Mitt Romney will pitch himself as a stronger leader on the international stage than President Obama when he delivers a foreign policy speech in Virginia Monday.
"It is time to change course in the Middle East," The Washington Post reported the Republican presidential nominee will say during his address at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. "The president hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds."
CBS News reported Romney will call for more direct intervention in Syria and stiffer sanctions against Iran, as well as a more aggressive military stance in the Middle East in general.
"In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad's tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets," CBS reported Romney will say.
"I will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran, and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the [Persian] Gulf the region--and work with Israel to increase our military assistance and coordination."
Romney, who generally has polled behind Obama when it comes to foreign policy issues and was caught on video saying he would "kick the ball down the field" and hope for the best when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, intends to promise he will "recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel."
At VMI, Romney will contend Obama has failed both Israel and Palestine, saying that "what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations," CBS said.
"In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new president will bring the chance to begin anew," Romney will say.
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