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I haven’t read the coverage but am aware that Romney’s trip to Israel and Palestine is shaping up as another unmitigated disaster, freelancing in the most dangerous region in the world, guided by second-rate Zionist careerists like Dan Senor, whose book Startup Nation Romney promoted in his speech, and Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, who was in and out of the King David every time I stopped in at the hotel and whose halfbaked ideas about shared American and Israeli exceptionalism Romney also piped. Not to mention Sheldon Adelson, the slouching casino mogul who all these second-raters treat like a king. It would be farcical if it wasn’t all so dangerous. 

I see that Romney left Palestinians completely out of the equation in his big speech on the conflict and that at his million-dollar breakfast, which the Jerusalem Post says was the first presidential fundraiser in the country, he said they come from an inferior culture. I’m sure he got all this from his skinny neocon handlers; and sadly there’s no downside for him politically back home in expressing racism toward Arabs (Jewish Democrats continue to try to outflank Romney on the right; see Noam Sheizaf’s latest). When I badgered Romney at the Western Wall about Israel annexing the West Bank, he went into plastic freezedried mode and pointed his perfect nose toward Jehovah. I think he dyes his hair. His brother Scott was around alot, a nice guy who’s got six years on Mitt– and his hair is all white.

I’ll be posting about some of the nutjobs in the Romney camp in days to come, but let me get out of the way here and pass on a superb rant I heard last night at the King David Hotel bar that ought to be on MSNBC. It came from Grover McKean, a longtime California Democratic operative who is out here for his son’s wedding and who said he had been thinking of voting for Romney because of disappointment in Obama, but Romney changed his mind. McKean:

“I’m now without a doubt going to vote for Obama. Mitt Romney is not capable of being president. I’m outraged that he came here to raise money from foreigners and then he allowed the prime minister, who is a thug, to dictate who he can meet with and can’t. If he’s president, who calls the shots, him or the prime minister of Israel?

“You shouldn’t be campaigning for president on foreign soil. But worse, he allowed the prime minister of this country to deny him a meeting with the opposition [Labor Party]. How far can he go to pandering to a foreign government?

“And he is blindsiding the President of the United States by making foreign policy commitments as a presumptive nominee. If you read the Jerusalem Post today, direct quotes, he and Netanyahu are saying, of course it’s OK to bomb Iran, and we’ll support you. So he’s making foreign policy as a presumptive nominee. That’s illegal and it’s wrong.

“Let’s face it, this is a volatile situation, we don’t really need him here right now, the trip had tremendous risks and downsides, and he lost on every issue. The fatal flaw in this trip was when Romney didn’t meet with the opposition, the Labor Party, and he did it at the dictates of the prime minister. There’s a serious question of who’s in charge. And I’m a big supporter of Israel.”

I asked McKean if he’d ever been to the occupied territories. Yes he had, he said.

“I don’t think the Israeli government is treating the Palestinians with Judaic values.”

It would be funny if it wasn’t so scary. I’ll have more from the halfwits in days to come.

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  1. ColinWright
    July 31, 2012, 4:29 am

    If Obama screws up his courage and nails Romney with some of this stuff (and judging by the commercial I saw during the Olympics it looks like he is at last beginning to realize that politics is an adversarial game), then this could really backfire for old Israel.

    Romney is branded as Israel’s man for the White House. Romney goes down. Israel is suddenly no longer America’s golden boy.

    • Shingo
      July 31, 2012, 8:54 am

      Romney is branded as Israel’s man for the White House. Romney goes down. Israel is suddenly no longer America’s golden boy.

      I’ve been thinking the same thing Colin. While I have no time for Obama, he’ll probably get re-elected and this might be a real turning point for the split between American Jews and Israel.

      And if this happens, it will be irreversible.

    • Exiled At Home
      July 31, 2012, 8:55 am

      Wishful thinking, I’m afraid. President’s don’t really matter, it’s Congress that ensures Israel remains at the forefront of US policy in the region. Congress ensures funding and arms deals, Congress gives Israeli politicians a platform for speeches, Congressmen from various walks of ideological life give the cliched, but effective, AIPAC responses to various media outlets, town hall meetings, and public speeches. Occasionally, Congress will also rally together to pressure the President on matters of diplomatic vetoes at the UN, or public policy aims voiced by the President. Kennedy. Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II. All of the Presidents took a hard-line toward Israel on matters of nuclear weapons, settlements, intransigence and arrogance. All of these Presidential efforts were shut down by Congress.

