Romney phones Netanyahu hours after Obama does same

What is Mitt Romney doing getting involved in US foreign policy to the degree that he’s now ambulance-chasing the President’s phone calls to world leaders over possible future wars in the Middle East?

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President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Friday by telephone, ending the call with a common pledge to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon but no apparent consensus on a specific timeline to do so.A few hours later, Republican nominee Mitt Romney spoke by phone with Netanyahu, his one-time consulting colleague and a friend since the 1970s. After the call, Romney said that he does not believe military force will have to be used to stop Iran’s uranium enrichment program.

Nobody asked, you Mitt.

It’s time someone had an intervention, and explained to Mr. Romney that it was bad enough when he pulled an Al “I’m in charge” Haig hours after a US ambassador was murdered in Libya, and then made things worse the next morning by holding a press conference in on a dais made up to look like the White House briefing room.  But now he’s butting his nose into the Iran nuclear crisis and our relations with Israel on the an issue that could lead to war.

Who does this guy think he is?

The hubris – and the utter lack of understanding of the risk of what he’s doing by undercutting the American president while’s hes attempting to avoid a potential nuclear stand-off with a terror state.  Not to mention, with Romney’s history of foreign policy disasters, the last thing he should be doing is injecting himself into the Iran nuclear crisis.

Maybe he could start with something easy, like Liechtenstein, and work his way up.

But butting into a national security crisis has been Romney’s plan all along.  He admitted it on the 47% video.  Not only did we already know that Romney’s staff saw the assassination of an American ambassador as “an opportunity,” but Romney himself admitted that he would like to have his own “opportunity,” like the Iran hostage crisis, in order to butt in and show how presidential he could be.

Questioner: When Carter was president, we had hostages. Ronald Reagan was able to make a statement even before he became, he was actually sworn in, and the hostages were released…
Mitt Romney: On the day of his inauguration.

Questioner: Right. So my question is really how can you sort of duplicate that scenario?

Romney: I could ask you, I could ask you how you do I duplicate that scenario?

Questioner: I think it had to do with the fact that the Iranians perceived Reagan… That’s why I’m suggesting that something that you say over the next few months gets the Iranians to understand that their pursuit of the bomb is something that you would prevent. And I think that’s something that could possibly resonate very well with the American public.

Romney: I appreciate the idea. One of the things that’s frustrating to me: in a typical day like this, when I do three or four events like this, the number of foreign policy questions I get is between zero and one. And the American people are not concentrated at all on China, on Russia, Iran, Iraq, and this President’s failure to put in place a status of forces agreement allowing ten to twenty thousand troops to stay in Iraq – unthinkable! And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we had hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean, that was the focus, and so him solving that made all the difference in the world. I’m afraid today that if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down on nuclear weapons, they’d go, “Now hold on. It’s really a-” I mean, if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.

Let me repeat that. “If something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.”

That’s all Mitt Romney has left. The “opportunity” of American lives being at risk. That’s why stuck his nose into the Libya/Egypt crisis. And it’s why he’s now sticking his nose into our attempts to talk Israel down from starting a nuclear war in the Middle East. Because Mitt Romney is looking for the opportunity to put American lives at risk and then rush in to save the day.

It’s almost a messianic view of his existence. Romney believes he’s America’s political messiah. The mere fact of his being elected president, before he’s even sworn into office, will save the American economy.

“My own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We’ll see capital come back and we’ll see — without actually doing anything — we’ll actually get a boost in the economy.”

And he thinks the same about any and all crises the US faces between now and the election. Super Romney of Nazareth will descend from on high, and his mere presence will convince Israel to forgo war just as his sheer will is lowering the unemployment rate.

Of course the irony is that at the same time Romney has this almost messianic view of his own power to resolve crises, he admitted on the 47% percent that he can’t resolve the Middle East’s problems, and isn’t interested in doing so.

Then what was he doing butt in to them in the first place? He was playing politics with our national security.

Mitt Romney’s wife worries about his mental health if elected.

I worry about his mental health today.


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