Kevin Robillard
October 8, 2012

Ahead of Mitt Romney’s major foreign policy speech slated for Monday, a top foreign policy hand on the Republican’s presidential campaign insisted Al Qaeda was on the rise in the Middle East despite the death of Osama bin Laden

“Just because bin Laden is dead doesn’t mean Al Qaeda’s not on the rise,” Dan Senor said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “If you look throughout the Middle East today and throughout North Africa, Al Qaeda’s on the rise.”

In a speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney will try to deliver a more detailed foreign policy critique of the president, linking the assault in Libya to the civil war in Syria and Iranian progress toward a nuclear weapon. All, Romney will argue, are the result of Obama administration weakness.

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