In a speech later Monday, Mitt Romney is expected to call for a "change of course" in the Middle East.
Romney will be speaking at the Virginia Military Institute, giving the first hints of his foreign policy agenda.
Based on excerpts of his speech released by the campaign, Romney is expected to criticize President Obama's reaction to both the Arab Spring and to the Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
“The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East — a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century. And the fault lines of this struggle can be seen clearly in Benghazi itself,” the excerpts say.
Romney's speech continues:
“The attack on our Consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012 was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001. This latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting Islam, despite the Administration’s attempts to convince us of that for so long. No, as the Administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the West.”
Romney has questioned Obama's response to the Libya attack before. The day after the attack, Romney claimed Obama and his administration "sympathize with those who waged the attacks."
On Syria, Romney is expected to say in his speech that he would not only support the Syrian rebel mission, but arm and train them. The Obama administration has not provided arms to the rebels.
Another excerpt from his speech reads, "I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets."
According to the Telegraph, Romney will also be putting Iran "on notice," saying that the US and their allies "will prevent [Iran] from acquiring nuclear-weapons capability."
Romney's speech will act as a precursor to the upcoming second presidential debate on Oct. 16, where foreign policy will be a main issue.
Following the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, Romney saw a small bump in the polls. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, Romney picked up 2 more points, putting him at 45 points to Obama's 47.