The Foreign Policy Adviser Mitt Romney Threw Under The Bus

| Tue Jan. 17, 2012 3:56 PM EST
2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

If you watched Monday's Republican debate in South Carolina, you might have noticed that brief moment when Mitt Romney threw one of his foreign policy advisers under the bus.

When the discussion turned to the Afghan War, one of the Fox News moderators mentioned that one of Romney's advisers had written frankly about the grim reality of negotiating with the Taliban. When asked if he believed his own advisor was wrong on the subject, the Republican front-runner responded with a definitive and dismissive "yes."

The right course for America is not to negotiate with the Taliban when the Taliban are killing our soldiers. The right course is to recognize they're the enemy of the United States. It's the vice president who said they're not the enemy of the United States...The right course for us is to strengthen the Afghan military force so they can reject the Taliban. Think what it says to the people in Afghanistan and the military in Afghanistan, when we're asking them to stand up and fight to protect the sovereignty of their people, if they see us, their ally, turning and negotiating with the...Taliban.

Romney also reassured the South Carolina audience of just how tough he would be as commander in chief, saying, "of course you take out our enemies, wherever they are. [The Taliban] declared war on us... We go anywhere they are, and we kill them."

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