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Mitt Romney rips President Obama on Mideast

Obama’s camp calls rival reckless

LEXINGTON, Va. — In a wide-ranging foreign policy address, Mitt Romney accused President Obama of a lack of forceful leadership in the Mideast on Monday, saying that a waning of American resolve in the region has made it a more dangerous place.

‘‘It is time to change course in the Middle East,’’ Romney said, adding that he knows ‘‘the president hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds.’’

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