      • chet
        July 31, 2012, 1:32 pm

        However… the president has the bully pulpit.

        If Pres. Obama is re-elected (from my keyboard to God’s ear!) he will have the opportunity to deal with the odious Netanyahoo’s election meddling and the settlements humiliations.

        In order to establish Israel’s weak legal position, he could start by drawing the attention of the US public to the Geneva Conventions and the numerous UN resolutions regarding the inadmissibility of settling occupied land (of which I am certain that most Americans are ignorant) AND/OR bring attention to the massive number of checkpoints and Israel-only highways designed to humiliate Palestinians and to deter their movement and economic viability.

        Obviously there are countless other issues that could be raised that DEFINITELY would sway public opinion.

        Congress may have the real power, but the bully pulpit could have a dramatic and deleterious effect on the “special relationship”.

      • chet
        July 31, 2012, 1:36 pm

        Or the merest mention of the USS Liberty.

      • ColinWright
        July 31, 2012, 3:51 pm

        “…Wishful thinking, I’m afraid. President’s don’t really matter, it’s Congress…”

        But most Congressmen are only in Israel’s pocket because they know they’d better be. I believe it’s almost an open secret.

        Support for Israel is like the emperor’s new clothes. Once somebody starts telling the truth, Israel could discover she’s got very few authentic friends — just a lot of people who resent having been bullied and intimidated into feigned support. This could fold up like McCarthyism.

  2. HarryLaw
    July 31, 2012, 6:56 am

    Halfwits is the correct term for these Romney neocons, the situation is explosive, Iran has just warned Turkey not to attack or interfere with the Syrian Kurds or Iran will invoke the mutual defence agreement they have with Syria [Antiwar.com 31-7-2012] How much the US is leaning on Turkey to intervene in Syria is worrying since Turkish involvement would bring in Nato and the inevitable confrontation with Iran, in that case US allies Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries vunerable oil terminals would be legitimate targets, on the logical basis that if we[Iran] can’t sell or move our oil, the West can’t have any either. Will the US wreck the economies of the West to install what could be an Islamist Government in Syria, with what passes for US foreign policy by Clinton and Rice I would not be surprised.

    • MRW
      July 31, 2012, 3:08 pm

      Take a break, Harry Law, and read F. William Engdahl’s take on this. It contains gems like this:

      One veteran Turkish journalist whom this author interviewed in Ankara in April, just back from an extensive tour of Syria, gave his eyewitness account of the capture of a small band of “opposition” fighters. The journalist, fluent in Arabic, was astonished as he witnessed the head of the rebels demand to know why their military captors spoke Arabic. When told that was their native language, the rebel leader blurted out, “But you should speak Hebrew, you’re with the Israeli Army aren’t you?”

      In short, the mercenaries had been blitz-trained across the border in Turkey, given Kalashnikovs and a fistful of dollars and told they were making a jihad against the Israeli Army. They did not even know who they were fighting. In other instances, mercenaries recruited from Afghanistan and elsewhere and financed by Saudi money, including alleged members of Al Qaeda, make up the “democratic opposition” to the established regime of Al-Assad.

      http://www.voltairenet.org/Putin-s-Geopolitical-Chess-Game

      Who’s pulling the strings?

  3. edwin
    July 31, 2012, 7:46 am

    The question is how far can the average American take obsequiousness before she throws up? I have little doubt that the average American can go all the way when it comes to violence without losing much sleep just as long as the media keeps it down to a dull roar, but the humiliation that Romney exposes the US to is a different matter.

    I don’t think he’s crossed the threshold yet.

    No one has mentioned what Romney is doing to future relations to Europe. It will be like Bush, but worse if he becomes president. I’m sure that leaders in Europe are cringing right now. He is not helping them at all, nor is he helping the European perception of the US.

    • Citizen
      July 31, 2012, 11:37 am

      edwin, your point about Europe is a worthy one. I don’t know what the threshold is for Dick and Jane to start reflexively puking at their POTUS and congressional types for obsequiously kowtowing to AIPAC’s network. My guess is, the first real sign of the lovely couples’ stomach rumbling would be price at the gas pump once the Iran war begins. OTOH, if the MSM does its usual job being lackey for our government, they might join hands with others in the gas pump line and sprout little American flags from their Mickey Mouse ears.

