Coming off a big week that saw the presidential campaign once again tighten to a dead heat, Republican candidate Mitt Romney opened Monday with an attention-grabbing foreign policy speech in Virginia where the former Governor of Massachusetts criticized the president for making the Middle East a more dangerous place over the last four years.
"It is clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office," Romney said.
"I know 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, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity. "
The speech's toughness on the current administration has drawn criticism from some media commentators, as POLITICO reports analysts reviewing the speech say it was broad in ideology with big ambitions but lacked specifics.
The foreign policy speech comes as new details have been unearthed by ABC News in the investigation of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month; which reveal that before his death U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens requested a Security Support Team to stay with him in Libya after their deployment was scheduled to end in August.
On "Real News From TheBlaze" Monday the panel discussed Romney's speech Monday and how foreign policy will play in the campaign moving forward: