Wasn’t it something about him having “more flexibility after the election”?

Hmmm . . .

cc

October 8th, 2012
1:34 pm

td:

Always remember, ‘if you read it and it was written by (Dis)honested, it is probably a lie’.

honested

October 8th, 2012
1:44 pm

cc,

OK I’ll bite.
Despite 4 years of almost incessant whining about ‘Marxism’, ‘Socialism’, ‘communism’, etc. on wrong-wing rant radio (which is essentially anything on the commercial end of the spectrum including the word ‘talk’), provide me with any real, plausible, generally accepted example of any of these ‘ism’s that apply directly to the Obama Administration.

Nuanced crap invented by talk radio liars doesn’t count.

honested

October 8th, 2012
1:46 pm

On the blurb about cagle and the ‘UnConstitutional Amendment’ for bogus charter schools, did olens come out with any press release or order to the Lt. Governor that he could not take a position on this issue yet?

raininbuffaloes

October 8th, 2012
1:48 pm

honested…..and how many lives are you prepared to sacrifice playing the role of the one who pictures the world as basically a peaceful place if only it weren’t for the U.S.? Are you prepared to absorb a 9-11 every so often as acceptable losses? Wise up……the world is filled with bad actors who love to feed on lambs like you. Luckily for you, there are those who allow you to think and live like a lamb and profess your flawed logic.

GaBlue

October 8th, 2012
1:48 pm

honested,

Well, the stock market has risen significantly since Obama took office. Nearly doubled, hasn’t it? I think that’s a marker of communism. Also, private sector employment has increased while public sector employment has decreased. That’s totally Marxist, isn’t it? Corporate taxes are at their lowest as a percentage of the GDP since…. forever, I think! OMG, is it time to grab the ammo and hide under our beds? The commies are coming! The commies are coming! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

cc

October 8th, 2012
1:49 pm

The only ‘Big Bird’ worth saving was the MOPAR ‘Bird’ from the early 70’s.

Goodbye, Barak.

Goodbye, Big Bird . . .

honested

October 8th, 2012
2:06 pm

raininbuffaloes,

I am more than glad to STOP poking every country we want to steal resources from in the eye.
STOP creating enemies by killing their citizens to settle family disputes with former Presidents.
And STOP protecting the country that pretends to be our bratty little brother at all cost.

Then lets see how things shake out.
In the meantime, we’ll save enough on military waste to settle the debt!

honested

October 8th, 2012
2:07 pm

cc,

They definitely need to up your meds.

Marlboro Man

October 8th, 2012
2:09 pm

Romney is STILL LOSING.

raininbuffaloes

October 8th, 2012
2:19 pm

honested: fair enough…….and as I said; be grateful there are those in this country who make it fully possible for you to live like a peaceful lamb under the philosophy of wishing no one any harm and assuming the same treatment will be returned. They have come to expect no thanks or acknowledgement from you and your kind in return.

Drew

October 8th, 2012
2:25 pm

So how many countries would we have invaded by now if Romney had his way? Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria?

Maybe it would be easier to list the nations we wouldn’t have invaded.

Even if you find that sort of belligerence acceptable, you should be concerned about the personal cost to the members of the military and their families* and the financial cost to the rest of America.

* Notably, a cost that Romney avoided as a young man, and a path that none of his sons have chosen.

Retired Soldier

October 8th, 2012
2:31 pm

Drerw-

Obama has continues two wars, Iraq for 2 plus years and Afghanstan for four years. What wars has Obama fought? He also chose not to serve, what don’t you bust his chops too?

BTW, don’t forget about the broken promise to close Gitmo.

Retired Soldier

October 8th, 2012
2:34 pm

honestead-

You are obviously mean Iraq, how much oil have we stolen? Please cite your source.

td

October 8th, 2012
2:34 pm

GaBlue

October 8th, 2012
1:48 pm

“Well, the stock market has risen significantly since Obama took office. Nearly doubled, hasn’t it?”

Propped up by Fed money policy and the bubble is not on firm ground. I will give you a little advise. If you have money in the stock market then I would highly recommend to you that it is just about time to start getting it out. I personally have taken most of my stock market money out and have invested it into houses. My return on investment is doing very well right now.

honested

October 8th, 2012
2:40 pm

td,

So what IS happening doesn’t count unless it is supported by failed ’supply side’ economics?
You guys just can’t accept that we tried your economic hocum, and it FAILED terribly.

Nobody (except some OTP in this state) is ready to go back to the POLICY THAT FAILED in order to support some suppressed attachment to philosophy.

honested

October 8th, 2012
2:42 pm

rainin,

You help remind me why I make an effort to talk high school students out of participating in ROTC.
As long as they can be made to understand ‘dead is dead’ and honor only works in the movies.

Retired Soldier

October 8th, 2012
2:43 pm

honested-

QE1,2,3 has worked? The stimule has worked? trillion dollar drficits has worked? Tons of new regulations has worked? BTW, what has worked?

Retired Soldier

October 8th, 2012
2:45 pm

honested-

You talk kisa out of ROTC? How sad. People will to scarifce freedom and liberty for security will have none of the three.

td

October 8th, 2012
2:46 pm

honested

October 8th, 2012
2:40 pm

All I am saying is we have a huge bubble in the stock market right now and if you are smart (debatable) then you will start diversifying your investment out of the market.

honested

October 8th, 2012
2:54 pm

retired,

Yes, they worked and are working and will continue to work.
No matter how much you hold your breath or stomp your feet!

Mark

October 8th, 2012
3:11 pm

td

October 8th, 2012
12:04 pm
Romney did much better then I thought he would in his foreign policy speech and way ahead of where Obama was at this point in 2008.

So we are supposed to be so naive now that we are to actually believe that Romney has a foreign policy platform? What a freaking joke!

Linda

October 8th, 2012
3:12 pm

Kyle’s back!

ByteMe

October 8th, 2012
3:14 pm

All I am saying is we have a huge bubble in the stock market right now

Nonsense. We’re running a P/E somewhere around 15 right now. That’s nowhere near “bubble” territory. But that was very Romney-esque of you to make stuff up to support your view.

GaBlue

October 8th, 2012
3:26 pm

The economy was shrinking. Now it’s growing. Sure, it’s taking time, but our economy is not as young as it used to be. Gentle stroking and persistence are key. Extreme measures can have dangerous side effects. Where’s the patience? Where’s the maturity? “I want everything to be ginormous RIGHT NOW! I don’t want to wait!” That’s not how adults handle the occasional economic downturn or slumpage. It really does happen to everyone at some time or another. I won’t lie and say it doesn’t matter. Sure size matters. But let’s be adults and focus. We had shrinkage; now we have growth. That’s a good thing, sweetheart. There now. It’ll be okay.