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Mitt Romney Denies Criticizing Palestinian Culture


World  (tags: politics, Palestine, Israel, media, racism, world, middle-east, society )

Carrie
- 811 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Palestinian officials accused the Republican presidential candidate of racism for suggesting that culture helps explain the economic disparity between Israelis and Palestinians.



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Sue H. (7)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 10:25 am
Fool! Deny all you want, your poor excuse of an attempt to be a distinguished and capable politician during your foreign policy tour is on record, for all the world to see.
 

Elle B. (82)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 11:17 am
Ty. Carrie. So sick of this guys lies and denies. He doesn't even know what he says anymore...It is beyond ridiculous that he is running for President of the USA!

“How 'bout a shot of truth in that denial cocktail.” ― Jennifer Salaiz

"When ideology is involved, truth is the first casualty." ― Tim Callanan

"Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” ― Criss Jami
 

Maggie S. (40)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 12:05 pm
But, when you are running for President, you are a sorry excuse when you do not realize the diplomacy needed when you visit countries other than your own! It is not Mitt Wrongley's place to brand anyone - he is NOT THE PRESIDENT even though he thinks he is, and, he has not authority to meddle in sensitive midhead politics! So whatever point your are trying to make, Bob Algeron, you certainly did not do a very good job of it!
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 1:11 pm

If Romney didn't mean what he said, then what is he a sock puppet for Adelstein?

To the contrary Bob the only reason you posted that was to insult people. I could list many actual scholarly and factual web-sites and books that refute your deviation from the truth and your totally inappropriate comment, but why bother?
Bricks don't learn.

This Romney demonstrating his brand of diplomacy, punch them in the face and then run like hell. He may be a wimp, but he is also one nasty piece of work.
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 1:18 pm
I wish Romney didn't back peddle on this issue of Palestinian culture - simply because it doesn't exist. There is no racism intended . They are a collection of people who instead of becoming a unified entity, showing the world (and Israel) that they deserve a state, they lately have become an angry mob, angry at Abbas, a man who wants peace between the Arabs and the Israelis.
Why would Israel negotiate with people who hate them? Their culture is one one hate, disloyalty to the fragile government they have, they blame Israel for all their problems, yet , do not see Israel as a potential friend if they would let them.
Let your children throw rocks at Israeli soldiers, let your children die before you would bring them to an Israeli hospital. This is not a culture, its an angry collective of people who do not know what diplomacy, negotiations, even means; they want, because they think they they deserve it.
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 3:06 pm
"On Tuesday, Romney told Fox News that he wasn't specifically talking about Palestinian culture and doesn't plan to during the campaign.

He's downplaying a series of perceived missteps and instead blaming the media. Romney says reporters are more interested in "finding something to write" than about reporting on the economy and national security threats.

Romney prompted angry headlines across England last week when he questioned London's readiness for the Olympics.

He says the media is trying to "divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country."

What I wonder is, WHEN, if EVER, is this man going to just admit, hey, I made a mistake, I spoke hastily, I apologize? All he has for comebacks is the media are out to get him? HE is out to get him. And doing a bang up job of it. Just let him keep talking, all the way to November. The man is a parody of a parody, and a bad one at that. The opposite of teflon, EVERYTHING he says sticks to him. Were he elected, he'd be the most hated "new" president in our history. And would spend four years tromping on other people's toes, likely start a war, or two, and end up with a lower than Dick Cheney (13%) approval rating. We simply cannot afford to have a loose bullying cannon rolling around the world. He could start WWIII just with his mouth. And blame it on the media, or Obama.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 4:55 pm
Ethnocentrism, which sometimes masquerades with euphemistic references to cultural differences, is usually viewed by the experts as a component of or foundation for racism.......
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 5:19 pm
Too bad for Romney that people actually have video tapes of his remarks. I guess he thinks that if he keeps talking, and talking, and talking that we will come to believe he did not say what the video shows.....
 

Milkah Savage (277)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 6:19 pm
Does it matter what he said or didn't say? We are smart enough to figure the truth out
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 7:52 pm
Liar, liar! He keeps stepping in it and back peddling when it hits the fan. He did it in London, then Israel and now we're just waiting to see which country he'll be in when he does it again. His malice towards others is astounding.
 

