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Cole writes: "The trip of Republic Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to Israel is in bad taste for lots of reasons."

US Republican party presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at an event in Jerusalem, 07/29/12. (photo Getty Images)
US Republican party presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at an event in Jerusalem, 07/29/12. (photo Getty Images)


Top 10 Most Distasteful Things About Romney Trip to Israel

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

30 July 12

 

he trip of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to Israel is in bad taste for lots of reasons.

  1. He is holding a fundraiser at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. It is distasteful for an American political candidate to hold a high profile fundraiser abroad, implying a commitment to a foreign country as a means of reaching out to American interest groups (in Romney’s case, Christian Zionists among the evangelicals and the minority of American Jews who would be willing to vote Republican).

  2. It is distasteful that Romney has broken his pledge of transparency and declared the fundraiser off limits to the US press.

  3. It is distasteful that Romney won’t explain why he has abruptly gone back on his word, and closed the Jerusalem event to the press.

  4. There is a convention in US politics that you don’t criticize the sitting president, even if you are an opposition politician, while on foreign soil. Romney clearly intends to slam President Obama while in Israel.

  5. It is distasteful that Romney is clearly holding the event in some large part to please casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who first bankrolled Newt Gingrich and now is talking about giving $100 million to elect Romney. Adelson is a huge supporter of far rightwing Likud Party Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and published a free newspaper in Israel to support all things Bibi all the time. Adelson is under investigation for allegedly bribing Chinese officials in Macau in reference to his casino empire there. Since Adelson is potentially an agent of Chinese influence and is a partisan of one of Israel’s most rightwing parties, Romney’s indebtedness to him is disturbing.

  6. It is distasteful to have Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu interfering in an American domestic election by openly favoring Romney over Obama.

  7. It is distasteful that Romney is promising his donors in Jerusalem a war on Iran. When George W. Bush promised his pro-Israel supporters a war on Iraq, it cost the US at least $3 trillion, got hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed, destabilized the Gulf for some time, cost over 4,000 American soldiers’ lives, and damaged American power, credibility and the economy. As Nancy Reagan said of drugs, so US politicians must say to constant Israeli entreaties that the United States of America continually fight new wars in the Middle East on their behalf: “Just say no.” Instead, Romney is playing war enabler, and that abroad!

  8. It is distasteful that Romney will not meet with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestine Authority, who actually was elected by Palestinians, but only with an appointed and toothless ‘prime minister’ known for cooperation with Israel’s Likud.

  9. It is distasteful the Romney will not commit to a two-state solution within 1967 borders or demand Israel cease illegal squatting on and unilateral annexation of Palestinian land. If he is going to this Middle East hot spot, why doesn’t he visit a Palestinian refugee camp so as to understand the nub of the dispute, instead of hobnobbing with the uber-rich in Jerusalem.

  10. It is distasteful that he is holding the fundraiser in the King David Hotel, which was famously blown up by the Zionist terrorist organization Irgun in 1946, in a strike that killed 91 persons and wounded dozens, many of them innocent civilians. Irgun leader Menachem Begin (later a leader of the ruling Likud Party) hit the hotel because there were British security offices there, which were tracking violent organizations like his own, during the British Mandate period of Palestine. He maintained that he called ahead to warn of the bombing, but that is just propganda to take the edge off the deed - who in 1946 would have taken such a call seriously? When current Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and other Likud leaders attended a commemoration of the bombing, the British Foreign Office sent over a sharp note of protest. I guess Romney is not finished with insulting London.

 

 

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+190 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-07-30 16:30
11. He's running for POTUS while displaying his BUFFOONERY & INEPTEDNESS at a level that is WORSE than Bush-43!!
 
 
0 # tahoevalleylines 2012-08-01 11:28
We would all be on the same page in the Middle East, but impossible without background history seen in George Grant's "The Blood Of The Moon"...
 
 
+187 # walthe310 2012-07-30 16:51
Nothing is worse than Bush 43, but I will commend Mitt for trying.
 
 
+55 # maddave 2012-07-30 23:57
Don't be too quick award Bush sole possession of the title of "Worst Ever". Romney has a deep-seated Dudley Do-right mentality and ineptitude that is only just now---on his current internationally embarrassing tour--- coming into full bloom for ALL to see.

Example: He just committed and the USA to a disastrous war with Iran during (God help us!) his Administration- -- a war which has absolutely no up-side for the USA whatsoever. Israel would be the sole beneficiary of this lame-brained idea ...

And this is the same Israel that attacked a well marked, unarmed USS Liberty---a commissioned U S Naval vessel in international waters with the right of innocent passagein. Israeli attack units and their intercepted communications revealed Israel's clear intent of quickly sinking Liberty along with all hands. The sons-of-bitches even machine gunned the regulation U S Navy sailors trying to save themselves in the water. There has NEVER been a plausible "explanation" for this despicable deliberate, murderous action AND---you guessed it ---no apology, either.

To these people Romney pledged untold trillions of American tax dollars, 1,000,000's of US troops on the ground in Iraq over 20 years of fighting a war that we CANNOT win, etc, etc. . . . . all to insinuate himself into the good financial graces of of the US's Jewish and fundamental Christian electorate.
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 20:51
Very shortsighted to promise anything as I do not believe the rest of the World is pro War in Iran.

I am sure he has promised them Syria and Palestine to for the Casino Sake?
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 20:49
That is only because he has not taken office. He is a close second making even Agnew look like a Rhoades
 
 
+145 # LAellie33 2012-07-30 17:19
Rmoney is America's "axis of evil." He would start World War 3 to appease the rightwing maniacal fringe sponsored by secret dirty money and Sheldon Adelson, the worst blight on Judaism. He is one of the most dangerous Jews in the world. He is Hitler wearing a "yellow star." The nerve of Rmoney to hold a mega fundraiser in a foreign country. He should be disqualified for that. NOW, President Obama should fundraise in Saudi Arabia! -- What's good for the goose is good for the gander! VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT. END THE REIGN OF THE TRAITOROUS, EVIL TEAPARTY/REPUBL ICAN SLEEZE MACHINE. Send Rmoney back to live where the "trees are just the right height." To save America and her people, WE MUST REELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA!
 
 
-100 # Activista 2012-07-30 18:03
"WE MUST REELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA?" NO - do not see the difference ....
Ahead of Mitt Romney's arrival in Jerusalem, President Obama on Friday signed a bill increasing military aid to Israel by $70 million....
drop in the $3 billion bucket - to pay for
readersupportednews.org/news-section2/323-95/12654-focus-air-forces-mega-bunker-buster-bomb-is-ready
 
 
+79 # maddave 2012-07-30 23:02
Well.Ol'Buddy, you and everybody else will "see the difference" if Romney is elected as PresUS. His judicial advisor is Robert Bork (author of "Slouching to Gomorrah") and there will be about 200 Federal (Iower court) judges plus (up to) four Supreme Court Justices to appoint. With that team at the helm we are certain to to end up with a Federal Judiciary packed with reactionary, racist, tea-baggers* in these vital positions, where they will dwell for the next thirty years as Romney's malignant legacy.
*Oops! The term "racist tea-baggers" is clearly redundant.
 
 
+3 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:04
Well, a study of the teabaggers showed that only 25% of them are true racists. The rest of them are just either stupid or ignorant.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:02
We already have them...and it can get worse. Read History Books.
 
 
+38 # LiberalRN 2012-07-31 00:20
[quote name="Activista "]"WE MUST REELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA?" NO - do not see the difference ....
You don't? REALLY?
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:04
Yep Blinders are on, Ears shut down...just another sheeple who doesnot want to read History, examine the Mittens and his kin.

OB is not perfect but I have not met a president that is. But I certainly have lived thru Evil ones. OB is not Evil just too Clintony
 
 
+6 # lexy677 2012-07-31 00:22
Why the distaste for your comment??. You simply stated the facts. It is true;Obama actually DID increase military aid to Israel while Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

Granted, Obama is preferable to Romney but when it comes to Israel, there is very little difference.
 
 
+6 # brux 2012-07-31 08:59
Some of the people here are absolutely irrational about the issue of Israel. To me it means that the Left also has it's share of folks with their heads buried in the ground and do not care about facts or justic.

It's a way of Islamic choosing, sure in any war there are excesses and in any cultural clash there exists bad behavior on both sides. That Rommey would go do Israel is to be expected.

I don't want him as President or anything else - except taxpayer, but I have no problem with that.
 
 
+6 # FatCharley 2012-08-01 04:48
That Rommey would go do Israel is to be expected.