      • edwin
        July 31, 2012, 11:54 am

        Who’s the leader of the cult that thinks for you and me?

        Mit tRo mney e (Barack Obama!)

        – ok so it doesn’t quite scan.

      • MRW
        July 31, 2012, 3:12 pm

        Edwin, looks like Mit ur money to me.

    • MRW
      July 31, 2012, 3:21 pm

      Edwin, if the Europeans perceive another Bush . . . . I doubt Americans have any idea how thoroughly Europeans despised Bush during his first term, but they began to despise American themselves during his second term for re-electing him. Americans travelers became pariahs. They were isolated on ship cruises; no one would sit with them at meals. They were accosted in the streets and in hotel bars in Europe, seated in the worst sections of restaurants, hotels, and on tour buses. Tour guides were aware of the real hostility to Americans and had to be careful where they took them. Locals would feign no knowledge of English in train stations, happy to leave them stranded and helpless. Some establishments had signs, ‘Americans not welcome’.

      • andrew r
        August 12, 2012, 12:49 pm

        Maybe there should be a bds movement against the USA.

  4. eljay
    July 31, 2012, 8:27 am

    >> Romney bombs at the King David

    Love the headine! :-)

    • justicewillprevail
      July 31, 2012, 8:44 am

      Yep, made me laugh, with the allusion to Israeli terrorism

    • Shingo
      July 31, 2012, 8:45 am

      Love the headine! :-)

      I was hoping he would start the speech with “love what you’ve done with the place”

  5. eljay
    July 31, 2012, 8:36 am

    >> “I don’t think the Israeli government is treating the Palestinians with Judaic values.”

    That’s because it’s too busy treating Palestinians with Zio-supremacist values. Thankfully, Grover McKean’s strong enough not to let a little thing like that stop him from being “a big supporter of Israel”…

  6. seafoid
    July 31, 2012, 8:43 am

    Great headline

    26 billionaires are bankrolling this election and Romney is their puppet.
    He definitely dyes his hair too.

    • Citizen
      August 1, 2012, 7:57 am

      Mitt just got $1 million from donors in Israel–according to an email I got from Dick Durbin, requesting a donation to fight the likes of Sheldon Adelson’s & Koch Bros hugh cash donations.

      Anybody remember another time a final POTUS contender went to a foreign land to campaign and draw in donations?

  7. marc b.
    July 31, 2012, 8:47 am

    perfect, phil. a suitably condescending attack on that pack of juvenile delinquents. romney is retarded emotionally and intellectually. he has the politically sensitivities of dog, instinctively knowing when and where to sniff, and who’s to roll over, belly and genitals exposed in a sign of deference that’s integral to maintaining the canine hierarchy. it’s no small feat to make barry look like a small-d democrat, but that’s just what that sh*t stain romney is doing.

    • marc b.
      July 31, 2012, 9:01 am

      and more evidence that romney’s mouth is puckered into a permanent “O”, with infinite corners to talk out of.

      But during his trip to Israel, Romney inadvertently praised the individual requirement and universal health care. “[F]or an American abroad, you can’t get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Israel,” he said. And according to The New York Times, Romney spoke favorably about the fact that health care makes up a much smaller amount of Israel’s gross domestic product compared to the United States:

      “Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” he said. “You spend eight percent of G.D.P. on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our G.D.P. on health care, 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is 4 percent, 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of G.D.P. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.”

      Israel spends less on health care because of a universal health system that requires everyone to have insurance. Every Israeli citizen has the obligation to purchase health care services through one of the country’s four HMOs since government officials approved the National Health Insurance Law in 1995. People pay for 40 percent of their HMO’s costs through income-related contributions collected through the tax system, and the state pays the remaining 60 percent. And by many standards, Israelis are getting better health care than U.S. citizens. The infant mortality rate is much lower, and its mortality rate due to heart disease is half the U.S. rate.

      http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/30/604111/romney-individual-mandate-israel/?mobile=nc

      health care is one of many issues over which rational dialogue can’t be conducted due to the dissembling by likes of romney and the ‘tea baggers’, who whine on about obama’s socialized medical ‘death panels’, but get all teary-eyed about the myth of individual initiative that will result in people drawing their last breath at the door step of an inner city emergency room.

