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Mitt Romney lacks needed foreign policy credentials

To the editor:

Your recent Page One headline “Romney’s missing word: war” is misleading in that although he failed to use the word “war” in his speech at the convention, Mitt Romney was full of threats and innuendos about attacking several countries.

For example, he said, “But on another front, every American is less secure today because he [President Obama] has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat. In his first TV interview as president, he said we should talk to Iran. We’re still talking, and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning.” Romney also mentioned “relaxing sanctions against Cuba,” and “abandon[ing] our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments.” He also made insinuations about coming down strong on Russia: “ ...after the election. Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.”

What is all this supposed to mean? As we saw on Romney’s brief excursion overseas, Romney can’t trust himself to open his mouth without putting his foot in it and causing other governments and people to take offense at what he says. He appears to be totally unable to consider the words he uses and the ramifications of what he says before he speaks.

We even saw this when he spoke to friendly Americans on the welcoming committee in Pittsburgh by saying that their cookies came from 7-Eleven.

Who knows how many wars he would provoke with his thoughtless comments and vague speechifying. Foreign policy is just one more area in which his presidency would be a disaster for our country.

Nancy Natale

Easthampton

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