Romney: Nuclear Iran Would Be 'Unacceptable'

US presidential contender Mitt Romney is visiting the Middle East, promising closer ties with Israel if elected.

US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has affirmed his backing for Israel during the latest stop on his foreign tour.

The Republican candidate is promoting his pro-Israel credentials as he prepares to take on Barack Obama in November's election.

During the trip to Jerusalem, a senior aide has revealed that Mr Romney would support an Israeli military strike to prevent Iran from securing a nuclear weapon.

The White House candidate has been holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

Mr Romney is also due to meet with Israeli opposition politicians and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, but he will not meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He told Mr Peres: "Like you, we are concerned about the development of nuclear capacity on the part of Iran and feel it would be unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear-armed nation."

His senior national security adviser went further, telling reporters: "If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision."

Mr Romney is hoping that a tough stance on Iran will be a vote-winner in the forthcoming election. He has previously accused Mr Obama of undermining Israel and boosting its enemies.

Romney: Nuclear Iran Would Be 'Unacceptable'


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Nothing new here. USA and many others (pretty much everyone, really - UN, EU, etc) have been saying this for a good many years. Difference is, the USA can do something about it.
This bloke could shave millions of the US budget if he carries on because he making such a tit of himself that Obama needn't bother going on the campaign trail; just sit back in the White house and don't even bother packing!
“We must lead the effort to prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability. We should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is our fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so.”

“In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded,” Romney continued. “We recognize Israel’s right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with you.”

Romney in Israel - The Washington Post

When are US politicians and their legions of advisors going to understand that the world extends beyond CONUS and Israel?

I appreciate he's talking to domestic voters with this speech, but when a US presidential hopeful talks foreign relations, the rest of the world is listening and judging.

If Israel has the "right to defend itself", then so does Iran.

If Isreal has the right to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran (which is what he is alluding to), then so does Iran vice-verca.

Is Romney such a Walter Mitty that he thinks this type of talk will defuse the situation?


You can always trust America to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities.
Mitt's an old pal of Bibi, rich supporters of Israel have basically bought him, he's gaffe prone but actually capable and no fool, he needs fiercely pro-Israeli evangelicals to ignore his heretical beliefs. I think he probably can find Iran on a map, right down to every major IRGC target.

And his stated postion on Iran acquiring a weapon is pretty much identical to Barry.
Mitt staging his fundraiser at the King David hotel was a nice touch, he clearly cares deeply about the "special relationship".
The US is institutionally weak on foreign policy and what effect their words, actions and deeds have on world opinion and subsequent consequences.

Here we have the US media clamouring to get into the place where their beloved Israelis/Zionists carried out a terrorist atrocity within living memory. But, historical background is irrelevant when all they're interested in is grabbing a soundbite from the gaffe-prone Mormon.

The "special relationship" lives on as normal: the US smugly tells everybody that they're special and their friendship and advice is ever so important - and then gives Israel the green light to do whatever it wants.
Romney scares me, he is so stupid that he makes Bush (s) look clever.
Bush was a far more able campaigner than Romney. Neither of them is stupid, one was smart enough to play the dumb hick.

Romney is smart, even with the GOP off in Wingnut la la land, he's got this far despite his odd faith, rather liberal record as governor and he's polling equal with Barry, a mean scrappy opponent to run against. He just has a touch of the John Kerry, rich guy lost outside the country club thing. High flying venture capital CEO's do tend to be rather out of touch and lofty, it's no preparation for rolling around in the gutter politics.

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