Governor Mitt Romney on Senator Hillary Clinton and Iran
Saturday, Feb 03, 2007
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Louisville, KY - Tonight, Governor Mitt Romney will keynote the Kentucky GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. Governor Romney will make remarks on the right strategy to deal with the threat posed by Iran.
Excerpt Of Governor Romney's Remarks As Prepared For Delivery:
"Recently, the question of how we deal with Iran has been the subject of debate between myself and another potential White House candidate.
"In a speech two days ago in New York City, Senator Hillary Clinton said that she needs to quote 'understand' unquote Iran better - and we need to quote 'engage Iran' unquote. She argued that our strategy of engagement with the Soviet Union during the Cold War was a model for how we could deal with Iran.
"I believe this strategy to be a mistake, and yesterday, to a group of fellow conservatives, I said as much. Advocating engagement displays a troubling timidity toward a terrible threat. The right strategy is not engagement, but economic and diplomatic isolation.
"Instead of responding to my policy criticisms, Senator Clinton has chosen to attack me personally. Let's take a step back and consider the broader and more pressing issue at hand - Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, and Hamas and the threat they pose to us, Israel, and the civilized world.
"Ten days ago, I was in Israel and heard firsthand from those who have been on the front lines of the war against the Jihadist radicals. Indeed, just a few months ago, the Israelis were confronted with a war by Hizbullah, a terrorist organization sponsored by Iran and Syria.
"Against the backdrop of last summer's war, I was especially stunned to learn that Senator Clinton is now advocating for better 'understanding' of Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, and Hamas. Rather than attacking me, why doesn't she join me in calling for a policy that puts even more pressure - not less - against these adversaries?"
One may ask, Is Mitt really getting information from the ground?
Well, I have commited, in a small way on this blog, to keep these messages flowing. I cannot of course, give credit where credit is due in many cases.
One message from the ground goes like this. "Iraqis know the situation and know what needs to be done, but no one is listening to them."Another message from the ground is that, "The U.S. should deal with Iran in a more agressive way, to keep Iraian agents out of Iraq. We should be developing the correct tactics here in Iraq so that we can use them in Iran."
Further, "I wish the private companies would do more, but they don't seem inclined to do so."Sadly, "I have sent the message through every channel I know of, but I think I need to do more.
"The (withheld) is not doing his job because if the army cannot go to check the area; a good relation with General Qais and colonel Abbas will be enough to stop the attacks. But here we are no more connected. The Embassy is just like a prison and no one outside is related to it. If you weren't my boss like before; I would not tell you what I said because that could hurt others. The solution is so easy.
"The program is failing because the HG are seeing weak people not ever able to protect themselves. The army here is not moving. No one do nothing. It is a mess. The (withheld) is careless with issues of the people outside."
"I think that you can work with this program with the Army. Try your best to connect that program because they need your experience really (Program refers to training a group of political agents in an attempt to include the Iraqi people in the huge job of building Iraq)."
I have been hearing so much about the U.S. trying to do too much of the work themselves. Not trusting the local population, which Democrats have the world believing are not fit for deomcracy. Not only are these locals fit for democracy, they are the group that will lose the most if we fail against radical islam.
The right direction in Iran means the right direction in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Not to mention the rest of the Middle East.