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I can't remember a time when I didn't know what the Republican foreign policy was because it was pretty obvious 10 years ago. Foreign policy has barely been mentioned in the past GOP debates, with good reason, this election will be about the state of the economy.

I know it's got to be something other, than “I will listen to what my generals tell me to do" or the exact opposite of what President Obama is doing. Every so often, we hear conservatives wanting us to get out of the United Nations but when an incident occurs, we always rely on the United Nation's authority whether it's on the invasion of Iraq or setting up a “no-fly zone" in Libya. I understand that the U.N. critics want us to maintain our independence and rely on our reasoning, rather than look for a slow grinding diplomatic resolution. Well, we can't on one hand abandon the U.N. and on the other hand, use violations of a UN resolution as a reason to invade a country. I believe that every United States citizen knows that when push comes to shove, and time is of the essence that we will always rely on the brain trust of the Pentagon and the commander in chief. We will do what we have to, much like we we use our NSA warrantless surveillance system. We will give the U.N. all the details when we're finished.

The leading contender for the GOP nomination, Herman Cain told PBS's Judy Woodruff Monday that China has "indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capability." Huh? China's had nuclear weapons since 1964, along with the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, India, Pakistan and North Korea. Israel won't come out and declare that it has nuclear weapons, but it's, belief that they do. Mr. Cain may not need to know the name of the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, as he stated, but he should know a lot more about foreign policy that he does now. Being folksy is not a substitute for knowledge.

I don't know where the Republican foreign policy will come from. Will it come from Congress or the eventual presidential nominee? Recently 11 Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut — have asked the committee’s chairman, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s announcement that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year.... I still don't know why the Republicans didn't object when President George W. Bush negotiated the Status of Forces Agreement way back in 2008.

Republicans were all- over -the- map on the Libya issue, especially Newt Gingrich, the hawks said we have should've gone in earlier put boots on the ground to remove Omar Qaddafi. Others have said that the president should've gone through Congress, yet they understood what the president was doing but most were relatively quiet when Omar Qaddafi was captured, and NATO withdrew the forces allowing the rebels to take over.

Mitt Romney did release a 44-page foreign policy white paper, "An American Century," earlier this month. He also announced a 22-member foreign policy team, many of whom are veterans of the George W. Bush administration.) I don't think he stands a chance against a president where 64 percent of adults approve of his handling of terrorism. I believe Obama's foreign policy is "multilateral if I can, unilateral if I must."

I believe one of the next rounds of GOP debates will be about foreign policy. The candidates should be asked their opinions about the continued use of drones in Pakistan and Yemen, the role of the 100 Special Forces in Uganda, because being 100% in alignment with Israel is not a broad-based foreign policy. I would like to hear their thoughts now that Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to get his cabinet to back an unilateral attack on Iran.