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Romney Hits Obama on Iran, Syria, Before Overseas Trip

Mitt Romney, heading for a six-day trip overseas to bolster his foreign policy credentials, accused President Barack Obama of weakening the U.S., blaming him for leaks of security secrets, dangerous defense-spending cuts and mistreatment of allies including Israel.

In a wide-ranging speech before he departed for England, the presumed Republican presidential nominee called for a tougher U.S. negotiating stance with Iran to cripple its nuclear program. He said a special counsel is needed to investigate what he called politically motivated disclosures of national security information by Obama’s aides.