Poor Mitt Romney – born with TWO silver feet in his mouth!!!
Rushing in where Angels fear to tread…
Shooting first and aiming later…
Romney is proving AGAIN how lacking he is on Foreign Policy. Mitt Romney is the kind of guy who will send you a blue set of booties soon as he learns you are in labor – without waiting to learn the sex of the baby! No wonder he’s gone off and shot himself in the foot – AGAIN!
And why not? He’s Mitt Romney. IN HIS MIND Romney thinks he is the ANTI Henry Kissinger of foreign policy. Kissinger, a German Jew, was a former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State (1969-1977) under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Kissinger pioneered the policy of detente with the Soviet Union. He orchestrated the opening of relations with China. Kissinger negotiated the Peace Accords in Paris, France that ended American involvement in the Vietnam War. Instead of missiles, Kissinger used the CIA, covert operations and coups to destabilize governments. IF you HAVE do it, I prefer the covert way.
Romney went to England and offended the Brits. Didn’t get it. He went to Israel and offended Palestinians and Muslims. Didn’t get it either. Now he’s offending even his fellow Republicans. Some of them are criticizing Romney for making an inflammatory statement BEFORE he has all the facts…while others are just IGNORING him and making their own non-inflammatory statements.
Can you imagine if ROMNEY was president. He’d have immediately launched missiles against Libya without even knowing WHERE to aim them.
Romney learns that demonstrators in Egypt are storming the embassy in Cairo Tuesday, (9/11/2012). Some campaign aide no doubt informs Romney that the U.S Embassy in Egypt is “apologizing” for something and without checking his facts, he turns and starts shooting. Blanks!
Romney’s argument goes like this. The staffers IN the U.S. embassy are under attack. There is an angry mob outside the embassy, chanting, scaling the walls and burning the U.S. flag. So the embassy staff should take a hard line. Stand on principle (Romney changes HIS daily), defy the protesters and send out this Tweet: “I will defend free speech and to hell with you!”
THAT’s how Romney and some of his cronies wanted the embassy and the U.S. to react. The embassy staffers, (being a lot smarter than Mitt Romney and those hard-line Republicans), since it is their lives at stake and NOT Romney’s, decide that they are outnumbered, so they will play it cool and NOT pour gas on that fire!
Somebody should ASK Romney: Say you are holed up in your Lake Winnipesaukee summer mansion in New Hampshire with your sons and grand-kids. Some disgruntled ex-employees – from a company that Romney’s firm Bain Capital took over and fired – show up threatening violence. They are upset over a film they saw showing how Bain took over their old employer, gutted the company, fired workers here, shipped jobs overseas and made millions in profits. Would Romney tell these trigger-happy, on-the-edge ticking time bombs to:
(a) Go to hell, this is how capitalism works, get over it…OR
(b) Wave a white flag and try to see how you can work with them to address their grievances, maybe find them jobs at Bain?
Based on Romney’s reaction, he would do (a). But we know that if it was his family, he would NOT stand on principles, would he? He would choose option (b) just like the embassy did! Like the rest of us would do when it’s OUR butts on the line!
See the problem with Mitt Romney? Unless of course he would REALLY stand on principle and put his family’s life in jeopardy?…which is equally or even MORE troubling!
If I was Mitt Romney, I’d have CALLED the White House and talked (or tried to talk) to President Obama. I’d say: “Mr. President, I just heard about a serious situation over in the Middle East. Is there anything you can tell me about that? Anything I can do?”
Heck NO. Romney sees this as an opportunity to SHORE UP his sagging ratings, to SHOW how TOUGH he is on NOTHING, to show “Conservatives” that yes, he can indeed be FEISTY (even when there is NO NEED to BE feisty) and latches onto the TREE – forgetting about the FOREST!!!
I’m supposing President Obama would be pleased at this approach. He may tell Mr. Romney, we don’t have all the details yet, but…share whatever he CAN. The President might arrange for some follow up as details unfold. Or he could shut Romney out.
