Here are Mitt Romney’s Nation Security Team Heavy Hitters:
· John Bolton: A man so far to the right his appointment to be Bush’s UN ambassador had to be done as a recess appointment. The ironic thing is the man hates everything about the international body. Infamously said “So we’re at a very unhappy point — a very unhappy point — where unless Israel is prepared to use nuclear weapons against Iran’s program, Iran will have nuclear weapons in the very near future.” Sounds like a guy advocating nuclear war.
· Elliot Cohen: The ultra neocon who said in a Wall Street Journal piece in December 2001 "After Afghanistan, what? Iraq is the big prize." Hired by Condi Rice in 2007.
· Cofer Black: former vice chairman of Blackwater and the father of waterboarding while working in the Bush CIA. The man who vowed to bring Osama bin Laden’s head to George W. Bush on a pike and did not make good on that promise.
· Walid Phares: A Lebanese Christian who is considered so unreliable and dangerous even Peter King, House Chairman on Homeland Security didn’t call him to testify during his hearings about threats from Islamic terrorists. Believed to be tied to massacres in southern Lebanon in the 1980’s.
· Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA at different times during the Bush years. The man who championed short cutting due process in eavesdropping and torture, Hayden is the perfect intelligence genius to go with Cofer Blacks operations if your goal is to build an American KGB. And how did Hayden defend waterboarding? “Well, first of all, we’re not talking about torture, all right? I mean, torture is a legal term. Now, there are some things that are illegal that are not, that are not torture. And so we cloud the debate when, when we throw the word torture out there, I think, in a far too casual way.”
· Dan Senor, Bush spokesman for the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and a man who clearly lost touched with reality as he kept claiming everything was fine with the Iraq War. Call him American Baghdad Bob. Though I liked his book Start Up Nation, he is clearly a man who thrives off of constant conflict. Famous for saying "Well, off the record, Paris is burning, but on the record, security and stability are returning to Iraq."
· Max Boot, a man who just may be the craziest of them all. He has infamously called for attacking Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, and America to embrace its imperial role and proclaiming “Afghanistan and other troubled lands today cry out for the sort of enlightened foreign administration once provided by self-confident Englishmen in jodhpurs and pith helmets.” That’s not American exceptionalism, it’s neo British Imperialism. This man also was a McCain surrogate and as far as I can tell he has never really accomplished anything other than sidling up to other neocons such as Krauthammer and Kristol.
· And filling out the Bush leftover roster we have:
o Robert Joseph, the man who inserted the infamous 16 words into Bush’s 2003 State of the Union Address: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from
o Eric Edelman: Another Bush recess appointee as Undersecretary of Defense Policy.
I realize that this scary list of players won’t matter to the fervent Obama haters. They are irrational and see only what they chose to see. They ignore facts and data and simply abide by their Fox News Rovian programming.
So if you think the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld troika of imperialistic unilateral foreign policy was good for America, by all means vote for Mitt Romney. Because once again another Republican foreign policy neophyte will surround himself with the very souls that the last great Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about: the black souls of the military industrial complex.