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Amid Mideast turmoil, aides say what a President Romney would do

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If Mitt Romney were in the Oval Office during this week of turmoil in the Middle East, his foreign policy advisers said on Thursday, he would have already told Iran that he would not allow it to get close to building a bomb, setting a “red line” in a far different place from President Obama’s.

Romney’s dark worldview

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In the homestretch of the campaign, Mitt Romney has offered enticing clues to anyone trying to decipher his essential worldview and foreign-policy lodestar. In two recent instances, Romney doubled down on positions that place him well to the right of the Obama administration, and firmly in the mold crafted by hawks and neoconservatives in the first term of President George W. Bush.

Teetering at the Water’s Edge

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It is always perilous for anyone running for commander in chief to get out in front of the man who already has the job. For Mitt Romney, this week has been a special test.

Fresh off a pair of political conventions that were designed to blast the candidates into the fall campaign with a burst of enthusiasm, the nominees were reminded that the best-laid plans often fall victim to world events.

July 27, 2012

Weekly Show

Mitt Romney has a rocky start to his overseas trip while the campaigns debate foreign policy and the role of government in private business.  Legal challenges facing state voter ID laws.  And who is making money from the Presidential campaigns? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal; Robert Barnes, The Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News.

 

Syria Crisis and Putin’s Return Chill U.S. Ties With Russia

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Sitting beside President Obama this spring, the president of Russia gushed that “these were perhaps the best three years of relations between Russia and the United States over the last decade.” Two and a half months later, those halcyon days of friendship look like a distant memory.

Does Leaking Secrets Damage National Security?

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Last week's assignment of two federal prosecutors to investigate disclosures of national security information might have been the first shot in a new war on leaks. The director of national intelligence is expected soon to announce new measures to fight unauthorized disclosures, and some members of Congress say it could be time for new anti-leaking laws.

The Backstory: Obama's Wars

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What is the Obama doctrine? Coming into office facing two wars, President Obama has embraced covert programs and new technologies that allow his administration to wage secret wars. Get "The Backstory" from David Sanger, The New York Times, on the secret cyber-war the U.S. and Israel are waging against Iran, how the president handled the Arab Spring and how Obama’s foreign policy has changed.

Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

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From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.

For the White House, a Wary Wait as Syria Boils

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After ordering American forces to Libya last year, President Obama declared that he had tackled a humanitarian crisis more decisively than his predecessors. “When people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s,” Mr. Obama told a national television audience, “it took the international community more than a year to intervene with air power to protect civilians. It took us 31 days.”

Romney Tells Vets Dangerous World Demands Powerful Military

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney chose Veterans Day to proclaim to the American people his conviction that the world is a dangerous place, and the United States must remain its most formidable military power. "The world is not safe," Romney told veterans on Memorial Day. He was joined by Senator John McCain, in a speech to honor the veterans of America's wars.

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