I am starting to feel sorry for
First, during an interview with
Well, the Queen's government, itself, was disconcerted enough about the failure of the security contractor to provide enough guards that an extra 1,200 British troops were called in to help. Nevertheless,
Take that, Mormon country.
The British press tore into Mr. Romney. "Who invited him?" asked a big headline in the Daily Mail Online. Of course, this is the same British press that has been finding fault with the Olympics for months, saying the games have drained national finances and turned London into a police state.
Abandoning irate England, Mr. Romney scurried off to
This was not a novel observation for Mr. Romney. He elaborated on the theme in his book, "No Apology," where he credits Israel's cultural dynamism for powering an advanced technological economy, even as Palestinians languish in pre-industrial economic dependency. Still, the comments caused Palestinian spokesmen to flip out, calling Mr. Romney an ignorant racist.
Insult or not, this does not qualify as another Romney gaffe. A gaffe is a mistake; Mr. Romney meant what he said.
Since provoking Palestinians is an honored avocation in the
At the third stop on his tour -- Poland -- all seems to have gone well. Mr. Romney even received a strong endorsement from Lech Walesa, the hero of the Solidarity movement that brought down the old communist regime back in the 1980s (although it would be interesting to know if the old labor leader understands that Mr. Romney is not exactly a big booster of labor unions).
The intent of Mr. Romney's excursion abroad was to increase his street cred as a potential world statesman, but even if there had been no mini-media storms, it is hard to see how anyone would be overly impressed by his play-it-safe itinerary. Traveling to Great
Now, if Mr. Romney had gone to