Romney ‘Accepted Instructions from Netanyahu' to Cancel Meeting

ProudProgressive 2012/07/30 11:26:01
Does America really want a "leader" who takes his orders from foreign officials? Would Mitt have to check with Netanyahu before he makes a foreign policy decision?

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Romney ‘Accepted Instructions from Netanyahu' to Cancel Meeting
By: Sarah Jones
July 29th, 2012

Wow. I can't type fast enough to keep up with Romney's yellow jello tour. Today, Mitt Romney, who doesn't apologize for America but does let the British tell him to apologize, let the Israeli Prime Minister boss him around. Romney had a 1:30 meeting with MK Shelly Yacimovich, the leader of the Labor party, that he canceled at the last minute after meeting with Netanyahu.

Romney can't even meet with the opposition? MEET, not agree. Meet. It's protocol to meet the opposition. It's called statesmanship.

Haaretz reported that "Romney apparently accepts instructions from Netanyahu" (are these the kinds of headlines we want to see about our President?):

Today it has become clear that the two are more than just friends. Romney apparently accepts instructions from Netanyahu who succeeded in getting him to cancel a scheduled and meticulously planned meeting with MK Shelly Yacimovich, the leader of the Labor party…

Herzog (Labor faction head Yitzhak (Buzi) Herzog) was dumbfounded to hear of the cancellation on two hours' notice. He said that Romney was "intentionally misguided by political elements that were unsettled by the steady strengthening of Yacimovich and her transformation into the only alternative to the prime minister." Circles close to Yacimovich said it clearly: "This is the crude hand of Netanyahu and his people against the background of the disagreement between him and Yacimovich over the economic measures his government is about to adopt."

Netanyahu's camp denies having any part in this, but the negotiations for this meeting were long in the making and were confirmed repeatedly today, up until the time Romney took his meeting with Netanyahu.

Is this American exceptionalism, Romney style? He criticizes Obama for "apologizing for America" – something President Obama has actually never done – implying that Obama is a weak person, and yet Obama as a young senator was able to meet with opposition Netanyahu on his visit to Israel. He didn't let anyone else dictate his policy, let alone his meetings.

This is not, after all, a matter of policy – it's a matter of protocol. It's a meeting. Is Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, not allowed to meet with the opposition because a foreign leader doesn't want him to? How does that serve America?

Why is Romney so utterly devoid in spine? All he had to do was explain that it is protocol to meet with the opposition and while his loyalty lay with Netanyahu, he is required and duty bound to meet with the opposition. Instead, Romney let Netanyahu be the boss of him.

Romney should not forget former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warning. Gates said that Netanyahu was ungrateful to the United States and was endangering Israel. His ominous words should cause Romney to think twice before bending to the will of Netanyahu:

In a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee held not long before his retirement this summer, Gates coldly laid out the many steps the (Obama) administration has taken to guarantee Israel's security — access to top- quality weapons, assistance developing missile-defense systems, high-level intelligence sharing — and then stated bluntly that the U.S. has received nothing in return, particularly with regard to the peace process.

Senior administration officials told me that Gates argued to the president directly that Netanyahu is not only ungrateful, but also endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israel's growing isolation and with the demographic challenges it faces if it keeps control of the West Bank. According to these sources, Gates's analysis met with no resistance from other members of the committee.

Romney needs to be thinking about the entire issue, not taking orders from the Israeli PM. So far, we can knock Britain and Australia off our allies list if Romney is elected, and apparently we will bend to the will of Netanyahu, no matter how much he endangers his own country or ours.

Mitt Romney is running to be President of the most powerful country in the world. He is supposed to be a leader, not a follower. Yet, Romney can't even meet with the opposition to hear opposing ideas. Under President Romney, Netanyahu will call the shots. Who else will Netanyahu order Romney not to meet?

With all due respect, someone with the Israeli PM's history regarding corruption charges is not the best person from whom the leader of the "free world" should be taking orders. If Romney wins, it appears that he will take orders from Netanhayu, our best interests be damned.

This man is the Republicans' idea of a strong leader? It can't be avoided any longer. Republicans have ceded being the big daddies of national security and foreign policy to President Obama, who is strong enough to be in charge of his own policies, isn't afraid to meet with opposition, and tough enough that he ordered the successful strike on Osama.

Contrast that with Mitt Romney, who let's foreign leaders order him around like a lost puppy dog. Romney better hope this election doesn't become about national security, because he isn't exactly painting a picture of security and strength.

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  • Lana 2012/07/31 19:40:44
    God save us from this nitwit SOB.
  • Giantsfan 2012/07/30 15:23:28
    That's "OUR" Romney.....Ol' wimpy himself. Obama got blasted for being tough on Netanhaya let's see what cons says about the wannabe wimp-in-chief.
  • bob h. 2012/07/30 15:09:48
    bob h.
    I hope everybody reads this. When Romney started this tour, he was an embarrassment; now he's a disgrace.
  • ALofRI 2012/07/30 14:36:36
    Every day Romney unintentionally explains the magazine headline calling him "WIMP".
  • kudabux 2012/07/30 14:30:16 (edited)
    Netanyahu is a manipulator and a beggar. He disrespected our president Obama in public. The man is evil. Now, he has begun his manipulation of Romney. Maybe he will buy Romney a gold dog leash.
  • Giantsfan kudabux 2012/07/30 15:25:14
    Netanyahu is a neocon that's why he got along so well with Bush, Condi and Cheney.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/07/30 14:13:43
    Rebel Yell
    Netanyahu would love a president Romney. He could put a ring through his nose and lead him around. Mitt Romney is a private citizen. He doesn't know jack about foreign policy. The current corrupt Israeli government is need of a patsy, and they must have been smiling and laughing their heads off after Romney left... with Sheldon Adelson at his side. They will pour big money into Romney's bid for the White House.
  • carolynb 2012/07/30 14:02:59
    Romney will let Natanyahu lead him around by his nose. I believe that Israel is our ally and that we need to help protect them, but Israels leaders are human and can make mistakes, and because of their hate, could lead us into something that could kill us all. We need to be very careful when dealing with them and making promises.
  • cancled 2012/07/30 14:02:18
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/07/30 13:31:01
    Lady Whitewolf
    And people WANT this goof in the white house? What next - the Koch Bros. running the country?
  • ALofRI Lady Wh... 2012/07/30 15:44:57
    If that "goof" makes it to the White House, YES....along with Addellson, Grover Nordquist, Karl Rove, Hugo, The Saudi King, etc.etc.. It will be government by the Board and this time NitMitt will NOT be chairman, just the "rubber stamp!

