In wide-ranging foreign policy address, Mitt Romney accused President Obama of a lack of forceful leadership in the Middle East 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.” The Obama campaign fired back, releasing a new television ad that blasted Romney’s foreign policy credentials and said his ‘‘gaffe-filled’’ European tour in July showed his ‘‘reckless’’ and ‘‘amateurish’’ approach to international issues.
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