Romney is apparently also kind of an idiot foreign policy wise
Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:14 PM
"Hey Palestinians, this is all the fault of your culture. Replace it with something like Israels, and we'll talk"
Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:13 PM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:57 PM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:25 PM
So you would say the number one reason that the Palestinian economy is in the state it is in is because they haven't embraced a "modern economy"? That may be one factor, but I would hazard to say there may be a little bit more going on there.
Of course there is, but its still a valid point that none of the economies of Arab nations are doing well, except for those based on oil. Many of the problems that exist in Gaza and the West Bank occur across the arab world, but without the attention that the Palestinian Israeli conflict gets. Look at Yemen, Sudan, Algeria, etc... The vast majority of people in these countries are not much better off than the Palestinians. There are several reasons, but imo a big reason is that these nations were drug from the 15th century to the 20th century without in the space of a few years, and they haven't handled it well. IMO, a far bigger problem for arabs than Israel is that most of the nations are theocracies, with all the limits that go with that style of government and culture.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:47 PM
If Romney's desire was to express that the Arab world suffers because it refuses to embrace a world economy, he did a poor job at conveying that (and he likely would have insulted even more people if he had correctly conveyed that).
In general, I doubt this will hurt him much at all. Honestly, it doesn't really bother me that much - but I do think that he needs to have a better understanding of the weight his words can carry overseas. I was surprised by all of this, because I expected him to do well on this trip.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:53 PM
All you need to do is have a look at the Romney foreign policy team:
- John Bolton -- Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and Ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush. Bolton cherry-picked intelligence reports in the rush to war in Iraq.
- Elliot Cohen -- Defense Policy Advisory Board and Counselor of the Department of State during the Bush administration. Cohen pushed false claims that there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.
- Robert Joseph -- Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security under George W. Bush. Insisted on including the false claim that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger in Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address.
- Dov Zakheim -- Comptroller for the Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush. He predicted that Iraq War spending would be billions less than it was.
- Cofer Black -- Department of State Coordinator for Counter Terrorism under George W. Bush. Black played a key roll in the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."
- Dan Senor -- Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesman for the Coalition Provision Authority in Iraq under George W. Bush. The New York Times wrote that, " As Iraq was entering its bloodiest days, Mr. Senor was a prophet and cheerleader for the Bush administration."
Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:44 PM
Romney's foreign policy would be exactly the same as Obama's, which was exactly the same as Bush's. How many times do we have to go through this before you guys will catch on?