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Massachusetts Liberal

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Mitt's excellent adventure

An awful lot of red herring was served up on fast day astride the holiest site in the Jewish faith.

Mitt Romney's speech at the Western Wall offered little different from the standard speech of American presidents, including Barack Obama. Defense of Israel's right to exist and defend itself has been a foundation of American foreign policy since the Jewish state was created in 1948.

But that did not stop Our Man Myth from trying to create another one -- that somehow he has a special relationship with Israel and its leader Benjamin Netanyahu and would be a dramatically different friend than Obama.

While Obama has led the world's charge against Iran's threat to create a nuclear weapon -- one that would no doubt be aimed at Israel -- that state has chosen to keep the threat of a preemptive military strike high on its agenda.

In a sense it's been the ultimate good cop, bad cop scenario, with the American-led effort designed to squeeze Iran to the negotiating table while the Israelis offer the vision of what awaits a nation that refuses to play well with others in the international sandbox.

But in the hands of conservative ideologues like casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose hatred for Obama overwhelms reason, Obama is made to look like Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who tried to appease Adolf Hitler.

Same old story of Obama Derangement Syndrome, with a far more dangerous blowback to national and international security.

Romney apparently has a warmer relationship with Netanyahu than Obama, although with all things Myth, that's subject to interpretation.

What's overwhelmingly clear is that Romney offered nothing new in his second major foreign policy foray -- but at least he didn't step into anything quite as deep as his less than excellent Olympic visit.

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