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Mitt Romney: Arab Spring Bad, Obama’s Fault

Tahrir Square, Cairo, February 9, 2011

Mitt Romney has shown that his ability to be gaffe prone is not limited to insulting America’s traditional (well, since after the Civil War when they supported the Confederacy). Now, he is bashing the entire Arab Spring.

In an interview with the right-wing Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, Romney stated that “President [George W.] Bush urged [deposed Egyptian President] Hosni Mubarak to move toward a more democratic posture, but President Obama abandoned the freedom agenda and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history, in a more peaceful manner.”

Simply put, if President Barack Obama not abandoned Bush’s “freedom agenda”, the Arab Spring would not have happened. Of course, the fact that every President in half a century had been urging Mubarak to abandon his totalitarian grip on power and embrace democracy is ignored.

Romney is mostly playing up the deomoniztion of Islamist governments as part of his world tour which stops in Israel next. Most Islamists are akin to Dominionists and Right-Wing Christians in the United States with only a slender margin being as bad as Al-Qaida, the Taliban or the various terrorist organizations.

Romney attacked those Islamist governments stating “Clearly we’re disappointed in seeing Tunisia and Morocco elect Islamist governments. We’re very concerned in seeing the new leader in Egypt as an Islamist leader. It is our hope to move these nations toward a more modern view of the world and to not present a threat to their neighbors and to the other nations of the world.”

Romney avoids noticing that despite the rise of an Islamist government in Morocco, King Mohammed VI still holds a strong grip on power. In Egypt, the military and the courts are preventing the Muslim Brotherhood, which is one of the very moderate Islamist groups out there, from having full power.

The interview was conducted in Reno, Nevada earlier this week. The paper itself is owned by Sheldon Adelson, one of the Republican’s top financiers. Adelson is currently under investigation for numerous crimes relating to his gambling empire.



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