Mitt Romney & Norm Coleman Pen Op-Ed on Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas


Before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas presented his case for Palestine to recognized as a member state to the United Nations today, Mitt Romney and his newly-named campaign special adviser, Norm Coleman, paired up to write an op-ed. It was published in the National Review:

Mistakes That Led To The Palestinian Statehood Bid, And How To Fix Them

By Mitt Romney & Senator Norm Coleman
September 22, 2011

This Friday, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas will appeal to the General Assembly for United Nations recognition of Palestinian statehood. We need to be completely clear about what is transpiring. This is not a step forward in the quest for peace and, legally, will not create a Palestinian state. Rather, it is a step forward in the vicious campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel.

The Palestinian action in the United Nations does not conform to the process for arriving at a two-state solution laid out in the Oslo Accords. Indeed, it is taking place in naked defiance of an agreement to which the Palestinians are signatory. Its effect will be to once again dash the hopes of all who seek lasting peace in the Middle East.

This is an especially dangerous moment for the state of Israel. It has deteriorating relationships with Turkey and Egypt. It faces longstanding dangers from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, a violent and highly unstable Syria, and a nuclear-aspiring Iran. United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state at this juncture will serve only to further isolate the Jewish state, sap its confidence in the peace process, and exacerbate regional tensions.

Worse, because it will not change the facts on the ground, it will raise and then dash Palestinian and Arab expectations. This increases the likelihood of violence, particularly at a moment when despots like Bashar al Assad want nothing more than to divert attention from their internal crises by scapegoating Israel.
Without question, a blow is being struck against peace. How did we arrive at this point?

Unfortunately, the road was paved largely by a series of mistakes and miscalculations by President Obama. He and his administration have badly misunderstood the dynamics of the region. Instead of fostering stability and security, they have diminished U.S. authority and painted our ally Israel into a corner.

To begin with, President Obama for too long has been in the grip of several illusions. One is that the Palestinian–Israeli dispute is the central problem in the region. This has been disproved repeatedly by events, most recently and most dramatically by the eruption of the Arab Spring. But it nonetheless led the administration to believe that distancing the United States from Israel was a smart move that would earn us credits in the Arab world and somehow bring peace closer. The record proves otherwise.

But the administration’s errors extend in other directions as well. [...]

(emphasis added) Read full article here.

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, addressed the U.N. General Assembly yesterday (9/23/11):

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, also addressed the U.N. General Assembly yesterday (9/23/11):




► Jayde Wyatt

New Op-Ed by Mitt Romney: “Obama Turns his Back on Israel”

Somehow, after having traveled to several states and across the country this week, Mitt Romney has found sufficient time to fire up the iPad and produce an op-ed slamming the Obama administration for flirting with the idea of releasing a ‘presidential statement’ condeming Israeli settlements as “three mistakes in one”. From the op-ed it’s interesting to see Romney’s feelings regarding the U.N. summed up as the “chamber of double-standards”.

With 40 states scheduled on his round-the-country tour, and his stepping-up of Obama criticism, I’d say Romney is looking more and more like a 2012 candidate for President! …And the Obama administration knows it.

From National Review:

The Obama administration has been seeking a way to avoid vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. It has floated the idea of meeting Israel’s critics halfway with a U.N. “presidential statement” calling Israeli settlements “illegitimate.” Whether or not such a statement is actually issued, the very idea is a mistake. Indeed, we have here in this single idea a display of multiple foreign-policy failures of this presidency. Let us count the ways the administration’s proposed action has already injured Israel and the United States.

Obama Turns his Back on Israel

Obama Turns his Back on Israel

For one thing, the U.N. condemnation put forward by the president puts Israel, our closest ally in the region, in an untenable position. In exchange for peace, previous Israeli governments offered radical border concessions, surrendering most of the West Bank and even portions of Jerusalem. In 2005, the government of Ariel Sharon withdrew from the Gaza Strip, uprooting thousands of its own citizens. Yet all such proposals and steps toward peace have been met by Palestinian rejection, by intifadas, by suicide bombings, and by Qassam rocket fire. Isolated more than ever in the region, Israel must now contend with the fact that its principal backer in the world, the United States, is seeking to ingratiate itself with Arab opinion at its expense. Will an increasingly tenuous relationship with the U.S., at the very moment when it is becoming more vulnerable, encourage Israel to be as flexible as it has in the past, or the reverse? The answer is clear.

