Blogs 4 Brownback

August 3, 2007

Romney Cites Hezbollah as Role Model

Filed under: Idiocy,Mitt Romney,Nutjobs,Terrorism — Psycheout @ 1:47 pm

HezbollahRomneycare, expanding welfare programs and Hezbollah as a template: that’s what you can look forward to in a Mitt Romney Administration. I’m not so sure that even his most ardent of supporters could defend this.

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney cited the social welfare network of the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group as a role model the U.S. should copy to help promote “goodness” and “freedom” around the world.

Oh my.

Sections of Hezbollah’s social welfare network, including schools and camps, are routinely used by the terror group to indoctrinate students in anti-Israel propaganda, instruct in military tactics and promote Shiite Islamic beliefs, including the waging of a final, apocalyptic world battle against “evil.”

And according to Mittens, this is a good thing? Unbelievable. Isn’t there a sanity test for becoming President? How about for a voting bloc that would like to usher in a man who would look to a terrorist group for solutions? Perhaps Mitt should leave the GOP and found the Hezbollah Party here in America. Maybe he and Osama could fight it out for the nomination.

And if you like tax and spend, Romney said he would gladly renew a $50 million AIDS project, throwing good money after bad, and then

proceeded to explain the U.S. should aspire to implement the kind of social action network carried out in recent years by Hezbollah.

We often are critical of Democrats who give aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. But right here in front of us is a GOP candidate who praises Hezbollah, a murderous terrorist group. And he wants to do as they do here in America. Unbelievable!

Romney goes on to extol the virtues of propaganda efforts used bt the Hezbollfascists, who offer health care and provide “re-education” as bait to lure people in for brainwashing and terrorist indoctrination. And he doesn’t seem to see anything wrong with this. Is Romney a closet Democrat?

And what about these wonderful schools, the role model for American education under American ayatollah Romney?

WND reported Hezbollah’s Youth Scouts, part of the group’s social welfare network cited by Romney, instructs tens of thousands of children and teenagers in military tactics and indoctrinates them with radical Shiite Islam beliefs, according to materials found by Israel during last month’s war in Lebanon.

Splendid, just what we need in America: more terrorist sleeper cells.

It seems that Mitt’s foreign and domestic policy ideas must be investigatedand scrutinized further. I for one do not want to move in the direction of a United States of Hezbollah. And neither do you.

“Hezbollah wants to create a new generation of operatives for its own ranks who will take part in its violent campaign against Israel.”

Hezbollah’s goals are clear. Just what are Mitt’s? It’s bad enough that a candidate wants to frolic with our enemies. Now it appears we have one that wants to emulate them. No thanks. Just say no to Willard “Mittens” Romney.

Hat Tip: B4B reader Harry. Keep those news tips coming!

Update: The National Jewish Democratic Council responds:

“It is the height of irony that, within weeks of saying Democrats are ‘uncomfortable in recognizing evil in the world,’ Governor Romney would make such ill-informed remarks that cite a terrorist organization as a model for U.S. diplomacy.”

Yes it is. Romney has no trouble recognizing evil. Too bad he wants to follow its example.

FlipperUpdate 2: Flipper flops, falls on face.

Mitt Romney’s campaign said Hezbollah was not a proper model for his vision of U.S. diplomacy, addressing a controversy arising from his earlier remarks.

Actually I’m not so sure this is a flip flop. Perhaps Mitt has recognized that America is not ready for his radical ideas, so he needs to backpedal and wait to unveil them only after he gets his hands on Presidential power. Either way, it’s a pretty serious gaffe from the Flipper.

Update 3: Hot Air is referring to this as Mitt Romney’s “Osama Momma” Moment.

Update 4: Is Mitt Romney actually Patty Murray in drag?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told a group of high-school students in her state that the U.S. should adopt Osama bin Laden’s nation-building tactics.

— Psycheout


  1. Or perhaps he meant the organisation of said network and NOT the message they spread to the kids. Just a thought, Romney´s not someone I care about.

