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U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney addresses supporters during his Wisconsin and Maryland primary night rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Hauck (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITIC
"All my decisions are the best." (Reuters)
Mitt Romney seems to be having a little trouble identifying the right person to speak on the issue of the day. Tuesday, for instance, Romney's campaign was trying to push a claim that the Obama White House has leaked national security secrets. A press release advancing that claim quoted campaign adviser and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman. Under secretary of defense—impressive, right? But maybe not the guy to make accusations about the seriousness of leaks:
Edelman, however, was implicated in the country's last major national security leak investigation — the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame — during his time in the Bush administration.

Edelman served under former Vice President Dick Cheney in the 1990s. From February 2001 to June 2003, he worked as Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, where he served directly under former Cheney aide Scooter Libby. According to the Justice Department, Edelman, identified as “Principal Deputy” in Scooter Libby’s indictment, originally suggested the idea to Libby to start leaking information about Joe Wilson’s trip to Niger.

Having someone who was involved in a national security leak that led to a felony conviction talk about the seriousness of vaguely alleged leaks is ... an interesting choice. Doing it the day after Romney used federal contractors to claim that the government has nothing to do with successful businesses is extra special.

Whether it's arrogance, carelessness, or both that leads the Romney campaign to make these picks, I do look forward to the logical next step: a Romney ad featuring Scrooge McDuck diving through a pile of gold while insisting that it's perfectly normal for a candidate to have money in Swiss banks and the Cayman Islands while refusing to release tax returns.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  rules are for you people (22+ / 0-)

    I can hire an adviser that outed a CIA agent.  And then ask, "what kind of White House would leak security information?"  with a straight face because when it happens under my watch, I will lie about it and retroactively retire so I won't be responsible.  

  •  There is really (16+ / 0-)

    a very simple response to this and the overall foreign policy offensive launched by Team R-Money earlier today:

    Republicans have no credibility on foreign policy.  From optional warfare in Iraq to the outing of a CIA operative, not to mention failure to kill the person ultimately responsible for 9/11, Republicans will be given no quarter on the issue of international affairs.

    THE END.

    I vote Democratic because I am a woman with self-respect , who rejects bigotry of all kinds, subscribes to science, believes in universal health care, embraces unions, and endorses smart internationalist foreign policy.

    by Delilah on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 02:49:08 PM PDT

  •  noticewhat Romney ISN'T talking about? (9+ / 0-)

    the economy.

    His signature issue has been successfully neutralized.

    "A recent study reveals Americans' heads are larger than they were 150 years ago but sadly there is no indication that the extra room is used for anything." - entlord

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:10:57 PM PDT

    •  Well... bit too soon to declare that. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd have hoped the Obama's Bain offensive would have driven down Romney's numbers, which they have not according to today's polling diary.

      What may be interesting is if Romney starts tailing off when taking up any other topic other than the economy.  The same polls show Obama tops Romney in virtually every other policy area, so whenever Mitt opens his yap about anything else, he turns on the "Fail" sign.

      Obama's foreign policy instincts have been uncannily sound in very choppy waters.  No way Romney gets any traction assuming the Obama and the Truth Team counter.

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 04:14:34 PM PDT

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  •  Hmmmm, makes this even more appropriate (6+ / 0-)


    If you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

    by Unit Zero on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:22:21 PM PDT

  •  Perfect. Well, nearly as perfect.... (8+ / 0-)

    as having Dan Senor along when you dip your toes into international diplomacy waters.

    Inept. of 10,000 or more reasons why the frat boy is unfit for public office.

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:31:30 PM PDT

  •  So why is this goofus so competitive (7+ / 0-)

    in the polls with Obama?

    Are the average voters that disinterested in the election that they can't decide between a proven, known capable person, & Yet Another brainless twit of privilege?

    /me shakes head

  •  Y`know... (6+ / 0-)

    ...if more people paid attention to who Romney has as advisers, he'd be about 10 points lower in the polls.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:43:58 PM PDT

  •  If you liked Bush/Cheney on foreign policy... (8+ / 0-)'ll love Romney.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:44:48 PM PDT

    •  He's got the same foreign policy guys! (2+ / 0-)
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      Eyesbright, TKO333

      All the damn NeoCons!

      There is John Lehman, the Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, who sources say is a lead actor in the
      Romney cast. Then there are Michael Chertoff and Michael Hayden, the Homeland Security secretary and CIA director who
      both served under President George W. Bush. Two former GOP senators, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Jim Talent of Missouri,
      also are on Romney's team.

      The supporting cast is also composed of Washington's security and foreign policy veterans: Eric Edleman and Dov Zakheim,
      who held high-level Pentagon posts under the younger Bush. Zakheim's son, Roger, a senior staffer on the House Armed
      Services Committee, is also assisting Romney, along with Dan Senor and Megan O'Sullivan, who emerged as major players
      during the Iraq war.

      Gordon Adams, who oversaw national security budgeting for the Clinton administration, says when Romney's security advisers
      speak, "they have nothing to say." Adams, who is not involved in Obama's re-election campaign, questions Romney and his
      advisers' repeated comments about Russia and building move Navy ships in a time of tight budgets.

