nato is preparing to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to gwen. >> ifill: we turn to the presidential campaign, which has taken a bit of a pause in sandy's aftermath. with the election only a week away, the devastating east coast storm forced both candidates off the stump today. they focused, instead, on disaster relief, with mitt romney in ohio collecting canned foods and bottled water, and the president making a quick afternoon visit to red cross headquarters in washington. >> the most important message i have for them is that america is is with you. we are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet. >> ifill: romney also spoke of the need to help storm victims. >> i appreciate your generosity. it's part of the american spirit. the american way to give to people who are in need. and your generosity this morning touches my heart. >> ifill: the romney campaign announced he will resume campaigning tomorrow. the president will remain of
pressed financially, so you saw in libya in 2011 he pushed britain and france ut toeadersh of that nato operation to take down colonel kadafy. so very different world views. i think all the agreement last night shouldn't mask the fact that we have a real choice on november 6. >> woodruff: richard haas, how do you size up the two after last night? and how do you see those differences? >> well, actually i thought the sim layers were greater than the differences. that to me was in some ways the most striking part of the debate. both also, as ambassador burns pointed out, emphasized the integral, the cose linkage between what we want to do abroad and what it is we're doing here at home, that essentially foreign policy can only be successful abroad if we have the resource space and if we can set an example to the world. both of them emphasized that point. they both also emphasized a lot the middle east. there i thought what was interesting wasn't so much what they do but what they wouldn't do. both candidates talked about the limits to the american involvement, say, in syria. they talked abo
and nato other than involving itself. >> warner: that gets to my question very quickly. how does this get resolved if that's the case? >> from turkish perspective it's not going to be resolved as long as bashar al-assad is in damascus. this is the same view of the europeans and the americans. and if the conflict continues like thatit'soing to troll the neighborhood. it's inevitable. i was not surprised by this. already the war is spilling over to lebanon and we've seen violence in lebanon. now spilling over to turkey and iraq. it ininevitable this war is going to drag the neighbors into it. we've seen tension rising between the turks and iranians. turkey and iran are competing to shape the future of syria just as they are competing to shape the future in iraq. this conflict will continue and unless there's an intervention to end the regime in damascus it will be conflagration. >> warner: quick final thoht? >> well, i think we all-- the turks, the americans, the europeans-- have to adjust our policies for the future. bashar al-assad will go but he won't go any time soon.
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