President Bashar Assad

White House hopeful Mitt Romney addresses a small-business roundtable discussion at Endural, a manufacturer of plastic containers, on July 23, 2012 in Costa Mesa, Calif. (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

Australian Foreign Minister Tells Romney United States ‘In Decline’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is moving away from his preferred issue — the economy — and into military and foreign policy, a realm usually viewed as the home turf of the incumbent.