      "This is the 'B-Team' of Republicans," Adam says. "And the 'B-Team' brought us Iraq, so I'm not sure they deserve to come
      back into office."

      Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

      by Icicle68 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 06:21:51 PM PDT

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  •  Not meant for us (3+ / 0-)
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    Orlaine, devis1, Eyesbright

    These speeches are geared to those who only ever watch fox, cnn, and the 3 other corporate outlets.  How informed to you think the average voter really is plus none of these media outlets ever challenge anything ever said by the gop.  
    While it not be the greatest idea I think dems need to start hammering cnn, cbs, nbc and abc whenever they just echowhat romney says as if its 100% true.  Time to start holding the media accountable otherwise the gop will always get away with their lies.

  •  It's like they are seeing how far they can (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, Orlaine, Eyesbright

    push with this ridiculousness before people catch on to it.

  •  "Leaks" are gonna happen (0+ / 0-)

    I'm pretty sure all presidents in the past recent decades have "leaked" stuff for political reasons.  I can't fault Obam for it...nor can I fault any president for it...hey, it comes with the power of the presidency, y'know?

    Now, if anything leaked would actually hurt our national security just for the sake of winning an election...well, I'm convinced there's no one here on Daily Kos that would sanction that.  And, I don't think that's something Obama would or has done.

    It's a pretty big stretch to present that.  I guess some things are put out there just so the "base" has something to believe in.

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:51:39 PM PDT

  •  The Clown Car Just Pulled Up Again.... (7+ / 0-)

    First Romney misquoted the Australian Primer Minister who quickly had to issue a statement contradicting him.

    Now he's got Scooter Libby's right hand man babbling about a vague security leak.....on Osama bin Laden of all people.  Is it really smart of Romney to bring up OBL at all?

    Does he really want to go there?  Romney hasn't even gone to Europe yet.  Imagine what's he going to do to us when he does.  He could leave a trail of broken international relationships everywhere he & his entourage go.

    This is the height of silliness.  Romney has more foreign policy experience than Obama?  Where?  On planet Zork?

    •  Don't forget, he lived in France (4+ / 0-)
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      Hohenzollern, a2nite, Eyesbright, TKO333

      while he was avoiding the draft.

      Even though I am disappointed at some of his actions, I am thankful every day that Barack Obama is President and not George Bush and certainly not John McCain.

      by gritsngumbo on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:57:03 PM PDT

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      •  Did you see Hardball today, Chris Matthews (3+ / 0-)
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        Orlaine, Eyesbright, TKO333

        was on fire calling him, "General Romney", and then going on to say that he didn't mean that in a good way? He also pointed out that Romney called the President corrupt in his speech. Of course Michael Steele disputed it saying he said current, but Chris played the clip again and Steele admitted that is exactly what he said, and chalked it up to a slip of the tongue. Matthews said the L.A Times picked this up, but Matthews ran with it. The only problem is not only will no other media validate that is what he said, but anyone who heard it on the right will be proud of that comment.

    •  Part of his problem (2+ / 0-)
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      Hohenzollern, Eyesbright

      is that John Bolton is his foreign policy adviser.
      I'm hoping for a giant gaffe while he's over in Europe.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:57:19 PM PDT

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  •  Wow. (2+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern, TKO333

    An Ayn Rand acolyte I know just responded to something I wrote from a few days back about Mitt Romney deliberately taking Obama out of context for that "you didn't build that" line.  This is a doozy of a Randian-fueled rambling response.

    The only one who's fallen for anything is you. Obama has maligned individual achievement time and again, and the whole tenor of all his speeches has been thoroughly Marxist. You're accusing all of us as having dropped context because of a few missing sentences, but you're dropping the whole context of the speech and all his other speeches, proclamations, and presidential actions.

    And, just for kicks, let's examine the missing sentences, according to the link you posted (remember, I have not listened to this speech).

    "Let me tell you something. There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that."
    If you can't see the denigration of individual achievement in that, you're willfully blind. His whole point in that passage is that nobody built their business because of investment in roads and bridges etc. (By the way, let's set aside the fact of the taxes that were coercion extorted from the business builder to pay for those roads and bridges.)

    His argument is invalid on so many levels, but here's another important point: business builders and entrepreneurs do not need the government to create roads, bridges, education, or anything else. These substandard "services" are foisted on Americans without each individual's explicit consent (and really, are anathema to "this unbelievable American system"). If such services were left to free, profit-seeking individuals to provide to one another by trade, their quality would be much better.

    The only positive thing that "this unbelievable American system" has done for us is protect our right to exercise our own independent judgment with respect to our actions and property, provided we don't initiate coercion against anyone else. There's been less and less of that as time goes on, unfortunately. And everything else the government does is destructive and hinders progress and building.

    And really, thankfulness and being able to attribute aspects and conditions of one's success can only be done in the context of freedom, where men deal with one another by trade. And that does not denigrate anyone's actual achievement.

