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October 31, 2012
Robert Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column ("Obama's foreign policy reset has little to show for it," Oct. 28) could not be further from the truth when it states that Iran is "oh-so-close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. " In fact, our own intelligence agencies have stated that Iran has neither nuclear weapons nor a weapons program and ended its former program in 2003. Mr. Ehrlich has been wrong about his support for a disastrous war in Iraq, his calling for military action in Iran and his willingness to allow Israel to dictate U.S. foreign policy.
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September 22, 2014
For six long years we've endured the humiliation of President Barack Obama's disastrous foreign policy failures ( "Risks of war," Sept. 18). The White House's weak and confusing response to the huge terrorist threat posed by the brutal Islamic State is just one example. Another is Russian President Vladimir Putin's land grab in Ukraine and his military threats to the United States. Meanwhile, more terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, continue to thrive across the globe, and Iran continues to enrich uranium while delaying negotiations with the West.
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By Cal Thomas | October 13, 2012
On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a foreign policy speech to cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. He was correct in his indictment of the Obama administration for its numerous failures -- especially in the Middle East -- and his embrace of Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" philosophy. A strong and respected America is less likely to be attacked. The Obama administration's approach to foreign policy has been one of apology, genuflection to dictators and inconsistency.
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By Jules Witcover | August 29, 2014
President Obama, in his determination to get American foreign policy off what he has called "a perpetual war footing," must take care now not to box himself in with any more comments about "red lines" that restrict his options. As he appraises the growing threats to U.S. security from the Islamic State, the jihadist group that has taken over much of Syria and Iraq, he must make clear his continuing prerogative to take military action in legitimate self-defense. That remains so despite his repeated statements, made as if to ease fears at home and abroad, that there is "no military solution" to the crises in Iraq andUkraine.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column ("Obama's foreign policy reset has little to show for it," Oct. 28) criticizes President Barack Obama's foreign policy. It focused much on the tour that the President Obama undertook early in his administration. Mr. Ehrlich rightly points out that Mr. Obama never used the word apology. The tour could have been criticized for focusing too much on the foreign policy mistakes that the U.S. has made in the past but that would not have gained headlines, so the president's opponents called it an apology tour.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
I suggested to Funk & Wagnalls (I guess I should really tell Wikipedia, too) that the editorial regarding President Barack Obama's foreign policy be listed as a good example of "sycophancy" ( "Obama at West Point," June 1). President Obama's foreign policy is a disaster. He lost an ambassador in Libya, and we don't even know why he was in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11. The Arab spring has worked out real well. We have Dennis Rodman representing the U.S. in North Korea. The economic sanctions against Russia for taking Crimea were to punish some oligarchs - not exactly real punishing.
NEWS
June 17, 2013
Reader Nelson Marans' recent letter about President Obama's foreign policy contains numerous misstatements ("Ehrlich is right; Obama's foreign policy a shambles," June 12). First, the Egyptian people overthrew a corrupt and incompetent government. The U.S. had nothing to do with it. Second, Syria is involved in a civil war that has nothing to do with the U.S. We are correct to stay out of it. Third, there is no evidence that Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests, has either nuclear weapons or a weapons program.
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By Rachel Marsden | February 9, 2012
Mitt Romney appears to have all the foreign-policy savvy of someone who once visited Euro Disney, and it's freaking me out. Not to say that President Barack Obama is any more knowledgeable on that front, but at least he seems aware of his limitations, outsourcing foreign leadership to the French, the Brits, Hillary Clinton and private contractors. Never has the world been so interconnected, with power and influence becoming decentralized and regionalized. America's problems -- economic or otherwise -- can no longer be solved from inside America, nor can conventional wisdom and the traditional order of things be predictably relied upon.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
The last debate ("Candidates trade foreign policy jabs," Oct. 23) demonstrated that Mitt Romney's approach is back to how George W. Bush lead this country - with fear of "imminent threat. " President Bush and Karl Rove lied to this country by using the tactic of "fear" to warrant a war. And now Mr. Romney is using this same fear factor to say that we need to spend more on the military and get ready for war. President Barack Obama, on the other hand, is using economic sanctions to prevent the need for another war. As for Mr. Romney's description of an "apology tour," I truly admire President Obama's ability to stay calm and level headed when in comes to foreign diplomacy.