  8. FreddyV
    July 31, 2012, 8:49 am

    The big question is whether Obama capitalises on Romney’s utter capitulation and deferral for Israel.

    It’s one thing to have Israel’s back, but will the average American be prepared to do so to the detriment on the US?

    Somehow, I think not…

    • MLE
      July 31, 2012, 11:23 am

      Certainly not if it means a war with Iran. As much as people might support Israel here, they will not send their boys to war in another Middle Eastern country. The military vote is a huge sizable part of the Republican base, and if they don’t vote Obama they won’t vote for Romney either. The only ones that will are the creepy ones who really seem to think this is the Second coming of the Crusades.

  9. American
    July 31, 2012, 9:45 am

    More please and faster.

    Watched CNN last night with Ari Flecher on talking about both candidates and who has more Jewish votes and the importance of Israel to those voters. He even came out and said those Jews who base their vote on US FP toward Israel. The Israel firsters now think it is so normal and so accepted that Jews should put Israel first in their political actions that they have no problem saying it in public. This how deep we are into Orwell land.

    With both parties and all political candidates publicly prostrating the US and themselves before Israel and the zionist 24/7 eventually in some election one of the parties or some candidate will have to take the opposite stand or at least one of America first as a platform to break the log jam in the Israel competition.

    The pendulum will swing, maybe after Iran, maybe after something else.

    • eljay
      July 31, 2012, 10:09 am

      >> The pendulum will swing …

      Yes, it will. And when it does, turds like Romney won’t waste any time condemning all “the Jews” who used their money and power to bewitch and/or pressure him into supporting their immoral actions and those of the “Jewish State”. ’cause, y’know, at the end of the day he’s a true-blue, “Gawd Bless Amurrika” patriot!

      Then again, I could be mistaken. :-)

    • YoungMassJew
      July 31, 2012, 12:14 pm

      American, I also happened to be flipping through the channels last night and saw Ehud Barak being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN. That thug Barak is just salivating for war with Persia. And Phil, I think Dick and Jane are more likely to be watching CNN than MSNBC as its on every flatscreen in chain stores today.

      • American
        July 31, 2012, 12:49 pm

        Yea, all US news coverage is all Israel all the time with a few breaks to cover a traffic accident or Hollywood celebrity break up.

      • Citizen
        August 1, 2012, 8:30 am

        @ YMJ, according to Wikipedia, Fox has had the largest audience since 2002, followed by CNN, until 2009, when MSNBC first beat out CNN, which is considered less liberal than MSNBC. Fox of course, gets the conservative audience.

        From last September until the week ended July 22, CNN has trailed both networks, pulling in an average of 584,000 total viewers in prime time, compared with Fox’s 1.82 million viewers and MSNBC’s 726,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48361050/ns/us_news/t/cnn-chief-walton-leave-ratings-starved-network/#.UBkiLBwU66Y

        Sort of a balance of persuasion when you add CNN & MSNBC combo audience and compare it to Fox’s numbers

      • Citizen
        August 1, 2012, 8:43 am

        But, although the temper of the 3 shows slides from L (MSNBC) to middle (CNN) to R, all three sing the same pro-israel song constantly.

  10. Nevada Ned
    July 31, 2012, 9:46 am

    This just in…Romney scored a crucial endorsement!

    • eljay
      July 31, 2012, 10:03 am

      >> This just in…Romney scored a crucial endorsement!

      It can just be a coincidence that Romney is a big dick and Ron Jeremy has a big…support for Romney. ;-)

      • Citizen
        August 1, 2012, 8:47 am

        @ eljay
        Ah, the fair, hairy one, known in peer circles as “The Woodchuck,” if memory serves.

      • eljay
        August 1, 2012, 9:23 am

        >> It can just be a coincidence …

        Correction: It can’t just be a coincidence …

        >> … known in peer circles as “The Woodchuck,” if memory serves.

        Close: “The Hedgehog”.

  11. Nevada Ned
    July 31, 2012, 10:07 am

    Check out the coverage at the Institute for Public Accuracy.

