Monday, July 30, 2012
Romney in Israel
Mitt Romney did himself no harm in Israel this week. The claims of some that Obama is anti Israel, a charge I usually ignore, are bolstered by the fact that the President has not visited Israel as Commander in Chief. In the weird world of diplomatic appropriateness that can only have been a deliberate snub. On a personal level Romney's visit would not have made me want to vote for him more. I disliked his attempt to portray himself as more sympathetic toward an Israeli strike on Iran than Obama. On this question, I find the Republicans to be full of bravado and bluster as if the only issue at hand is having the will to bomb Iran. If it were merely a question of having the will to take out Iran's nuclear sites it would have been done by now either by the Bush administration or the Israelis. The truth is that neither the Americans or the Israelis have the definitive capability to do so and the decision of whether or not to attempt it should be based on several geopolitical, security and strategic factors. The decision should not be made because the other kid in the school yard is double daring you.