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Is A Vote For Romney A Vote For War?

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Is A Vote For Romney A Vote For War?


The scheduled topic for the final debate of the 2012 election is foreign policy, but pundits expect that neither candidate will miss the chance to discuss domestic issues. Expect to hear that the economy is an engine that guarantees security from both sides.

The new ad above from the Obama campaign frames the president’s argument. He wants to end the war and use the savings to “rebuild America.”

Romney’s budget calls for a massive increase in defense spending, even above what we’ve been spending during wartime. The former governor of Massachusetts seems to agree that the war in Afghanistan should end, but disagrees that we should publicize our timeline for withdrawal.

The most pressing questions remain about Romney’s stance on Iran and his eagerness to enter another war in the Middle East. Sunday on Fox News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that when it comes to Iran “the time for talking is over.”

Do Romney and his 17 Bush/Cheney advisors agree that the time for negotiations is over?

The Nation‘s Ari Berman explains, “If we take the candidate at his word, a Romney presidency would move toward war against Iran; closely align Washington with the Israeli right; leave troops in Afghanistan at least until 2014 and refuse to negotiate with the Taliban; reset the Obama administration’s ‘reset’ with Russia; and pursue a Reagan-like military buildup at home.”

Romney has made some attempts to soften his stance on Iran, saying that he’d be more likely to bring a diplomatic solution that would end Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Over the weekend, The New York Times reported one-on-one talks between the U.S. and Iran have been agreed to in principle. Both countries denied the report.

Recent changes to the Romney website suggest that the Republican nominee will attack the president for “his willingness to talk without preconditions or pressure.”

Efraim Halevy, former head of Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Service,  has criticized Romney’s policy, saying, “I realized dialogue with an enemy is essential. What is there to lose?”

President Obama and Vice President Biden have repeatedly called on Romney to say if he is for war with Iran.

By forcing the answer to that question, the president is hoping voters realize their choice is between rebuilding American and another decade of grueling, unwinnable war that looks a lot like the past 10 years.

One thing is clear: Romney does not feel that the president needs Congress’ approval to bomb Iran, an act that will certainly lead to war.

(h/t on the video to Rolling Stone‘s Tim Dickinson.)


  1. soul68 October 22, 2012

    There is a void in Romney’s experience, and a lapse in his judgement. In that emptiness he fills it with the voices of the same people who convinced us we needed to go into Iraq for nonexistent WMD and that we would be greeted as liberators.

    17 of 24 people on Romney’s foreign policy team are from the Bush administration. That’s all America needs to know about how reckless a Romney presidency would be.

  2. bcarreiro October 22, 2012

    yes, a vote for a civil war!!!

  3. docb October 22, 2012

    Fact- romney is a coward and a bully who presented in Prep School! Fact- 17 of his 24 FP advisers are bush/cheney NeoCon left overs! Fact..he has insulted every country he has been to and many he has not… Fact- he does not want the job ..ONLY the TITLE ! Fact..he would send other Americans children to fight a war for Bibi but not his own !

    Answer 100% yes!

    1. Clarence Swinney October 23, 2012

      Mitt good looks scary. Many women vote emotions
      Why not brag O?
      His Fha has has lowest interest rates in history
      3% on 10 year and 3.8% on 30 year
      fixed rates low down payment
      Housing boomed in sept

      Like Fed student loans–he capped payments at 10% of income–great

  4. Robert October 22, 2012

    I though it was just me, YES Willard will send our childern to war. He should seen all of his family memeber that are of age first. The GOP are a bunch of cowards and warmungers.

  5. ski3938 October 22, 2012

    For sure he would never go to war or his family but you can bet he will send yours
    Mitt Romney has ZERO interest in the military he figured out how not to serve,he brought up five boys all of which where taught by the parents to avoid military service. Who cares that he served on a Mormon mission he could have done both.(but he did not want to take the risk). How could he eliminate military service from the Romney family, avoid foxholes and expect us to allow him to live in the white house.100,000 Mormons served in Vietnam but not anyone named Romney. His lifestyle and lack of interest in serving does not lend itself to him becoming Commander in Chief. His family wants to live the high life and let others do the dirty work. This is not the American way, we are talking about 6 Romney’s that could have served but they are not interested. IMHO he DISQUALIFIED himself from leading Americans into battle.

  6. mac macey October 22, 2012

    WAR. You want WAR. Vote Mitt. PEACE, you want PEACE. Vote OBAMA.

  7. Zumba900 October 22, 2012

    He’s a chicken-hawk. Took a pass when it was his time to serve.
    He’ll be happy to send your kids off to die, his won’t be anywhere near the action.
    A leader…NOT

  8. nobsartist October 22, 2012

    It is clear from watching this debate that the dildo in the room is willard.

  9. nobsartist October 22, 2012

    willard knows how to deal with the Chinese.

    He is in business with the RED CHINESE ARMY!

    He says China steals intellectual property rights. willard gives them intellectual property every time he moves another company over there as part of the deal with the RED CHINESE ARMY.


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