    Romney Lauds Israeli Economy During Wave of Attempted Self-Immolations 

    http://www.accuracy.org/release/romney-lauds-israeli-economy-during-wave-of-attempted-self-immolations/

    • seafoid
      July 31, 2012, 1:48 pm

      the Israeli economy is really doing great
      http://www.haaretz.com/business/social-protest-doesn-t-spare-netanyahu-s-facebook-page.premium-1.454835

      When Tali Oz-Albo, founder and owner of an Internet marketing business, posted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page last Wednesday, she never expected it to turn viral.
      The post, which started with the words “Hi Bibi, I’m the little citizen,” continued with criticism of the new taxes and spending cuts. In particular, Oz-Albo criticized Netanyahu’s own explanation of why he is increasing taxes. (“There is no free lunch.” ) Her post gathered over 30,000 Likes, 2,000 comments and hundreds of shares.
      Oz-Albo, from Nahariya, said she wrote the post to the prime minister from the depths of her heart, and it never occurred to her that it would make waves. But she has been overwhelmed with responses, telephone calls and e-mails in the past few days from people she has never met but who wanted to express their support, she said.
      In response, Oz-Albo opened a Facebook group called: “The little citizen is forced to pay big time.” As of Sunday, the group had over 500 members. “People shared their life stories with me, wrote me that they felt as I do, that they are desperate,” she said. “We must think of a creative way to reawaken the social protest.”
      ‘I needed to respond’
      Oz-Albo, 38, is married to Golan and they have two children, ages 10-and-a-half and three-and-a-half.
      Her Facebook post to Netanyahu was written in a cynical tone: “I wanted to tell you that from the day I finished my military service (about 18 years ago ) and served my duty to the state with love, I simply sit doing nothing, waiting everyday for one in the afternoon. Why? Because I know that then you will knock on the door and I will open it, and you will serve me my free lunch!
      “I don’t pay a fortune for my kids’ education (the Free Education Law, no? ). I didn’t build a business in the State of Israel and pay taxes from here to Honolulu. I didn’t pay for my university degrees by working in three jobs at the same time (since, what can you do, my parents couldn’t afford to pay for me, they are poor ), I don’t work too hard every month to pay the rent with my husband and raise our kids. And hey, we don’t live in the center of Tel Aviv. We live in the periphery called Nahariya,” she wrote Netanyahu.
      Oz-Albo told the prime minister she wrote the post in the middle of a particularly busy day, juggling between telephone calls from customers and taking care of her kids who wanted her attention and were home for summer vacation.
      “Despite the mess, I felt I had to respond, and in the midst of all the noise I sat for seven minutes and wrote the letter,” she said.
      “The phrase ‘no free lunch’ was outrageous,” she said. Oz-Albo called Netanyahu’s statement patronizing and it provoked her. His claims that he had implemented the recommendations of the Trajtenberg committee on socioeconomic reform were untrue and in fact he has done nothing, she said.
      “While ministers are upgrading their cars, the present decision to raise taxes shows in reality that he [has nothing but] scorn for the middle class, that they don’t count,” she said.
      As she expected, she did not receive a reply from Netanyahu. “They have nothing to say to me,” she said. They are waiting for people to give up and for it all to be forgotten, she added. “No doubt he sees me as just another girl who’s crying, and it’ll pass.”
      ‘I feel poor’
      “My husband and I together together NIS 16,000 a month on average, and that is not enough for anything. That is why we have a permanent overdraft of NIS 15,000 in our bank account. And who profits from this overdraft and interest we pay on it? The bank, of course, and that is why the situation is just getting worse and worse – the overdraft grows and we can’t see the end,” she told TheMarker.
      Once people couldn’t finish the month, she said, noting how people’s salaries ran out and couldn’t meet expenses by month’s end. But now, she said, people can’t even start the month.
      “After they finish their credit line at the bank, they will take loans. With an income of NIS 16,000 a month, we are classified as middle class. … I am not poor, but I feel poor because I can’t get anywhere. My survival every month depends on not exceeding my credit at the bank,” said Oz-Albo.
      Her monthly expenses include NIS 4,200 a month in rent for a five-room apartment, in which she uses one room as an office. She says the family has no savings and their parents can’t help out. Just now she needed NIS 900 for her son’s school books for next year.
      “We have reached the situation,” she said, “where people who want to stand on their own, who went off to study and hoped to create a better future, can’t succeed and advance.”

