By Jamal Boubakri
By Jamal Boubakri
Morocco World News
Washington D.C., October 22, 2012
US president, Barack Obama, and his Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, had their last debate opportunity to explain their plans and strategies for the next four years to American voters. The third and last presidential debate took place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Only two weeks away from the Election Day, both candidates defended their views on Foreign Policy.
The first question asked by the debate moderator, Bob Schieffer, was about the incident that happened recently in Libya and that resulted in the killing of the US ambassador and three other US officials in Benghazi. President Obama defended his administration and vowed to investigate exactly what happened and bring those terrorists who attacked the US embassy to justice.
When asked about the rising Syrian issue, president Obama and Governor Romney agreed that Syrian president, Al Assad, has to leave and that the Syrian people must be afforded the opportunity to make their own choices about their future. “I am confident that Assad’s days are numbered” said President Barack Obama. Governor Mitt Romney had a similar view on this issue, “I believe Assad must go” he said.
Both, President Obama and Governor Romney, agreed on Middle East issues and said that the United States should play its leadership role in a region that is “the most volatile in the world.” They both opposed military involvement in Syria.
The most sailing feature of this debate is how fervently both candidates showed their allegiance to Israel, which was mentioned 22 times during the debate. Europe, Japan and India were overlooked by both presidential candidates.
Both candidates seemed to agree on most foreign policy topics that were debated on Monday night, such the Iranian nuclear program, the relations with China, Pakistan and Afghanistan.