September 28th, 2009
03:47 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney says he wants to return to Iraq and Afghanistan

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(CNN) - Mitt Romney says he wants to return to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eric Fehrnstrom, an adviser for the the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, tells CNN that "we are working through the appropriate channels to make this happen."

"I'm going to Afghanistan and Iraq in a couple of months," Romney declared in an interview published Sunday in the Washington Examiner. "I'll get an assessment of what's happening there and what the prospects are. But I certainly would support our troops with the additional troops which are being called for by General McChrystal, and provide the equipment and the manpower and the budgetary support which our troops deserve."

McChrystal is the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. He said Sunday that he wants more troops and a new strategy - but most importantly, he wants to win the battle for the hearts and the minds of the people in the war-torn country.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Sunday that the administration is in the process of evaluating its Afghanistan strategy, and once it is confident the strategy is right, it will address the question of additional resources.

Romney, along with two other governors, visited Iraq and Afghanistan in May of 2006, as part of a Department of Defense sponsored trip.

This past weekend Romney, who may make another run at the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, had sharp words for President Barack Obama's handling of foreign relations. At the biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island Michigan, Romney said that the president is "above" the world stage and acting too much as a "neutral arbiter" who uses only words to tell other nations what's right and what's wrong.

The previous weekend, Romney also criticized Obama on national security matters at the Value Voters Summit, an annual gathering of social conservatives held in the nation's capitol.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • Mitt Romney
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. RLE

    John canada don't feel sorry for us this the most intelligent and best leadership we have had in the past 8 years and we are loving it, finally a president who knows what he is doing and has the intellect to lead...

    September 28, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. paul mooney

    not let's see..... a few years ago we all went to the movies to see Charlie Wilson's War about how he lobbied to get all those weapons to the fighters so they could defeat the Russians. It worked and Russia went home.Now our troops are being killed by those same weapons and the defense department now wants to send more troops to be slaughtered. Why are we there again?

    September 28, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. katiec

    If he goes, which will be just for advertisement, not once cent of taxpayer money should go for his trip, his protection, his photo ops.
    He is a private citizen and has no business being there. The only
    worse person I can think of representing our country is Palin.
    These republicans will do anything to get the headlines.
    And, of course, CNN complies with glee.

    September 28, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Robin

    Got to love the Liberal Hate. It is in full bloom today.

    September 28, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging and least you Rightwing NUTS forget, Bush had 47 Czars

    Can Mitt Romney just enlist in the army and fight the war there and NOT return?!....We dont need more troops; we will already have more troops by elisting Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, GW Bush, Darth Vader Ms. Dick Cheney and all of the supposedly "70,000" plus tea baggers that showed up on the klan rally on 9/12!!!

    That will be more than the 40,000 troops Gen. McCrystal is asking for!!!! – Enough of these wars; defend and save the American economy first!

    That's the real America 1st!!

    September 28, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. MikeMaz

    And we would care why? Why do politicians, who are no longer in office, Rep and Dem, think we want them traveling to Iraq or Afghanistan. He acts like he is some important person.

    September 28, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Rob

    Starting November 2010 and for a long time afterwards, Dems will be lucky if they can get elected garbage collectors. They are well on their way to losing control of both the House and the Senate in 2010, and by 2012 Obama's flubs, blunders, indecisiveness and kowtowing to radical libs will ensure that no Dem will become president for a long, long time to come.

    Don't worry America, REAL change is coming, starting in 2010.

    September 28, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Good !
    Mitt Romney should take all five of his Sons with him .
    None have done any military or public service.

    September 28, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Angi's Mom

    Let's assess that we need to bring our troops home. I'm not interested in sacrificing an American soldier to "win the battle for the hearts and the minds of the people in the war-torn country". Pretty words for an ugly war.

    September 28, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    What for? Is he going to throw a rock at the enemy while all the soldiers have to put their lives on the line to protect him. If your not needed then you politicians stay the hades out. From a veteran of three wars.

    September 28, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Bush's "Suck"cess: My Pet Goat, Mission Accomplished & Heckuva Job Brownie

    And he'll fly there by virtue of his magic underpants.

    September 28, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. pa. independent

    Maybe his magic underwear can get him there!

    September 28, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Buffalo

    So Mitt Romney served in the Gulf War? He can return for my son; three tours are enough.

    September 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Florida Joe

    Good............Tell him to stay........What an idiot

    September 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. suzyku

    Good! Let him stay there as long as he can bring along a ton of hairspray!

    September 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. felicia

    I believe the repigs are making the country unsafe why is all of a sudden they want to run over to iraq all of a sudden. They did nothing for the last 8 years now they want to work. The repigs are worser then terrorist.

    September 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    My disapproval of Romney is not "Liberal Hate" – it is anger born of having lived through 8 years of Republican lies, distortion and putting Party ahead of Country.

    Romney is just another stuffed shirt vying for the attention of the Republican "base". No substance, just a lot of ego and ambition.

    September 28, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. We Love our President!

    When did Mitt Romney get elected president of the United States? And when did his opionion start having any meaning?

    September 28, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Peggy -TX

    Romney – Yes, you were the best qualified of all the Republicans running in the last primary. Yu did not get the nomination and McCAin was a disappointment and some may be having buyers reporse. hech you could not even get VP canidate slot. Do you really beloive that the repiblicans – full of hate and prejudice- would really elect a Morman – ever. Sure they will use you to condemn our current President – after all YOU are expendable. Wake up and smell the coffee. Either run as an independant or change your job profession becasue right now you are a JOKE and you are making a fool of your self going to Iraq and acting like that some how makes you qualified to slam our President.

    Very unpatrotic of you – shame on you.

    September 28, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Cyrus

    Are you sure? They don't have bullet proof vests to protect your hair and suit.

    September 28, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. wendy

    sounds great. as long as we buy him a one way ticket!!!

    September 28, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Ryan M.

    Mitt, Isn't it a little early to be sizing up the Oval Office? We haven't even made it a year into the President's 4-year term. Time to take a chill pill and let the administration do its job... You are living in a delusional world if you think that you're the President in waiting.

    September 28, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Video Guy

    I would hate to see one of our soldiers coming into harms way for a Grand Standing citizen.

    September 28, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. An Ex-NC-Pub

    Quick, get him and Beck a helmet and a gun...

    September 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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