  12. lysias
    July 31, 2012, 10:14 am

    OT, Forward has an article today on where Armin Rosen is coming from. Circle of Pro-Israel Writers Rises: Shalem Center Boosted Right-of-Center Journalists:

    They’re under 30, mostly right-of-center on Israel and writing for some of the pre-eminent publications in America.

    A new crop of young pro-Israel writers is on the ascent. And many of them got their start at the same place: a collection of small university journals seeded by the Shalem Center, a prominent Zionist think tank in Israel.

    The rising Middle East commentators include several alumni of Columbia University’s quarterly journal, The Current. Armin Rosen, for instance, is a fellow at Atlantic Media, where he recently penned an article attacking the anti-Zionist blog Mondoweiss for having the “appearance of an anti-Semitic enterprise.” David Feith, son of George W. Bush Pentagon appointee Douglas Feith, is an assistant editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he has inveighed against the Palestinian Fatah party, Israel’s negotiating and security partner in the occupied West Bank. Jordan Hirsch is an editor at the prestigious quarterly Foreign Affairs and recently defended the legacy of right-wing Zionist ideologue Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky in Tablet, an online Jewish magazine. And Bari Weiss, a senior editor at Tablet, has written for The Wall Street Journal about the Middle East and Israel.

    • Mooser
      July 31, 2012, 12:58 pm

      “appearance of an anti-Semitic enterprise.”

      Somewhere deep down in Mondoweiss Towers, in the Accounting Department, a man in shirtsleeves, with a green eyeshade (an almost Dickensian craft versimilitude reigns at Mondoweiss Plaza) is poring over the books and muttering: “This they call an enterprise?”

  13. seafoid
    July 31, 2012, 10:18 am

    http://news.yahoo.com/mitt-romney-spokesman-tells-reporters-kiss-polish-holy-110442318–abc-news-politics.html

    “As Romney left the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw and walked toward his motorcade parked in Pilsudski Square, reporters began shouting questions from the line where campaign staffers had told them to stay behind, prompting traveling press secretary Rick Gorka to tell a group of reporters to “kiss my a**” and “shove it.”
    He later apologized.

    As Romney wrapped up his visit to the historical site, a CNN reporter had yelled, “Governor Romney, are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip.”

    “Governor Romney, do you have a statement for the Palestinians?” a New York Times reporter shouted.

    Presumably it wasn’t the dude with the IDF son

  14. chris_k
    July 31, 2012, 10:25 am

    Romney managed to get the issue of the economic effect of the blockade into the mainstream media by attributing the Palestinian GDP to an inferior “culture”. Otherwise, there is little or no discussion of the economic effects of the blockade and other tactics in those venues.

    Obama’s camp obviously wants this to have a down side for Romney, and they hit back by talking about not Middle East policy, but Romney’s fitness to be Commander in Chief, with the highest profile criticism coming from Rahm Emanuel. Biden shouldn’t be one to talk about foreign policy gaffes and Emanuel has his IDF credentials to keep the discussion away from policy and loyalties. So that’s a down side for Romney. Any Arab-American thinking about voting for Romney is much less likely to think about it, and these comments, as well as the Telegraph reporting about Obama not understanding Anglo-American culture, opens up questions about Romney’s racial views in general.

    • lysias
      July 31, 2012, 10:51 am

      opens up questions about Romney’s racial views in general.

      Especially given Romney’s history as a big shot in the Mormon Church.

      • MRW
        July 31, 2012, 3:37 pm

        Is he an Elder?

      • lysias
        July 31, 2012, 6:54 pm

        He was a bishop (head of a congregation in Belmont, MA) and then a stake president (head of all the Mormons in the Boston area) while he was in Boston.

  15. David Green
    July 31, 2012, 10:39 am

    The venal Democrats, including Obama, depend on the venal and “stupid” Republicans to promote, at best, lesser evilism. Every time Romney makes such a racist comment, it’s important to remember that Obama’s policies promote the oppression that creates such “cultures.” Once we’re done getting off on the outrage that Romney provokes, remind ourselves who has the power, and how permanent policies are shielded from politics, especially electoral politics.

