Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Romney’s Lies: Lie #12 (“The 24-Hour Israeli-Palestinian Cultural Double-Time Flip-Flop”)

Mitt Romney Lie Number Twelve is making me dizzy:

ORIGINAL ROMNEY STATEMENT: I was thinking this morning as I prepared to come into this room of a discussion I had across the country in the United States about my perceptions about differences between countries. And as you come here and you see the GDP per capita for instance in Israel which is about 21,000 dollars and you compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority which is more like 10,000 dollars per capita you notice a dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality. . . .Culture makes all the difference.

ROMNEY FLIP-FLOP ONE: I’m not speaking about it — and did not speak about — the Palestinian culture or the decisions made in their economy. That’s an interesting topic that perhaps could deserve scholarly analysis, but I actually didn’t address that, certainly don’t intend to address that during my campaign.

ROMNEY FLIP-FLOP TWO: During my recent trip to Israel, I had suggested that the choices a society makes about its culture play a role in creating prosperity, and that the significant disparity between Israeli and Palestinian living standards was powerfully influenced by it. In some quarters, that comment became the subject of controversy. But what exactly accounts for prosperity if not culture?

Mitt Romney himself has no position on this issue. He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Israel, Palestine or foreign policy in general. He does, however, give a rat’s ass about American wingnuts, which is why he attacked the Palestinians in the first place. It was a dog whistle designed to signal to Bill Kristol’s Neocon Chickenhawk Brigade that Romney is fixing to help Benjamin Netanyahu kill some Muslims ASAP.

After Romney trashed the Palestinians to please the wingnuts, he intentionally muddied the waters by lying about what he had just said. Then, he intentionally muddied the waters further by flip-flopping back to his original position. This audacious double flip-flop renders the Wolf Blitzers of the world speechless while simultaneously reassuring the wingnuts — who by now realize that Romney is their lying bitch — that Romney is, indeed, ready to kill Muslims on day one of his presidency.

Mitt Romney is not always a pathological, scattershot liar. There is often method to his madness.

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