I don't want him as President or anything else - except taxpayer, but I have no problem with that.

Indeed, I welcome Romney as a taxpayer and hope he emulates his very honorable father in this regard.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:08
I hope he pays up what he owes now. He is a hypocrite.

Romney and most of the new crew would do anybody, anywhere....bel ieve they have reputation for subways
 
 
-7 # FatCharley 2012-08-01 04:46
This really says it all on the Israel front:

Quoting lexy677:
Why the distaste for your comment??. You simply stated the facts. It is true;Obama actually DID increase military aid to Israel while Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

Granted, Obama is preferable to Romney but when it comes to Israel, there is very little difference.
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2012-08-01 11:23
When it comes to Iran there's a BIG difference between the two.
 
 
+8 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 14:34
No, not really --- The Rombot showed just how BIGOTED and INEPT he is by managing to insult both Jews and Palestinians in a single dumb comment:
The 'culture'? of Jews in Israel (= the ingrained knee-jerk bigoted assumption that what Jews are good at 'naturally' is making money?!) vs. the 'culture' (or lack of it) of Palestinians is inferior?
For this fellow, his idea of 'culture' is the worship of money -- more suited to Mammon (Mormon?) than either Jews or Muslims. He wouldn't recognize 'culture' if it bit him on the derriere...
Among other things, he might well consider everyone from Einstein to D'Israeli, Kirk Douglas, Beverly Sills, Benny Goodman, Eli Wiesel, Saul Bellow [ among many others] rather than focusing on money-worshippe rs like himself when espousing his unexamined warped ideas about Jews in public.
 
 
+40 # colpow 2012-07-31 06:14
. . . but you have to admit romney makes obama look like ghandi in comparison.
 
 
+43 # bmiluski 2012-07-31 08:14
Military support and a pledge to bomb Iran are two different things.
 
 
-5 # Activista 2012-07-31 22:45
Search:
The US will supply Israel with bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes in return for delaying a strike against Iran until at least the end of the year, Maariv reported on Thursday. During their meeting earlier this week in Washington, Barack Obama promised Benjamin Netanyahu the latest deep-penetratio n arms from the US arsenal as well as airborne tankers to refuel strike jets necessary for an Israeli attack on Iran. In return, Israel will agree to not take any action until after the upcoming US presidential elections in November 2012."
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:12
And where in our history do we not do this with them over any other????

OB can say anything he wants...Congres s/Senate is supporting more wars and Military spending. Where do they get money from...Ammo, Guns, Bombs, chemicals, Labs etc, etc. etc.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:01
So what do expect us to do
All the idiots keep spending money you think in these countries but they do not send money at all. It is all smoke and mirrors my friend. There is not money to send. It is all about favors, our service people, and whatever they can get their hands on, how they can make a Profit on it. This has been going on for century or more.

When you can prove that All of America will vote for the Best third Party Candidate...let us know. In the meantime, wake up, Israel needs to be made to face consequences if they keep killing people. These Holocaust Brats are killing Women, Children, Seniors, animals, destroying land, water. Guess they do not take the Old Testament or God real seriously. Religious Christians and others are Hypocrites. Killing is all Humans Know.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 20:54
There is not WWIII there is only the end.
Korea will finally get to use their bombs. China will call in markers. I do not believe Europe has enough Soldiers to continue these attacks. I am sure they do not want Iran blown up...or perhaps winning?
Turkey and Baltic Area is not so up for War in Iran. Saudi is just watching and waiting.
Republicans may think they are God but they got a big awakening coming Bombs do not care what your last name is or who you Think you are.
 
 
+125 # Willman 2012-07-30 19:56
If hes the best the repubs could put up this time I wonder what their definition is of the "best" is.
Not presidential material unless its president of a vampire equity company.
He is a true lapdog of the right. Pandering every inch of the way.
 
 
+121 # gayle_em 2012-07-30 21:00
Top 10 Most Distasteful Things About Romney Trip to Israel? 1. Romney 2.Romney 3. Romney 4. Romney 5. Romney 6. Romney 7. Romney 8. Romney 9. Romney 10. Romney
 
 
+29 # tedrey 2012-07-31 06:38
Let's be fair: 1. Romney 2.Romney 3. Romney 4. Romney 5. Romney 6. Netanyahu 7. Romney 8. Romney 9. Romney 10. Romney
 
 
+1 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:06
Quoting gayle_em:
Top 10 Most Distasteful Things About Romney Trip to Israel? 1. Romney 2.Romney 3. Romney 4. Romney 5. Romney 6. Romney 7. Romney 8. Romney 9. Romney 10. Romney


Jeez, I could have come up with 100.
 
 
+44 # Lisa Moskow 2012-07-30 21:14
Romney is the sleeze of the sleeze--he is so bad that Obama can get away with murder.
 
 
+68 # mdhome 2012-07-30 22:01
What a shameful show by an ignoramus.
 
 
-93 # brux 2012-07-30 22:10
I'm not a Romney supporter, or a Democrat, but who cares? It is "distasteful" is all that is claimed - OK, don't taste it. I don't want a taste of Romney as President, but this kind of nonsense is not going to do anything to prevent that.

The articles are aimed at the anti-Semitic members of the left just as some articles on the right are aimed at latent racism - both issues are better ignored and shut down.
 
 
+37 # Phlippinout 2012-07-30 23:33
So you think that my dislike for israel makes me anti-semitic? Wow, you must also think that if one is not pro US aggression one must be anti American? I will discuss the barbaric behavior of israel until they stop being such a hateful and violent force in the region. My mother used to say never discuss religion, politics or money and i love talking about all three!
 
 
+14 # FatCharley 2012-08-01 04:54
[quote name="fightback "]So you think that my dislike for israel makes me anti-semitic?

A good point that deserves repeating multiple times: criticism of Israel and dislike of some of its policies is not remotely the equivalent of "anti-semitism" . Just as criticism of France is not the same as hating the French.
 
 
+61 # Ralph Averill 2012-07-31 02:03
Criticism of anything Israeli, like the Likud Party, is not anti-semitism. Acknowledging Palestinian rights is not anti-semitism.
Judaism is a religion, Israel is a nation. The two are not interchangeable .
 
 
-44 # brux 2012-07-31 08:48
Acknowledging human rights is fine, acknowledging Palestinian rights is akin to trying to show how liberal you are by acknowledging NAZI rights, there really is no logic or sense to it.

I am pro-the people in this area, and anti-their government as well as the government of those countries who hate Israel so much they seek to destroy it. If it were not for Iran, Syria, and other Muslim nations trying to destroy Israel there would be no conflcit and no problem here - that is what is true.
 
 
+27 # alanherman 2012-07-31 10:13
Brux, "If it were not for Iran, Syria, and other Muslim nations trying to destroy Israel there would be no conflcit and no problem here - that is what is true."that is SO not true.. Israel is, and has since its inception, been the prime aggressor in the internal conflict of the region, Palestine, Gaza and the West Bank...hello!!?
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:34
If you go back thru History and Bible, their writings teach all sins especially greed, taking from thy neighbor. Those who pretend to be the most learned teach killing and acceptance of it. Funny how God in all the Anger never intended harm to mankind...after all we can do that all by ourselves.

Israel as many others are Bullies and therefore attract that Mentality. I am not speaking of all Israelites just those who follow blindly rather than Saying NO more. Where will you get all the people to continue to fight...Why is it that those in Power never send their kids to front lines?
 
 
-1 # brux 2012-08-03 13:02
even before there was a state of Israel the jews of the area were persecuted - just like every other non-muslim minority. get a clue alan! for hundreds of years.
 
 
+18 # Eduardo3 2012-07-31 18:48
How idiotic. To equate Palestinians -- a people, a nationality -- with Nazis - the worst kind of political party -- makes absolutely no sense. It is racist on its face.
 
 
-1 # brux 2012-08-03 13:04
the palestinians if know the history of the area the palestinians as well as iran and other countries in the area were allied with the nazis in WWII.

do some research on Haj Amin Al Hussayni ... you know, the reason why so many muslim leaders take the name hussein.

also the whole reason iran is called iran is that iran means aryan. the name of persia was changed in the 1930s in support of Hitler and Germany.
 
 
+6 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 12:44
Brux,

Since on the one hand you say that "acknowleding human rights is fine" but acknowleging Palestinian rights is not the only way to read this is that you consider Palestinians less than human. This is the Nazi position that considered Jews less than human. How can anyone say that there is no "logic" or "sense" in talking about the rights of any people? And, there have been numberous Arab peace initiatives going back to at least the 80s if not earlier all calling for peace based on a two-state solution with the Palestinians and mutual recognition; so how can you still cling to the outdated notion that all of the Arab states (and Iran, since they are not Arab) are still trying to destroy the state of Israel?

