ROMNEY - Tired of insulting the preparedness of the London Olympic Organizing Committee; the Mitt Romney “International Insult Tour” headed for the Holy Land. While his campaign advisors were telling the Israel press that the candidate would back whatever actions Israel might take against Iran; Romney was insulting the Palestinians. Romney addressed the stark economic differences between a modernized Israel and the much poorer Palestinians noting that “culture makes all the difference.” He managed to botch the GDP numbers on both sides and ignore the fact that the World Bank and the International Monetary fund have repeatedly attributed Palestine’s poor economy to the stifling effect of Israel’s occupation and restriction on Palestinian trade.
As you might expect, Palestinian leaders were outraged. “The statement reflects a clear racist spirit” said Palestinian Labor Minister Ahmed Majdalani.
Romney is in over his head. He thinks a Cliff Notes briefing on the Middle East is all that is needed to become an authority on this most complicated of regions. His performance once again proves that he is not ready for international prime time.
And so the gaffs continue. Rahm Emanuel said it best: “I don’t know how he’ll handle the head of state job. He’s made a mess of being a tourist.”
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE – Lost in all the press coverage of the Queen parachuting into the Olympic Stadium was the prominent part National Health Service played in the Opening Ceremonies. The British version of national health care is beloved by the British people…so much so that when asked what they thought were Great Britain’s two main contributions to the global community their emphatic response was children’s literature and National Health Service. So overwhelming was the response that Opening Ceremony organizers felt it appropriate to include both prominently in their depiction of British history. How ironic it is to watch Great Britain, our closest and most trusted ally, celebrate national health insurance while we demonize the concept as socialism.