    Comment by PG — August 3, 2007 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  2. That is exactly what he meant #1. His full quote was this:

    “Did you notice in Lebanon, what Hezbollah did? Lebanon became a democracy some time ago and while their government was getting underway, Hezbollah went into southern Lebanon and provided health clinics to some of the people there, and schools. And they built their support there by having done so.”

    Not surprisingly, a site like this would take Romney’s quote way out of context to purport something like Romney actually supports Hezbollah. This site has misconstrued parts of Romney’s quotes to have us think that Romney supports Hezbollah. Ridiculous..

    I took this as Romney advocating for additional medical clinics and schools etc. By not explicitly condemning Hezbollah in the same sentence, Romney left himself wide open for the drive by hit sites such as this one. Here is Romney’s explanation which is totally reasonable:

    “Obviously, the United States government shouldn’t become “like Hezbollah” but it’s obvious that one way Hezbollah and Hamas have gained a lot of support is by providing helpful services to people in need. If the U.S. wants to do effective political outreach — or wants to help democratic forces strengthen their own positions in Muslim-majority countries — that’s going to require people to roll up their sleeves and do some of that kind of work themselves.”

    Get that? One should not expect fair / decent / honest reporting from a campaign that is on the verge of implosion.

    Perhaps the sooner Ames gets over with, the sooner these cheap shots from “fellow Republicans” can end.

    Comment by cwpete — August 3, 2007 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

  3. I take it you’re a Romney man, cwpete. You only seem to be interested in commenting on Romney posts. Just an observation. Your input is always welcome and appreciated. Thanks for reading B4B.

    Even if one wants to be very generous to Romney, this was still a pretty silly gaffe. If he wants to spend lots of our tax dollars on other nations to buy their support, that’s one thing. I disagree with it of course.

    But don’t go citing Hezbollah as if they’re some wonderful organization that charitably does good deeds. They’re not. They are a terrorist organization intent on the destruction of Israel and they only give handouts to recruit others into radical Islam.

    If he could have restrained himself from praising or placating Hezbollah, he still would have been wrong, but it wouldn’t have been as big a deal. His explanation is backpedaling and PR spin, IMHO.

    Comment by Psycheout — August 3, 2007 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  4. It sounds remarkably like Edwards’ argument, actually.

    Comment by ChenZhen — August 3, 2007 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  5. Romney is my first choice followed by Duncan Hunter. I also respect FDT, Huckabee, and Brownback. Frankly, I’m turned off by the bottom three due to antics from their supporters.

    I’m a values voter first and foremost. Social issues are #1 for me. Second to that, I’m a fiscal conservative with a small Libertarian streak. For the most part Psycheout, I follow William F. Buckley’s advice. He said something to the effect that the didn’t want the most conservative nominee as presidential candidate for the GOP, he wanted the most conservative candidate that could win the election. Romney fits that description.

    Brownback simply does not have the support (votes, money, and organization) to do that.

    Just curious, are you a paid blogger?

    Comment by cwpete — August 3, 2007 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  6. I appreciate your candor, cwpete. WFB certainly is a fine man from which to take advice! I’ve had a certain amount of respect for the man for a long time. Ever since I saw him a long time ago on Firing Line.

    The entire B4B Team, including me, are individuals who happen to have banded together because we support Senator Brownback. We do this as a labor of love. We are not paid bloggers.

    If you or anyone else would like to pay us for what we do, that would be most welcome! 😀

    If Romney is the most electable “conservative,” I’m afraid the GOP is in big trouble. I’m supporting who I want first with everything I’ve got; who I might have to consider settling for later is a decision for another day.

    Comment by Psycheout — August 3, 2007 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  7. Let me put it another way: if I settle for someone I don’t think best shares my values for the sake of electability now, what are my values really worth? I still have a choice, a good choice. And that is, without a doubt, Sam Brownback.

    Comment by Psycheout — August 3, 2007 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  8. Hmmm, Romney wishes to mimic the level of organization of Hezbollah, and you guys (Sisyphus being my current example) like to take notes from Sparta…..

    Comment by La Mona — August 4, 2007 @ 8:56 am | Reply

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