There is far more diversity of oppinion in Israel amongst Israeli Jews than there is here amongst American Jews and Israeli Jews are able to criticize Israeli State policies without being considered anti-semitic or self-hating Jews (although, unfortunately, this has changed in recent years). Are the Israeli Refusniks anti-Israel? Or how about someone like Avraham Berg (hardly a radical), who's recent book "The Holocaust is Over; We Must Rise From Its Ashes" is something every American Jew (and non-Jew) should read?
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:42
I have a question If all Israel,Jewish people believe they must go to War against Iran...where will those soldiers come from

Mittens will need a draft, so that means any American will qualify and I do hope I see lots of Politicians Kids goin...Now who will the Israel or American Jewish Person fight for America or Israel. I wonder.

I know during the sixties lots of Politicians kids never saw front line or even did boot, I remember the same of Jewish Families not allowing their Children to be drafted, paid for them to leave, used good laws and lawyers. Funny how people can live here and still take the Oath of Israel .... Either yu are American or you are not, perhaps that should be looked into.

If you refuse to serve for your Country are you not a Traitor? But who is a Foreigners' Country, I mean someone who continues to use their homeland over what is best for America the Country they use and live off.

That is what I am tired of...I think that it is time to choose. If it not America, time you leave. Foreigners are also very good like their Republican counter parts in investing elsewhere...ano ther proof that they do not care about America, we are just their private resort. Us the commoners are here to do their bidding.
 
 
+1 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:13
I am a big supporter of Israel in the abstract, but the treatment of the Palestinians is utterly unforgivable, and talking about the Palestinians as if they are bad people is to ignore what they have to put up with. And, in fact, a large number of Israelis agree with that. Would you just stand by if we were being subjugated and under permanent embargo with only the UN to assure us that we could get a few necessities for life?
 
 
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:30
Israel has never been the problem?

Few men were serious about sitting down and talking with the other Nations esp Palestine.

Sorry Killing is wrong and Your God and mine says Thou Shalt Not Kill...I saw no amendments to that nor was there to be any.
I believe that was written in the Old Testament...so who is the Hypocrite...Isr ael, or God.

I have family that are Jewish, I was brought up to respect all Faiths. I think Religion is a Corporation nothing more. I have Faith, Belief and it costs me, but not in monetary terms. I do not have to Buy Faith or Belief. You have it or you do not. I need no Testaments to make me Believe that something Greater is going to Judge us... I also do not understand why other Faiths of the Middle East/Some Eastern are good at taking Organs from Donors yet offer none at their Death. Not very Humane.

I wonder how one can Hide Behind a Travesty Called the Holocaust, then Kill Women and Children, destroy their homes, land, water. How one can torture them like they were tortured. Guess the wrong message was learned from That Part of History. Christians were/are no better but at least we do not Continually remind everyone of Crusades, Nazi and then go bear arms against our neighbor.

I am ashamed of All. Anyone who kills another for profit or gain, will be Judged. The Meek Shall InHerit the Earth. Nothing Meek about Humanity
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:21
Supposed to be....see this parallel of Religions getting a bit out of Control, acting like Military, Counseling like Politicians???? ??
 
 
+20 # reiverpacific 2012-07-31 09:07
Quoting brux:
I'm not a Romney supporter, or a Democrat, but who cares? It is "distasteful" is all that is claimed - OK, don't taste it. I don't want a taste of Romney as President, but this kind of nonsense is not going to do anything to prevent that.

The articles are aimed at the anti-Semitic members of the left just as some articles on the right are aimed at latent racism - both issues are better ignored and shut down.

Disagree! -And I've also previously stated my occasionally poor opinion about former weak, irrelevant or oft-repeated articles on RSN.
But in my 'umble opinion, this is a well set out and researched piece whilst being easily read and remembered, therefore able to be passed on to the more simplistically- oriented citizens who are prone to be accepting of the owner-media.
So let's pass it on to our mainstream accepting fellows and sisters, in a gesture of quiet journalistic activism.
If you don't like the article, why not refute it item by item, enumerated accordingly. That's called "debate".
Your anti-semitic allegation is -again in my 'umble opinion- pure paranoiac speculation and a poor coda. And do you want to "Shut-down" the article in a censoring gesture just 'cause you personally consider it so insignificant? That to me tends to indicate that you actually acknowledge it's potentially informative impact.
"Nuff from me.
 
 
+29 # tedrey 2012-07-31 10:47
Anti-Israeli aggressiveness is NOT anti-Semitism, any more than anti-Nazism is anti-German, or anti-Stalinism is anti-Russian. I hugely admire and respect the Jewish people; I hugely fear and detest Netanyahu and many of his predecessors in office.
 
 
+3 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 08:36
Brux, while i would certainly agree that there are some in the US left that are indeed anti-semitetic, criticism of Israel (or more acccurately, Israeli government policies) is not anti-semitetic. The bigger problem is that, with a few exceptions, much/most of the US left has no analysis whatsoever of the Arab regimes and so their criticism of Israel comes off as "one-sided" at best." The same can be said regarding an almost complete absense of any criticism of the Palestinian "government" (e.g., whatever one may think of Arafat as a guerilla leader, as the leader of the Palestinian Authority he was a pig to the point where he banned the writings of Edward Said in Palestine -- Said was an outspoken critic of Arafat and the PA).

So, instead of simply throwing around charges of anti-semiticism i think it is more productive to demand that the US left (and others) have a complete analysis (i.e., not just of Israel but also of the Arab states) and level criticism of all and not just of one. So, today, for example, one can oppose outside military intervention/as sistance while at the same time being totally critical of the Assad regime. Or do we really think that the Saudis are arming the Syrian "opposition" because of their love of democracy or respectr for the wishes of the Syrian people?
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:19
I do not believe most of us are anti semitic...there are many levels of Israel. The Base Mentality are the ones keeping the People as a whole in Captivity.

The People are as a whole lied to as we are, the ones who do not believe do fight back, try to stop the killing.

Hypocrites who pretend to be anti Holocaust, use it at every corner to keep the people following...wow does that sound familiar??? Sad thing is they do not see they are the Holocaust to those they kill, burn, bomb...again see some close resemblance to others Us, England?

We must let Israel stand on their own feet...our Soldiers, Un, Europe, Aussies are tired, very tired.

Where are these new troops coming from?
We are ProLife because we need kids to die for out Wars. Now more than ever We all Should be Marching. We are Killers worse than Mafia, Cartels. We intentionally Kill...wow who do we accuse of that?
 
 
-1 # brux 2012-08-03 13:00
Hmmmm ... -90 that must be some kind of record ... a lot of you anti-semites out there that cannot bear to see yourselves as you really are ... either that or you just do not understand Islam or world history.
 
 
+136 # michelle 2012-07-30 22:17
It is remarkably distasteful that Romney insulted both the Israeli and Palestinian people with one remark. Romney said Jews had a better business sense and that is why their economy is so much better than the Palestinian economy. I can't believe his bigotry--toward s both cultures. I can't believe his total lack of understanding when it comes to economic issues. Mostly I can't believe I live in a country where so many citizens would even consider his candidacy much less vote for him.
 
 
+50 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-07-31 00:47
Next he is going to say that Blacks have a better 'sport' sense, or Italians have a better successful 'crime' sense. Maybe he'll announce that Chinese have a better 'fast food' sense, and Japanese have a better 'sneak attack' sense, or Mexicans have an enhanced sense of 'fruit picking while bending over in the hot sun.'
Who knows what this guy will come up with next? But, one thing is sure, his 'people' will lap it up, because, like ex governor, ex CEO, ex frat boy Romney, they have no sense and can only talk nonsense.
 
 
+8 # FatCharley 2012-08-01 05:03
Quoting michelle:
It is remarkably distasteful that Romney insulted both the Israeli and Palestinian people with one remark. Romney said Jews had a better business sense and that is why their economy is so much better than the Palestinian economy. I can't believe his bigotry--towards both cultures. I can't believe his total lack of understanding when it comes to economic issues.
.
After reading the Book of Mormon, recently, I wondered whether Mormons grow up in something like a multi-level pyramid scheme.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:46
That is why those
companies could not go forward and he closed them He has not concept.
He and his Mormon Faith never had very good thoughts or words on Jewish Faith. It is amazing how much in one year the Mormons have changed....cons tantly. Certainly not very stable or true Faith.
 
