Generally, campaign press releases are unrelenting twaddle. But Romney put out a decent one today… better, frankly, than his not-too-dramatic op-ed in today’s WaPo. (Really, Mitt, shipbuilding will be job one in taking on Iran?)
But back to the release. Romney slams President Obama for “six exaggerations” in his AIPAC speech. They’re spot on, and I’m recasting below.
1.) Obama takes credit for leading on Iranian central bank sanctions and oil exports. But he opposed that sanctions amendment and still hasn’t imposed the full sanctions available under law against the Central Bank.
2.) Obama committed to joint missile defense programs, like “Iron Dome,” that protect Israel. Well, OK, if you call systematically cutting funding for Iron Dome and claiming credit for increases that Congress imposed.
3.) Obama “rallied” a “divided” international community to impose sanctions on Iran by “exposing” its intransigence. If you call sucking up to Iran, failed “engagement,” and lagging so far behind that it is now Europe that sets the gold standard on Iran sanctions.
4.) Bush let centrifuges proliferate in Iran, and Obama slowed them down with sanctions. Er, what? The number of centrifuges operating has grown 124 percent on Obama’s watch, and its nuclear enrichment rate last year was higher than 2010 and is now at the highest rate ever.
5.) The “loose talk of war” trope. It has all come from Obama’s team.
6.) Obama stood up for Israel at the United Nations. For real? By focusing on settlements? Asking for funding for UNESCO after it admitted “Palestine”?
PS. For those of you who are going to accuse me of shilling for Romney, get lives. Obama gets credit when he does something right.