    • Shingo
      July 31, 2012, 3:27 pm

      Once we’re done getting off on the outrage that Romney provokes, remind ourselves who has the power, and how permanent policies are shielded from politics, especially electoral politics.

      And remind ourselves how gate keepers like David Green like it thatway.

    • ColinWright
      July 31, 2012, 3:45 pm

      ‘ lesser evilism.’

      Doesn’t sound too bad. As an ideology, it would at least have the virtue of realism.

      …and after all, how many of the great murderers of history have been ‘lesser evilists?’ I think this has a lot to be said for it.

  16. piotr
    July 31, 2012, 11:07 am

    To be fair, fundraisers abroad are not a new idea. Headline:

    February 13, 1984 Vol. 21 No. 6 (People’s Magazine) What Does Edwin Edwards Do When He’s $4 Million in Debt? Take 617 of His Closest Friends to Paris.

    Governor elect of Louisiana booked Palace of Versailes and two jumbo jets. More panache than Hotel David. The food and wines were better as well.

  17. CitizenC
    July 31, 2012, 11:19 am

    “Romney bombs at the King David”.

    But unlike Begin, he did not bring down the house.

  18. Citizen
    July 31, 2012, 11:23 am

    Yep, competition is getting fierce as to who will be the next messenger boy for Bibi; seems Mitt is signaling he will run faster than Obama.

    I never had any doubt Mitt dyes his hair. Too, he always looked like a Grecian Formula & Vitalis After Shave man to me. I don’t know who looks and acts more antiseptic, Mitt or Bill Kristol.

  19. BillM
    July 31, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Romney’s visit was more that a little strange. His anti-Palestine, anti-Iran, and frankly anti-diplomacy rhetoric was atrocious, of course, but those weren’t his only comments. His interview with Haaretz 4 days ago was fascinating and much more enlightening:

    http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/romney-to-haaretz-military-option-on-iran-should-not-be-ruled-out.premium-1.453917

    Calling it an “interview” somewhat misstates it, of course. It was more instructional, with Ari Shavit basically lecturing Romney on what he is supposed to say. From the QUESTIONS, not the answers:

    “President Obama gave his formative foreign policy speech in Cairo in June 2009. It was basically about appeasing Islam…”

    ” Therefore we find ourselves in a dramatic situation: Iran has enriched uranium for five to six bombs, and is only a year away from the ability to produce a first bomb…”

    “would you say to the prime minister: Bibi, relax, you can trust America. America will eventually deal with Iran. Don’t do anything hasty.”

    “But would you say in a positive manner that Israel should not be thrown under the bus?”

    Etc.

    The interesting thing, though, is how Romney does NOT follow the script. He does on Palestine, of course, stating the a there must be a two-state solution which means there must be a Jewish state, and that’s all that really counts. But on Iran? He was much subtler. He refused several invitations to directly attack Obama or to pledge open support for war.

    So you have Romney acting almost cagey at times, but once he is in a room full of rich people he relaxes and starts saying what he truly believes (the rich are rich because of divine providence, the poor and inherently “culturally” inferior). He then disavows these comments the moment they are repeated outside the circle of rich men.

    All in all, it shows me a candidate who can’t even see Palestinians (for reasons of wealth, not race or religion), who can see Iran, but can only speak about it carefully and diplomatically in very carefully controlled conditions: a pre-arranged interview most likely with pre-approved questions. It’s a stunning level of both diplomatic incompetence and basic human disinterest that is scary. I not worried that Romney would ever endorse Israel’s attacks on the Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians or Iranians. I just wonder if he would even notice.

    • seafoid
      July 31, 2012, 1:49 pm

      Romney and the Republicans operate in a parallel information universe just as the Zionists do. It doesn’t have to be logical. It must register with the cult. Fox/Hebrew – what is the difference ?

    • ToivoS
      July 31, 2012, 7:19 pm

      Romney is surrounded by neocon advisers who will obviously become high level officials in a Romney administration. These guys will have influence. They could start a war with Iran without ever getting the go ahead from Romney. Look how much damage Dennis Ross caused in the the Clinton and Obama administration.

  20. Mooser
    July 31, 2012, 12:43 pm

    “I don’t think the Israeli government is treating the Palestinians with Judaic values.”

