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On Doing the Opposite

Taking a Romney critique of Obama on Israel to its logical extreme

Adam Chandler
June 19, 2012
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During a speech this weekend to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drew applause and laughter from the group when he answered a question about what he would do to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the United States and how he would handle Iran. He said:

“I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite.”

What the sweet, guffawing crowd missed in Romney’s politely lame dig at Obama’s policies on Israel and Iran was the opportunity to take him at his word. So let’s imagine. What would the opposite of Obama’s actions since 2009 vis-à-vis Israel and Iran look like? Here’s the list.

Romney’s Israel/Iran To-Do List: January 20, 2013

As you can see, it’s really going to be a tough go for the Jewish State in 2013 if Romney gets elected and chooses to do the opposite of President Obama. Let’s hope he comes to his senses.

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.