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A Mellower Romney?

Anyone who is nurturing the belief that Mitt Romney is only talking tough re his foreign policy so he can get elected and that he will somehow mellow after November should consider some recent developments.  Romney’s “retreat” in Park City Utah for his 700 biggest donors featured Condi Rice, who reportedly electrified the crowd and received two standing ovations during her passionate keynote speech defending a return to a George W. Bush-style foreign policy while trashing Obama for not being aggressive enough towards enemies like Iran and China. She indicted the president for failing to maintain America’s position as the “world leader,” a theme that comes straight out of the Romney play book.

Romney also told 100 donors at a breakout session on U.S.-Israel relations that “he had just been briefed by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, speaking about the situation in Syria, the elections in Egypt and the effort to isolate Iran…”  Bill Kristol, Michael Chertoff, and former Senator Norm Coleman also were invited guests who spoke at the meeting.  One might reasonably be disturbed to learn that a presidential candidate is getting advice on sensitive foreign-policy issues in direct meetings with an ambassador whose country has a clear interest in creating certain perceptions, but apparently no one in Park City Utah was upset by Romney’s revelation.

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Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren. He has begun talking far too much to his English bulldog Dudley of late, thinks of himself as a gourmet cook, and will not drink Chardonnay under any circumstances. He does not tweet, and avoids all social media.

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