Why did Romney say that Syria is Iran's "route to the sea"?

...when 1) Iraq stands between Syria and Iran, and 2) Iran already has the Persian Gulf, not to mention the Indian Sea?
Update: Oh, I get it, first 1) knock over Iraq too, and 2) maintain a Mediterranean Sea fleet. Yes, rise of New Persia Empire.
Update 2: Never mind that Russia has its own plans for that region.
Update 3: jaker, oh that's it.
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