Obama still enjoys a political advantage over Mitt Romney on national security. But as violence grips the Mideast, the president is coming under new scrutiny
The anti-U.S. protests that have swept the Muslim world in the last week have triggered aggressive GOP attacks on President Obama's foreign policy. Obama's 2008 opponent, Sen. John McCain, blamed rioting at U.S. diplomatic posts on Obama's policy of "disengagement" from the region, including troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The campaign of Obama's current GOP rival, Mitt Romney, said the Mideast turmoil exposes the failure of Obama's "outreach efforts in the Middle East and North Africa," and the loss of America's ability to influence the governments of the Muslim world.