 
+74 # Zarrakan 2012-07-30 22:25
Republican/Mitt Romney policies: Public Relations = Sponsor hate groups, and fan the flames of bigotry. Education = Keep people as stupid as possible so that they keep voting for Republicans who hate them. Military policy = War for profit, and I don’t care how many innocent people die so long as my war stocks go up. Health care = die. Jobs = outsourcing. Unemployment = Hurry up and die. Women's rights = get back in the kitchen and poop out some more babies you can't support, and we're not going to help you with them either. Mitt Romney = death of America. Unemployment will do nothing but increase wherever Republicans have power. I made a video about unemployment, and how we can fix it. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the name:
2012 6 5 ZOC Job Pyramid
Watch it, share it, and join the fight against those who want to kill all of us with destructive social policies.
 
 
+5 # carolharveysf 2012-07-31 00:34
I will check out your video. Well-said. Thanks.
 
 
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:48
You left out they are ProLife got to give them that one.
 
 
+90 # Billy Bob 2012-07-30 22:42
Thanks to Citizens United Romney can now pay for his entire campaign with money received from foreign governments. He could become President with money from the Chinese government specifically intended to undermine our democracy.

HIs closed door meetings are a good way to hide from the light of day. He knows very well how the truth would be received.
 
 
+31 # angelfish 2012-07-30 23:21
You're right Billy Bob, that's why he won't show his Tax returns, as well. He KNOWS how damaging they are and how they could sink his bid for the Presidency.
 
 
+31 # doneasley 2012-07-31 01:53
Quoting Billy Bob:
...
HIs closed door meetings are a good way to hide from the light of day. He knows very well how the truth would be received.


After all, Rmoney did say in an interview with Matt Lauer that these things are better "discussed in quiet rooms". These guys have lost their minds. For Rmoney to sit there IN ISRAEL with Sheldon Adelson and other big-money American donors to his campaign and spout the words that they've fed to him is the height of arrogance and deceit. He will say and do anything to achieve the presidency. And to think that no one would notice what he's doing is the height of condescension to his potential "serfs" back here in America. This episode of "As Rmoney turns, and turns, and turns..." should not be forgotten.

To believe that ANYONE (but the rich) would vote for this groveling, pandering, out-of-touch fraud is ludicrous. A PANDERER is someone who procures customers for whores - in short a PIMP!!
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:51
But sheeple continue to follow the slime
 
 
+72 # angelfish 2012-07-30 22:48
In a word, Romney is DISTASTEFUL! He is a Nazi/Fascist, as is Sheldon Adelson and Benjamin Netanyahu and is NOT content unless beating the drum for more WAR! How DARE he speak disparagingly of our President on foreign soil? It is just another indication of his lack of Sense, Sensibility or Diplomacy! This man (?) is as lame as Bush ever was! At the VERY least, Bush was affable! Romney is a caricature of a human being, stiff, wooden with no warmth or depth of feeling. Never,EVER vote ReTHUGlican!
 
 
-1 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:19
Fascist yes, Nazi no. You really think ol' Bibi would host a Nazi? Romney was kissing up to them, not gassing them.
 
 
+115 # natalierosen 2012-07-30 22:50
This Jew is utterly DISGUSTED by this charlatan empty suit Romney. He said what he said because Mr. Buyout Adelson was sitting at his right hand side. Romney is an empty vessel in which the most extremist right wing Republican Party since pre Civil War America wants to fill up its power. It is rancid to the core with racists and religious morons. Romneybot will do anything, say anything and be anyone any right wingnut wants because it is his ONLY way to the presidency through the Republican Party of extreme. He is shameful and an embarrassment to the country.

I am a Jew and I love Israel that means I want it to survive. Romney is a sham candidate and does not see how mediating, understanding, and trying his darndest to secure a meaningful and lasting peace so that Israel may LIVE in peace but one does not do that by denigrating the other side but understanding and trying to work with all parties. Romney by his vicious insulting and utterly insipid words did more to destroy the state of Israel than save it. He put gasoline on the fire. Just who does Romney REALLY care about -- answer-Romney and anything to get elected and stand behind the POTUS seal. Pay NO attention he will NEVER EVER appeal to anyone except the most extremist right wing nut of the present day Republican Party. Truth: That Party is dying and it knows it. This is its last gasp unless it turns to reality and changes its disgusting ways! Romney, YOU are a JERK!
 
 
+28 # stiver-aloha@hawaii.rr.com 2012-07-31 04:53
Thank you, Natalie Rosen, for a passionate comment which mirrors my own disgust and angst. I couldn't have done any better than you, so...kudos!
Robert H. Stiver, Oahu, Hawaii
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 14:41
Here, here!
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:56
Please help those you know or love here, I do not believe that any American Company cares if you survive anymore than Syria, Saudi etc. They are out for money and raping the resources you have.
I believe if these Corporations take over the Holocaust you so Hate will be a Saturday Matinee. They will destroy everyone they hate, one by one.
Nazis are alive and Well in the USA and other Nations.

The World needs to Unite against the Criminals in the USA. If we do not kill with Military, we will Poison the World with Monsanto and GMO. Thought Lead was bad...wait.
 
 
+18 # rwboberg 2012-07-30 23:09
Romney is the ultimate hypocrite. He campaigns on people and businesses doing well without government help. For God's sake, why are we not hearing about the 6 million per day the American taxpayers are sending to Israel? It is no wonder that the Israelis are doing well financially. The Palestinians might be doing as well if we gave them the same amount, and Israel got what the Palestinians get.
 
 
+24 # Regina 2012-07-30 23:30
Romney is a once-typical American anti-Semite, with his stupid remark about "culture." What "culture" is he attributing to Jews, while speaking about money, and how many does he actually know other than Sheldon Adelson? One Israeli commentator called him on it, but no follow-up.
 
 
+6 # jwb110 2012-07-31 13:04
Quoting Regina:
Romney is a once-typical American anti-Semite, with his stupid remark about "culture." What "culture" is he attributing to Jews, while speaking about money, and how many does he actually know other than Sheldon Adelson? One Israeli commentator called him on it, but no follow-up.

Romney is stirring up the Nomes of Zurich and Elders of the Protocols of Zion conspiracy theorists and that is not a hornets nest to bat around. He had better be careful with his new version of an October Surprise. And so should American Jews. This is still a racist country and there are non-Christians who who would come down on the side of Hitler before they would come down on the side of Ben and Romney.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 21:59
White Supremists have grown as has KKK in past 12 years like the gun sales.

I do not remember either liking Jewish people. I believe it is white or nothing.
They follow as do many groups....Nazi. So do the new regime of Rethugs.
 
 
+1 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:24
Yeah, it is kind of funny just how anti Israel the Republicans were historically until recently when someone got them to notice that the apocalypse isn't supposed to happen until Israel is destroyed, so they've been supporting everything Israel trying to get a war started so Israel can be destroyed. Wouldn't they be surprised when it happened and no conservatives were allowed into Heaven. Considering that the party is run on a platform of hatred and screwing the people I figure that's going to be the case anyway.
 
 
+24 # wwway 2012-07-31 00:03
Bush 43 on steroids. No kidding!
The country seems evenly devided and we're fighting over just a few swing states. That's a bad comentary for democracy.
 
 
+13 # mayordoug 2012-07-31 09:17
This is perhaps the most apt observation of this entire election. The nation is crumbling, and so many are helping by swallowing everything fed them by the Repugs. Damn.
 
 
+13 # carp 2012-07-31 00:49
The smarmy picture is number 11.
 
 
+3 # RMDC 2012-07-31 04:10
We all know that Israel is a very important player in all US national elections. It funds political candidates through front organizations such as AIPAC and independent operators such as Adelson. The US president is as much a president of Israel as he is a president of the US.

Romney only is too crude to disguise it and at least appear to be independent. Maybe the zionists like Netanyahoo finally have their candidate in the race.

Americans are such chumps. They elect leaders who do the dirty work of the most disgusting nations on earth -- Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Clearly Romney is worse than Obama is just about all ways. But it no longer matters. With style aside, they will do the same things -- whatever they are ordered to do by Israel, banks, the Pentagon, and CIA.
 
 
+18 # the wizard 2012-07-31 04:20
If Rmoney thought the Saudis would give him money he'd promise to impose Sharia law on America. Who'd a thought Citizens United would be the source of seed money to bring us Sharia law.
 
