One week after coming under fire for a pre-emptive and false attack on President Obama’s handling of the raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, in which four American diplomats were killed, and a day after a video aired in which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in May, appeared to write off 47% of American voters as “victims” who will vote for Obama “no matter what,” another video has been leaked to Mother Jones. The video shows Romney expressing little faith in the Middle East peace process, laying the bulk of blame on Palestinians.
The New York Times’ Bill Keller earlier wrote that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt to use the U.S. election as leverage was equaled by Mitt Romney’s willingness to undermine the U.S.’ foreign policy stance by refusing to let politics stop “at the water’s edge”:
Netanyahu’s crude intervention in our politics may – and should – embarrass his preferred candidate, Mitt Romney. Romney’s options now are to join his friend Netanyahu in attacking U.S. foreign policy (so much for politics stopping at the water’s edge), to distance himself from the foreign leader he has most enthusiastically embraced, or to shut up.
And, if Obama is reelected, the president is unlikely to forget this exercise in manipulation by an Israeli leader he already has ample reason to mistrust.
Meanwhile, Romney’s latest venture into foreign policy was an attempt to exploit a tragedy in Libya for cheap political gain.
The latest video, Mother Jones reported, weighed in to the debate over Iranian proliferation once again:
The presidential candidate also addressed other issues on the agenda including the Iranian threat.
“If I were Iran – a crazed fanatic – I’d say let’s get a little fissile material to Hezbollah, carry it to Chicago or some other place, and then if anything goes wrong, or America starts acting up, we’ll just say, “Guess what, unless you stand down, why, we’re going to let off a dirty bomb,” he said.
The former governor then warned that the nuclear issue could enable Iran’s mullas and “crazy people” to blackmail the US. “So we really don’t have any option but to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon,” he stated.
While Romney has no say (at this point) in U.S. foreign policy, the views he expressed do have the potential to inflame international relations, and have received ample coverage around the world.
The Daily Telegraph’s Iain Martin, who previously expressed support for Romney’s economic policies, has now officially written him off:
It will be astonishing if the release of this tape doesn’t signal the implosion of his campaign, sealing victory for Obama.
There are still 50 days to go until Americans hit the polls, but commentary would suggest a convincing victory for Obama were the rest of the world casting a vote.