NEWS
April 2, 2013
Now that Hillary Clinton is unemployed, here is a synopsis of world situations she was engaged in and responsible for during her tenure as Secretary of State. China: Officials she upset would not even meet with her the last three years. North Korea: Our attempts to talk with them never commenced and they are now threatening to shoot long-range nuclear missiles at us. Egypt: An ally forever is now run by the Muslim Brotherhood to whom we are now selling sophisticated weaponry.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
I read with tears in my eyes and an aching heart that President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq while vowing that no American combat troops will be sent back to the region and that he will not allow the U.S. to be dragged into another war there ( "U.S. strikes have slowed, not weakened Iraq militants: Pentagon," Aug. 11). It was quite obviously a political ploy when President Obama sent our military forces home from Iraq at the end of 2011 and that his real purpose was to enhance his chances for re-election in 2012.
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By Jules Witcover | July 18, 2014
 President Obama's yearning to become a peacetime president continues to be frustrated by the reality on the ground in the Middle East, and by Republicans' zeal to capitalize on it politically at home. The disintegration of Iraq, the emergence of a new extremist "Islamic State," a deepening of the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate and more Russian mischief in Ukraine all have combined to challenge the Obama Doctrine of selective use of power in foreign policy. As the Middle East crumbles, the GOP'swould-be 2016 presidential hopefuls have commenced kibitzing.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
The recent commentary, "An enemy revisited" (July 13), correctly states that in witnessing the harsh realities "the United States would do well to reassess its view on Iran. " In fact, we should have a dialogue and trade with Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The Business Roundtable have both called for an end to sanctions on Iran, stating that these sanctions have cost U.S. businesses $25 billion and a loss of 210,000 American jobs.
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June 26, 2014
As chaos erupted again in Iraq last week among Sunni and Shiite Muslim factions, President Barack Obama said he would send 300 military advisers to assist in bringing the contending groups under control ("Kerry in Iraq, urges change," June 24). It is indeed unfortunate that the upheavals the president is attempting to extinguish were initiated by him personally when he brought all of our military forces home from Iraq at the end of 2011. This maneuver was obviously nothing more than an opportunity to enhance his prospects for re-election in 2012.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 22, 2014
Item: Washington is abuzz with the shocking defeat of House majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary. David Brat, a tea party-inspired college professor with little money but plenty of energy, pulled off the historic upset. Most of the mainstream media coverage focused on Mr. Cantor's support (albeit tepid) for a set of immigration reform principles that some on the right interpreted as "amnesty" - and that such support was the primary cause of his loss at the hands of an unknown, underfunded candidate.
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By Matthew VanDyke | June 17, 2014
Less than three years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the black flag of an al-Qaida inspired terrorist group flies above several Iraqi cities. The Iraqi army, despite years of training by the United States, has disintegrated and abandoned bases and weaponry to these terrorists (and in some cases even supports them). Iran, enemy of the United States for more than three decades and a constant threat to international security, is increasingly supplanting American influence in Iraq with its own and exerts significant influence in Syria as well.
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By Jules Witcover | September 14, 2012
Once again, with his intemperate criticisms of the handling of the anti-American episodes in Egypt and Libya, Mitt Romney has leaped before looking into the arena of President Barack Obama's greatest political strength. In accusing the Obama administration of apologizing in the wake of an attack on the American embassy in Cairo and the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Mr. Romney has laid himself open to the charge of politicizing a foreign policy crisis. Worse, he has at least temporarily shifted the focus of the presidential campaign away from his strongest debating point, the stalled economy at home.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
Mitt Romney's major speech on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute Monday was long on style but remarkably short on substance. On the unrest in the Middle East, Israel, Iran, Syria and relations with China, the GOP challenger was quick to criticize President Barack Obama for his alleged failure "to shape history" in America's image. Yet aside from such rhetorical flourishes, the most striking thing about Mr. Romney's own policy prescriptions was how little they differed from what the Obama administration is already doing.
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By Jonah Goldberg | June 16, 2014
The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring. Across a huge swath of what, up until recently, had been known as Iraq and Syria, a transnational movement of Sunni Islamic extremists has taken control. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has conquered -- without much effort -- Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, along with most of the province of Nineveh. It also took Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown. Along the way it has ransacked banks (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars)
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