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Opinion: Romney Scrambles to Be Obama-lite on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

After the debate, Romney's spin masters, including former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, had a very difficult time after the debate explaining how Romney's foreign policy would be different from Barack Obama's.

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Iran Threatens US Navy Carrier

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Iran warned a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to stay out of the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, just a day after Iran completed naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz. In the latest episode of saber-rattling toward the West, Iran tested two short and medium range missiles on Monday. A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier moved into the area in response to the exercises. Iran's army chief threatened to attack the ship if it returns. Iran said during the drills that if the West imposed sanctions on its oil exports, it would close the Strait of Hormuz, the source of 40 percent of the world's oil shipments.

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After Iraq Withdrawal, US Plans Troop Increase in Persian Gulf

Monday, October 31, 2011

The White House is planning to boost its military presence in the Middle East when the final troops leave Iraq at December's end. The new plan comes in light of the Iraqi government's refusal to allow American forces to remain in the country after the previously agreed-upon deadline, which goes into effect at year's end. The additional combat units would be stationed in Kuwait, and the U.S. views them as a hedge for stability in the event of a collapse in security in Iraq or a move of aggression by Iran.

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