WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blamed US President Barack Obama for a "lack of leadership" on the crisis in Syria on Thursday and accused him of abdicating the US role to the United Nations.
Romney turned the UN Security Council's failure to approve a Western-backed resolution threatening sanctions against the Syrian regime into an assault on Obama's foreign policy. Russia and China resisted US pressure and vetoed the resolution.
"While Russia and Iran have rushed to support (Syrian President) Bashar Assad and thousands have been slaughtered, President Obama has abdicated leadership and subcontracted US policy to Kofi Annan and the United Nations," Romney said in a statement.
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