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The contrast couldn't be more clear in terms of who's really got Israel's back. While Mitt Romney urges a return to Bush-league diplomacy and 'Freeing the Dumb,' Obama is offering more than just plans for the impotent coddling of anti-democracy dictators.

One day before Romney's visit to Israel, Obama signed legislation increasing military and civilian ties between the U.S. and Israel. And he authorized the release of an additional $70 million in military aid for Israel...

The new money is aimed at helping Israel expand production of a short-range rocket defense system, called Iron Drone, that can block fire from nearby Gaza and other places.

Meanwhile, what does Romney offer Israel? Just words, and plans for more words. Evidently his foreign policy plan is to merely talk with anti-democratic dictators (using the incredible diplomatic skills exhibited in London I guess) and hope for peaceful resolutions to the problems threatening Israel, like he says Bush did (?!??!!!).

Romney: The Arab Spring is not appropriately named. It has become a development of more concern and it occurred in part because of the reluctance on the part of various dictators to provide more freedom to their citizens. President Bush urged Hosni Mubarak to move toward a more democratic posture, but President Obama abandoned [Bush's] freedom agenda and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history, in a more peaceful manner.
Bush-league diplomacy, coddling anti-Israel dictators, and more talk: Romney

$70 Million dollars for missile defense: Obama

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  •  Um...yeah, but... (5+ / 0-)
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    NormAl1792, MartyM, nellgwen, jalenth, grollen

    ...come on, that's a bit unfair, seeing how Obama is already, you know, President and all that.

    Romney isn't really in a position to give $70 million to Israel--

    Oh, wait. Well, technically he could if he really wanted to; he's got the cash. Or he could get Sheldon Adelson and some other SuperPAC billionaires to chip in; pocket change to these guys...

  •  Exactly! (4+ / 0-)
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    addikell, NormAl1792, MartyM, nellgwen

    Romney is offering nothing but a promise to call for an undivided Jerusalem.

    President Obama has done more to be friendly with Israel and with Jewish Americans than any President to date. We are talking REAL things not mindless platitudes.

    You should see Republican talking points on this... they mostly center about meaningless moves at the U.N. that the President "OH NOEZ" didn't act on, or that he (like every other American President) won't call Jerusalem the Capitol of Israel.

    That's pretty much all they have and it's pretty fucking silly, naive, and dumb.

    "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

    by volleyboy1 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 02:50:16 PM PDT

  •  does he even listen to what he's saying? (8+ / 0-)

    it's worse than merely bad policy.  It doesn't make any sense.

    He wants Obama to be more peaceful, and do things the way Bush did, by invading countries, and aligning with dictators?


    I'm honestly starting to think that Mitt really doesn't know his political ass from a hole in the ground.

    "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 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 02:53:58 PM PDT

  •  And his Bomb Iran team of idiots (3+ / 0-)
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    addikell, MartyM, nellgwen

    Even Bush wasn't dumb enough to bomb Iran. Enough said. Yes, please pander to the Christian Zionist cooks like Hagee and the Warmongers  and Likud Party supporters like Cheney, Bolton, et al

  •  Glad to see someone else highlighting (6+ / 0-)

    Romney's absurd answer on the Arab Spring. And I love how Obama's team is countering Romney's move ahead of his trip to Israel. Our First Lady already took care of Romney in London. She was all charm and smiles while the UK media is calling Mitt "Mitt the Twit". Got to love it.

    President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

    by askew on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 02:58:27 PM PDT

  •  Willard and the Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, Orlaine

    are like that couple that has to stay together because they can't sell the house.

  •  It gets worse (5+ / 0-)

    Per TPM.

    It looks like Romney may state that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel.  If so, that would be a rejection of both Democratic and Republican administrations.  It will also alienate Muslim countries to a remarkable extreme.  This is really, really, really bad.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 03:03:44 PM PDT

    •  That would be disastrous (1+ / 0-)
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      Empty Vessel

      Either stating that or that he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If he said that and he would be elected, most of the Arab nations would probably recall their ambassadors in DC the day of the inauguration.

      Republicans believe you need an ID to vote but you can donate millions to any candidate completely anonymously. (h/t jbou)

      by Calouste on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 03:17:34 PM PDT

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    •  And to think... (1+ / 0-)
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      Empty Vessel

      it was just a few short months ago that Santorum was slamming Romney for not taking a position on the status of Jerusalem. Flippity-flop...

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

      by angry marmot on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 03:24:54 PM PDT

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    •  I think the position of Obama (1+ / 0-)
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      Empty Vessel

      and previous administrations is that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, however the US Embassy is located in Tel Aviv until peace resolution with Palestinians occurs.