Michael Carney (211)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 9:00 pm
If he could, he'd deny being Mitt Romney...As amazing as it is to me, this buffoon makes Dubya look like Einstein...I never thought I'd use Dubya, and Einstein in the same sentence...lol Thanks Mitt...
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 9:01 pm
Romney has the guts to say simple truth, to call a spade a spade.

Good that Romney won't be bowing to Saudi King. Islamists and leftists will be after him, and the attack already started, and he knew it.

Kit, quotes of extremists or Jihadists won't impress anyone, no matter how frequently you post them. Many people know whose culture is a cult of death and who bombs each other, and all others, Americans included, on any convenient occasion.


 

Carrie B. (309)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 10:04 pm
Would you rather bow to Israel?
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 12:47 am
Our Republican candidate's' foray into international politics, is starting to make George W look like Henry Kissinger!. Mitt-wit, as I call him, tries to bend his sails to every wind he encounters and winds up pleasing no one completely except his inner circle of head nodders and yes men and women.

I really don't think he's a racist against Palestinians per se--that would imply that he only hates one group, but he hates many---those who favor equal rights for women, minorities, environmental rights advocates, the poor of all stripes and backgrounds. He is quite fair and consistent only in his worldview of the unfortunate as less useful and less entitled to pursue happiness in this world than he and his rich friends are. One must have servants after all!!! .
 

Carrie B. (309)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 1:10 am
Mitt's behavior suggests that he is quite simply a racist. No one in particular except those who are not Anglo Saxon and of an acceptable faith . Being black, brown, yellow, or red, and of a different faith makes him very uncomfortable. If you fit in any ONE of these categories, you are not acceptable. That means if you are not a follower of his faith and happen to be less than white...
 

Sasha M. (0)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 1:31 am
thank you.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 8:26 am
Noted. Mitt is just another Repug who's missteps are just "not intended to be factual" statements. Ok, then, let's just focus on his tax filings!
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 9:11 am
I don't want Obama or Romney or any other American President to bow to ANYONE, period.

Israel is the only place where American Fleet feels safe in the Middle East. I think Obama showed himself quite racist and ungrateful when he sent Israeli Premier Minister home right before dinner. Obama showed himself ungrateful when he threw out Mubarak, who supported US policy in the Middle East and was resisting Egyptian Islamists.

Comparing economies and affairs of Israel and its neighboring Arab countries does tell several definite things about the difference of cultures, and ignoring this difference would be wrong and dangerous. Recognizing the truth and bringing up dangers of Islamic extremism is not a racism or Islamophobia, this is consideration of taking right actions.

Now that Obama needs Jewish votes and donations he will say something nice, but words are priced differently than deeds.
 

Kate Kenner (201)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 2:01 pm
Maybe the man just has poor social skills. I won't count on him to avoid any conflicts/wars if he (AAAGH) is elected.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 2:11 pm
There's no such thing as a Palestinian culture. They're part of the Arab culture which at one time was very advanced. After being conquered and ruled be various others for hundreds of years this advanced culture died out.
Israelis hold life as very important and will trade hundreds of prisoners for the body of one Israeli. They prize education and innovation. They are nearing a cure for cancer, technological breakthroughs happen all the time in Israel. Can the same be said of the Palestinians? I'm not saying they or Arabs in general are genetically inferior or inferior in any way. I believe they can be a successful and prosperous nation if their leaders would stop using them as pawns in a never ending conflict with Israel.
That Mitt Romney alluded to this in public was incredibly stupid.

And Bob A., I don't remember Obama throwing out Mubarak. I'm pretty sure it was the Egyptian people and the army.. And I hardly think I'd call Obama racist. Interesting how you projected that on him. And all Palestinians are not extremists. We have extremists in this country called the tea party. We have extremist elements in our churches.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 2:22 pm
Romney makes LBJ, who had a horrible foreign policy platform, look like a world class diplomat.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 2:34 pm
I can't imagine such a lying fool running for President of this country. Do you realize the horrors that would ensue if he were successful? After eight years of Bush and Cheney, you'd think people would see through this idiot and laugh him off the podium while it's still a laughing matter..
 

marie c. (168)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 2:59 pm
Noted and thanks Carrie
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 4:13 pm
Past Member, I agree with your assessment of Arab societies.

