“Righting three wrongs” • Fred Johnson
Mitt Romney recently completed a tour of three countries.
The first country on the tour was the United Kingdom. You may recall that one of the first acts of the Obama Administration was to return the bust of Winston Churchill back to the British. The bust had been presented to George Bush after 9-11 to show Britain’s solidarity with the United States. The bust was sent back to the British Embassy in a taxi.
Later, when the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the White House, President Obama refused to attend a scheduled joint press conference with him. Heads of State typically exchange gifts during a visit and Gordon Brown brought three gifts. One was a pen holder carved from the timbers of the sister ship of the Resolute which gave the wood to create the famous "Resolute Desk" that has been in America's charge since 1880. He also gave Obama the framed commission for the HMS Resolute. His third gift was a seven-volume biography of one of England's greatest leaders, Winston Churchill. President Obama’s gift to Prime Minister Gordon was a DVD of 25 movies that could not be viewed in the UK because they were formatted for U.S. TV. Mitt Romney told the British Prime Minister he looked forward to seeing Churchill’s bust back in the White House.
The second country Romney visited was Israel. President Obama abandoned Israel when he insisted that Israel move back to the pre 1967 borders. Israeli PM Netanyahu rejected Obama's 1967 borders' idea in a face-to-face televised meeting where he lectured Obama as one would a school boy. The Obama administration also refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In his visit, Romney said “It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.” Romney also referred to Israel as a nation that began with an ancient promise. The Obama administration thinks Israel began in 1948.
Poland was the last country visited by Romney. Poland was abandoned when Obama announced that he was canceling the missile interceptor site in Poland that was planned by George Bush. Headlines in Poland bluntly expressed dismay at the decision. Obama recently held a meeting with Polish leaders to mend fences but referred to “Polish death camps” instead of “Nazi death camps” which further inflamed relations. Polish hero Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in ridding Communism from Poland, has been twice refused a visit with President Obama. While in Poland, Mitt Romney met with Lech Walesa by invitation.
So you can see why Mitt Romney visited those three countries. They are allies of America and they have been treated badly by the current administration.
Printed in the August 2, 2012 edition.