Washington: US President Barack Obama came
under attack from leading Republican presidential candidates
over what they called his "weak" foreign policy as they vowed
to revamp the country`s foreign policy if voted to power in
the 2012 polls.
These Republican presidential candidates were particularly
harsh on Obama`s policy with regard to Iran, in particular the
manner in which his administration has handled the drone
"This is a President with the spy drone being brought
down, he says pretty please? A foreign policy based on pretty
please? You got to be kidding," said Mitt Romney, a leading
Republican presidential candidate, during a presidential
debate in Sioux City, Iowa.
"This is a President who fundamentally believes that --
this next century is the post-American century. Perhaps it`s
going to be the Chinese century. He`s wrong. It has to be the
American century. America has to lead the free world. And the
free world has to lead the entire world," he asserted.
Romney argued that the course, under President Obama`s
plans, "is to shrink our military, thinking somehow if we
appease or accommodate the tyrants of the world, that the
world will be safer. He`s wrong," Romney argued.
He was joined by Texas Governor, Rick Perry who said,
"This administration has absolutely bungled. It is the most
muddled foreign policy that I can ever remember in my
lifetime," said during a presidential debate in Sioux City,
"Now we`ve seen this President asking the Iranians to give
us back that drone. What we should have done was one of two
things: We either destroy it, or we retrieve it. He took a
third route, which was the worst and the weakest, and that is
to do nothing," Perry said amidst a round of applause.
Congress woman Mitchelle Bachmann too left no stones
unturned in attacking President Obama.
"The biggest mistake that President Obama has made -- and
there are many when it comes to foreign policy -- has been the
decision that he made regarding Iraq.
"He was essentially given, on a silver platter, victory in
Iraq. And he`s choosing intentionally to lose the peace," she
Bachmann added, "Look no further than the Iranian
constitution, which states unequivocally that their mission is
to extend Jihad across the world and eventually to set up a
worldwide caliphate. We would be fools and knaves to ignore
their purpose and their plan."
The former US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, said the
United States needs a new foreign policy.
"We`re still trapped a little bit in the Cold War-George
Kennan mindset. I want to make sure that, first and foremost,
we have a foreign policy and a national security strategy that
recognises that we have to fix our core here at home. We`re
weak. This economy is broken," he said.
Huntsman said the US under his presidency would adopt a
foreign policy that is driven by economics first.
"It used to break my heart sitting in the embassy in
Beijing, looking at Afghanistan with a hundred thousand
troops. We`re securing the place, and the Chinese go in, and
they win the mining concession. There`s something wrong with
that picture. We need to change the way we`re doing business
overseas," he argued.