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Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has said he would encourage Turkey to supply weapons to Syrian rebels if he were president, broadcaster NTV reported on its website this morning.
"I would have encouraged our allies in the region such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia to supply weapons to the Syrian opposition forces and showed leadership on the Syrian issue," Romney said while criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama for watching the conflict in Syria unfold from a safe distance.
'Do opposite of Obama on Israel'
Romney also said he would do "the opposite" of what Obama has done in dealing with Israel, the Associated Press reported.
On June 16, Romney told the Faith and Freedom Coalition he believed the president was more concerned about Israel attacking Iran than about Tehran obtaining a nuclear weapon. 

His hawkish speech was the first time he has discussed policy toward Israel at length since becoming the likely Republican presidential nominee.
Obama's campaign team, meanwhile, accused Romney of distorting the president's record on Israel. 

Obama has given Israel more security assistance than any other administration, spokesman Ben LaBolt said, adding that the president had also stood with Tel Aviv at the United Nations.


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mara mcglothin

6/19/2012 4:46:41 PM

BLUE Oh please! Hitler had no right to decide that a whole race of people were inferior and needed to be exterminated and that he should rule the World. BRAVO! B MEDIC There are a lot of haters out there. Believe me BLUE when I say that the normal American people do in fact believe that they are trying to help and have no ulterior motives behind their actions. That is not to say that everything our government does is correct. No one is perfect. BUT we are not evil or war mongering ....

two sides to every coin

6/19/2012 3:16:44 PM

To Murat. So what your saying is until Syria is a direct threat to Turkey, just turn a blind eye, bury your head in the sand and pretend 1000s of civilians are not being killed!!!!!!!!!!


6/18/2012 10:47:42 PM

Turkey has no choice but do what its doing now until the Arab League actually leads and sanctions a militnary intervention. Providing arms to insurgents is never a good idea. Turkey should never deviate from the law and the norms we preach to everyone else. A unilateral move can be justified when events in Syria pose a direct threat to our security. Mitt is just a politician on a trail. I could care less what he says now.

B Medic

6/18/2012 9:50:26 PM

@Blue. I knew you liked conspiracy theories and disliked US. But your last comment shows that you have little and very selective knowledge of history, geography and politics in the World. I will not bother to even read any of your comments on HDN after this. I am not a fan of Mitt Romney either, but comparing him to and saying he is worse than Hitler shows that your mind is completely deluded.

Tekion Particle

6/18/2012 9:30:59 PM

Those who oppose military intervention are pacifist who are hoping for the best. I am afraid what will happen is that the Assad regime will slaughter everyone apposes him and he does not care if he has to slaughter the entire Sunni population. @Stern fred: Syria is not big enough nor important enough to to destabilize the world peace. Sooner the intervention the better as more lives will be saved.

Hakan C

6/18/2012 8:25:32 PM

@ Dogan Tame - No, that was another Republican nominee Rick Perry that said that, (who like most US senators) was in AIPAC's pocket. He has served his purpose now and has since been spat out. Historically, it was the Democrats that were more Pro Israel that the Republicans, so the AIPAC machine has been very busy in recent times to ensure only Pro Israel Republicans get sizeable funding. We didn't hear much Pro Israeli seniments from Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, but look where they are now...

Blue Dotterel

6/18/2012 7:19:43 PM

Mara, Austria then Czechoslovakia, then Danzig do seem to parallel Iraq, Libya, Syria and soon Iran, with Afghanistan and Pakistan little side ventures. The US's illegal aggressions differ in that they are more violent; they are similar and that some are intended to remove a country's independence, such as, Austria, Libya, Syria and Iran, of course, under the guise of "promoting democracy and human rights". Indeed, Hitler probably had more justification.

mara mcglothin

6/18/2012 6:12:19 PM

DITTO RED TAIL You are once again spot on! BLUE Oh right! The USA is all for the end of the World which is what it will come to should we launch wwIII. We are damned if we do and damned if we don't. Suddenly Turkey is getting a taste of the medicine they have been trying to feed the USA. It is hard to make the serious decisions when acting as a World power.

Blue Dotterel

6/18/2012 5:32:08 PM

One thing for sure if this reincarnation of Hitler wins in November, WWIII will come an awful lot sooner, not that US policy is not already designed to instigate it. The Neo-con Project for the New American Century is basically America's Mein Kampf. It is interesting how Nazi Gernamy and the Neo-Con plans of aggression parallel each other. Interesting.

Dogan Tame

6/18/2012 2:49:46 PM

wasn't he the one that claims Turkish prime minister as an Islamic terrorist? He has no ability or capacity to run America...
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