    I have NO doubt that $millions have come from China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and a few more countries that don't like U.S.! Addellson owns the largest building in the world, It's a Casino....in China!
  • gfreema... Lady Wh... 2012/07/30 15:51:02
    gfreeman BN-0
    That is not 'what's next', that is what will happen if he is elected President.
  • Lady Wh... gfreema... 2012/08/02 16:02:03
    Lady Whitewolf
    True. Hell help us if Mittens gets in.
  • Bastion 2012/07/30 13:26:22
    As usual, the Republicans can hand out the ridicule and negative spin, but they just can't take it.

    republicans crying
  • Lady Wh... Bastion 2012/07/30 13:29:36
    Lady Whitewolf
    "As usual, the Republicans can hand out the ridicule and negative spin, but they just can't take it..."

    True that.
  • Sissum7... Bastion 2012/07/30 16:04:30
    Wednesday coming after Tuesday is more surprising than this criticism. This is the only crying I hear: wednesday tuesday surprising criticism crying hear
  • Bastion Sissum7... 2012/07/30 17:17:22
    As usual, when out of facts Republicans resort to the "that's what you are, what am I?" defense popularized by Peewee Herman.

     That s what you are  what am I
  • Sissum7... Bastion 2012/07/30 17:33:52 (edited)
  • santa6642 2012/07/30 13:15:06
    Thank the obamanation for that, .
  • JULIE 2012/07/30 12:56:16
    Someone needs to help him. lol
  • Phoenix 2012/07/30 12:47:04
    While I agree with most of the sentiment of this post I do feel that it's a bit too slanted. As far as I know the British people never "told him to apologize", he was ripped into a bit because he decided to piss on our parade but no big deal but when all his gaffes were put together even the right wing press over here thought he was a bit of a fool. So what if he was behind Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, it doesn't compare to the Summer Games in a capitol city in the age of austerity. Poor diplomacy.
    He did manage to unify the British public though as even the more skeptical of us got behind the Olympics more because of what he said.

    I fear for international relations if he gets into power but I feel that the right-wingers in America don't really care about that, America is the center of the universe and that's all that matters.
  • Sissum71*AFCL* 2012/07/30 12:40:05 (edited)
    Israel has forgotten who the the President is it's been so long since he has bothered to visit them! Thank you Romney for reminding the world what the capital of Israel actually is!! Jerusalem!! Jay Carney had no idea or maybe he just had to consult with the "hive" first. Besides, the other obvious retort is this: reminding world capital israel jay carney consult hive obvious retort
  • JCD aka... Sissum7... 2012/07/30 14:53:14
    JCD aka "biz"
    The US Embassy is located in Tel Aviv.
  • Sissum7... JCD aka... 2012/07/30 14:55:26
    Hopefully, not for long.
  • Giantsfan Sissum7... 2012/07/30 15:40:15
    Oh brother visit Israel for what another meeting with a rude war hawk? Just let Israel attack Iran and start a major war. Would you be willing to have your taxes raised to pay for another war or do you just want to charge it like Bush did and blame Obama for all our national debt? That's what israel wants to do. With a neocon as their leader now expect nothing less and with a spinless Romney you can count on it. As someone who is pro military I believe we use the lives of our men and woman as a last resort not ta first option.
  • Sissum7... Giantsfan 2012/07/30 15:54:57
    That's your opinion and you're entitled to it. I disagree, but I respect it.
  • Giantsfan Sissum7... 2012/07/30 16:03:53 (edited)
    I try and form opinions from facts and if you'll look into what I said you'll see this isn't just spouting off on my part. I respect others opinions if and when they actually form them from facts and events not emotions. Thank for your civil response.
  • Sissum7... Giantsfan 2012/07/30 16:15:02
    Good for you. I respect that also.
  • The Electrician 2012/07/30 12:39:52
    The Electrician
    It's very possible that Netanyahu doesn't want anythhing to do with Romney, he sees him for what he is, A "jerk."
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/30 11:48:35
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    No matter what Romney does, 40% of the people will fault it.... or spin it to make it sound like something it wasn't.
  • MichaelJ 2012/07/30 11:41:38
    Does this question also include the President's instructions from the Russians after he gets re-elected? From the sound bite we heard from him when responding to the Russian foriegn minister, thats what it sounded like.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/07/30 11:36:26 (edited)
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    Your source is so biased I can't begin to comment. The Masthead of www.politicsusa.com reads: "Real Liberal Politics. No Corporate Money. No Masters" (except maybe Marx, Alinsky, and Soros.) Your story and question have no validity at all.
  • CuppaT Child of God 2012/07/30 11:31:50
    CuppaT   Child of God
    He's such a pompous wimp. Hmmmm - is that an oxymoron? Guess we could go with just the "moron" part.

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