(Romney dropped out of the Republican presidential contest on Feb. 7, 2008, following disappointing results in the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday primary contests.)
Romney told Human Events in a December 2006 interview that the U.S. invasion of Iraq has not gone as smoothly as the government had hoped for, but that he believes that progress is happening. Among all of the talk about troop withdrawals from the country, Romney stands firm that Iraq must be stabilized to the point that outside influences cannot invade the country and cause civil unrest before any troops can be withdrawn. He believes that it is in America's national security interests to create a strong central government and military rather than divide the country up into smaller sub-states. Without any clear pull out date nor a time table for withdrawal, Romney plans for standby troop support in and around Iraq for some time, citing Iraq's presence in context to what's happening in the Middle East and around the world.
Romney's campaign Web site: Romney criticized the U.S. House of Representatives vote on setting a timetable to withdraw from Iraq, May 23, 2007.
YouTube Video: Romney discusses America's national security interests in stabilizing Iraq with Larry King on CNN.
YouTube Video: Romney talks about his plans to place a strong, central government and military in Iraq at a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.
YouTube Video: At a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Romney discusses the threat of Global Jihad and other Middle Eastern threats in addition to the war in Iraq.
— Las Vegas Sun intern Jenna Kohler and new media managing editor Dave Toplikar compiled this report.