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Remember those great days when the ex-prisoner-of-war, John McCain, proudly proclaimed....
"...I know I speak for every American when I say to him, 'Today we are all Georgians.'"
Remember that? Good times. What we need to remember about McCain's proclamation is that he delivered it August, 2008, just 60 days away from his general election match up against Barack Obama. McCain meant well, of course, as he sought to buff up his foreign policy cred by exploiting a tense dispute between the smallish nation of Georgia and Russia. But the, "today, we are all Georgians", line was clumsy and silly sounding. The 2008 GOP presidential candidate and decorated veteran wanted to sound tough and decisive, a no-nonsense foreign policy leader who wasn't afraid to stand his ground against that old former nemesis, Russia.
In 2012, the GOP presidential candidate is Mitt Romney. But Russia is still a favorite punching bag of GOP presidential candidates.
"...we go to the United Nations and who is it that always stands up for the world’s worst actors? It is always Russia, typically with China alongside, and so in terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that’s on the Security Council, that has the heft of the Security Council, and is of course a massive security power — Russia is the geopolitical foe.”
The Washington Post awarded Romney two Pinocchios for being...let's say....less than truthful.
...on the broader question of Iran and North Korea, Romney’s comments are a bit puzzling. Russia has repeatedly supported resolutions that have sought to limit Tehran’s and Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, such as the 2010 Security Council resolution that paved the way for increasingly tough sanctions on Iran.
.....we could find only four cases in which Russia cast a U.N. Security Council veto in the past decade. The vetoes concerned resolutions on Cyprus (2004), Burma (2007), Zimbabwe (2008) and Georgia (2009). The vetoes regarding Burma and Zimbabwe, which were supported by China, reflected Russia’s reluctance to get involved in internal conflicts; the same could be said of the Cyprus veto. The Georgia veto was a matter of self interest, since it killed the extension of a U.N. observer mission in Georgia, a former Soviet republic and Russia’s neighbor.
Let me be very clear....Mitt Romney is no John McCain...not by a long shot. Whereas McCain had decades of experience with defense and foreign policy matters, Romney is as green as grass on these topics. What actually precipitated Mitt Romney's corny words about 21st century Russia was this...
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space,” Mr. Obama could be heard saying to Mr. Medvedev, according a reporter from ABC News, who was traveling with the president.
“Yeah, I understand,” the departing Russian president said. “I understand your message about space. Space for you ... .”
Mr. Obama then elaborated in a portion of the exchange picked up by the cameras: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
“I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir,”
To the numerous Fox-bot, faux-news types.....this was evidence that Obama is, indeed, the Manchurian candidate they thought he was all along. The back and forth between Obama and Medvedev was spun as some secret plan by Obama to undermine the safety of the United States by pre-emptively selling out our European allies and favoring Russian interests when it comes to missile shield stuff. This off-microphone-but-not episode has been pointed to as evidence that Obama has special, secretive plans to help Russia and hurt America after Obama's re-election. Romney claims Obama is hiding his real plan, his real intentions, to damage U.S. security....and therefore his words cannot be trusted on anything. A Foxian variation has Obama working in tandem with Vladimir Putin, secretly of course, jeopardizing Israel and European allies.....at America's expense.
But what I found most amusing about this story was Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev's swipe at Mitt Romney and the political party Romney represents.
“I always get very cautious when I see a country resort to phrasings such as ‘No. 1 enemy.’ It is very reminiscent of Hollywood in a certain period of history,” Medvedev said, through a translator, at the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea. [...]
“My other advice is to check their clocks from time to time,” Medvedev said Tuesday. “It is 2012, not the mid-1970s. No matter what party a candidate represents, he has to take the current state of affairs into account.”
Not only is Mitt Romney, and the political party he represents, out-of-touch with average Americans on just about everything you can possibly imagine......Mitt Romney is also out-of-touch with the rest of the world. While not defending Vladimir Putin in any way.....when even Russian leaders are reminding you to "check" your "clocks from time to time" so as not to be confused over whether you're still living back in the 1970's, you know, or not......it's time to seriously consider the "you are out-of-touch" criticisms so often lobbed against you.