Monday, July 30, 2012
Poor Mitt. First he insulted the British, suggesting they weren’t prepared to host the Olympics. Next he flew on to Israel and promptly managed to offend more than 1.5 million Palestinians.
ABC News has the delicious details:
“Romney’s newest diplomatic fumble has insulted the Palestinians by suggesting that the discrepancy between the wealth of Israel and the Palestinians was due in part to their different cultures. A top Palestinian labeled the analysis racist.”
The National Journal was equally brutal:
“For any man who would be president there are unwritten rules of foreign diplomacy. Mitt Romney seems to have internalized some, while others apparently slipped out of the briefing book on his flight across the Atlantic to debut as a potential leader of the free world.”
The Washington Post said:
“For Mitt Romney, the episode seemed another misstep in an overseas trip that has brought home the difficulty of being a candidate abroad. So far, Romney has tried to follow an unwritten rule of American campaigning: don’t criticize the president on foreign soil. But he has struggled with another unwritten rule – one that applies to travel more generally. It is also a bad idea to criticize foreigners on foreign soil.”
Mitt Romney: wrong for America and wrong for the world.