    I'm successful despite shitty government education, despite government roads and bridges, and despite all the rest. Were it not for the government, I'd have tremendously better resources that, instead of "paying for" through taxes, I'd be paying for more directly. And I would be thankful for those people helping me, because, duh, we live in a society. But none of that minimizes my own achievement one iota. I'm not thankful for all these disservices the government foists on me. Just because I've managed to make the best of them, my accomplishments are not thereby diminished.

    So, congrats for falling for the leftist context-dropping and misrepresentations of Obama's true motivations and views by playing silly word games. :-)

    All the people with businesses out there did build them. And Obama and his ilk have no idea what that means.

    See, this guy actually believes in the "free market", and got pretty mad the last time I brought up how the Prisoner's Dilemma basically disproves the entire concept of a "free" market.
  •  looks like dick cheney's giving kkkarl rove (0+ / 0-)

    some help . . . in losing the election.   :D

  •  THAT guy... (4+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern, Icicle68, Eyesbright, TKO333

    I still can't believe their whole shop is These Guys.

    (Sorry for the pimp. I don't get an Edelman set-up too often)

  •  No matter how well we at dKos plaster (1+ / 0-)
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    Romney's bad points up against the wall, it doesn't matter. We do not speak to the millions out there who are either not listening or getting bad info from the tanked msm.

    To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. -Joseph Chilton Pearce

    by glitterscale on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 04:16:46 PM PDT

  •  No shame. indeed (0+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 04:23:04 PM PDT

  •  this is why people sit out elections (1+ / 0-)
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    92% of it is "but he did it tooooooo'

  •  If we have to use a picture of (0+ / 0-)

    rMormoney in these articles, could we please use a cartoon drawn version?  Seeing his face so often is a real drag.  

    As to the content:  rMormoney is inept.  Inept socially, politically, and humanly.

    Some Obama surrogate needs to start going after him as a morally bankrupt, liar, liar, liar in full gear.

    •  That should not be hard to do, because that is (1+ / 0-)
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      exactly what he is, a LIAR. Maybe it is time to run where Gingrich said just that. A new ad with all his lies including the "you didn't build that" ad, and then end with Gingrich calling him a liar. Yes, it is negative, but it needs to be done.

  •  Ask yourself the question (1+ / 0-)
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    What political advantage was gained by the Obama administration as a result of the leak of details about the raid?

    Can you think of any? I can't.

    It's not like leaking Valerie Plame's covert status in an attempt to discredit her husband, who was exposing the fact that the White House had lied its way into the invasion of Iraq.

    This reminds me of the theory they floated that Obama was deliberately causing gas prices to go up. Ridiculous!

    •  I agree, it is not that people don't know he (0+ / 0-)

      killed Bin Laden, and that it was a gut wrenching decision. Hell even Republicans, (some of them) gave him credit for that. As far as leaking the "kill list", do you really think that was also done for political advantage? I don't.

  •  Romney is such a terrible candidate (0+ / 0-)

    Where did the GOP dig up this guy? His lies and hypocracy, secrecy, flip-flops etc. That Obama is just 1 lucky fella to have creepy Romney as a challenger. The republican brand is totally bankrupt. tell your friends.

  •  Laura, did Mittens say what Obama leaked?? Seems (1+ / 0-)
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    to me he can't just make some vague allegation. I keep hearing this story, but nobody identifies the leaks.
    What leaks??

    German Constitution, Article 1 (1) The dignity of man is inviolable. To respect and protect it is the duty of all state authority.

    by Mark B on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 05:03:56 PM PDT

    •  I'd wondered, too, but I think it's still about th (0+ / 0-)

      I'd wondered, too, but I think they're simply still trying to get mileage out of the White House cooperating with the producers of the movie being made about the Navy Seals killing bin Laden.  That sort of cooperation is and has been the norm but facts are irrelevant to the Rmoney boys who prefer to invent their own to suit the occasion.
      And the media never calls them on it.

      To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

      by Eyesbright on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 07:40:30 PM PDT

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  •  Team Romney = Washington Generals (0+ / 0-)

    The Washington Generals are the team of chumps that the Harlem Globetrotters regularly embarrassed in their exhibition games.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 05:08:57 PM PDT

  •  This gives me a Migraine. Unbelieveable!!!!!! nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Romney has no intellect at all (0+ / 0-)

    He has done everything his handlers have told him to do.  It reveals that the man has been totally out of touch and has no clue as to what has happened in the last 40 yrs.  He's been too busy counting his cash - just like scrooge McDuck.  He has no sense of proportion, no sense of history.  His intellect is as vacuous as are his principals.  But Queen Anne says he's a great guy.  Says a lot about her doesn't it.

  •  The GOP base would elect Mr Hankey if he ran, (0+ / 0-)

    as long as he bore the elephant brand.

    They don't discriminate on the basis of smell.

    BTW how about the old Christmas Poo for Mitten's VP,
    could be a dark horse.

    "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

    by jakewaters on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 04:59:12 AM PDT

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