Romney is at it again…

This time he is sticking his bully nose into the issue of Syria…

Romney Condemns Obama’s Syria Policy – NYTimes.com

Syria over the weekend has presented Mitt Romney with a new opportunity to sound a familiar theme: that President Obama’s foreign policy is feckless and lacking in courage.

Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, condemned Mr. Obama on Tuesday for a “policy of paralysis” toward Syria that he said had allowed President Bashar al-Assad to “slaughter 10,000 individuals.”

But Mr. Romney’s own prescriptions for ending the mounting death toll in Syria have been less definitive than his denunciations of the president.

No kidding…

He called for the United States to “work with partners to organize and arm Syrian opposition groups so they can defend themselves” — a policy that goes somewhat further than Mr. Obama’s but falls short of the airstrikes advocated by Republicans like Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

The White House has rejected arming rebel groups, saying it does not know enough about them and does not want to “further militarize the situation.” But the question of whether to arm the Syrian opposition has also split Republicans.

Such caution, from both the incumbent and the challenger, reflects the complexities of the Syrian uprising as well as the recognition that Americans have little appetite for another large-scale military engagement.

Even human rights groups are not demanding intervention.

“No human rights organization wants to criticize the administration for failing to do something we haven’t yet asked them to do,” said Tom Malinowski, the head of the Washington office of Human Rights Watch. “We see more complexity and risk in Syria because of the sectarian dimension and the weakness of the opposition.”

In situations like this, it seems like Romney should keep his big mouth shut…Maybe I am wrong?

This is an open thread, I had a sick kid tonight so I am running behind…

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16 Comments on “Romney is at it again…”

  1. Like I said, maybe I am wrong but this is a touchy situation…maybe not like the time constraints with the Chen diplomacy criticism, but I think it is just as detrimental to the work being done.

    • northwestrain says:

      Romney should keep his mouth shut — we don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes — and I’d say this for any Prez. I’m reading the International press and there are reports of some heavy duty diplomatic work in the background. There is a time for top secret and this is one of those times. There is a time to support diplomatic efforts.

      But then election bring out the worst in people — Raygun backstabbing President Clinton during the Iron hostage crisis. what Raygun did amounted to treason.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        I agree, but I think you mean President Carter.

        In 2008, Obama made comments about the wars & Osama bin Laden. I’m not condoning Romney’s idiocy, but it seems to be the nature of politics. Our political leadership spout off all the time as if no one but the American public is listening. Then they wonder why people around the world disrespect and/or hate “us.”

      • Yes — President Carter. Thanks for spotting the error.

  2. List of X says:

    Just the usual Romney tactic:
    1) Criticize the Obama’s solution without providing any viable alternative solution.
    2) If Obama’s solution does not work for any reason, blame Obama.
    3) if the solution works, take credit for it.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    Mittens has no foreign policy experience but what he does have is a host of neocons who served in the Bush Administration acting in the role of his advisors. Need I say more?

    This man is the sorriest excuse for a “leader” that I have ever before witnessed on the national scene.

    It would be laughable if it weren’t for those who find something worthwhile in supporting him.

    What I see in Mitt is a willing puppet in the hands of corporations and deep pocket money men who will steer the course once he is sworn in.

    Paul Krugman is correct in his assement. We are standing on the brink. U.S. involvement in any conflict needs to be thoughtfully and carefully explored before we rush into something that has no endgame as have the last two previous excursions which gained us nothing in the end.

    For god’s sake this is a man unable to tell Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump to f*ck off and we expect him to deal with crazies in the middle east?

    Come on!

    • RalphB says:

      I’ve learned not to bet against a Krugman analysis. Reading him, and taking it seriously, saved me quite a bit of money when the bubble burst since I’d already moved what I had out of the market.

      Willard really is the damn pits!

  4. RalphB says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this post, This former soldier denounces any faux-rage as stupid wingnut tricks.

    Lawyers Guns & Money: Chris Hayes apologizes for saying something intelligent

    We live in a culture in which someone like Hayes cannot suggest, even the most diffident, nuanced, and self-deprecating way, that automatically labeling every American soldier who dies in war a “hero” might be an oversimplification of a difficult set of moral and political questions without thereby releasing such a storm of indignation that he is forced to immediately recant such a terrible heresy.

    When it comes to war and peace nothing less than full-throated stupidity is acceptable in our public discourse, and any sign of ambivalence regarding the righteousness of the various causes for which around 1.34 million American soldiers have died is to be stamped out as an offense to the memory of the honored dead. (This view produces some logical problems in the context of America’s bloodiest war, but logic is never an impediment to pseudo-patriotic fervor).

    • NW Luna says:

      The soldiers are heroes, but the “leaders” who sent them into war are far too often idiots. Or chickenhawks.

      Commanders should put themselves or their families in the front lines before sending someone else’s kids to fight.

      • Which is why I respect McCain. His dad & grandfather were military men. I don’t. agree with him on a lot of issues – but I respect his service to this country.

        I’d add politicians to the list of people who should be on the front line.

  5. Forbes magazine the online version has an interesting article about the long terms use of adoring — including ibuproferin — taking these pain killers can help prevent skin cancer.

    The reason I find this interesting is beause of. arthritis in my knee I need this to even function especially in the northwest. Anyway my husband & several other guys Ionosphere’s refuse to take any sort of pain killer for their bad knees. They feel that pain is natural and pain killers like adoring only mask the pain.

    So I’ve saved the article to shoe my husband the next time he gets high & mighty about my taking OTC pain killers – the research was done in Denmark & the US.

    Isn’t it nice to know that there is a cancer. fighting drug in most of our medicine cabinet?

    Oh wait — a school district in my state was calling pain killers a “gate way” drug and a girl was suspended for taking asprin for cranberry. The male principal loved to shame the girls for taking pain killers.

    We live in interesting times.