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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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  • 8 years ago
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    This is no gaffe. This is not a case of Romney being ignorant of geography, it's a case of the so-called "fact checkers" being ignorant of the trade routes now being used as a result of sanctions.

    Romney was speaking in the context of the debate topic on foreign policy and the sanctions restricting the finances and trade of Iran. Although Iran is indeed located on the seacoast of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, the international trade sanctions have restricted and impeded its ability to transport armaments and other goods through its own seaports. To defeat these trade sanctions, Iran has resorted to using its air transportation to transport goods through an air corridor in Iraqi airspace into Syria and its seaports, such as Latakia.

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  • 4 years ago

    Route to the ocean, is just not literally THE route to the ocean for Iran. You have got to come off the top and dig down to find the gold. The facts “it is most of the time well-known that Syria presents Iran strategic basing/staging access to the Mediterranean as good as to terrorist proxies within the Levant. It is a gigantic cause why Iran invests so much in Syria.” The Globe noted that “considering that Iran borders the sea, it appears to be an peculiar claim that Syria is Iran’s route to the ocean.” The newspaper famous that Iran is competent to reach the Mediterranean by way of the Suez Canal. However it said that “Romney’s comments are more accurate than they first seem,” citing a news file that Iran used to be building an army base in Syria and quoting an educated on the value of Syria to Iran. We also checked with other professionals, many of whom confessed to being puzzled via Romney’s comments. Tehran definitely uses Syria to provide the militant corporations Hezbollah and Hamas, however that has little to do with the water. The connection with Syria might additionally comfortably permit Iran to assignment its energy to the Mediterranean and the border with Israel.

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  • 8 years ago

    Apparently he plans to learn geography after he invades Iran or Syria.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I'm sure he meant that Iran is Syria's route to the sea and that is why Syria wants to be friendly with Iran.

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  • 8 years ago

    According to the right, Romney looked very Presidential and let Americans know, he knew what he was talking about, yet he didn't seem to even understand geography.

    I think Bush had that problem to, he didn't know where India was on a map.

    oh well righties hate education, I see why now, its over their heads.

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