Former Governor Mitt Romney laid it on the line today: the UN should withdraw its invitation to Iran’s insane leader to speechify to the folks at Turtle Bay or…the US should consider withdrawing its support of the UN.
You can find his letter [pdf] to the UN Secretary General here.
Yahoo has excerpted the juicy parts:
“I call on the United Nations to revoke any invitation to President Ahmadinejad to address the General Assembly,” Romney wrote in a letter to Ban.
“If President Ahmadinejad sets foot in the United States, he should be handed an indictment under the Genocide Convention,” Romney wrote.
“The United States and the world must take a strong stand against the terrorist Iranian regime and the time for action is now.”
If the United Nations fails to act on the threat from Iran, Romney said “the United States must reconsider its level of support and funding for the United Nations as we look to rebuild and revitalize effective international partnerships to meet 21st century threats.”
Yahoo recalled that this is not the first blunt attack on Iran by Romney:
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At the annual political conference in Herzliya, Israel this year, he described Tehran as the heart of the global “Jihadist threat” and represented the greatest challenge to the world “since the fall of the Soviet Union, and before that, Nazi Germany.”
Be still, my heart! A plain-speaking politician.
Now, let’s see if Romney has any plans for John Bolton. They certainly talk the same language.
As of today, Romney just won my vote.
Hat tip: Larwyn
(Thanks to Paul for reminding me that the UN is *not* on Long Island)
Romney’s got balls! I hope this is the start of a good new movement. I could see him as President now, with Tancredo as Defense Secretary and Thompson as VP.
Yup Dymphna, you’ve got that right. Romney’s making all the right moves and it actually appears he has the guts to say what he thinks, clearly and directly. How that would carry over if he becomes Prez I don’t know; often rhetoric mellows with the change of context, and not without reason.
But for now I’m a Romney supporter too (and have been for about 6 months). Early days yet though. Nex
France threatens Iran with war
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a televised interview Sunday that European nations should consider sanctions outside the U.N. framework if Iran continues to ignore a Security Council call to halt its production of enriched uranium — and he added, “We must prepare ourselves for the worst.”
Asked what “the worst” meant, Kouchner — co-founder of the the Nobel Prize-winning relief agency Doctors Without Borders — replied, “That is war, sir.”
What? France is growing some?
We live in interesting times, it would seem.
It is quite obvious to everyone that Iran has repeatedly threatened France as the protector of France’s Muslims.
If Muslims in France declare an Islamic Republic, Iran with nukes will threaten to nuke Paris or Lyon or Marseille in support of said republic.
This is why even Chirac threatened and postured.
France with more Muslims than most faces an EXISTENTIAL challenge: will the Republic and France itself survive or will they surrender to Islam piece by piece, territory by territory.
Britain by contrast is desperately seeking to surrender to anyone. Frenchmen of course are not ashamed of being French, while Brits are taught from childhood to be ashamed of being British.
I’m a Giuliani man myself, and he once did something even better — he had Yasir Arafat forcibly ejected by the NYPD from a theater.
Although most Jews are Democrats due to liberal views on domestic policy, even a lot of liberal Jews I know would admit Rudy to be the most pro-Israel candidate.
Sorry! What history does Romney have of being hostile to the Iranian ratbags. I have heard nothing before this.
Just another poll watcher responding to a need.
“As of today, Romney just won my vote”
That might well be the sole purpose of this letter. See if he can put his guts where his mouth is.
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