 
+6 # bartleby 2012-07-31 05:42
Cole left out the most distasteful thing Romney did, and we have a photo, of Romney donning a Jewish skull cap, pretending to be a Jew, and genuflecting before his Jewish masters at the wailing wall. Of course, had Cole mentioned that he would have been obligated to mention that Obama, Bush, and many other US politicians have done the same thing. I just learned that our former governor Charlie Crist used to make a annual pilgrimage to Israel to place a prayer in the wailing wall. That's politics, and the realities of power, in the US.
 
 
-11 # brux 2012-07-31 08:52
What Muslim favoritism does Obama display? I think at best Obama was seeking to give the Islamic sides of the issue a chance to do the right thing, which they continually reject in favor of going the long term of destroying Israel.
 
 
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:06
That War is their War. The two of them want to continue the stupidity let them. I feel the same way of Christians hating each other.
Your all Heathens according to the Creator.
I will stick with Belief of what a beautiful Planet we have been given. I thank the Creators daily. Everyone else is a hypocrite. Money is all they are about like Humans they are.
 
 
+6 # Regina 2012-07-31 13:58
Men appearing at the Western Wall are required to cover their heads (women are sent to a different section of the Wall). Learn some facts before commenting.
 
 
-2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:11
Covering ones head...why not a baseball cap, why not a beret?
It is an insult Regina for many Christian and other Faiths to wear a Yarmulkez?
So I believe it is Control on the Jewish Faith to expect a Christian or other Faith to do so. I believe the choice should be up to the Person.
I also believe it is shameless that women cannot share the same area so as to invigorate the energy to the Wall. Did Women not die for their Faith, Watch their Children they bore die?

Our ignorance is small compared to the whole picture. It is still a game, a very shameful game that Children die for.
Long Live ProLifers...pro tecting life so it can die for Greed.
 
 
0 # FatCharley 2012-08-01 15:49
Quoting bartleby:
Cole left out the most distasteful thing Romney did, and we have a photo, of Romney donning a Jewish skull cap, pretending to be a Jew, and genuflecting before his Jewish masters at the wailing wall. Of course, had Cole mentioned that he would have been obligated to mention that Obama, Bush, and many other US politicians have done the same thing. I just learned that our former governor Charlie Crist used to make a annual pilgrimage to Israel to place a prayer in the wailing wall. That's politics, and the realities of power, in the US.

Submitting to public "coming of age" or "gang" rituals is old hat stuff in diplomatic circles. It's what happens behind the closed doors that really counts.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:14
Amen And we know what went on...They divided up where the ruins left will go to or the resources.
Probably also decided whose products, which Contractors are going to come where, believe me I saw it at Local Zoning when they divided up our township. This is just bigger and been going on since the beginning of man. Risk Game is really getting smaller.
I wish they would all leave with Rush, at a very quick pace
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:02
I believe the only one who may have done in respect was Carter.
I think it is very transparent of both Cultures...Romn ey is very transparent it is his Paperwork that is not.
 
 
+18 # riverhouse 2012-07-31 06:12
In that photo, I see a look of love on Romney's face as he gazes with such adoration at Netanyahu. I haven't seen such a look of adoration on a man's face since I last saw a photo of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:15
Drooling over how he can get more and more and more.
Watch our Israel, that man is going to skrew ya if you allow him to get in. Maybe everyone must go...Korea thinks so.
 
 
+21 # walt 2012-07-31 06:41
This is all part of Romney's bag of tricks. He is a real charlatan.

One has to wonder just why all our presidential candidates have to pledge themselves in every election to Israel. To a one, they all don yarmulkes and appear at the Wailing Wall for their photo-op. They then pledge "support" which is everything from money to human lives at the expense of the American people.

If anything needs serious scrutiny, it is this! We need some serious pledges made to Americans!
 
 
-2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:20
The Insult at the Wailing Wall is to those who died to be on it.
First, hypocritical Faiths done this skull cap which is against their Faith(how low can we go..watch this) Jewish Faith would not wear a Muslim hat or Palestinian if they were to go to their place of Worship.
As a Catholic they refused to come into our Churches or Cathedrals in 50's and done such apparel.
Women are not allowed at the Portion Men to to. I remember Hillary escorted, Rosalyn. That is yet another insult to Faith, their God who created us Equally, and Women who were Mothers, who watched their children die. Centuries they watched, listened. Shame on all.
 
 
+18 # humactdoc 2012-07-31 07:21
Missing from this list is Romney's statement that the reason for Israeli's much better economic well-being compared Palestinian's is a matter of culture. In addition to displaying Romney's silver-spoon elitism, this ignores and absolves Israel's horrific occupation, brutal persecution and human rights violations as they expand into Palestine steering to run over every Palestinian in their path.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:21
Obviously the Mormons Now also do not recognize Palestinians this year. Still out on Gays but not so loudly
 
 
+20 # bbaldwin 2012-07-31 07:21
If all of us who think Romney is NOT fit to be our President, then we must help those who are spending a great deal of time volunteering their time and money to defeat Romney. Romney scares me more than Richard Nixon. The fact that he went to Israel at all shocked me. He must think by running for Presidnet he has enabled himself to set foot on forign soil and even though he professed to not comment on forign affairs, he did. His conversation with Benjamin N. was awful. There is another party involved in the Israel dibacal. That is Palistine. This has to handled very gently and deplomatically, but Romney is no deplomat. He is a fool with lots of money who has had his head in the sand for year. Still trying to be his father. Never could he arise to that stature. We must get out the vote and defeat this man.
 
 
+20 # alanherman 2012-07-31 07:30
As with his Bain Capitol days, Mitt Romney holds little concern for morals, ethics, or anything for that matter, beyond his own personal gain... it is how behaved in business, and how he will perform if elected... and any who believe that his self-centered momentary "successes" will somehow also benefit them, are fools, and in fact our losses as a nation and as humanity, I fear, will be of a magnitude beyond our wildest dreams.
 
 
+15 # susan lea 2012-07-31 07:32
If the United States attacks Iran, as Romney appears to promise the Israelis, we will be in a Third World War, against Russia & probably China. A very scary prospect.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:26
Korea, I do not know where any Muslim Nation will Stand.
I wonder what the UN thinks right now, since they are the Soldiers who seem to mow after we annihilate.

Israel should have to face the Music on their own two feet. Is that not what they asked for ... a State. They are a Nation let them rule on their own.

Their are more Muslims than not. Europe is not jumping us for this latest baffoon...perha ps they are fearful since they have growing Muslim 'Culture' I do not think I would be so stupid, but then I am not Mitt or the New Age Rethug,
 
 
-46 # jimattrell 2012-07-31 07:37
Jewish people have been very concerned about President Barack Hussein Obama and the obvious Muslim favoritism he displays. If you want to discuss lack of transparency, start with our President before you throw stones at Romney. At least Romney can't give away freebees for votes like Obama does with regularity.
 
 
+29 # humactdoc 2012-07-31 12:37
Spoken like a true Fox-"News"like GOP operative...lac k of reason, facts and grasp on reality!
 
 
+21 # Eduardo3 2012-07-31 18:57
Give me one, just one, example of the "obvious" Muslim "favoritism" you think our current President displays. His middle name doesn't count, as that was given to him by his parents.
 
 
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:31
I thought it meant Peace? I am sorry I do not get into the bs.
may people call their kids names of other Cultures, Fantasy Idols, Rock Stars..who cares
Can you imagine his school days...Barrack Husseing OBama. Please that would have been a nightmare in my neighborhood.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:28
Just when the Heck did OB satisfy any Muslim. He told them off as much as he did Israel, Iran etc.
I see no where that he has favored any Muslim Nation.
Rethugs do not give away freebies. What grade in Elementary school are you in?
 
 
+29 # jwoodchase 2012-07-31 07:46
To me the most distasteful statement made by Romney was his put-down of the Palestinians in his "culture" remarks. Did anyone notice his similar put-downs of Equador and Mexico? Mexico! Thanks to Mexico the Romney family was able to survive when his grandfather (or maybe it was his great-grandfath er) fled there from religious persecution in the USA. WHAT is that man thinking when he opens his mouth?!
 
 
+12 # Regina 2012-07-31 14:02
Who says that Romney thinks? He just spouts, following whatever line his handlers feed him at the moment. That's how come he's an etch-a-sketch, reversing his positions as the political wind blows.
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:32
New Age Rethugs are Clones..no thinking involved
 
 
-32 # PastorEd 2012-07-31 07:48
As a Conservative Evangelical Pastor for over 45 years, I subscribed to RSN to keep an open mind to opposing ideas. One is never too old to learn or to adjust.

RSN asks that comments should not "drift toward vitriol", and yet publishes an article by Juan Cole that contains vitriolic choices of words. OK, I can understand.

