These are easy things to knock out of the park and he is blubbering on about random points on the backwardness on Muslims civilization.
I think that the issue is that the media has turned the war in Iraq into a second Vietnam in the American public’s eyes. To talk about going into Iran like Iraq and do nation building is a losing proposition.
So I think what he’s trying to say is that the only way that the ME is going to come out of their backward ways is if they pull themselves out of their 11th century mindset. And that if they do want that, US foreign policy should be to assist.
I think that’s a hopelessly optimistic idea, but I think that’s what he’s trying to say.
You can afford to let the ME pull itself out of the 11th century if:
1. The US becomes the pre-eminent energy exporter in the world over the next decade, and
2. You vow to support Israel in every way you can.
Unlike Obama, Mitt’s domestic economic policy dovetails with his foreign policy.