Another sign that the issue of American support for Israel, unto another war, is going to be politicized this campaign season. Romney says he’ll do “the opposite” to Obama on Israel. And that’s the headline! The Associated Press reports:
Standing in front of his campaign tour bus, Mitt Romney on Saturday told religious conservatives he would do “the opposite” of what President Barack Obama has done on Israel.
…Romney took some time out of his tour to address religious conservatives at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington via video uplink, telling the crowd he believes the president is more concerned about Israel attacking Iran than he is about Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. His hawkish speech was the first time he’s discussed policy toward Israel at length since becoming the likely Republican presidential nominee.
“I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite,” Romney said when asked about Israel. …
Of Iran, Romney said: “He’s almost sounded like he’s more frightened that Israel might take military action than he’s concerned that Iran might become nuclear.”
Obama’s folks promptly rushed in to say that the president has worked for Israel’s security again and again.
Walter Russell Mead says that Americans will dig Romney’s talk because Americans have an ideology of religious exceptionalism. I don’t buy it. But I pray that Romney’s extremism will allow the Democratic Party to begin to fracture over the lobby.