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Republicans fighting in the wrong arena

Business Times - 18 Nov 2011


Republicans fighting in the wrong arena

Silly for their candidates to portray Obama as weak in foreign policy and national security

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IT is difficult to decide whether to laugh or cry when listening to the debate on foreign policy among Republican presidential candidates. It's either militarist and pro-war or a display of ignorance of global affairs.

During televised National Journal/CBS debate devoted entirely to foreign policy issues last week, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney - most observers expect him to eventually win his party's presidential nomination - and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, sounded as though as they were planning to follow in the footsteps of George W Bush - the last Republican to occupy the White House - and lead America into a new war in the Middle East.

While President Barack Obama is engaged in a delicate balancing act on Iran - using diplomacy to pres…