Tim Johnson critical of both candidates' stands on foreign policy

Tim Johnson critical of both candidates' stands on foreign policy

WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson was critical of both candidates' stands on foreign policy made during Monday night's debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

"I have been greatly impressed by Gov. Romney in his previous performances in these debates, but when it comes to the foreign policy positions expressed by both he and President Obama, I must take exception," Johnson said in a written release.

Johnson said the United States has "over-extended our stay overseas both financially and diplomatically."

"I'm not sure our relationship in any country with which we are engaged is any stronger than it was four years ago," Johnson said. "In the Middle East, in particular, we have spent billions of dollars and lost thousands of people and to what end?

"In Afghanistan alone we've spent some $643 billion, lost over 2,000 soldiers and the country remains in chaos while the House of Representatives still can't pass a $33 billion Farm Bill.

"Our priorities are backward. We should be nation-building at home, not in the graveyards of oppressive empires."


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johnny wrote on October 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Maybe Tim and Ron Paul can start their own island nation off the coast of Texas.

rsp wrote on October 23, 2012 at 12:10 am

I think Tim has forgotten who put us over there and who is bringing us home. 

EL YATIRI wrote on October 23, 2012 at 7:10 am
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The real Tim seems to have been unleashed since his "retirement".  I like him better as an independent.

pk1187 wrote on October 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

I like this Tim Johnson better as well. I think that's why he's really retiring. The crazy wingnuts in charge of the party are pushing him out because he doesn't want to give in to their no taxes, invade Iran, invade Syria, no healthcare, and cut all spending except defense plans.