It practically goes without saying that Mitt Romney’s big foreign-policy speech at the Citadel Friday was shallow and hollow and would—if its precepts were followed—result in exactly the kind of weakened America he accuses President Obama of having created (on purpose, of course, being Muslim and all, although Romney doesn’t come out and say that).
The text isn’t really a policy document at all. It’s a political document, aimed at pleasing three constituencies: the war caucus, some Pentagon procurement people, and maybe especially the Israel lobby.
The war caucus passages are easy enough to identify. Some take the shape of whacks at Obama. A mention of “the feckless policies of the last three years” came toward the top, right after the obligatory line about our porous border. That would be the same border the Obama administration has policed more relentlessly than the Bush administration did (see this and this). […]
Egyptians breech wall, break into Israel Embassy in Cairo
A group of about 30 protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday and dumped hundreds of documents out of the windows after a day of demonstrations outside the building in which crowds swinging sledge hammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy’s security wall.
Hundreds of protesters converged on the embassy throughout the afternoon and into the night, tearing down large sections of the graffiti-covered security wall outside the 21-story building housing the embassy. Egyptian security forces made no attempt for hours to intervene. (source)
Left-wing Israeli peace activisits hold signs during a protest against controversial US talk show host Glenn Beck as he held his ‘Restoring Courage’ rally in support of Israel in Jerusalem’s old city just yards from the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on August 24, 2011. (Getty Images/Demotix Images)
…. They’re traveling to Israel! More than 80 members of Congress are traveling to Israel over the August recess.
Decoder would love to be proven wrong, but the number of trips to Israel may be competitive with the total number of townhalls held during the August recess. We counted 27 town hall meetings between now and the end of August.