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by Don Hank, blogging at Laigle’s Forum

(Feb. 2, 2011) — Mitt Romney has broken with conservative opinion in his statement on the Egyptian crisis, coming down on the side of the mob of angry Islamists and Barack Obama (see linked article):


Obama, who has in fact demanded Mubarak’s immediate withdrawal, saying it “must begin now” (http://www.cnbc.com/id/41377934), is following in the footsteps of President Jimmy Carter, who — you may recall — righteously demanded, back in the 70s, that the Shah of Iran be deposed because he was not democratic enough. The assumption was that whoever replaced the Shah would, of course, be democratic.

So once the Iranian radical clerics saw that the Shah would get no more support from the US, they moved in for the kill, long knives drawn. The Shah’s overthrow paved the way for the eminently authoritarian Ayatollah Khomeini, who promptly took the US embassy personnel captive, as a way to say “thanks” to Jimmy Carter for all the support.

That went so well that, several years later, the democratic Khomeini’s successors eventually chose radical Islamist Ahmadinejad, who hates Western style democracy, as the leader of Iran. Democratic uprisings are now put down with an iron hand in Iran, but after all, that’s no longer important. The US democrats got what they wanted – elimination of a true American ally in the Middle East and his replacement with a man who hates America and Israel.

So now, Mitt Romney is in turn following Obama’s – and, let’s not forget,  Hillary’s — lead in denouncing Mubarak in Egypt because, after 40 years of serving as an invaluable go-between for Israel and the rest of the Middle East, why, it turns out he, like the Shah, is not democratic, never has been. Hillary was quick to scold Mubarak for not letting the Islamic radicals have their fun and organize his overthrow via the internet.

Discussion in the media generally portrays the Egyptian mob as the good guys, just as the media – and Carter – portrayed the Khomeini’s supporters during the 1978 upheaval in Iran.

But the persecution of Christians (as well as of Jews and Baha’is) was stepped up once the Khomeini was in power and Christians were forced out of their homeland. The media have forgotten that just a few weeks ago, a Coptic Christian church was burned by some of this same mob that now demands Mubarak’s overthrow.

The parallels are significant and if the lessons are clear they are clearly not learned.

If this Egyptian mob behaves the way the Iranian mob did in 1978 and the majority of Christians are driven from their homeland, remember the names:




as being solidly behind the overthrow of a leader who played the lead role in stabilizing the region.

And then ask yourself if Mitt is your man in 2012. (But don’t forget to save a copy of the above-linked article, since Mitt has a habit of flip-flopping on everything as the wind changes directions or as he moves from one audience to another. One of his favorite lines is “I never said that.”)

Here is a brief profile for those not familiar with Mitt and his MO:


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  1. I had great respect for Mitt Romney prior to the last election. He is sharp as a business-man, and knows how to run a business, and I hoped if elected, the government. Then he stupidly got involved in that debate in LA right toward the end prior to the Primary, and John McCain spent all of his time bashing Romney over and over. I remember that vividly. I lost all respect for McCain also, who was creatively helped by the MSM. Keep in mind, McCain was down to his last few bucks, and had even stopped driving his bus, and was down to driving around in a car campaigning, when along came the MSM. The MSM went out of their way to give him loads of attention as part of a plan to help him win the Primary. The Democrates figured no way was an old burned out McCain going to beat the young rock star Obama. After taking this beating at the LA debate from an old candidate, Romney withdrew, with millions to spend if he wanted to. The Democrates were thrilled that worked, and then we all know about McCain and Palin, who were then trashed right to the election by the same MSM. The winner was predictable, in large part due to massive help from the MSM, and a majority of citizens who just heard “Hope and change”, did not check on BHOs B/C, and that the rest is history. I feel Romney blew his one chance, and pray he will not run again.

  2. RRR~REALLY, Folks, Isn’t it Time to “Flush Washington, District of Criminals of ALL of this VILE FILTH and STUPIDITY that calls itself GOVERNMENT??!!

  3. Glad to see Mitt Romney wake up and move to the center.
    This Egyptian President should go. The People of Egypt should be able to have a president of their choice. Not the U.S. The U.S. Government created the 1953 Iran Coup.
    under Pres. Eisenhower (R) to take down the Democrat Elected Government of Iran, because the Nationalized their oil, because they wanted more than 16% of oil revenues.
    and our government installed the hated Shaw (Puppet of u.s.) and so goes the rest of
    history. Then under Carter, Reagan/Bush Sr. in 1982 backed and supplied Saddam and built up the Baath Party, Why! to weaken Iran during the Iran/Iraq 8yr. war. and so
    goes the rest of history. The religious conservative right, Tea party, Palin,
    Bachmann, Beck and Hannity and the republican Fox News, “WAKEUP” WHAT IS HAPPENING

  4. Unfair and unwise comparison of persons here. What Romney said was that we want a transition to democracy in Egypt that “would be best undertaken if President Mubarak were to step out of the way or lead the transition.” After thirty years in office and planning to install his son in his place, Mubarak is more dictator than president. I wonder if Mr. Hanks is more worried about Israel’s preferences than Egyptian democracy.

    Trashing Romney for Israel’s sake is not furthering democracy here at home, either. In 2008 John McCain’s mindless and relentless but politically effective attacks on Romney’s admirable change of position on abortion–a change in the right direction, but that doesn’t matter, does it?–knocked Romney out of contention for the nomination, and election-losing McPain then went on to hand the presidency to a foreign usurper. Romney could have won in 2008 and spared us all a lot of grief.

    We have choices to make, and right now Mitt Romney is my best hope for taking back the executive branch from the leftists/socialists/communists. Neither Mitt nor Sarah Palin is perfect, but badmouthing our best candidates is not helpful. That is exactly how Ross Perot put Bill Clinton in the White House.

  5. “Hillary was quick to scold Mubarak for not letting the Islamic radicals have their fun and organize his overthrow via the internet.”

    Are you saying you agree with Mubarak shutting down the Internet?

    I might have misunderstood your position on this, but it would seem that you supported that move by Mubarak, which I find to be very dangerous. Obama, too, wants control of our Internet, which I also find to be very dangerous.

    When you seek to disrupt communication among the people, in my opinion, you are in dangerously close to becoming a dictatorship.

    I’m not a Romney fan. I recently received a phone call from his PAC – I guess putting out feelers for support. This person ended up calling me an idiot because I told him I was disappointed with Mitt’s state Healthcare program. I ended up hanging up on him, and writing Mitt of completely. This latest move doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  6. Just additional evidence that there is no difference between the democans and the republicrats! More of the same “good cop bad cop” childishness from the spoiled children of Washington D.C. that is allowed to exist by the complacent will of the people! Don’t ever expect things to change for the better until We the People wise up and rise up!