Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Romney states the obvious about the PA and Hamas, Mother Jones aghast

Slap a misleading headline on it, and you have the latest breathlessly reported installment in the Mother Jones / James Earl Carter IV Super Sekrit Agent Man effort to derail the campaign.

Mother Jones Headline = "SECRET VIDEO: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution"

Romney is not 'lambasting the two state solution'  he's pointing out that you cannot have a two state solution when one of the putative states has no intention of allowing the other to exist, and has stated as much on very many occasions. If he's 'lambasting' anyone, it is the Palestinian authorities (PA and Hamas).  Don't believe me, read the transcript (highlights mine):

I'm torn by two perspectives in this regard. One is the one which I've had for some time, which is that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish. Now why do I say that? Some might say, well, let's let the Palestinians have the West Bank, and have security, and set up a separate nation for the Palestinians. And then come a couple of thorny questions. And I don't have a map here to look at the geography, but the border between Israel and the West Bank is obviously right there, right next to Tel Aviv, which is the financial capital, the industrial capital of Israel, the center of Israel. It's—what the border would be? Maybe seven miles from Tel Aviv to what would be the West Bank…The other side of the West Bank, the other side of what would be this new Palestinian state would either be Syria at one point, or Jordan. And of course the Iranians would want to do through the West Bank exactly what they did through Lebanon, what they did near Gaza. Which is that the Iranians would want to bring missiles and armament into the West Bank and potentially threaten Israel. So Israel of course would have to say, "That can't happen. We've got to keep the Iranians from bringing weaponry into the West Bank." Well, that means that—who? The Israelis are going to patrol the border between Jordan, Syria, and this new Palestinian nation? Well, the Palestinians would say, "Uh, no way! We're an independent country. You can't, you know, guard our border with other Arab nations." And now how about the airport? How about flying into this Palestinian nation? Are we gonna allow military aircraft to come in and weaponry to come in? And if not, who's going to keep it from coming in? Well, the Israelis. Well, the Palestinians are gonna say, "We're not an independent nation if Israel is able to come in and tell us what can land in our airport." These are problems—these are very hard to solve, all right? And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, "There's just no way." And so what you do is you say, "You move things along the best way you can." You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We live with that in China and Taiwan. All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it. We don't go to war to try and resolve it imminently. On the other hand, I got a call from a former secretary of state. I won't mention which one it was, but this individual said to me, you know, I think there's a prospect for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis after the Palestinian elections. I said, "Really?" And, you know, his answer was, "Yes, I think there's some prospect." And I didn't delve into it.

The point, pretty clearly, is that a two state solution would be possible if the Pallies really wanted it. We have no reason to believe they do. The PA and Hamas charters explicitly call for the destruction of Israel. Ambiguous promises were made to amend the PA charter, but they kick that ball...er.. can down the road, decades pass, official websites are not updated, the double game continues. The Palestinian media is awash with similar material. All the while we continue to give them money, have confabs at Annapolis, or Wye Creek or Oslo or...

Been working well so far hasn't it?  At least Romney is being blunt and honest about things here, not engaging in unrealistic happy-talk. 

Exit question: Do you suppose James Earl Carter IV and Mother Jones are eager to get their hands on those Rashid-Kalidi-going-away-party tapes the LA Times has squatting on since 2007? No. I don't think so either.

The Viral Spirit Spot Video: USNA Gangnam Style

Over the years there have been some great mid produced video spirit spots, from "Backshaft Productions" for instance, but this one, produced for the upcoming VMI game takes the number one spot for views, thanks to its being mentioned in the UK Press (note, they are not sailors. Midshipmen. Midshipmen.) and on U.S. Television as well as being all over the World Wide Intertubes.

As of the writing of this post, it is at 475,289 views.


You won't fully appreciate it unless you look at the Korean original that it parodies:

Which is at about 212 and 1/2 million views. Double-wow.