Continue reading at National Review.

*Note by Jayde – Just this past January, Governor Romney completed an intense ‘listening and learning’ tour of the Middle East – meeting with foreign leaders, groups, U.S. military officials, etc., including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Back in October 2009, he wrote an op-ed voicing his concern about the drift of our government’s relationship with Israel. In 2007, the Governor visited Israel and was a featured speaker at their 7th annual Herzliya Conference on Israeli security. Interestingly, he and Netanyahu worked together early on in their careers as consultants at the Boston Consulting Group. Romney also writes about Obama’s undermining of U.S. allies beginning on p. 27 of ‘No Apology‘ hardback (not sure if paperback pages are the same).

Romney’s Remarks to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee Summit

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Governor Romney addressed the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2009 summit in San Diego this morning. Here is a link to their website to learn more of what they are about.

Short take on Romney’s speech from Chris Cillizza’s The Fix:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) condemned the Obama Administration’s approach toward Iran, a republic he described as “unalloyed evil” and controlled by “ruthless and fanatical” leaders in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee today in San Diego.

“Stop thinking that a charm offensive will talk the Iranians out of their pursuit of nuclear weapons,” said Romney. “It will not.” Later in the address, he punctuated that sentiment by noting: “Once an outstretched hand is met with a clenched fist, it becomes a symbol of weakness and impotence.”

Nice.

*Addendum by Jayde in reference to the following paragraph from Mitt’s AIPAC 2009 speech:

Earlier this month, senior staff members of the U.N. nuclear agency concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb. We also learned of a previously secret, illegal uranium enrichment facility that the Iranians had been hiding near Qom. A nuclear Iran would be a tipping point in the proliferation of nuclear regimes. It is beyond the scope of this address to provide a detailed tactical and strategic approach to Iran, as I endeavored to do at the Herzylia conference two years ago. In that address, I detailed the six critical steps that would have to immediately be taken to dissuade Iran from nuclear folly. Not a single one of them has been taken by America.

Governor Romney’s 2007 Herzliyah Conference speech outlining six critical steps that could have been taken to prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear capabilities can be found here.

Mitt Romney remarks as prepared for the AIPAC 2009 national summit in San Diego:

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Own a Light Switch? Beware! Obama Poised to Cede U.S. Sovereignty to U.N. on Climate Change

switch_guard_strapsRemember back in 1997 when the U.S. Senate rejected the Kyoto protocol and then, at the end of his term, Bill Clinton signed an executive order placing America under Kyoto’s restrictions? Do you also recall that when then-President George Bush was elected, he refused to buckle to pressures to ratify the Kyoto Agreement? Bush refused to sign mainly because of faulty global warming science and the adverse effects strict carbon emission guidelines reductions would have had on our American economy. Now, the epic global climate argument will come to a dramatic head December 7-18, 2009. Representatives from 192 countries, with estimates of more than 15,000 diplomats, officials, advisers, proponents, and journalists, will cluster in Copenhagen, Denmark, to attend COP-15 (Copenhagen Climate Change Summit – 15th annual conference). Is Obama poised to cede U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations on climate change?

 Obama clues and cues:

1) Stance on Cap and Trade

2) Refusal to pursue development of America’s off-shore/ANWR oil resources

3) Desire to eradicate the coal industry

4) Billions of dollars earmarked to create ‘green’ energy

5) American Apologetics message to the world and propensity for transnationalism, i.e. the appointment of Harold Koh as the State Department’s top legal advisor.

6) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statements at Obama’s Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate last March, acknowledging that the U.S. had played a role in past climate emissions. She emphasized that America is  “determined to make up for lost time both at home and abroad” and that “the U.S. is no longer absent without leave.”

7) Obama’s own statements, including global warming comments delivered to the United Nations on September 23, 2009

It doesn’t take a solar-powered crystal ball to determine the position Obama will take at COP-15 this December!

Please watch every minute of this important video Climate Chains – The Global Warming Fraud:


“Energy is what many call the Master Resource. If you control energy, you control everything. Everything we make, use, or do starts with an infusion of energy and requires energy at every step along the way… to the point where you use it.” “Climate change is the perfect scapegoat for environmentalists. A COP-15 Treaty will be used to change the behavior, lifestyle, and standard of living of every single person on the planet.”

