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Mitt Romney not to send troops overseas without defining mission

Mitt Romney not to send troops  overseas without defining mission
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has indicated that as the US president he would not send troops overseas without clearly defining the mission and its objective.

‘It would be a very high hurdle,’ Romney told CBS 60 Minute on Sunday when asked how he would make a decision on whether to send US forces into combat.

‘Number one, a very substantial American interest at stake. Number two, a clear definition of our mission. Number three, a clear definition of how we’ll know when our mission is complete. Number four, providing the resources to make sure that we can carry out that mission effectively,’ Romney said.

‘And finally, a clear understanding of what will be left after we leave. All of those would have to be in place before I were to decide to deploy American military might in any foreign place,’ said the US Presidential candidate.

Responding to questions on the current anti-US protests in countries like Egypt and Libya, Romney said Cairo needs to honor its peace agreement with Israel.

‘Egypt needs to understand what the rules are. That to remain an ally of the United States, to receive foreign aid from the US, to receive foreign investment from ourselves and from our friends, I believe, around the world, that they must honor their peace agreement with Israel,’ he said.‘That they must also show respect and provide civil rights for minorities in their country. And they also have to protect our embassies,’ he said.

‘I think we also have to communicate that Israel is our ally... The President’s decision not to meet with Bibi [Benjamin] Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, when the prime minister is here for the United Nations session, I think, is a mistake and it sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends and I think the exact opposite approach is what’s necessary,’ he said.

Romney said that he agrees agree that 2014 is the withdrawal timeline from Afghanistan. [PTI]
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