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September 15, 2012


The Foreign Relations Fumbler

Nicholas Kristof: "Diplomacy is a minefield, and Mitt Romney spent the last week blowing up his foreign policy credentials to be president. He raised doubts about his capacity to deal with global crises, and we were left hoping that if that 3 a.m. call ever went to him, he'd have set up call forwarding."

"The essential problem is that every time Romney touches foreign policy, he breaks things. He went on a friendly trip to Britain -- the easiest possible test for a candidate, akin to rolling off a log -- and endeared himself by questioning London's readiness to host the Olympic Games. In the resulting firestorm, one newspaper, The Sun, denounced 'Mitt the Twit'..."

"Then there was the Romney trip to Israel, where he insulted Palestinians and left some Jews uncomfortable with stereotyping by praising Jewish culture in the context of making money... Yet with the Middle East exploding in recent days because of a video insulting the Prophet Muhammad, Romney dived in with a statement that hit a trifecta: it was erroneous, inflammatory and offensive."












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