    •  It doesn't "look like...." (3+ / 0-)
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      Empty Vessel, Pluto, jalenth

      THAT is exactly what Romney is going to do. He has said it numerous times. But here is his quote running on YNET today:

      A Romney spokeswoman said the former Massachusetts governor was happy to see steps being taken to enhance security cooperation with Israel.

      "Unfortunately this bill does nothing to address yesterday's evasiveness from the White House on whether President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which raised doubt about the president's commitment to our closest ally in the region," said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.

      Romney has absolutely no sense of diplomacy OR political reality. The man is a complete dunce about Foreign Policy and honestly the only people that are dumber than him are the people that are going to vote for him.

      "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

      by volleyboy1 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 03:40:29 PM PDT

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  •  I thought Rmoney said.... (3+ / 0-)
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    "While I’m on foreign soil, I’m very careful not to be critical of my own government’s policies”
    Rmoney is like a child, repeating Mommy's instructions - and children are forgetful.

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 03:04:34 PM PDT

  •  That is a $70 million waste (3+ / 0-)
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    420 forever, grollen, renfro

    I think it is long past time to stop U.S. funding of the State of Israel and their apartheid regime.....stop it for west bank settlements, 'border fences', military help, etc.

  •  Meh. Missile defense. Obama re-election, yes. (0+ / 0-)

    Continuing this deadender bipartisan military support of Israel, no. Based on results, its not working.

    Questioning US-Israel relations
    The Stream speaks with Stephen Walt, co-author of ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.’

    Israel has received more foreign aid from the United States than any other country in the world, and each year influential pro-Israeli government groups donate millions of dollars to US lawmakers and political campaigns.

    But to what extent has America's relationship with Israel affected opportunities to influence positive change in the Middle East?

    How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

    by divineorder on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 03:20:44 PM PDT

  •  Not jumping up and down (2+ / 0-)
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    420 forever, grollen

    for joy at the thought of more weapons in Israeli hands. Sorry.

  •  Oh, before you leave for Poland, (0+ / 0-)

    please tell the President thanks for the cash.
     And when you're in Warsaw go to the Copernicus Science Center. It will open your eyes.
       And you must go to Rozbrat 20. Simply the best restaurant in Warsaw. They say, "It's Paris in Warsaw." And I know how much you like France.
    Shalom. And again tell the President Thank you.


    "Mitt, how did you find England?" "Turned hapless at Greenland."

    by nellgwen on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 03:25:18 PM PDT

  •  Yeah and I'm sure Bibi will still be every bit (0+ / 0-)

    as disrespectful to both Obama and Biden as he has from the beginning.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 04:55:14 PM PDT

  •  Since when was Israel a third-world country? (0+ / 0-)

    The reason I ask that question is: that is the only reason I can see for the United States shelling out $70 million to pay for a missile defense system on their soil.

    Otherwise, they can dig into their own deep pockets and pay for this themselves.

    •  And you realize those systems are being (0+ / 0-)

      developed and tested under live fire so we can have them to protect our troops and territory.

      Oh wait... apparently you didn't. Never mind.

      "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

      by volleyboy1 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 06:43:47 PM PDT

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    •  Well so far this year (0+ / 0-)

      We,.. US taxpayers,... have given Israel 3 billion in regular aid--then another 250 million in March for missiles, then increased that to 750 million...THEN last month in a real coup-de grace the congress-passed the Israeli Military Edge bill to give Israel another 1 we have Obama tossing Israel another 70 million to prove he loves Israel more than Mitt.
      So now we're edging toward 6 Billion for Israel this year and no telling how much more of our tax money Obama, the dems and the rethugs will give Israel by November.

      Since I'm an American and not a Jew or Israeli I don't really have anyone to vote for in this election.
      Wake me if anyone actually interested in representing American interest  and Americans enters the race.

      "Something happens. Then you have to make a choice and take a side."...."The Quiet American", Graham Greene

      by renfro on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:20:04 PM PDT

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  •  That money is obscene. (0+ / 0-)

    We are running a total deficit and Israel's national budget from what I have heard is running with excess.

    But regardless of their fiscal state, thats on top of the 3.5 billion a year we already give them. Not a total, he just upped the ante to over 4 billion for this year of OUR tax dollars to another Nation.  Why do we fund anyone when we are too broke to take care of our own?

    By the way, the rough math says thats about 8.3 million a day we give them of our tax dollars.

    And we can't "afford" better education, better roads, more jobs, health care, etc?

    Thats like me being in foreclosure and giving the rich people down the street my grocery money so they like me more... and telling my kid to go hungry.

    Tell me WHY we in the US have to go without so they can have more and more?

    Both sides are doing election year pandering, and I find it shameful, counter-productive to out nation's health and well being, and counter-intuitive to humanitarian efforts.

    Were it going to poor or oppressed people?  I may have more empathy....

    But this is just sad.

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