August 02, 2007

Who The Hell Is Mitt Romney, Anyway?
Part Two

Mitt Romney recognises that for new future power-strength in heading up the global leadership agenda, the United States has to have a sensitive and carefully-conceived foreign policy:
Romney wants the public to know that Jihadists are not an 'armed group of crazed maniacs in the hills of Afghanistan.'
Right – those are the US special forces, oh no I DIDN'T!

Actually, Romney believes that, to defeat "the jihadists", we have to cooperate with Muslim states in order to show, through mutual respect and collaboration, that we are not the imperious megalomaniacs we're made out to be.

Unless, of course, that's what the Democrats want to do, in which case screw that, what a ridiculous idea!
Romney says Obama was wrong to say he'd meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria and North Korea.

"The president of the United States does not bestow our dignity and the power of our reputation around the world around those people," Romney says.
Now, I realise, of course, that North Korea is not a Muslim state (hell, it's barely even a state), but Iran and Syria sure are and honestly, I'd rather the President paid diplomatic attention to them than to freakin' Pakistan. Musharraf was a guest on The Daily Show a few months ago, for God's sake – I think that means we're on pretty good terms already.

Actually, because he's trying to get the Hispanic vote, Romney says he'd visit Columbia and Mexico before deigning to meet with "those people" in the Middle East. Because nothing says "I'm serious about the Muslim world" like a burrito.

Let's be fair, though, Romney does have a lot of respect for the people in the Middle East. He even thinks there are some things about the Middle East upon which we should model our own foreign policy. Hezbollah, for instance, he thinks is pretty great. Okay, sure, cheap shot taken a little out of context, but what kind of competent politician (outside of Lebanon, anyway) gets up on stage and says, "You know, folks, I think we should be more like Hezbollah"?

Okay, I think I've had enough Romney-bashing for now. But you'd better hope he doesn't get elected or you're going to have to deal with at least four more years of it.

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