Romney's hapless Middle East solution
The Kansas City Star
Being hapless isn’t a good trait in a president. That’s the real problem with Mitt Romney’s just-unveiled remarks on the Middle East.
Another day, another piece of leaked video is showing the real Mitt Romney to American citizens.
This time, as the Mother Jones website reported early Tuesday morning, Romney is talking about how Middle East peace is practically impossible. (This follows Romney’s even more damaging remarks insulting 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes as government freeloaders.)
As president, he says, it would be best to avoid resolving the problem, and hope for a solution, especially between Palestinians and Israel.
“You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”
Romney obviously has seized a kernel of truth here: The Palestinians and Israelis in general sure don’t appear eager to solve their decades-long hatred of each other and settle for peace in our time.
And saying something like that isn’t the real problem.
Instead, it appears that - as president - Romney would bring a hapless feeling to the situation, something where he wouldn’t even try to help work for a peaceful resolution.
And, yes, it could be possible. Just think what Romney would have said 25 years ago about resolving the Cold War with Russia - “Ain’t possible, can’t work on it, kick it down the field.”
Things change in the world, sometimes radically, and often quickly.
Ever heard of the Arab Spring?
Wonder what Romney would have said two years ago about the possibilities of democracies or overthrown governments in Egypt, in Libya, even in Syria?