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Rosenthal writes: "The Nation recently reported that 70 percent of the people listed as Romney foreign policy advisers worked for Mr. Bush. That's pretty disturbing, even when you consider that Mr. Bush was president for eight long years and had gone pretty much through the right-wing foreign policy crowd."

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. (photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images News)
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. (photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images News)

Mitt Romney, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and Other Scary Stories

By Andrew Rosenthal, The New York Times

14 July 12


ith all the white noise of a presidential campaign, we need as many clues about a candidate's judgment as we can get. Like a record on foreign policy, for example.

Mitt Romney does not have one. He's said a lot of absurd things, mostly parroting the vapid GOP talking point that President Obama has not been a leader on the world stage. He says he'll stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but he won't say how, because of course he has no ideas that Mr. Obama and, frankly, President Bush, haven't already tried.

He'd probably be more loyally supportive of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu than Mr. Obama has been, which will make some constituencies happy but will do nothing to create peace between Arabs and Israelis. On Afghanistan, Pakistan and the whole bunker of issues related to terrorism and American national security, I haven't heard anything to indicate that Mr. Romney has any fresh ideas, either.

What I have heard is some pretty scary stuff about whom Mr. Romney considers to be the right kind of person to consult on foreign policy.

Last night, at a fundraiser for Mr. Romney in Wyoming with a $30,000 cover, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Mr. Romney was the "only" man who could make the right decision in a foreign policy crisis. (Beats me how he exactly knows that.)

Mr. Romney, in turn, praised Mr. Cheney as a "great American leader." (He didn't mention that other guy who served on the Cheney team, the lesser-known George W. Bush.)

Today, the Drudge Report was floating a rumor that Condoleezza Rice, who was Mr. Bush's national security adviser and then his second secretary of state, was on the vice presidential short list for Mr. Romney. I took that with a huge grain of salt, given the source, but Ms. Rice recently endorsed Mr. Romney and gave a speech at one of his many special evenings for multi-millionaires.

And The Nation recently reported that 70 percent of the people listed as Romney foreign policy advisers worked for Mr. Bush. That's pretty disturbing, even when you consider that Mr. Bush was president for eight long years and had gone pretty through the right-wing foreign policy crowd.

Mr. Cheney, you may recall, was a primary architect of Mr. Bush's pointless, bloody and wildly expensive war with Iraq. He was at the epicenter of the fabrication of "evidence" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and he still claims it did. He drove the reckless expansion of executive power that led Mr. Bush to the illegal detention of prisoners, torture and warrantless wiretapping, among other things.

Ms. Rice was also complicit in the presentation of false evidence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to Congress and the American people. She was there while Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney poisoned American relations with pretty much all of our long-time allies. And there was her infamous appearance before the 9/11 Commission in which she said there had been no reason to respond to an intelligence report entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US."

I'm not saying that Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Ms. Rice could have prevented the 9/11 attacks. But their actions afterward were deplorable. Mr. Romney turning to them now for advice would be like Groundhog Day, except that involves either a semi-cute furry animal or a charming movie with Bill Murray and Andi McDowell. That story, at least, had a happy ending. your social media marketing partner


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+39 # NanFan 2012-07-14 14:39
No surprise. All Romney is doing is building a criminal enterprise to run the US into the ground.

Nobody does it better...except maybe, Cheney, Rice, and ol' George W.

Scarey is putting it mildly. I'd say it is abhorrent, especially in this climate of the rich getting richer and the poor and middle class getting poorer by the day.

+29 # Peacedragon 2012-07-14 17:22
What we need is some Obama-Romney debates.
+6 # Skippydelic 2012-07-15 10:35
Romney-Romney debates would be more entertaining...
-24 # Innocent Victim 2012-07-14 17:27
How partisan Mr Rosenthal is! Not in Cheney's or Bush's fondest dreams did they expect that the new, Democratic President, BO, would have continued their policies and even expanded on them. Not a word in Mr Rosenthal's piece about the continuation of Bush's aggressive wars by Obama and the latter's expansions of them! Watch out for Democrats who tell us how bad the Republicans were and are and neglect the war crimes of BO!
+7 # freeportguy 2012-07-15 06:41
US troops are alrady out of Iraq! Afghanistan, the sooner the better"

Unfortunately, cleaning someone else's war mess can't happen overnight!

What were you saying about partisanship... that doesn't apply to YOU?
-3 # John Locke 2012-07-15 08:39
Innocent Victim: Your thumbs down are not earned, I gave you a thumbs up for speaking the truth!

