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  •  A Couple of Points (2+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, Florida Democrat

    I'm not suggesting at all that Mitt Romney is an Israeli lackey. What I am suggesting is that he not only is closely aligned with the positions of one party in Israel (Likud), but that he has adopted Benjamin Netanyahu's stands on disinvestment, war crimes and other issues that few in the U.S. have advocated.

    As for Iran, there is little disagreement on either side of the aisle that the regime in Tehran is a danger.  But there's plenty of disagreement in Washington and in Israel about whether a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear faciliaties is the way forward.  U.S. defense secretary Panetta and the Israeli head of Mossad are just some of the voices warning that a strike might only delay Tehran's nuclear ambitions by a couple of years, while triggering regional conflict.

    I'm not going to spend much time on your "ZOG" insult.  The hand-puppet wording may have been an unfortunate choice, but it reflects that Mitt Romney has largely repeated policies and positions Bibi adopted first.

    •  Shouldn't you have considered spending the (2+ / 0-)
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      fizziks, Hoodoo Man

      time to say you are sorry for the ZOG reference instead of attempting to minimize it?

      "Stay close to the candles....the staircase can be treacherous" (-8.38,-8.51)

      by JNEREBEL on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 11:15:11 AM PST

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      •  No. The Choice of Words... (1+ / 0-)
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        Brecht

        ...was unfortunate because it prompted a commenter to baselessly insult me.  

        To suggest as I did that Mitt Romney repeated, regurgitated, repurposed, appropriated or otherwise adopted Benjamin Netanyahu's words - that is, to act like a hand-puppet - is backed by the record.  To say that Romney acted as Netanyahu's mouthpiece, megaphone, etc. simply reflects the well-documented history.

        For the earlier commenter to lob a charge of white supremacy, anti-semitism or worse is uncalled for and not remotely supported by anything in the text.

    •  hold on a second here (2+ / 0-)
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      Kickemout, Hoodoo Man
      I'm not suggesting at all that Mitt Romney is an Israeli lackey.

      really?  With statements like:

      Meet Mitt Romney's Running Mate, Benjamin Netanyahu

      It is Romney's role as Netahyahu's hand-puppet

      Mitt's Israeli itinerary would give him a chance to personally thank the man to whom he has largely outsourced his Middle East policy

      So if you are not trying to imply that Mitt Romney is an Israeli lackey with those statements, what is the message you are trying to communicate with them?

      •  Saying That Romney is Carrying Bibi's Water... (2+ / 0-)
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        Brecht, Florida Democrat

        ...is a different thing than calling Romney an Israeli lackey.

        When Romney in 2007 first endorsed Netanyahu's positions on disinvestment and war crimes charges for Ahmadinejad, Netanyahu was not prime minister.  His views were not the policy of the Israeli government.  Again, Romney has been repeating Netanyahu's talking points, not the policy of the Israeli government.

        Consider the following example.  As Condoleezza Rice explained in hew recent book, former prime minister Olmert offered Palestinian president Abbas 94% of the West Bank in 2008.  Netanyahu was against this and certainly didn't repeat Olmert's offer when he took over.  (In fact, Olmert's Kadima successor Livni is said to have opposed it as well.)

        •  Ah, I gotcha - I think (1+ / 0-)
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          Avenging Angel

          you are saying Romney is a Netanyahu lackey, not an Israel lackey.

          It might be best to edit the diary to remove the 'hand puppet' language, just to avoid that can of worms.

          •  Thank You! (2+ / 0-)
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            volleyboy1, fizziks

            I'm sorry for my lack of clarity.  If it took this much back and forth for me to communicate my point, I obviously did not do a very good job of it.

            In the future, I'l avoid the reference due to the apparent sensitivities involved.

            •  Edited Above (2+ / 0-)
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              volleyboy1, fizziks

              I changed the reference to "alter ego."

              As a rule of thumb, I generally don't like to edit diaries after the fact. I think it's worth letting the record stand, even when not everyone's thrilled about it.

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