Clearly last night Romney had no new ideas, no plans on Foreign Affairs.
As far as I could tell the only difference between his positions and those of Obama are geographical, and not very realistic.
Despite twice locating Mali in the Mid East last night, the reality is that no 'projection of American strength' would move that poor country from its currrent location - close to the west coast of Africa (and yes Palin-lovers, I do mean the continent, not the country) and into the Mid-East.
Nor could any amount of bluster turn Syria into Iran's 'path to the sea'. Iran of course already has a lot of beach front property on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. And it has no border with Syria. Some Path.
Romney did win the style category (only) in the first debate. Obama won all three debates on substance, and the latter two on style. Not that the "balanced" media are able to admit that. At least the public could see it. For partisan "pros" like Joe Scarborough, all that matters is the facade.