Romney: Obama has failed in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press | March 18, 2012 | 10:06 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens to a question during a campaign stop Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Collinsville, Ill. Romney wrapped up a shortened campaign trip to Puerto Rico on Saturday in favor of spending more time in Illinois, where polls have shown him slightly ahead of chief rival Rick Santorum. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed in Afghanistan.

The Republican presidential hopeful told "Fox News Sunday" that the president is partly to blame for the chaos there and should have been "more engaged" with military commanders and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Romney has emerged as the only GOP candidate not to question the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan, even as polls show that most Americans want to end it.

Administration officials say leaving behind a stable Afghanistan has been a top priority for the president. Obama plans to pull troops out by the end of 2014.

Romney said any U.S. withdrawal should be determined by military commanders. At the same time, he said, Afghans should be taking more responsibility for security because "we're not going to stay there forever."