Tuesday, July 24, 2012


The NY Times today has a report on comments of Mitt Romney's campaign, criticizing Barack Obama,

Write Helene Cooper and Richard A. Oppel Jr., quoting a spokesman for the Romney campaign:

"President Obama thinks visiting our closest ally in the Middle East is a ‘distraction,’ that Hugo Ch√°vez is not a ‘serious’ threat, and that the right response to Russia is to promise more ‘flexibility’ in exchange for giving him ‘space’ before the election,” said Mr. Romney’s campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul. “It is clear that President Obama’s foreign policy is confused, ineffective and has weakened our influence in every region of the world. Governor Romney understands the difference between our allies and those who will challenge us. He will stand by allies and restore American strength and resolve to protect our interests abroad and defend our values.

The point I find amazing, no, astonishing, is that Mitt Romney must believe Hugo Chavez is a threat!  Mr. Chavez is suffering from cancer, probably colon cancer, is currently on chemotherapy and radiation, and overall is seriously ill. 

To consider Hugo Chavez a threat underlines the danger if Mitt Romney wins the election.  The U.S. under Romney would be fighting wars all over the world on the basis of defeating imaginary enemies and putting down dreamt-up threats.  True, in the case of Hugo Chavez, democratically elected president of Venezuela, Chavez did once call George W. Bush "Satan" at the United Nations, and added that the U.N. speakers podium smelled of sulphur after Bush talked.  But is that the basis of the threat that scares Mitt Romney?

Please, save us from this hillbilly!

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