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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Without knowing the specifics of Sarkozy's charge, I can only say that if Netanyahu is a liar (and do we admit most politicians are?) then no apology is necessary, but one must then question Romney and Bachmann's fear of the truth or honesty? And, considering how often the American president does have to deal with the Israeli prime minister, he would know more than a low-level politican like Romney or Bachmann whether such a person is, in fact, a "pain in the ass" to deal with and certainly shouldn't have to apologize for vocalizing such. Perhaps such indiscretions are necessary on occasion to let certain people know when they are on the verge of crossing a given line.