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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 07:42 AM
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Foreign Policy Magazine: Romney flunks foreign policy ... again
Romney flunks foreign policy ... again
November 1, 2011

In a remarkable statement of foreign policy myopia and domestic political pandering, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last week that the United States should largely subordinate its Middle East policy-making to Israel. In response to a reporter's question about moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Romney said (my emphasis):

The actions that I will take will be actions recommended and supported by Israeli leaders. I don't seek to take actions independent of what our allies think is best, and if Israel's leaders thought that a move of that nature would be helpful to their efforts, then that's something I'll be inclined to do. But again, that's a decision which I would look to the Israeli leadership to help guide. I don't think America should play the role of the leader of the peace process, instead we should stand by our ally. Again, my inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel, as to where our facilities and embassies would exist.

This statement is especially remarkable in light of Romney's earlier statements emphasizing the importance of U.S. leadership in world affairs. In his speech at The Citadel in early October, he said:

God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place, and liberty and prosperity would surely be among the first casualties.

Yet when it comes to the Middle East, Romney seems to think the United States should not exercise leadership, but instead do pretty much whatever Israel's leaders want.


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Firebrand Gary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 07:45 AM
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1. Talk about lead from behind? WTF? Really?
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 07:48 AM
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2. flip-flop
He was wearing the Official Shoes of the Republican Party
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 07:54 AM
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3. Finding New Hampshire on a road atlas is the extent of his foreign policy
He is worthless.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 07:57 AM
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4. I like the implication that God DID create other countries to be followers (either that, or...)
...or maybe he thinks God didn't create those other countries, but only ours. Cause, you know, God likes us better than them.
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