Foreign policy and the election

Today, we’ll talk about how tension between Islamists and secularists threaten the stability of the new governments in Egypt and Libya.

The unrest in the Middle East could also have an impact on the presidential election here. The Washington Post says that tension will test Obama.

The turmoil…offers an opportunity — a risky one — for Obama to appear presidential in the midst of the election campaign, to contrast himself with a challenger less experienced in foreign policy and to illustrate that being president is not just about being a steward of the economy.

On the campaign trail, according to a Rueters story, Romney has increased his criticism of Obama’s foreign policy.

“As we watch the world today, sometimes it seems that we’re at the mercy of events, instead of shaping events,” he said in Fairfax, a suburb of Washington.

Do the anti-American protests in the Arab world and the attack in Benghazi change your views of the presidential candidates?

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • Chris

    What is the state of the press in these countries? Are local, native language news sources informing and educating or spinning and fomenting?

  • Chas

    What is the diplomatic story of leaving the foreign leaders an opportunity to save face at home- does “Egypt is not an ally or an enemy” help Morsi remain credible in Egypt?

  • Bruce

    You cannot expect a rational response in the Muslim countries with their low levels of education and lack of economic opportunity for young persons.

  • Tracy

    I’m a supporter of MPR (sustaining member), and not a Romney supporter. But I have to point out that your news break during the Round Table segment played right into preconceptions on the right of a left-leaning bias.

    Tom Weber stated that, while discussing his tax plan, Romney had defined middle income as income of 200-250K when discussing his tax cuts. However, in reality, I saw a transcipt that had the exchange as follows:

    GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Is $100,000 middle income?

    MITT ROMNEY: No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.

    Please try to fact check more carefully.