Mitt Romney on Cap & Trade – Free and Strong America, Oct 7, 2009

Romney: “President Obama has asked Congress to pass a Cap and Trade program. It will have a devastating impact on families of America and the economy. The plan would raise energy prices on the average American family by $1,761 a year. I hope you’ll join me in opposing this legislation. Together, we need to make our voices heard!”

Among those who disagree with Obama’s position is Lord Christopher Monckton.

Monckton served as a policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher. He has repeatedly challenged Al Gore to a debate to which Gore has refused. Monckton sued to stop Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” from being shown in British schools due to its inaccuracies. The judge found in-favor of Monckton, ordering 9 serious errors in the film to be corrected. Lord Monckton travels internationally in an attempt to educating the public about the myth of global warming.

On October 14, 2009, Lord Christopher Monckton, a noted climate change skeptic, gave a presentation in St. Paul, MN. In this 4-minute excerpt from his speech, he issues a dire warning to all Americans regarding the United Nations Climate Change Treaty, scheduled to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009.

 WARNING!

Lord Monckton on United Nations Treaty to be signed December 2009: “I have read that treaty. What is says is this: 1) A world government is going to be created. 2) Transfer of wealth from countries of the west to third world countries to satisfy ‘climate debt.’ 3) Enforcement.”

Click here for Monckton’s entire 95 minute speech debunking global warming science.
Click here to read a draft copy of the treaty.
Click here to sign a petition opposing Cap and Trade.

cop15gearsThis isn’t about the climate. It’s about international economic control over our lives. As Monckton said, in the next few weeks – UNLESS WE STOP IT – our President will sign our freedom, our democracy, and our prosperity away forever. I urge you to pass this information to your friends and neighbors. We ALL must contact our legislators and every form of media to STOP OBAMA from signing the COP-15 Climate Change Treaty.

Iran…So Much Depends on ‘IF’

green-question-markA moment of reckoning has come to the world. It centers around one man: The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Let’s reflect on this despot…

Ahmadinejad vows for years to bring death to the great Satan (that would be us), pontificates on the myth of the holocaust, swears he will blow Israel off the map, is a state supporter of terrorism, supplies Iraqi insurgents with everything from rocket-powered grenades to short-distance missiles, rigs his recent re-election in Iran, treats his detractors to prison, torture, rape, and death (remember Neda?), promises he is pursuing nuclear weapons for domestic purposes (Iran is floating on oil), helps his buddy Hugo Chavez discover uranium in Venezuela (gee, I wonder why?), gets caught hiding a second so-called ‘peaceful’ underground uranium enrichment facility (heavily guarded, by the way), unleashes a diatribe against the West at the United Nations three days ago, tells President Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and President Nicolas Sarkozy they will be sorry for their attitudes, fires off two short-range test missiles yesterday, and plans to launch a longer-range test missile on Monday, Sept 28th (capable of hitting Israel and U.S. military posts) to remind the world just how supremely magnificent he is.

In his remarks last Friday regarding Iran’s covert nuclear facility, President Obama mentioned- twice – what he has so often reminded us of: Iran has a right to nuclear power… if it will be used peacefully.

IF… so much depends on ‘if’.

At the upcoming P5+1 nuclear negotiation meeting on October 1 in Geneva, diplomats from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China will meet with Iranian representatives to lay down the law: Iran must allow international inspectors complete access to the secret Qom facility, full access to every nuclear-related site, scientists, and all documents/computers related to nuclear development, and Iran must fully comply with the IAEA.

If… we believe Mahmoud?

“Our nation has successfully gone through a glorious and fully- democratic election, opening a new chapter for our country in the march towards national progress and enhanced international interactions. They entrusted me once more with a large majority this heavy responsibility.” (Excerpt from Ahmadinejad’s address to the United Nations last Thursday.)

Here’s a reminder from his OWN people who the REAL Ahmedinejad is – pleading that he not be allowed to address the U.N.:

A moment of reckoning has come to the world.

What IF Iran agrees to be nuclear compliant then pretends to keep their promises?
What IF Obama continues to promise consequences for non-compliance then pretends to keep his promises?

It all sounds pretty ‘iffy’ to me.