Mitt Romney: Pandering on the world stage
Mitt Romney’s comments in Israel, designed
to win over voters,
were unfortunate and unhelpful.
(Comment: The Romney comments in Israel, representative of millions of non-Jews in America , including me, were exceedingly well expressed and actually seemed to mean something for his words were perfectly clear. These non_Jews, like me are deeply, profoundly concerned about conditions guaranteeing Israel to continue to exist as an independent democratically devoted civilized nation.
Mr. Romney did not pander for my vote. He expressed my views on the matter…..clearly. Whether or not his words have any effect whatsoever regarding the religiously Obama -devoted Jewish Left and its supporters of the president’s Marxism in America, and its diminishment of the American presence in the world, might be a concern for them at the Los Angeles Times, throughout mainstream media and at Obama campaign headquarters.
If these American waywards wish to call Mr. Romney pandering on the topic……well, be my guest. ghr)
Below, please read the L.A. Time article about the pandering Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney:
“Like everyone else, we’re a bit tired of the gaffe-centric coverage of the presidential race. Every day the two campaigns and the press seem to gin up another small-potatoes controversy designed to send voters into a tizzy, generally without addressing the more serious issues facing the country or the economy.
But Mitt Romney‘s comments in Israel this week seem to rise above the run-of-the-mill misstatements that have been receiving too much attention in recent months. From the moment he landed there (after promising to abide by an unwritten campaign rule not to challenge American foreign policy while abroad), Romney’s eagerness to pander to those voters he perceives to be pro-Israel overwhelmed his common sense.
On Monday, he declared that Jerusalem was Israel‘scapital and that he hoped to move the U.S. Embassy there eventually — something the U.S. has for decades declined to do. One of his top aides, Dan Senor, made it clear that Romney would support Israel if it decided to “take action on its own” to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Romney later backed away from Senor’s statement. Still it’s comments like these, and Romney’s remark earlier in the campaign that “we will not have an inch of difference between ourselves and our ally Israel,” that led former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk to note some months ago that Romney would, in effect “subcontract Middle East policy to Israel.”
Romney was particularly tone deaf when he told donors Monday that “culture” was what explained the differences between Israeli and Palestinian societies. “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel, which is abut $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.”
Even putting aside that he dramatically misrepresented the disparities — Israeli GDP per capita is actually close to $30,000 and the Palestinian figure is in the $2,000 range — Romney’s comments infuriated Palestinians because they neglected to note the devastating effects of Israeli trade restrictions on the West Bank and of the near-total blockade imposed on Gaza after Hamas took power. Just last week, World Bank economist John Nasir wrote that “no state can be successful without a sustainable, private sector-led economy and this is simply not achievable under the heavy restrictions that the government of Israel imposes on movement and access to resources such as land, water and the electromagnetic spectrum required for modern telecommunications.”
Israel has an unquestionable right to live within safe borders free from fears of terrorism or attack. The U.S. should work to guarantee that while also pressing for Palestinian self-determination. Mitt Romney’s approach, however, has been unhelpful. Pandering is no substitute for statesmanship.”
Further comment: The L.A. Times certainly knows and appreciates pandering in the leftwing policial world. The KING of pandering, the presidential candidate who has out pandered all previous American presidents combined is the L.A. Times, baby in the White House, Barack Hussein Obama…….
The Left appreciates pandering. Without Obama pandering and Obama scare tactics, American Jews, gays, blacks, single women, Latinas, and college young, the graduated and the ungraduated, would be able think more clearly, without fright, without racism, without ignorance, and be able to become more American once again…….measuring the behaviors, the actual words, the friends, the records, the lies, the threats, the duplicities, devisiveness, dishonesty, disingenuousness of the two candidates.
They would clearly recognize that without Obama’s mainstream bigotries, only one candidate, Mitt Romney, has the abilities, the character, and the biography to lead the United States of American out of the Obamapits.
THE CLIMATE IN WASHINGTON MUST BE CHANGED……AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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