More Romney Video: Peace in Middle East Impossible

We'd 'kick the ball down the field': candidate
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2012 7:33 AM CDT
Updated Sep 18, 2012 7:59 AM CDT

(Newser) Mother Jones has more from the Mitt Romney fundraiser that yielded yesterday's off-the-cuff footage. This time, Romney is discussing foreign policy, particularly his feeling that "there's just no way" to establish peace between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinians, he says in the tape, have "no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and ... the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish." How to address the problem? "We kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it."

Romney did however mention that an unnamed former US secretary of state had told him there was "a prospect for a settlement" following elections in Palestine. In the video, the GOP candidate also discusses Iran's nuclear program, noting that if he were "a crazed fanatic," he'd take "fissile material" to a US city and threaten a "dirty bomb" attack. A dirty bomb, however, doesn't need such material, writer David Corn notes. Meanwhile, New York observes that these videos were dug up by none other than James Carter IV, grandson of one Jimmy Carter, who's currently unemployed and doing opposition research "for fun." (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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