Romney Supports Military Action in Libya, Criticizes President For Decision Making

Mar 22, 2011 7:51am

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:

Mitt Romney offered his first words on the military strike on Libya last night — supporting the decision to intervene, but hammering President Obama for the way he made the decision.

 "I support military action in Libya. I support out troops there in the mission they've been given,"  Romney said in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show

 "But let me also note that thus far the President has been unable to construct a foreign policy, any foreign policy," he added. "He calls for the removal of Moammar Kadafi but then conditions our action on the directions we get from the Arab League and the United Nations."

 Here's the full exchange:

What is your reaction to President Obama’s announcement of airstrikes on Libya?

 First, I support military action in Libya. I support our troops there in the mission that they’ve been given.  But let me also note that thus far the President has been unable to construct a foreign policy, any foreign policy. I think it's fair to ask, you know, what is it thatexplains the absence of any discernible foreign policy from the President of the United States? 

I believe that it flows from his fundamental disbelief in American exceptionalism. In the President’s world, all nations have "common interests," the lines between good and evil are blurred, America's history merits apology. And without a compass to guide him in our increasingly turbulent world, he’s tentative, indecisive, timid and nuanced. And as a result, I think, he says for instance he’s committed to success in Afghanistan, unless it means commitment beyond 2011.

He stands with our ally Israel, but condemns it's settlement policy more forcefully than he condemns Hamas rockets. And he calls for the removal of Moammar Kadafi but then conditions our action on the directions we get from the Arab League and United Nations.

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