Friday, October 21, 2011
'My sons are serving the country when they campaign for me.'
A few years ago when Mitt Romney was running for president he was asked about his sons enlisting, going to Iraq. I thought he would give an intelligent answer, given that thousands of young men and women were deployed in Iraq. Thousands of them volunteered because they wanted to serve their country after 9/11.
Romney said, flashing that silly grin, "My sons are serving the country when they campaign for me."
I was almost speechless at his arrogance. His five sons--healthy and sun kissed were standing next to him, that same silly grin plastered on their lips. The media showed pictures of his sons living the good life, enjoying their favorite foods and recreational activities, relishing freedom from a war in the Middle East.
Today, after President Obama announced he is withdrawing soldiers from Iraq at the end of the year, Romney had the gall to talk about spilled blood and sacrifices made by the men and women fighting in a foreign country. He said in a press release:
“President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women.
"The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”