Republicans have shifted beyond the crisis in Libya and Egypt to launch a broad assault on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney began the barrage Wednesday, ripping the White House for sending “mixed messages” that signaled weakness as protests erupted at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
On Thursday Romney took it to the president for the automatic defense spending cuts slated to begin Jan. 1. Those cuts will drastically shrink our military capabilities, Romney said.
"Ever since FDR, we've had the capacity to be engaged in two conflicts at once, and he's said no, we're going to cut that budget to only one," Romney said at a campaign rally in Fairfax, Va., The Hill
Obama has particularly failed on the Mideast, Republicans say.
“Iraq is dissolving,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told NBC’s Today Show. “Our relations with Israel are at a tension point. I’d like to see the president of the U.S. speak out for once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in Syria. There’s an absence of American leadership in the region.”
Obama’s "policy of appeasement” has helped spark the Mideast violence, which is bound to spread, said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. "There is war against America throughout the entire region. They're attacking us now,” he said.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., looks at it much the same way. "We do see the Middle East right now somewhat unraveling," she said. "And I think really it begins with the tone he [Obama] set in his administration. I think we should have stronger American leadership."
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