Mitt Romney has largely stayed away from foreign policy since his critical and poorly-received response to the attacks in Libya. But with more protests and violence across the Mideast, along with continuing pressure on the White House over the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, will he try again?
In Pakistan, at least 15 people have been killed and scores injured in riots related to the anti-Muslim film that first sparked unrest last week:
The Obama administration has purchased ads on a half-dozen Pakistani television stations disavowing the video. The $70,000 ad buy demonstrates the depth of U.S. concern about the volatility of Pakistan, where several militant jihadist groups — including the Taliban — are based in tribal areas and operate largely free of Islamabad’s writ.
The ad buy follows an attack on the U.S. embassy in Tunisia Monday, along with non-violent protests in a handful of other countries. In Israel, gunmen killed one soldier and wounded another Friday after crossing the border from Egypt.
President Obama was pressed on embassy security in a Univision town hall Thursday, and on Friday morning, MSNBC's Chuck Todd said it looked like the White House was "dragging its feet" in explaining what had happened in Libya. Officials have described the attack as "terrorism," while Obama himself has stopped short of that label.
With scrutiny shifting away from Romney and onto Obama's handling of the situation, there may be room for Romney to criticize the administration response and explain how he would handle international relations differently, if he chooses to do it.