BUT...Cole stretches his number of points to reach 10 by repeating two of the points. He puts guilt on Romney by association with Adelson, making him a Chinese agent....WHAT ?.....BY WHAT LOGIC? That's like calling Pres. O. a Muslim because he went to Egypt and bowed in Saudi Arabia.

Cole criticizes Romney for reaching out to American Evangelicals with an Israeli visit. The Pres. would be wise to something similar since there are an estimated 14 million Evangelical voters.

One final thought. The "palestinians" are not a formal nation and are led by open terrorists. No obligation to visit them is incumbent on anyone, and our President should not make U.S. taxpayer money available for "palestinians" to emigrate to America.

Overall, thank you, RSN for presenting the views of what is popularly known as "The Left" in a generally respectful way. We all need to tone down our choice of words and adjust to come to a middle ground that benefits our nation.
 
 
-18 # brux 2012-07-31 08:55
Are you trying to confuse people with the facts here.

I gave you a thumbs up, but I would predict that here that remark will quickly turn negative.

There is a certain segment of the left that is extremely either ignorant or anti-semitic or both, and they just detest Israel without knowing or caring what Palestinian and Islamic culture is like.

I reject that being crtical of Israel is any part of the Left or Liberalism, in fact I think it is another one of the psychological ops run by the media to discredit the left by making them look idiotic.
 
 
+14 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 12:17
Quoting brux:
Are you trying to confuse people with the facts here.

I gave you a thumbs up, but I would predict that here that remark will quickly turn negative.

There is a certain segment of the left that is extremely either ignorant or anti-semitic or both, and they just detest Israel without knowing or caring what Palestinian and Islamic culture is like.

I reject that being crtical of Israel is any part of the Left or Liberalism, in fact I think it is another one of the psychological ops run by the media to discredit the left by making them look idiotic.


Brux, i suspect that if someone had talked about people knowing what "jewish culture" was like you would object (though i can't be sure) if for no other reason is that there is no monolitic jewish culture just as there is no monolithic palestinian and islamic culture (e.g., is "Islamic" turkish culture the same as "Islamic" Saudi culture or Islamic Indonesian culture? Are secular Askenazi Israeli "Jewish Culture" the same as Sephardic Israeli "Jewish culture?" To talk about any culture, Islamic, Jewish or whatever is at best culturally ignorant and insensitive and at worst racist.
 
 
+6 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 14:47
Good comment!
 
 
+18 # gioia 2012-07-31 10:55
No presidential candidate can make negative references to some groups' "cultures" and expect to be respected as diplomatic on the world stage. Romney also made negative comparisons between the USA "culture" and several Spanish speaking states. This has not been widely commented on but is extremely insulting. The man was born not with a silver spoon in his mouth but a silver foot. Adelson is attempting to buy the USA. That is not acceptable. Netanyahu is the leader of a client state and should stay out of our politics lest he damage Israel by antagonizing American voters. Romney is reckless and Netanyahu is not doing his country- which I have the greatest regard for- any favors.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:57
The antagonism that these leaders or pretend leaders do is unbelievable.

To assume we could beat Muslims as a whole is insane. To continue to kill them, insult them is not very smart on any Government, Religious or Human part.


I am disgusted with Nations and their Arrogance. But I would not want to assume we are going to win the Next War...I believe we are shorthanded on volunteers or recruits. I think other Nations are not going to jump.
Right now, pledges aside, Romney just went against all Peace Treaties, UN Regs,. So where is his clone Army. I wonder if those 14 million Evangelical Voters are going to the Front first? Then I believe the Jewish Faith must go next as it is their Country. Mormons must go as Mitt is one and they must be proWar. That would be a two year group...where is the rest of these troops coming from. Who is going to feed them and what...GMO, Endangered Species? Humans?

There will be no WWIII it would be over before it began...that is no joke.
 
 
+19 # Artemis 2012-07-31 14:23
I think you are stretching the points, not Cole. Yes, Romney is guilty by association with Adelson. Please inform yourself about who Adelson is and what very nasty stuff he is involved in.
You should also, I say, respectfully, get down and read about the reality on the ground in Palestine and the history of how their land was taken. In fact go to youtube and watch the delightful Israeli historian Ilan Pappe "Israeli Myths & Propaganda. Ilan Pappe". Just as a basic primer.
The Palestinians are not led by open terrorists, whatever you may have been led to believe - and quite frankly your notions about Palestinians are quite horrific, coming from a Christian!
In fact, go to Palestine and see for yourself, meet some Palestinians and I think you may well connect with some of the most lovely, tolerant and generous people on the planet, despite the fact that they are horribly oppressed. There are many Christian groups who will back that up.
You might also do a bit of research on the demonization of Arabs in America, particularly through Hollywood and the media. First one has to knack the indoctrination, then open the heart.
 
 
+10 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 12:33
Pastor Ed,

First I welcome your pressence and your comments as i believe it is important that progressives, "the left" or whatever you want to call it talk with serious conservatives, "the right"....so, for example, i thought it was a real mistake for progressives to dismiss and write off the whole T-Party when in fact much of their base (not their demagogic leadership/fund ers to be sure) in some ways have a similar critique of government as much of the left; namely that it doesn't work for us.

I also welcome your call for people to "tone down" our choice of words but in that regard i do not see how saying that "the palestinians" are led by open terrorists fits that bill. Who is a terrorist and what is terrorism? According to the UN, the US led sanctions against Iraq were responsible for the death of 500,000 children. Is this not terrorism? Are drone attacks not terrorist? Is the assassination of anyone in the world we "suspect" of something not terrorism? What Palestinian leaders are "open terrorists" given that all of the major palestinian organizations (including Hamas) have endorced a two-state solution based on mutual recognition?

As for Adelson, since Romney has allied himself with Adelson his views are fair game; no? Well, Adelson opposes even the two-state solution so how is he in any way someone who is really interested in a "just peace" for both Israelis and Palestinians and if not isn't he and this position dangerous?
 
 
+1 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:33
Ah but Adelson is under investigation for promoting prostitution in his Macau Sands hotel. He may well end up in a Chinese prison. If therte is a God, he will. It's not as easy to bribe Chinese officials as it is to bribe Romney. In China they execute those who take bribes.
 
 
+8 # Johnny 2012-08-01 14:21
Duh, help me out here. I never was good at math. Who is led by terrorists? How many Palestinian children have the Zionists killed, and how many Israeli children have the Palestinians killed? How many Israeli villages have the Palestinians wiped off the map, and how many Palestinian villages have the Zionists wiped off the map? How many Palestinian homes have the Zionists razed and how many Israeli homes have the Palestinians razed? How many Zionists have the Palestinians kidnapped and incarcerated, and how many Palestinians are in Israeli prisons? Help me out here.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 22:48
If a People are being tortured, bombed, children maimed...We as a Nation do not have the Humanity or Committment to open our doors to People of any 'Place" to come to the USA.

Wow...I am sure glad that the Harbor of NY never insulted the People of the World. Our Statue of Liberty Opens the Way to the Refugees. Representing Evangelicals You again show the Hypocrisy of Religion.

Palestinians are Human Beings. I believe that God Created all Human Beings, in fact, quoted as saying Created Equally.

I have yet to meet most over the Wall Religious that had an 'Open Mind" and again You have confirmed there are none.

I wonder if the Israel Nation will allow themselves to be reborn? If not, then that would make them Heathens. I believe some of the Right Wing Faiths, believe they have the right to purge us of these 'types'. We will never be permitted into (Their) Heaven if we do not accept God again and be reborn. Whew. Very Scary...taking on Role of God, and Jury.


Until the Nazi Rethugs are voted in We have the right to choose our words. If we do not tone down what do you propose to do to us? Water Boarding? Fire? Brimstones?

By the Way, still bombing Free Clinics?
Gotta Love ProLifers, eh?
 
 
+25 # empresslb 2012-07-31 08:26
And we thought Wubya was an ignoramus.Romne y is a racist, misogynist,pand erer to the right AND WILL SAY/DO ANYTHING to keep them in his pocket.
He has enough houses to clear brush for years, go to it as that's where you belong.
Ann's comment about single mom's who have to do it all is growth shows her ignorance. This is definitely a matched set. For him to go to Israel to RAISE FUNDS is beyond the pale. I am of Jewish descent & I find his actions deplorable & rabble-rosing at it's nuanced best.
 
