Romney's foreign policy simplistic
The Syrian uprising makes Iraq look simple. The myriad ethnic, religious and social tensions render the Syrian conflict opaque to outsiders and foreign policy amateurs like Romney. Does anybody really think that giving arms to one faction is going to serve America's interests? What if the faction we support loses? Even worse, what if it wins and purges its enemies in the other factions with our weapons -- like is happening in Lybia right now? Romney's simplistic, "get tough" statements may play well with the electorate, but only reasoned, specific, multinational diplomatic solutions have any chance of success.
Obama entered office with a different agenda but with the the same bravado that poisoned Bush's policy. He was going to end the Bush wars and close Guantanamo right away. Remember how that worked out? I have to give Obama credit though. While Bush held on to his arrogant foreign policy to the bitter end, a chastened Obama realized by year three of his term that America cannot single-handedly control the internal affairs of the Middle East without committing an unsustainable amount of money and lives to the mission. If he wins, Romney needs to learn this humility much sooner.
Francis J. Lynch