The Straits Times
Published on Aug 30, 2012

Romney can deliver US from overseas, domestic threats: Rice


TAMPA, Florida (AFP) - Former United States (US) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday hailed Mr Mitt Romney as the leader who can rescue America from foreign and domestic threats that she said have flourished during Mr Barack Obama's presidency.

The former top US diplomat said the Democratic president has abdicated responsibility in global crises where US leadership was needed - most recently in the Middle East.

"We have seen that the desire for liberty is universal as people in the Middle East rise up to seize it," said Ms Rice. "Yet the promise of the Arab Spring is engulfed in uncertainty and hostile neighbours."

Other foreign policy failures span the globe, she said "from Israel to Colombia, from Poland to the Philippines."