One of the most contentious points in the politics of the USA is how any potential president will deal with foreign policy. As was outlined in the last post on this site, the threats from states and NSAs outside of the United States remains strong and therefore in the upcoming election it’s important to know where both of the candidates stand with regard to their foreign policy.
We know that President Obama plans to stick to the proposed and currently underway timetable of troops leaving Afghanistan very soon, something his Republican counterpart Mitt Romney looks set to stick to also. However, the two men may have very different views on other key areas of foreign policy that could play a key role in the voting come election day. Romney’s recent outbursts about the state of affairs in the middle east may seem as though it will be bad for his campaign, but as AboutPolitics.co.uk outlines, perhaps the gaffe will not cost him and indeed actually make him closer to Republican voters that believe in this ‘straight talking candidate’?
While this may draw him closer to conservative voters in the United States, surely a President with this attitude towards Israel, Iran and the rest of the Middle-Eastern countries cannot be good for American foreign policy and where the country may lead organizations such as Nato further down the line?
Although a Republican candidate is likely to push for a hard-line on Foreign Policy, perhaps the election of Romney would have negative impacts for the USA with regards to how they come across to the rest of the world, particularly those who hold influence in the Middle East….
In other news, the USA looks set to remove Iranian group Mujahideen-e Khalq from its blacklist of Terror Groups around the world. The group has a history of terrorism in the 1970s and was put on the blacklist in 1997, however, since then it has renounced it’s violence and therefore Secretary of State Hilary Clinton looks set to recommend that they are removed from the list.