But with Israel-hating, terrorist-coddling, regime-supporting Barack Obama in the White House, this crop of Republican candidates has ramped up its rhetoric to such a degree that the game has morphed into “with us, you live; with him, you die.” Newt Gingrich is perhaps best at this ‘most dangerous’ game, but surprisingly Mitt Romney, the oft-mocked spineless candidate who lacks principled positions, isn’t so bad himself — he’s been repeating the same line for months now, with conviction, that if Obama were to be re-elected, Iran *will* acquire nuclear weapons, and they will blow us to bits.
Romney made the claim again on Sunday, hours after President Obama addressed the bizarrely influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee and reiterated his view “that an opportunity remains for diplomacy — backed by pressure — to succeed” with respect to Iran and its nuclear program.
“If Barack Obama gets re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change if that’s the case,” he told the attendees of his pancake breakfast outside Atlanta (International House of Phearmongering?). “This is a president who has failed to put in place crippling sanctions against Iran.”
But here’s the kicker. Even though this isn’t a new line of attack from Romney, it’s noteworthy that the question he was responding to came from an 11-year-old boy who asked how Romney would protect Israel (not even Bar Mitzvah’d and already so concerned about the Holy Land, what a mensch). Obviously Romney is taking the boy’s question as a chance to address the larger crowd, but you can’t help thinking about this kid trying to process what “crippling sanctions” against Iran looks like.
Thankfully, he stopped short of telling this kid Santa’s fake and mommy secretly resents daddy.
(top photo via AP/Gerald Herbert)
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