While facts are still coming out about the violent protests in Egypt and Libya, it has become clear that foreign policy will be taking a larger role in this election cycle than previously thought.
The economy will likely still dominate the issues come November, but the issue’s appearance is a stark contrast to just a few weeks ago, when Mitt Romney barely touched on foreign policy proposals at his own party’s convention. Now, the campaigns are sparring over the words and tone of specific phrases regarding the protests, and both Romney and Obama are trying to assert their own perspectives of what the role of the U.S. should be abroad.
This topic could only grow in importance, considering the fact that the U.S. embassies in both Egypt and Yemen have become the home of unruly, rock-throwing mobs. So what should the U.S. response be to what’s happening in the Mideast? Should we stay the course we’re on now, or take decisive military action?
Traditionally in times of war or conflict, the public rallies around the president. Is that likely to happen with Obama at the wheel? Will he get a bump? And what about Romney, who has already been criticized harshly for his stance on the issue? Will the criticism subside or stick?
Adam Schiff, Congressman representing California’s 29th district, serves on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence which oversees the nation’s intelligence activities, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the National Security Agency (NSA)