Mar 282012

During the 2008 campaign, John McCain, aka McConJob, committed one of the campaign’s worst gaffes by singing “Bomb Bomb Iran” into an open mic. Mitt Romney thought Barack Obama had given him a similar opening, when Obama has an open mic moment of his own, stating that he would have more flexibility for weapons reduction negotiation after being reelected.  However, Obama said nothing he could not have said openly.  Whether Obama wins in November or not, the Republican imperative to defeat Obama’s reelection will be over.  But before that time, Obama knows that they will block everything he does, and his statement merely reflected that reality.  Then Romney committed his own gaffe, that makes McConJob’s faux pas seem tame.

28nukeRepublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Russia "without question our number one geopolitical foe" Monday on CNN.

Romney’s comments came in the context of President Barack Obama’s "hot mic" moment with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev Monday after a meeting in Seoul. Obama was heard telling Medvedev he would have "more flexibility" on missile defense after the presidential election.

"This is without question our number one geopolitical foe, they fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors. The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed," Romney said… [emphasis added]

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To invoke the enmity of the world’s number two nuclear power, with whom we are enjoying basically good relations, is a seditious act on Romney’s part.

Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed Rachel Maddow.

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Republicans may think they have the foreign policy advantage, because of their constant warmongering, but the most significant foreign policy outcome Republicans have given us during this century was 9/11.  Provoking a conflict with Russia would be far worse.


  17 Responses to “Is Romney Campaigning for WWIII?”

  1. Number One Geopolitical Foe?!?

    The fact that Romney is searching for enemies among foreign nations rather than allies, areas of discord rather than areas we can mutually cooperate is very revealing as to what a total disaster his presidency (heaven forbid) would be like WRT foreign policy.

  2. Can we just bundle him up and send him to The Hague now rather than later? We do not need another war criminal walking around scott free….

  3. “This is without question our number one geopolitical foe, they fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors. The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed,” Romney said… [emphasis added]”

    After living through the eight year disaster of GWB, I won’t look forwart to Willard Romney…..

  4. Romney just has far too many Bush-era neocons giving him bad international advice. Yet another of the infinite number of reasons this jerk must never become President!

  5. I remember 4-5 months ago, Rmoney made a comment about the US taking what it needed — I wish I could remember better — and my immediate reaction was the Monroe doctrine and Maifest Destiny.  His general intent seemed to be ‘the world is my oyster and I will pluck it when I want to’!

    From Wikipedia on Manifest Destiny — The term combined a belief in expansionism with other popular ideas of the era, including American Exceptionalism and Romantic Nationalism.  While many writers focus primarily upon American expansionism when discussing Manifest Destiny, others see in the term a broader expression of a belief in America’s “mission” in the world, …

    From Wikipedia on the Monroe Doctrine — Many Latin American popular movements have come to resent the “Monroe Doctrine”, which has been summarized there in the phrase: “America for the Americans“.

    While both these beliefs and policies date from different times and were brought into being under different circumstances, they are still being used and fall closer together in their modern context.  I would see Rmoney invoking both of these and marching in where he wants, damn the consequences.  It also looks like Rmoney might still be trying to fight the Cold War with Russia.  It should be noted that in 1962 the US used the Monroe Doctrine during the Cuban Missile Crisis, an attempt to keep the USSR influence out of Cuba.

    If Rmoney, or for that matter, any Republican/Teabagger wins the WH, I think war will break out like dandelions in springtime.

    I saw on the news yesterday I think that Daddy Bush is endorsing Rmoney.  Daddy Bush screwed up with son Baby Bush, and now he is endorsing another screwball.  His record really sucks.

    • I see the Monroe Doctrine as a statement that the Western Hemisphere was for US exploitation, if not originally, certainly later.

      • It was — US and British attempts to keep the rest of Europe, especially Spain and Portugal, out of the Western Hemisphere as their original colonies started gaining independence.  The US saw it as their perogative to establish trade in the Western Hemishere w/o influence from Europe.  The British had the navy to help with that.  A bi-lateral agreement between the US and the GB capped it.

        How I look at it is by eliminating the competition with the Monroe Doctrine, that left the US better able to use Manifest Destiny and take what they wanted.

  6. Mittens better get back into his time machine and fast forward into the year 2012 with the rest of us. The Cold War has been over for a lot of years and Russia is not the USSR anymore.

  7. If WWIII will get him votes, then Romney will be in favor of it.

    Doesn’t he give one the impression that he’s running for president because his wife is tired of him hanging around all day, the country club isn’t as much fun as it used to be, and his golf game is never going to get any better?

  8. The very thought of “President” Romney  gives me nightmares and makes my blood run cold—

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