Transcript: Mitt Romney’s remarks on Syria

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Excerpts from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute on Oct. 8, 2012: 

“The President has also failed to lead in Syria, where more than 30,000 men, women, and children have been massacred by the Assad regime over the past 20 months. Violent extremists are flowing into the fight. Our ally Turkey has been attacked. And the conflict threatens stability in the region.”

“In Syria, I’ll work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and then ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets.

“Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them.

“We should be working no less vigorously with our international partners to support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran—rather than sitting on the sidelines.

“It’s essential that we develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the Middle East.”

“The greater tragedy of it all is that we’re missing an historic opportunity to win new friends who share our values in the Middle East—friends who are fighting for their own futures against the very same violent extremists, and evil tyrants, and angry mobs who seek to harm us.

“Unfortunately, so many of these people who could be our friends feel that our President is indifferent to their quest for freedom and dignity. As one Syrian woman put it, ‘We will not forget that you forgot about us.'”

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