With anti-American rage in the Muslim world, U.S. foreign policy is gaining more attention in the political races. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney both appeared on CBS "60 Minutes" last night to talk about their views.
Romney was asked, "How would you ease the anti-American sentiment that we see in the Middle East?"
"Communicate to nations like Egypt and Egypt is, if you will, the major player, 80 million people, the center of the Arab world," Romney responded. "Egypt needs to understand what the rules are. That to remain an ally of the United States, to receive foreign aid from the United States, to receive foreign investment from ourselves and from our friends, I believe, around the world, that they must honor their peace agreement with Israel, that they must also show respect and provide civil rights for minorities in their country, and they also have to protect our embassies. I think we also have to communicate that Israel is our ally."
Separately, CBS approached Obama, saying, "Your opponent has attacked you as being weak on national defense and weak on foreign policy. He says you need to be more aggressive on Iran, you haven't done enough to support the revolt in Syria, and that our friends don't know where we stand and our enemies think that we're weak."
"Well, let's see what I've done since I came into office," the president answered. "I said I'd end the war in Iraq. I did. I said that we'd go after Al Queda. They've been decimated in the Fatah. That we'd go after bin Laden. He's gone. So, I've executed on my foreign policy and it's one that the American people largely agree with. So if Governor Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. "
The Washington Post reported last week that aid to Egypt had been stalled because of the Muslim protests, adding that "In the aftermath of the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last year, Congress attached conditions to U.S. aid, including a requirement that the State Department certify that Egypt is abiding by its peace treaty with Israel. "