Romney’s Dangerous Conspiracy Theories

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Asked earlier in his ongoing grand tour about his foreign policy views, “Romney declined to answer reporters’ questions about his foreign policy positions, saying he will avoid talking about any policy specifics while he is on foreign soil.”

Yet spending a very profitable weekend raising money in Israel, Romney made these very specific foreign policy points as reported by the LA Times:

“Flanked by several dozen Israeli and American flags, with the last glimmers of sunlight illuminating the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City behind him, Romney argued in a speech that Tehran’s ayatollahs “are testing our moral defenses” and monitoring ‘who will object’ and ‘who will look the other way.’

“Accusing Iran of having a ‘bloody and brutal record,’ the unofficial Republican presidential nominee said, ‘We have a solemn duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran’s leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions.’

“The conduct of Iran’s leaders ‘gives us no reason to trust them with nuclear material,’ he said. As they edge toward developing nuclear weapons capability, ‘preventing that outcome must be our highest national security priority.’

This can only mean one of two things: either he does not view specific threats to deny Iran nuclear material — to which they have every legal right under the Non-Proliferation Treaty — to be “policy specifics,” or he does not view Israel as foreign soil. Hmmm.

10:23 pm on July 29, 2012