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Romney attacks Obama's 'dangerous' Mideast policy

01 october 2012, 14:26
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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ©AFP
US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ©AFP
US Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama's Middle East policy late Sunday, stepping up the pressure after a wave of anti-US protests in the Islamic world, AFP reports.

In an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Romney said of recent "disturbing" developments in the Middle East that the United States "seems to be at the mercy of events rather than shaping them.

"We're not moving them in a direction that protects our people or our allies. And that's dangerous," Romney added.

"If the Middle East descends into chaos, if Iran moves toward nuclear breakout, or if Israel's security is compromised, America could be pulled into the maelstrom."

Attacking Obama's Middle East policy, he wrote: "We needed a strategy for success, but the president offered none. And now he seeks to downplay the significance of the calamities of the past few weeks."

An amateur US film posted on the Internet that insults the Prophet Mohammed provoked a wave of anti-American protests in several Muslim countries last month, and dozens of people were killed in the ensuing violence.

A related attack on the US consulate in Benghazi killed four Americans, including the US ambassador, on September 11.

Romney said Obama had also dismissed Israel's concerns about Iran's nuclear program as mere "noise" that he preferred to "block out". He accused him of having declined to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The White House has repeatedly denied this charge.

"In this period of uncertainty, we need to apply a coherent strategy of supporting our partners in the Middle East -- that is, both governments and individuals who share our values," Romney wrote.

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