09 November 2011
Romney or Bachmann for President of Where?
Mitt Romney and Rep. Bachmann have disgraced themselves and their country for protesting so vocally against what they considered a national disgrace. Both have denounced the President, and Bachmann has demanded that he apologize, for the indiscreet comment he made about Prime Minister Netanyahu during an unwittingly recorded exchange with President Sarkozy. The French leader unguardedly called the Israeli leader a liar, and without agreeing, Obama lamented that he has to deal with Netanyahu more often than Sarkozy does. That was probably insult enough in the eyes of the two Republican candidates, but they also clearly want to consolidate the impression that Obama shares Sarkozy's opinion of Netanyahu's character. For them, to think that way about an Israeli leader is unpardonable. Their excoriation of the President leaves the impression that their loyalty to Israel, so long as a GOP-style rightist leads the country but probably irregardless, outweighs their loyalty to their own country, so long as a Democrat leads the U.S. As the opposition, they have every right to criticize Obama for his conduct of domestic and foreign policy from the perspective of national interest, and they should have plenty of rhetorical leeway when criticizing him. But we can imagine how they would feel if anyone demanded that Obama, not to mention a Republican President, should apologize to any other country, whether for perceived slights or perceived unjust policies. America owes no country apologies, they would certainly say -- with one apparent exception. Since neither Romney nor Bachmann is Jewish, I hope no one will object if I accuse them of a compromising dual loyalty that unfits them to serve as President of the United States.