The Washington Times - July 24, 2012, 08:45AM

A surrogate for the Romney campaign blasted President Obama on Tuesday, accusing the president of not standing up to support Israel or condemn Russia for its support of the current Syrian regime.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, told CNN’s “Starting Point” that he thinks the world is “more volatile than ever” because Mr. Obama has done too little to prevent a nuclear Iran or flex his muscles against Russia, which has clashed with the U.S. on issues of missile defense and the proposed removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


Mr. Chaffetz supported assertions by Mr. Romney that Russia is the U.S.’s “number-one geopolitical foe” and dismissed notions that developments in recent years such as toppled regimes in Libya and Egypt and the killing of Osama bin Laden could give the president an edge on foreign policy this election season.

“I think there’s a lot more that could be done, and I don’t think it’s necessarily a win for President Obama going into the election,” Mr. Chaffetz said.

Mr. Romney has also accused Mr. Obama of failing to support Israel against its Middle East foes and has criticized the president for not visiting the country during his first term. The president has said he will visit during his second term.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee will embark on a tour this week of Great Britain, Israel and Poland, and has said that Israel would be his first foreign stop if he is elected president.