As for Obama, he publicly dropped his support for Mubarak when Mubarak's departure was far from certain, and the question which hands will grab the power was open. I could not believe that people attributed his downfall to some Google guy, and took all calls for democracy at the faith value, not seeing an Islamic takeover, after several Islamic takeovers in the Middle East. Army did not throw Mubarak, they supported him and are trying to resist Islamists even now. Many Egyptians - Christians and other minorities - were supportive of Mubarak, because he protected them. How many Churches were burnt and businesses robbed by the Islamists since their takeover? What was Obama thinking, while doing nothing and ignoring those minorities?

Public humiliation of Israeli Premier Minister, the head of another ally-state was another disgusting act.

Comparing this humiliation to Obama's public bowing to Saudi king, endless and result less outreach to Islamists rulers world wide and supplying US Aid to US open enemies brings up a question of a reason, and I don't see any possible reason, other than built-in racism or animosity.

Public betrayal of the long-time allies brings up disrespect to those who do it.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 8:30 pm
oops, stepped in camel dung , did we Mitt?
 

jo M. (3)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 10:27 pm
Culture does make a difference. Could be it would be better not to acknowledge the truth in public, as all the nitwits in the world will come out to scream "racism". "Racism" has got to be one of the most meaningless words in the world anymore, the way it is so often erroneously and egregiously applied these days. Don't like someone else's opinion? Just label them a racist. Don't give any real thought to what they've said, especially if you don't share the same ideology- God knows the other side is never filled with anyone but evil morons anyway-just go with the good old tried and true knee-jerk,shallow, unthinking, hate-mongering reactions. It's all good.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:04 am
Are all of the Repug/Tea bagged so freaking stuck in the past that they do not realize that they are on tape. Although with Willard 'The Rat' Romney, I doubt he cares, as he as already been on one reich-wing talk radio show bragging about having said that the Palestinians are culturally inferior. With W. Bush at least it was ignorance with Willard "The Rat', it is pandering, arrogance and such a grandiose sense of being entitled to the Presidency of the US that he just does not care. In his entire fiasco of a Grand Tour, he answered three, 3, questions and then his staff started telling the Press to "Kiss My Ass" and "Shove it", damn this group is starting to make Spiro Agnew look good.
JO M. damn you are ignorant. Perhaps the lower GDP for Palestinians has one hell of a lot more to do with the Giant Ring of Iron Israeli Embargo on the Palestinians controlling all of their imports and exports than their culture does.
 

monka blank (81)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 1:00 pm
I couldn't care less when it comes to Israel, but I'm very concerned about Willard 'The Rat' Romney, about the BS comming out of his mouth ! He's a dangerous liar ; give him a one way ticket to Mars, as far as I'm concerned. He's an insult to me.I really can't imagine a Mormon as president of the U.S..
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 1:04 pm
Lloyd, look at the Islamic culture in general. There is no embargo of Egypt or many other Arab countries, but Egyptians do worse than Palestinians.

Culture really matters. Only politically correct Obama refuses to state it - it may damage his ostrich-like outreach.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 7:58 pm
He's too ignorant to know what's offensive and what isn't.
 

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Friday August 3, 2012, 9:58 pm
Bowing to a Saudi king is improper/wrong? Wow, then I guess George W. really blew it when he was walking and holding hands with a Saudi representative!
 

Carrie B. (309)
Friday August 3, 2012, 11:45 pm
This is all very strange.
 

jo M. (3)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:25 pm
Well, yes Lloyd, I may be ignorant, but only a complete moron would deny that culture plays a part. You might want to brush up on your reading comprehension, as I never implied that culture was the only problem the Palestinians have.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday August 6, 2012, 8:25 am
Roni Jo, holding hands and shaking hands with a Saudi representative is OK.

KISSING hands or BOWING DOWN to Saudi representative is NOT OK.

Somebody has to explain it to Obama. For as long as Obama represents US and the whole Western Civilization, his bowing down to the head of most fanatical and intolerant Islamic sect is an insult to ALL whom he represents, except for Muslim Brotherhood.
 
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