THEN, Romney could be a statesman and tell the press: I just called the White House and talked to President Obama and here is what he told me…we don’t have all the details yet, but he promised to let me know OR the President refused to give me any information…or even to talk to me.
See the difference?
But NO. This is one of the RARE occasions when Mitt Romney just has to BE himself – and whenever he IS himself, it is not pretty!
ALL he sees is an opening to posture and show how tough he is on the world stage so he grabs the ball and runs blindly with it expecting a touchdown only to find he’s run the ball into the other teams end zone/territory! Way to go Mr. Romney! Score 6 points for Obama, Romney Zero.
Romney tried to portray the President as weak on foreign policy. Yeah, two warships are heading to that area and a team of rapid response marines are on site.
While Romney was sputtering in outrage over Obama’s stance, wondering why the U.S. was not already battering Libya…Libyans were expressing their outrage, holding signs in support of America (how often do you see that in the Arab world?) and both the Libyan government and citizens were pledging to work with America to get to the bottom of the attacks and maintain order. (Or so they claim).
So what set Romney off? The US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt did what embassies do when they spot trouble…diffuse tension so we don’t fight everybody. The Cairo embassy tried to pour water on the fire by criticizing and distancing itself and America from Florida pastor Terry Jones. The extremist right wing Christian fundamentalist NUT is promoting a film meant to deliberately rile Muslims. And of course, some Muslims took the bait! If they don’t react, this jerk does not win…
Most Americans don’t support that loony pastor and his nonsense and the embassy was RIGHT to distance and disassociate themselves from this Christian extremism. Plus the statement came from the embassy, NOT the White House – or so the government says.
Romney however, thinks the White house is apologizing TO the demonstrators for attacking the embassy – DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO YOU? Well it makes sense to Mitt Romney and thus he takes his John Lobbs and stuffs both of them into his mouth! (I just assume he had 2-thousand-dollars worth of loafers in his mouth!)
President Obama: “There’s a broader lesson to be learned here, and, you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later…as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. It’s important for you to make sure that the statements you make are backed up by the facts, and that you thought through the ramifications before you make them.”
Of course there IS a broader lesson to be learned here:
- This is a CLEAR example of the CONTRASTS between Romney and Obama and the TYPE of leadership you want in the White House.
- Do you want “Quick Draw Romney” who will REACT first and ASK QUESTIONS LATER? (Remember when Romney criticized Obama for NOT bombing Iran like the Israelis wanted – WHILE the Israeli leader and President Obama were discussing the matter at the White House?)
- Do you want HARD-LINE (what I call the “Go to Hell – F— you” Republican attitude OR do you want a more conciliatory approach?
- Do you believe America should take a Hard Line in the Middle East or be friendly with ALL the countries where possible?
- Do you want someone who will annoy the Russians and the Chinese, try to ride roughshod over them and see how far America gets (since these two countries will just lie down and roll over when faced with Republican arrogance) OR do you want someone who will try to get concessions?
- OR maybe you see past what fellow Republicans describe as Mitt Romney’s: “Pre-existing Political Calculation” for what it is?
By Tuesday afternoon, the violence spreads to Libya where 4 Americans including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, would later die in the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city. Now the unrest has spread to Yemen.
This is NOT a situation for political bickering. This is a time for unity. Obama or Romney – ONE of them is going to be the next president. But until voters decide who will take over in January 2013, America has only ONE commander-in-chief…and that is not Mitt Romney.
The provocative film that’s reportedly responsible for sparking anti U.S. protests in Libya and Egypt:“Innocence of Muslims” is reportedly made by Sam Bacile, a so-called Israeli filmaker living in California. But there appear to be many doubts about Bacile…and WHO he is.
A defiant Bacile says Islam is a cancer and his film is intended as a provocative political statement condemning Islam.
More than 100 Jewish donors chipped in to make the 5-million-dollar film…which claims Muhammad is a fraud.
WHY DOES RELIGION START SO MANY WARS — AND SPAWN SO MUCH HATE?