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Not Learning from Mistakes

Is anyone else frightened by the fact that most of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy advisors are the same neocon chicken hawks that lied us into two disastrous wars and made the world hate us? Twenty three of Romney’s most senior advisors formerly advised George W. Bush.

For example, Robert Kagan (founder of the Project for a New American Century), Eliot Cohen (promoted the conquest of Iraq and Iran in 2002), John Bolton (UN Ambassador under Dubya, even though he claimed “There is no such thing as the United Nations”), Michael Chertoff (Bush’s secretary of homeland security, who brought us full-body scanners), Meghan O’Sullivan (deputy national security advisor on Iraq and Afghanistan under Bush), Michael Hayden (who got Bush to ignore Congress and the constitution and institute warrant-less wiretaps of American phone calls), and Cofer Black (former Vice Chairman of Blackwater).

If you miss Bush’s foreign policy disasters, you’ll LOVE Romney.

UPDATE: Three weeks ago, Romney hired another former Bush administration official, Richard Grenell, to be his foreign policy spokesperson. Grinell stepped down under fire on Tuesday, but his resignation had nothing to do with foreign policy. Richard Grenell is openly gay and supports gay marraige, causing an outcry from Christian conservatives. And a full flip-flip from Romney. The NY Times calls this mess Romney’s “first public misstep since effectively clinching the nomination.”



  1. Duckman wrote:

    You can bet Obama will bring that up every speech he makes

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
  2. Arthanyel wrote:

    IK – I file this under “Duh”

    Mitt has been an Establishment Republican candidate since he started running in 1996 (maybe it just feels that long ago) and of course if eleceted he would bring back in the same Establishment Republican machinery and people so they can pick up where they left off.

    I would also file all ROmney supporters under “Insanity” for planning to do the same thing and expecting a different result.

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink
  3. Jeff wrote:

    That’s not the only thing being recycled. Alexandra Franceschi, the RNC’s spokeswoman, said that the GOP economic policy is the same as under GWB, just “updated”.

    As for Romney, I’m not at all surprised that he’s surrounded himself with such people. I haven’t heard much about Romney’s foreign policy ideas, but now I don’t have to. If Romney is elected, it will be very much like the Bush years all over again, except he’ll be starting in a recovery instead of an economic boom.

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:49 am | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    those are not advisors. Those are “handlers” Like Karl Rove is a “handler” “Do as we say”

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink