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Word to Wise for Pakistanis: 'Moderate Mitt' May Be Fleeting (Dawn, Pakistan)

 

"Mr. Romney came across as measured and reasonable. In fact, there was little to separate the policies of Obama from those of Romney. ... If Romney does win the election two weeks from now, he is expected to choose his foreign and national security teams from among the ranks of neocons and hardliners. So 'moderate Mitt' may just be a temporary phenomenon, designed to tick the commander-in-chief box for an electorate disinterested in the outside world."

 

EDITORIAL

 

October 24, 2012

 

Pakistan - Dawn - Original Article (English)

The Debates are over: Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands at the end of the third and final debate, this one on foreign policy. Eighteen foreign countries were mentioned during the clash, and not counting Russia, only one of them was in Europe - Greece.

BBC NEWS VIDEO: In a feisty 90-minute head-to-head, the two candidates tangled over the Arab Spring, Iran, China's rise and more, Oct. 23, 00:02:34RealVideo

THE final U.S. presidential debate was the first real opportunity to assess Governor Mitt Romneyís likely foreign policy - if he's elected president in November. With the race tightening, the possibility of a Romney presidency is real. Since the U.S. electorate is focused on domestic matters, little is known about Romney's worldview and what his administration's foreign policy would look like. Surprisingly at the debate on Monday, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr. Romney came across as measured and reasonable. In fact, there was little to separate the policies of President Obama from those of a possible President Romney.

 

The presidential contender embraced the Obama Administrationís 2014 withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan; endorsed the policy of aggressively going after al-Qaeda, including with the use of drones; and berated neither Afghanistan nor Pakistan. When asked by the moderator if it was time for the U.S. to divorce Pakistan, Mr. Romney responded: ďNo, itís not time to divorce a nation on earth that has a hundred nuclear weapons and is on the way to double that at some point, a nation that has serious threats from terrorist groups.Ē The bottom line?: Pakistanís stability is of deep concern to the United States, but that doesn't translate into a policy of isolation or containment, which would have devastating consequences for Pakistanís interconnectedness with the world.

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Of course, a presidential debate does not make for a properly fleshed-out foreign policy. Both Mr. Obama, whose approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan, despite all the talk of clarity and purposefulness, is racked by contradiction and internal squabbling, and Mr. Romney, offered sparse details. Conditioning aid, not cutting Pakistan loose, not isolating Pakistan - none of that really reflects either a vision or the nuts and bolts of policy.

 

If Mr. Romney does win the election two weeks from now, he is expected to choose his foreign and national security teams from among the ranks of neocons and hardliners. So "moderate Mitt" may just be a temporary phenomenon, designed to tick the commander-in-chief box for an electorate disinterested in the outside world.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

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Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Obama Fires, Romney Falters, but 3rd Debate Fails to find Flourish

BBC News, U.K.: Global Poll Shows Rest of World Favors Obama

The Economist, U.K.: A Win for Obama

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La Repubblica, Italy: Game Change: Obama Comes Across as 'Non-Leader'

El Universal, Mexico: U.S. Ruling Class Favors Obama Victory

El Pais, Spain: President Romney Will Come to Regret Damaging Remark about Spain

El Mundo, Spain: Romney Lies About Government Expenditures in U.S. and Spain

El Semanal, Spain: Spain Asserts it has 'Little to Envy' in Regard to U.S.

El Pais, Spain: Mitt Romney and Spain: Is Ours a Failing Brand?

Le Figaro, France: U.S. Presidential Debate: Pro-Obama Media Suffers Major Defeat

Handelsblatt, Germany: For Germany, a Romney Win 'Would Have its Advantages'

Guardian, U.K.: U.S. Debate: No Zingers, but Romney Finally Lifts Off

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de Volkskrant, Netherlands: Why Should We Care About America's Presidential Election?

The Bohol Standard, The Philippines: We Filipinos Must Learn from the American Election

Huanqiu, China: China Must 'Strive to Influence' American Presidential Elections
Gazeta, Russia: Why America's Republicans have No Foreign Policy

 

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[Posted by Worldmeets.US Oct. 24, 12:49pm]