(WASHINGTON TIMES) LEXINGTON, Va. — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that President Obama has embraced a passive foreign policy that retreats from the bipartisan consensus that has governed for generations, and said that under Mr. Obama the United States no longer shapes events on the global stage.

Speaking at the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Romney said in his campaign’s first major address on foreign policy that the world wants a strong America to underpin a stable world order, but said that with Mr. Obama in the White House, U.S. allies have been left wondering how the country will react. Too often, Mr. Romney said, the Obama administration has failed to take the lead in shaping events overseas that could threaten American interests or allies.

“Hope is not a strategy,” the former Massachusetts governor told the audience here.


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