Governor Romney, you said this was an example of an Americanpolicy in the Middle East that is unraveling before our very eyes. I'dlike to hear each of you give your thoughts on that.Governor Romney, you won the toss. You go first.
Thank you, Bob, and thank you for agreeing tomoderate this debate this evening. Thank you to Lynn Universityfor welcoming us here, and Mr. President, it's good to be with youagain. We were together at a humorous event a little earlier, andit's nice to maybe be funny this time not on purpose. We'll seewhat happens. (Laughter.)This is obviously an area of great concern to the entire world andto America in particular, which is to see a — a complete change inthe — the — the structure and the — the environment in theMiddle East. With the Arab Spring came a great deal of hope thatthere would be a change towards more moderation andopportunity for greater participation on the part of women and —and public life and in economic life in the Middle East.But instead we've seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events. Of course, we see in Syria 30,000 civilianshaving been killed by the military there. We see in — in — in Libyaan attack apparently by — well, I think we know now by terroristsof some kind against — against our people there, four peopledead. Our hearts and minds go to them. Mali has been taken over,the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals. We have in— in Egypt a Muslim Brotherhood president. And so what we're seeing is a — a — a pretty dramatic reversal inthe kind of hopes we had for that region. Of course, the greatestthreat of all is Iran, four years closer to a nuclear weapon. And —and we're going to have to recognize that we have to do as thepresident has done. I congratulate him on — on taking out Osamabin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida. But we can'tkill our way out of this mess.