    No, I guess Israel is using the much-less-stringent Gentile value system? Anotherwords, Israel is treating the Palestinians the way America treated him? Not, of course that I would take anything he said as anything other than schtick, but when Phil turns those baby-blues on them, they can’t lie, not even to themselves.
    And of course, it will be interesting to see who he actually ends up voting for, since he’ll be sure to tell us.

  21. MRW
    July 31, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I hope Dan Senor gets even more torqued up with his self-importance and helps Romney make more blunders. Then there’s John Bolton, another adviser.

    In the words of the dog hiding behind the open dryer door as the cat approaches the open hole, “Oh please…oh please.”

  22. atime forpeace
    July 31, 2012, 6:42 pm

    “I don’t think the Israeli government is treating the Palestinians with Judaic values.”

    absolutely, let’s let the judaic settlers show the palestinians some love.

    judaic values?
    Racist, religious superiority, oh yeah that is what the world needs more off, judaic values.

    here is cnn spin on obamas similar love and deference to israel.

    they both love israel equally yeahhhhh how lucky for us americans.

    Romney on Iran is just like Obama
    By Blake Hounshell, Special to CNN
    updated 3:36 PM EDT, Tue July 31, 2012

    “Was the former Massachusetts governor signaling a new approach? Evidently not. Given an opportunity to repeat Senor’s comments, Romney declined — and his campaign also issued a clarification: “Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so. In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. Gov. Romney recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with it.”
    Politics: In Poland, Romney heralds economic freedom
    If that sounds an awful lot like Barack Obama’s position, it’s because it is Obama’s position. As he put it in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg earlier this year, “(U)ltimately, the Israeli prime minister and the defense minister and others in the government have to make their decisions about what they think is best for Israel’s security, and I don’t presume to tell them what is best for them.”

  23. Averroes
    August 1, 2012, 6:39 am

    Fact of the matter is that there really isn’t that much of a difference between Obama and Romney as far as the I/P is concerned, or foreign policy issues more broadly. Obama is probably more intelligent, articulate, and charismatic, but if anyone really thinks that there is a substantive difference between the Democratic party and the Republican part, so far as foreign policy is concerned, they’re mistaken. One candidate perhaps has a little more finesse, is more “cultured”, knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk in international relations, knows how to keep the American people pacified and applauding, whereas the other is more brash and blunt and downright repulsive. He doesn’t seem capable of mincing words or wrapping his statements in a cloak of basic decency and respectability, which may not be all that bad since at least then you’ll know exactly who/what you’re dealing with. But ultimately, when all is said and done, they’re really two sides of the same coin. If Americans want to affect real change in their domestic and foreign policies, getting out of the two-state system deadlock seems to be the only way. Perhaps Jill Stein of the Green Party. At least that way you can state with some degree of confidence that you haven’t signed your vote in the blood and misery and tears of other oppressed and downtrodden people throughout the world.

  24. DICKERSON3870
    August 1, 2012, 3:16 pm

    RE: “I’m now without a doubt going to vote for Obama. Mitt Romney is not capable of being president. I’m outraged that he came here to raise money from foreigners and then he allowed the prime minister, who is a thug, to dictate who he can meet with and can’t. If he’s president, who calls the shots, him or the prime minister of Israel?” ~ Grover McKean

    SEE: “Bibi and the Yo-Yos”, by Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 05/26/11:

    [EXCERPT] It was all rather disgusting.
    There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu.
    It was worse than the Syrian parliament during a speech by Bashar Assad, where anyone not applauding could find himself in prison. Or Stalin’s Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death.
    What the American Senators and Congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera – and that amounts to political suicide. It was enough for one single congressman to rise and applaud, and all the others had to follow suit. Who would dare not to?
    The sight of these hundreds of parliamentarians jumping up and clapping their hands, again and again and again and again, with the Leader graciously acknowledging with a movement of his hand, was reminiscent of other regimes. Only this time it was not the local dictator who compelled this adulation, but a foreign one.
    The most depressing part of it was that there was not a single lawmaker – Republican or Democrat – who dared to resist. When I was a 9 year old boy in Germany, I dared to leave my right arm hanging by my side when all my schoolmates raised theirs in the Nazi salute and sang Hitler’s anthem. Is there no one in Washington DC who has that simple courage? . . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/05/25/bibi-and-the-yo-yos/

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