"Iran isn't just Israel's problem." I kept muttering to my sil.
Now, while blogging this, I checked the web to accurately quote Romney and discovered that he didn't quite say that:
"If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision," Romney's senior national security aide Dan Senor told reporters traveling with the candidate. (complete article)In another article it seems pretty obvious that Romney may understand the issue better.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday told Romney in a Jerusalem meeting that diplomacy and sanctions leveled against Iran have not worked so far.
"I heard some of your remarks and you said that the greatest danger facing the world is the Ayatollah regime possessing nuclear weapons capability," Netanyahu said. "Mitt, I couldn't agree with you more, and I think it is important to do everything in our power to prevent the ayatollahs from possessing that capability. We have to be honest and say that all the diplomacy and sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota."
Netanyahu said that a "strong and credible military threat coupled with sanctions" was needed to "have a chance to change the situation." (complete article)
Nu, who's distorting it? I did hear (from the car radio) Romney say that he didn't see it as his place to make new American policy.
At this point, I don't think Israel should be taking responsibility. It would have been effective if a surprise, but so much talk has been public; it's much too late.
International problems need international solutions.