 
-25 # brux 2012-07-31 09:34
LOL, unlike Obama who says whatever he wants to manipulate logically inconsistent voters like you and then ignored you after he got elected. They are all POLITICIANS, that is the biggest problem, they are whores seeking money from anyone.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:04
SEcond part you have us...OB is not the Satan you deem him to be. Sorry aint' working
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:03
Than help keep him and the like out of office.
It was a slap in the face for us and for Israel to do such a thing as Fundraising for himself . I could understand doing so for People of Israel but for himself...Shame on everyone involved.
 
 
+20 # oldibtgdy 2012-07-31 08:45
And the band plays on. The far right soliciting campaign funds from "Furriners". Really? Wonder what would happen if the Obama campaign got funding from, say, a foreign country? Rmoney's so obviously using his summer vacation trip to play to his nutty base, it's embarassing to be associated with him in any way. That the polls show it's close is alarming. Either they're wrong, or this country is in big-ass trouble.
 
 
+12 # alanherman 2012-07-31 09:26
Yes, hopefully they ARE wrong, but the fact still remains, this country IS in "big-ass trouble"..
 
 
-18 # brux 2012-07-31 09:39
I wonder if the polls are to get people to follow a manufactured concensus, or also to help them accept any outcome of the election. The elite in this country are determined to hold on to their power whatever the cost or actions necessary. When I read most of the comments here I can understand that, even if I don;t agree. Here we see an ignorant rabble proudly trotting out their prejudices.
 
 
+8 # alanherman 2012-07-31 10:04
I am not sure what sorts of gamesmanship goes int to polling, but clearly there is much skewing... and high on the list of unreliable, is Rasmussen, a reactionary crowd, and whose numbers, virtually always, favor the more conservative of outcomes
 
 
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:05
Perhaps OB should got Policticking in other Nations. Why not?
 
 
+12 # panhead49 2012-07-31 08:47
Wow - I bet the Dixie Chicks are wondering WTF?!?!
 
 
-23 # jimattrell 2012-07-31 09:27
If you don't mind ... Please take a minute from the hatred spewing that blinds you from discussion of what's important.... High (and worsening) Unemployment, Massive Spending, and White House Corruption.
 
 
-8 # brux 2012-07-31 09:36
Exactly, Israel, Gay Marriage, Immigration are really minor secondary to the survival of our country/republi c/democracy.
 
 
+21 # tedrey 2012-07-31 10:57
If only that were all. You should add refusal to create jobs by corporation who are hoarding most of our money; massive spending on the bloated military, and on bailouts for banks and fossil fuel industries; and unexampled Congressional and Supreme Court corrupution.
 
 
+6 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 15:03
Starting with Scalia's arrogance over 'selecting' Bush in Gore vs. Bush, and Thomas not recusing himself for his wife's not declaring her taxes and politicking on issues he had a chance to decide.
The congressional corruption has been evident in the obsructionist uselessness of the last few years through shameless threatened filibusters by warped Repubs and TP-ers only intent on blocking Obama at ALL costs, even the sinking of the country to which they supposedly have sworn loyalty.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:08
Shipping jobs to 'foregn soil' and our wonderful Christians partaking of SweatShops and ill treatment of women and children. No less investing in them.

Buy American you Hypocrites
 
 
+4 # CAMUS1111 2012-07-31 16:53
fascists like you and the rest of the gop'ers worry me, but you being a goose-stepper wouldn't understand
 
 
+5 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 14:52
Quoting jimattrell:
If you don't mind ... Please take a minute from the hatred spewing that blinds you from discussion of what's important.... High (and worsening) Unemployment, Massive Spending, and White House Corruption.

What White House corruption ?? --details please, backed by EVIDENCE! th White House 'corruption' I am aware of with evidence started with Nixon, and ended up with Cheney's Halliurton profiteering... Obama is guilty of being weak, but hardly 'corrupt'!
 
 
+5 # pernsey 2012-08-01 20:59
The only evidence they have is Fox News lies...period!
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:10
Corruption is other side of the block. But when you cannot see the forest for the trees...Of Course they cannot see the forest, they sold it to China.
 
 
+1 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 15:05
What White4 House corruption?---evidence??
The only corruptio there started with Nixon and continued with Cheney's Halliburton and KBR and their war profiteering... etc.
 
 
+2 # bingers 2012-08-02 19:53
Quoting Cassandra2012:
What White4 House corruption?---evidence??
The only corruptio there started with Nixon and continued with Cheney's Halliburton and KBR and their war profiteering...etc.



You're forgetting Reagan whose White House staff hold the record for most felony charges stemming from their actions on the job. They were more corrupt than the Nixon presidency, but Reagan was a more warm and fuzzy scumbag than Nixon. I will admit that I met him and talked with him for about 5 minutes and found him to be a nice, warm individual, but scary in his ignorance.
 
 
+3 # bingers 2012-08-02 19:59
Quoting jimattrell:
If you don't mind ... Please take a minute from the hatred spewing that blinds you from discussion of what's important.... High (and worsening) Unemployment, Massive Spending, and White House Corruption.


The Pelosi house passed 44 job creation bills, all of which were filibustered by the Republicans to give people like you the impression that it's Obama's fault for the employment #s being too low. However in the last2 years, despite Republican obstruction, more jobs have been created than in 8 under Bush when the Democrats were NOT obstructing him. In 2010 the republicans made huge gains promising to create jobs, HAH! They didn't even introduce an employment bil until this summer and when they did it was loaded to thew gills with poison pills.
 
 
-31 # jimattrell 2012-07-31 10:03
Here are the facts concerning Obama "Muslim" leanings:
The precedents, personnel and policies promoted during the George W. Bush administration have metastasized dramatically under his successor. Some individuals with close personal and professional ties to the Muslim Brotherhood have been appointed to senior and influential positions in the Obama administration.   Others have been given access in more informal advisory roles. Six of this Islamist cohort are profiled here: Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rashad Hussein; Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Huma Abedein; Presidential advisor Dalia Mogahed; FBI Citizen’s Academy graduate Kifah Mustafa; Homeland Security Advisory Committee Member Mohamed Elibiary and Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Working Group Member Mohamed Magid. Such individuals have clearly had an impact on U.S. policy under President Obama in ways that advance the Muslim Brotherhood’s civilization jihad and the efforts of other Islamists to compel our submission to shariah.
 
 
+14 # tedrey 2012-07-31 10:59
One could give a long list of highly influential figures with Chinese names, who are obviously working to turn our country over to Communist China. Over to you.
 
 
+7 # Artemis 2012-07-31 14:31
Is that all? Gosh, they'll have to multiply like the bread and wine on the mount to catch up with all the Zionists, Christian Zionists and their large fan clubs who bow down when Netanyahu or Lieberman, the ex-night club bouncer, now right-wing Foreign Minister, take the stage.
 
 
+9 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 13:35
This is like Alan West saying that there are between 78-81 communists in the democratic congressional delegation. This is old-style McCarthy smear tactics. Site one credible source that any of the individuals you mention are members of the Muslim Brotherhood or have said or done anything to threaten the US (and being critical of the US government, as I am, is not the same thing) otherwise you are just spreading the garbage around and repeating what other extreme right-wingers are alleging without providing one shred of evidence to back up the claims.
 
 
-2 # FatCharley 2012-08-01 16:04
Quoting jimattrell:
Here are the facts concerning Obama "Muslim" leanings:
The precedents, personnel and policies promoted during the George W. Bush administration have metastasized dramatically under his successor. Some individuals with close personal and professional ties to the Muslim Brotherhood have been appointed to senior and influential positions in the Obama administration.  Others have been given access in more informal advisory roles. Six of this Islamist cohort are profiled here: Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rashad Hussein; Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Huma Abedein; Presidential advisor Dalia Mogahed; FBI Citizen’s Academy graduate Kifah Mustafa; Homeland Security Advisory Committee Member Mohamed Elibiary and Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Working Group Member Mohamed Magid. Such individuals have clearly had an impact on U.S. policy under President Obama in ways that advance the Muslim Brotherhood’s civilization jihad and the efforts of other Islamists to compel our submission to shariah.
.

Solid, sustainable information is gathered by having contacts with those in a position to know and respecting them and the knowledge gained through them. Everyone gains from diplomacy and mutual understanding.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:19
Know thy Enemy. All of them.
 
 
+12 # CoyoteMan50 2012-07-31 10:05
He has proven himself a combination of George Bush and Donald Trump!
What a loser!
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:19
There are too many in that Party that look, sound the same. Cloned, a Nazi Dream
 
 
+14 # granny6 2012-07-31 11:18
Knew he would do something like this. He is not a person, he's a puppet to money. If he thinks that a war with Iran is fine then I expect to see his 5 sons in the first group to fight. He is the shell of a person, note I did not say man. When cornered and he doesn't want to answer he makes a derogatory remark and "laughs" that hollow phony laugh of his.
He tries to make people look inferior to himself. In doing so it just shows up how inferior he is.
we have a lot of work to do between now and November to protect our country and our very lives. VOTE OBMAMA!
 
