NYT Nicholas Kristof: “Every Time Mitt Romney Touches Foreign Policy He Breaks Things”

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NYT Nicholas Kristof: “Every Time Mitt Romney Touches Foreign Policy He Breaks Things” (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a scathing article about Mitt Romney’s foreign policy fumble, when he accused President Obama of apologizing for protests at the U.S. Cairo embassy, without getting all the facts, when hours later it was learned that Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. Kristof said, “diplomacy is a minefield and Mitt Romney spent the last week blowing up his foreign policy credentials to be president.” Even if he was right to question the Obama Middle East foreign policy, that was hardly the right place and time to do it. He showed us that he is neither ready for the national stage, much less the international arena.

The essential problem is that every time Romney touches foreign policy, he breaks things. He went on a friendly trip to Britain — the easiest possible test for a candidate, akin to rolling off a log — and endeared himself by questioning London’s readiness to host the Olympic Games. In the resulting firestorm, one newspaper, The Sun, denounced “Mitt the Twit.”

(Imagine a President Romney making a London trip and helpfully offering off-the-cuff advice on Northern Ireland, or breaking the ice in Parliament by telling jokes about Queen Elizabeth. The War of 1812 would resume, and the British would again be burning down the White House.)

Then there was the Romney trip to Israel, where he insulted Palestinians and left some Jews uncomfortable with stereotyping by praising Jewish culture in the context of making money. Hmm.

After that trip, you’d have thought that on foreign policy, Romney might remember the adage: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Yet with the Middle East exploding in recent days because of a video insulting the Prophet Muhammad, Romney dived in with a statement that hit a trifecta: it was erroneous, inflammatory and offensive. Source:  NY Times

It’s pretty clear at this juncture that Mitt Romney is an amateur and isn’t the person I would want to answer that 3 a.m. call if a global crisis arises. Kristof said, Romney would have set up “call forwarding.” LOL.

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