The Only disagreement I have with your comment is that I believe they knew Obama would continue their war activities. Those in control do control! Their money makes the President obey! And that control stems from Wall Street which controls the Defense and war departments as they control the corporations that make the weapons and armaments we use!

Something to think about...Ships are retired by the navy and new ones are ordered...and purchased... but with the fishing industry they continually retrofit ships made in the 1940's... and they are like new at much less cost! is it really necessary to retire then destroy a battleship that can cost billions to produce, when retrofitting for a few million will make it like new?
+5 # paulrevere 2012-07-15 09:37 are actually implying that the power transition is anything more than a baton pass?


The die was cast when PNAC got organized in its earliest forms in the 80's...Cheney, Rumsfeld, GHWB, Kissinger, Shultz, Weinberger, Abrams, Armitage, Gates, Meese, Powell, Tenet and the list of criminals never changed...for THREE decades these shadowy denizens have been avoiding their own personal service and promoting the USA into war/slaughter after war/slaughter after war/slaughter...$$$$$

Peace, Love, Dove, Waterbeds, Incense, Crashpads...fri ends and fellow citizens.
+34 # pernsey 2012-07-14 18:28
Yuck, Romney and Cheney, 2 mean spirited narcissists praising each other for being the sacks of crap that they are. I think I threw up a little in my mouth just thinking about these two horror shows in the same room together YECHHHHH!!!
0 # ghostperson 2012-07-16 00:44
I don't see Romney as mean-spirited just utterly, totally, clueless about the lives or ordinary people. He is a vapid Chauncey Gardneresque figure. That makes him harder to deal with that straight up evil. But again, when you are killed by someone, in the end it is only the fact that you are dead that counts.

How can someone who doesn't even know or care that ordinary Americans are here be elected POTUS?

I am not happy with Obama but Romney is scary. He is a marionette on autopilot backed by billionaires and a cult pretending to be a religion. Grover Norquist, whom I consider to be a girlish little prick, said it right. Conservatives only need someone who can hold a pen. How's that for leadership criteria? Under that theory, a robot could be POTUS--damn, I caught myself. The GOP is running a robot for president.
+26 # walthe310 2012-07-14 19:20
Condi Rice for VP?
Bad idea. Of course, it doesn't matter if Mitt is defeated. Condi got her job as National Security Adviser to George W. Bush because they were both baseball fans. According to Colin Powell, she was a failure as National Security Adviser. So what did George do when Powell resigned, he gave Condi Powell's job as Secretary of State. I don't know how good or bad job she did as Secretary of State, but I do know that she was a member in good standing of the Vulcans. The Vulcans were a group of Neo-cons that included Paul Wolfowitz , Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld who wanted to invade Iraq before 9-11, among other misguided ideas.
+7 # humanmancalvin 2012-07-15 03:22
The simple fact that Cheney is supporting Romney makes me wonder what he wants out of their blooming relationship. After all President,er excuse me, Vice President Cheney pretty much sailed that regrettable ship of state for 8 long years. No way is Darth being considered for V.P again but how about Sec. of Defense or even Sec. of State? My ship would be sailing out of that syndicates reach I can promise you.
+5 # Jameswhadley 2012-07-15 05:06
I recall the remark made by Thurgood Marshall when he was retiring, and his replacement wasn't yet identified. To paraphrase, he said he wasn't worried about a Negro being chosen as his replacement, he was worried about the "wrong Negro" being chosen. And sure enough, we got Clarence Thomas.
This is how the Republicans view racial politics. Nothing to do with concern for the ills the US has WRT the treatment of the African American community over the centuries, everything to do with playing elements of it off, one against another.
+2 # RMDC 2012-07-15 06:32
Cheney runs both Romeny and Obama. Cheney is the real power behind the Whore House and really he has been since Ford named my Chief of Staff in 1976.

I don't think we've ever had a worse choice in presidential candidates and this is saying a lot. The Kerry-Bush contest in 2004 was really bad. Two Skull and Bones billionaires running for office.

Who gives a shit about the presidency any more. The president lives in a Whore House and takes on all cummers from corporations, banks, militaries, mercenaries, terrorists, and Israel. Who cares if it is Romney or Obama or both.
+5 # Skippydelic 2012-07-15 10:37
Scary thought: Romney-Cheney 2012!

0 # The Voice of Reason 2012-07-16 16:19
There is a road where I live called 'Old Cheney Highway'.

Now, I'm as patriotic as the next guy, and I'm all in favor of naming streets after great American statesmen, but do you have to pick on the guy because of his age ???

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