Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for US election may have been a Harvard University smart, but his recurring gaffes are indicative of a person who is not ready to become a president.
It had been an eventful summer of blunders for Romney and company. Two months before his July public stumbles in England and Palestine, and speaking before a private $50,000 fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida, Romney declared that 47 per cent of American electorates were irrelevant.
At the fundraiser, he labeled almost half of the Americans as non-tax payers with victim mentality, elaborating to his audience that it was not his job “to worry about those people”. Need to remind readers that according to his mother, Romney’s own father was on government welfare as a child.
Romney’s insincerity was further evident when he requested his running mate to furnish the campaign ten years of income tax, while he refused to release more than two years. In those made public, Romney paid less than 15 per cent income tax. Average tax wage withholding for Americans is typically more than 30 per cent.
After disregarding the 47 per cent Americans and moving away from the local agenda, Romney declared that Palestinian Israeli peace is “almost unthinkable to accomplish.” An outlook not coincidently aligned with the extreme Israeli rightwing political view represented by Israeli foreign minister Avigador Lieberman who proclaimed in December 2010 that peace deal with the Palestinians “is impossible”.
Attempting to make a convincing point, Romney absurdly equates Palestine conflict with other longstanding unresolved disputes between Taiwan and China and the Korean peninsula.
Although they all are old, it is simply stupid to equate an entity under complete foreign military subjugation to sovereign nations in China Sea or Korea.
By embracing Israeli rightwing viewpoint, neocon presidential advisors have always advocated American and international disengagement allowing Israel to impose its conditions while snubbing international law by building illegal Jewish only settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
Almost a year ago at a Republican debate, Romney pledged that before making important decisions, he would call his “friend Bibi Netanyahu” to ask him “would it help if I said this? What would you like me [US] to do?”
Romney supposedly met Netanyahu when they both worked at Bain Consulting Group in the 1970s. In the same debate, Romney fondly called Netanyahu “not just a friend, he’s an old friend” with whom “We can almost speak in shorthand.”
His “old friend” however, is not so sure. Responding to Vanity Fair Magazine question this summer, Netanyahu said “I don’t think we had any particular connections, I knew him and he knew me, I suppose.”
Besides lying about his friendship with Netanyahu, it was remarkable for a US presidential hopeful to commit publically to relegate US foreign policy to the leader of a foreign country.
At every corner, Republican pundits come to Romney’s defense calling the statements by the Harvard educated nominee as “not articulate”, “not elegant” or just “gaffes.”
Parroting his advisors’ fed bromide remarks is Romney’s main predicament. Lacking ingenuity, and like George W Bush before him, he is aspiring to lead new advisors led presidency.
The above are not traits of a national leader, but are the qualities of a dangerous person for America, and world peace.