Romney speech thin on foreign policy

Romney waited until near the end of his speech to make any reference to foreign policy, and then devoted barely a dozen sentences--one of them crediting President Obama for ordering the attack on Osama bin Laden-- to a repetition of general campaign themes.

He again charged Obama with an "apology tour" of the world that Obama never made.

The President, he said, had "thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he relaxed sanctions on Castro's Cuba. He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense committments, but is eager to give Russia's President Putin the flexibility he desires."

He again charged Obama with talking to Iran, rather than stopping its nuclear program but did not say how he would do it.

Romney claimed "the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan," but did not mention the war in Afghanistan, where about 90,000 U.S. troops are still serving.

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