Exactly the same, only different
Mitt Romney has been going to town frightening anyone who will listen about how President Obama’s plan to deal with the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is endangering the USA. He’s been saying on the stump, “If Barack Obama gets re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.” We can’t risk that, he said, so we must be afraid enough to vote for Mitt Romney.
So, what is Mitt Romney’s plan to deal with Iran? How will he keep them from getting a nuclear weapon?
He’ll do exactly the same thing President Obama is doing.
To rein in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, Mitt Romney says he would conduct naval exercises in the Persian Gulf to remind Iran of American military might. He would try to ratchet up Security Council sanctions on Iran, targeting its Revolutionary Guards, and the country’s central bank and other financial institutions. And if Russia and China do not go along, he says, the United States should team up with other willing governments to put such punitive measures in place.
As it turns out, that amounts to what President Obama is doing. […]
Though advisers to Mr. Romney say they see significant differences between his Iran policy and Mr. Obama’s, other Iran experts and former officials in Republican and Democratic administrations say they do not see how the Iran policies being espoused on the Republican presidential campaign trail would do much more to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear weapon. In the case of Mr. Romney, they said, his Iran policy is essentially Mr. Obama’s Iran policy.
Basically what this tells us is that Mitt Romney hasn’t been paying enough attention to what President Obama and his national security team are doing to make a coherent statement about it – at least one that’s rooted in facts and the truth. He does put together a nice sound bite, however. No question about that. Just don’t go fact checking him or anything or the whole damn thing falls apart.
The DNC has put together a nice compilation of Romney’s lies about President Obama’s actions and effectiveness at keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon:
If you encounter what seems to be bogus rhetoric about any of President Obama’s positions, and I am sure that you will, I commend your attention to the marvelous AttackWatch.com site. They’ve compiled responses to the lies about the President’s support of Israel HERE. You can also read more at BarackObama.com/israelfacts.
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