Governor Romney, in Israel, offends “Palestinian” leaders.

They are easily offended, perhaps because they are themselves offensive.

If there is anyone here who does not read Power Line, he is missing one of the best blogs around.  Here is an article at today’s Power Line entitled “A step in the right direction — Romney offends Palestinian leaders.” The second paragraph should persuade just about anyone — agree or disagree with the thesis — to read it.

In Israel, as Politico reports, Romney offended Palestinian leaders. Again, his comments were on the mark, as I’ll discuss in a moment. But this time Romney was hardly offending an ally — recall the cheers of the Palestinian people after 9/11 and the support many expressed for suicide bombings in polls conducted thereafter (even these, Palentinians view al Qaeda more favorably than they view President Obama). Palestinian leaders may not be able to handle the truth, but that shouldn’t deter our leaders from expressing it. For too long, they have been deterred, and that includes Republican leaders.

The post ends with this comment:

The Middle East desperately needs an American president who doesn’t accept the conventional wisdom on the region and who, above all, rejects a narrative that blames Israel for Arab woes. Whether Romney proves to be that president, as opposed to one who talks a good game on the campaign trail, remains to be seen. But Romney has shown in other contexts that he understands the importance of culture. And for now, he is on the right track when it comes to the culture of the Middle East.

Please do read it.

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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3 Responses to Governor Romney, in Israel, offends “Palestinian” leaders.

  1. Boeke says:

    Against my better judgement (based on YOUR failure to make good recommendations or to back up claims with good citations) I read the Powerline article, to whit:

    “A step in the right direction — Romney offends Palestinian leaders

    “Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel has gone well, and should help him recover a bit from the rocky beginning to his voyage abroad. In England, Romney offended the Brits. Even though the offending comments were justified, Romney shouldn’t have made them. Britain is a key ally. ”

    Which, as near as I can tell, is wrong on all counts. It’s just a radical rightist diatribe.

    Let’s take a look at it’s claims:

    “A step in the right direction — Romney offends Palestinian leaders”

    Stupid. Throwing away any chance of Palestinian diplomacy reduces the USA influence to zero. It means that Romney would deliver us into the hands of the Israelis, who would gladly sacrifice any number of Americans for their own interests (witness USS Liberty, witness Israeli spies all over the USA government, etc.) How dumb can you get!? the only chance the USA has to influence a less dangerous situation in the middle east is to play both sides. Once we relinquish our hold over palestinians we have surrendered to the Israelis, and I think it’s a Very Bad Idea to sacrifice the interests oof 310million Americans for the interests of 5million Israelis, especially since I and My Family are among the 310million! Perhaps YOU are willing to gamble so radically with your future and your families, but I AM NOT!

    “Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel has gone well,…”

    Yeah, he endorsed Socialized Medicine.

    “… and should help him recover a bit from the rocky beginning to his voyage abroad. In England, Romney offended the Brits.”

    Brits who are gleefully pointing out that Romney had to get a $1.5billion HANDOUT from the Bush administration, more than all the USA Olympics since 1904 had cost, to save his 2002 Olympics in Salt Lick City.

    “Even though the offending comments were justified, Romney shouldn’t have made them. Britain is a key ally.”

    Duh, Okay Homer.

    Justified by what, BTW?

    No more wild goose chases for me! That’s the last time I observe a Dan Miller recommendation.

    • Boeke, preliminarily, I just noticed that I had made a mistake in the article. The first quote from the article appeared redundantly where I had intended the closing quote to appear. I just edited the article to put the second quote where it belongs.

      You complain that “Throwing away any chance of Palestinian diplomacy reduces the USA influence to zero.” Diplomacy based on fantasy, such as the United States has pursued, is ineffectual or worse. With such diplomacy, what chances are there for peace?

      Unless Israel ceases to exist, “Palestinians” will not be satisfied nor will there be peace with Israel other than the peace that comes with death. Israel is not, nor should she be, willing to commit national suicide in support of failed and fantasy-based United States diplomacy. Nor should the United States insist that she do so.

      As to Governor Romney’s remarks on the effects of culture on economics, Israel has done well despite daily rocket attacks and other terrorism directed at her while “Palestine” depends on international generosity – including some from Israel. The “Palestinian” culture of death to Jews is unlikely to produce a vibrant society, except one vibrant with hatred.

      My views on the Israel – “Palestine” situation are expressed here and in my other articles linked there. You might prefer this article, with which I disagree. It is posted at a blog to which I subscribe and which I read daily but with which I rarely agree.

      You state, “That’s the last time I observe a Dan Miller recommendation.” That’s fine with me. It is obvious that we see things differently. If you do not want to read my blog or the articles I recommend, then please don’t.

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