Republican presidential aspirants attack Obama
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Last Updated: Friday, December 16, 2011, 11:37
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 issue.

"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, Iowa.

"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 alleged.

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.


First Published: Friday, December 16, 2011, 11:37

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