 
+13 # artic fox 2012-07-31 12:53
The British had it right - Mitt the Twitt!
 
 
0 # avhammer 2012-07-31 12:53
The article starts out anti-Romney and ends up anti-Israel.
No need. There's enough about Romney without dragging Israel into it.
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:30
I believe the Adelson, the Netanyahou etc just edged up some anger and it should.

I have no problem with people showing respect...but there is none. I have no problem with people raising money but if I in someone's Country, I would have had the Class to raise it for them and expected a check in the mail.

Closed Door Meetings might work there, but we have Laws here about them. Usually we know what they are about.

I find that the Nations who Promote Mittsy, should really look at that Picture in a Whole Realm. He is pro killing, he is pro destroying jobs, he has no clue about almost anything, He assumes that Iran is going to Lose and Palestine is Nothing. He Promises everyone whatever they want...if they others would look..it never happens.

Military...where exactly are those troops and dinero coming from if there is not jobs here? Think China is going to give us money to blow up a Country the get their oil from???? UN is going to allow an unnecessary War or Sanction it.

Meantime enjoy the rethugs jumping your oil and gas prices up again...You gotta job yet, how is theat Republican HealthCare Package doing? How exactly is our Property Values doing? Interest Rates?

I do not see that a Smart Nation is going to back us . Israel wants our Troops, Weapons...they do not care about Your Job, Health, or Home...neither does anyone else obviously...
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:44
Israel may not have asked Mittens there but they didnot throw him out. They want someone who will do what he is told.
 
 
+8 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-07-31 13:02
I think it quite funny that commentators are passing so called judgment on issues regarding Israel, the Palestinians, and the freedom loving politicians of these United States.
If an Israeli or a Palestinian would suggest that the United States of America return all the lands STOLEN from the native people of North America, and abide by the over 3,000 treaties signed with native leaders, and quickly abandoned, most commentators would be insulted and angry. When we deal with our sordid history, then maybe we American's can earn the right to be giving suggestions on moral behavior to others.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. We have built a glass house for our selves, but have drawn the shades so we think we're okay to throw comments around.

Learn your history, folks!
A good place to start would be Charles C. Mann's "1491-New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus." Learn for yourself just what was going on here before Europeans 'discovered' 'America.' It will be an eye opener for so called open-minded Americans, and very sobering.
 
 
+1 # Johnny 2012-08-01 14:12
The difference is that the US government does not continue to slaughter the native Americans, destroy their homes, farms, and water, and steal their land.
 
 
+1 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-08-02 03:54
Oh, really!
Have you visited a Reservation lately?
Would you like to be forced to live on a Reservation?
And since you admit that your government at one time did "slaughter the native Americans, destroy their homes, farms, and water, and steal their land," when exactly did they discontinue this practice, John?

Your home, John, is most probably on land that belonged to the Wichita, or maybe the Tawakoni or the Kitsai. It was stolen from them as you admitted. Why don't you give it back to them? It would be the right thing to do, since you're living on stolen property?
Did you know the name "Texas" comes from a Caddoan Indian word? It is a Spanish corruption of the Caddo word Taysha, which means "friend." Some 'friend' wouldn't you say?
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:42
Bull crap...do you know how much violence, starvation, loss of housing there is?
Do you know that the government gives the Buffalo to Turner of Turner Broadcasting vs the Indians to raise, keep
Do you know how hard it is for Council to furnish wood stoves, heaters to homes? Educate the Children.
We do steal their land from here to Alaska to Puerto Rico etc. Do you know where the Pipeline would go. Fracking went out west...Read Up. Indians are far from doing well. St Labre Indian School, many others can tell you the truth.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-02 23:38
You know like Mann what was going on here before Columbus Do tell...
Indians basically had some very strange customs no different than any other nation.
However, they loved land, animal, water, sky etc. So perhaps you should wonder if not why was this part of the Hemisphere so elegant that everyone killed 'the Heathens' to get it. Yes, supposedly the Mayans, Incas and others sacrificed for Gods. Guess what so did The Bible Writers as did Romans and Europe and Asia. So what was going on.

We have the right to throw stones, criticize whether we live on a river bottom or a glass house.

Freedom Loving Politicians...w ho are they. The small percentage are certainly not on the News unless shot, going thru divorce. Freedom Loving, whose freedom do they love theirs or ours?

Indians should have taken this land so should the Mexicans. I personally would love to see the south rise again Pancho Villa style. I would love being a fly on those white walls.

We need to vent. RSN allows within realms to do so. I have not built nor condoned building anything .... People need homes, food I saw no Contractors hired. I see Military Spending, I see selfish Politicians wheeling and dealing.
 
 
+13 # Artemis 2012-07-31 14:09
Oh, you mean a visit to David Ben-Gurion's "We will expel the Arabs and take their place. In each attack a decisive blow should be struck resulting in the destruction of homes and the expulsion of the population" invented Israel....Lette r to his son, 1937.
People like Romney are RESPONSIBLE for Israel's continued monstrous behaviour.
 
 
-13 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-07-31 17:26
Ten Most Distasteful Things About Romney Trip to Israel, is the poorest article by Juan Cole that I ever saw. Reasons one thru four and number ten, my answer is so what. Reason seven on Iran got me scared.

Romney 'Backs Israeli Strike on Iran' also at this point on the front page of RSN is much better written, or is a far more catchy title more important?
 
 
+8 # apollobartender 2012-08-01 01:32
If our political system made more sense, should have violated the Logan Act, which makes it a felony for any American 'without authority of the United States' to communicate with a foreign government to influence that government's behavior on any disputes with the United States.".

There was the time that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in New York that the new GOP majority in the House will "serve as a check" on the Obama administration, a statement unusual for its blunt disagreement with U.S. policy delivered directly to a foreign leader. Cantor not only met in private with a foreign leader to undercut the foreign policy of the elected American president, he proceeded to brag about it. However, a few years ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Syria and met with Bashar al-Assad. At the time, none other than Eric Cantor personally accused Pelosi of possibly violating the Logan Act, " As Adam Serwer noted, "Based on Cantor's own standard, he's just committed a felony."
 
 
+9 # tigerlille 2012-08-01 02:07
I find just about everything about Romney distasteful, if not downright repulsive.
 
 
-5 # Johnny 2012-08-01 14:09
So Juan Cole attempts to establish credentials as an analyst instead of propagandist for Israel, by criticizing an idiot, in a way that cannot possibly impede the Zionists' designs to butcher and steal the land of their neighbors. Meanwhile, he pumps for the mass murder by NATO of the people of Libya and Syria. Whom does he think he is fooling?
 
 
+8 # rhgreen 2012-08-01 14:23
God help us if Mitt becomes president. I have friends who say "at least he is better than the rest of the Republican candidates". I beg to disagree. A lot of what Newt said about Mitt in SC was correct. Anyway, it is in foreign policy that Mitt scares me the most. Who he would appoint to the Supreme Court is a close runner-up.
 
 
+5 # karenvista 2012-08-02 15:13
The best characterizatio n I heard of Mitt's Grand Voyage was-

"the American Borat"
 
 
-2 # brux 2012-08-03 13:12
you people are hugely misinformed about israel. you have no idea what they faced, and i wonder if you ever care to learn?

first, before WWII, before israel, the muslims of the area persecute, and persecuted every non-muslim religious minority. still common today, religious minorities are at best tolerated, at worst given the beatdown regularly or just kicked out, as most jews were in iran, syria, egypt, etc.

if you look at it, the muslims really even persecute their own people by indoctrinating them with such hate.

Second, in WWII the palestinians were allied with hitler through the religious leader haj amin all hussayni, who was one of the founders of the radical muslim brotherhood. many arab leaders take the name hussein, if you did not realize that is why.

they works to make sure as many jews as possible were sent to the gas chambers instead of deported.

hussayni lived in berlin in a luxury flat during most of the war and was honorary head of a whole waffen SS division.

hamas and hezbollah both use the nazi salute and have it in their charters than israel must be destroyed .... this is war, and it is not a war of israel's choosing, they just want to be away from persecution and live and work free.
 
 
0 # willmorgan 2012-09-13 11:31
Every time I hear that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I cannot help but wonder why no one remembers that before there was an Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle east.
 

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