What do Shimon Peres and Mitt Romney have in common?

Tim Swanson, February 08, 2008

Neither apparently knows how the federal government gained control of Puerto Rico.

In his address to CPAC last night, Romney uttered a number of false statements.  The first of which included reiterating a story from Shimon Peres who noted that,

America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land. No land from Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea.

If there is any one common trait the political class in the US historically shares with its world-wide peers it is its unsatiable land-grabbing totalitarian tendencies.  Manifest destiny was and is the forceful expansion of the military state across geographic boundaries that has left whole cultures in smoldering ruins.  This ironically includes long-term US occupations of Germany, Japan and Korea where more than 100,000 troops are currently stationed.

From day one numerous US administrations waged dozens of wars across the continental plains and forcefully removed hundreds of thousands of Indians from their homesteads.  Unruly elements incited a war with Canada in 1812.  These same statists provoked and engaged a war with Mexico that ultimately settled the annexation of Texas and the Gadsden purchase (all of which was paid for by the unwitting taxpayer).  Northern aggression resulted in a decimated and vengeful South. After provoking the Spanish into a war, the US acquired the territory of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Phillipines and parts of Cuba.

And what about little Hawaii?  Its indigenous populace was subdued and its Queen overthrown by American interventionists.

But even ignoring those dusty historical footnotes how do Peres and Romney reconcile  800 military bases covering hundreds of thousands of acres in over 100 countries?  Or the inconvenient fact that US military has bombed over thirty countries since World War II?  And what about puppet states and proconsuls such as L. Paul Bremer?

Empire, what empire?  (see: Sorrows of Empire and Ruses of War)

Romney also wants to rebuild what he sees as a weakened military,

But their numbers have been depleted by the Clinton years when troops were reduced by 500,000, when 80 ships were retired from the Navy, and when our human intelligence was slashed by 25%. [...] we must act to rebuild our military might.

Romney failed to mention that despite these cuts US politicians desperately attempted to maintain its empire.  Furthermore, numerous intelligence agencies were actively investigating potential terrorist threats prior to 9/11.

Romney’s solution to these ”liberal” slashes: increase spending to 4% of GDP.

I’m not entirely sure what budget outlays Romney has been reading over the past 7 years, but the current military budget is bigger than the military budgets of the next 25 largest countries combined.  At a staggering $1 trillion, which does not include outlays for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is higher than that at any point in history.  And it has only increased since the Clinton years.

10 Responses to “What do Shimon Peres and Mitt Romney have in common?”

  1. Successful businessmen rarely make intelligent, conservative politicians, and Romney is a prime example. Somehow making money must be intellectually easier than making sense.

    As a candidate who promised to trash the Constitution, expand Gitmo, make war across the earth, expand the executive’s branch beyond its already Hindenburg proportions, and pump up the military even more, Gott Mitt Romney will not be missed by liberty lovers or by red state fascists, the latter still having McCain to swoon over.

    There just wasn’t enough room in America for two militaristic goons.

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  3. “From day one numerous US administrations waged dozens of wars across the continental plains and forcefully removed hundreds of thousands of Indians from their homesteads. Unruly elements incited a war with Canada in 1812. These same statists provoked and engaged a war with Mexico that ultimately settled the annexation of Texas and the Gadsden purchase (all of which was paid for by the unwitting taxpayer).”

    i’m deeply happy to read such words on this, a conservative website. exactly why territorial expansion should have been tied to the idea of patriotism, much less conservatism (of any stripe), has always baffled me. it’s good to know one is not alone in understanding conservatism as, at root, anti-imperialistic.

  4. Wait I know, Peres and Romney both like Boy Scouts? That can be construed however one may care to. There still to this day, linger all those rumors from Romney’s days at the helm of the S.L. Olympics. Know the ‘snitster’ personally I do. What a vulgar and crass little piss-ant. He’s a bully-boy and one could ask the secretaries that worked the Olympics office for any necessary verification. They DO have some stories to retell.

  5. Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer is also a great book.

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  7. A quick addendum: current military spending amounts to approximately 3.7% of GDP. Thus a jump to the level Romney is calling for would increase spending by about 10% — no small chunk of change.

    In addition, combined budgets for the dozen or so intelligence agencies pre-9/11 was over $20 billion. This employed thousands of analysts and field agents, who as I mentioned above, were actively investigating potential terrorist threats prior to the hijackings.

    As of 2007 the US intelligence budget is roughly $43.5 billion and employs an estimated 100,000 workers at various capacities.

  8. Who is getting the big tax money really brings it home, that the USA is a man’s world.

  9. But what do they have in common? Well, Romney belongs to a cult that is more Masonic than Christian and Peres is a soldier in the Synagogue of Satan…A Talmudic, pharasaical Zionist who regards gentiles as little more than goyim cattle..Oh, there it is: they're both anti-Catholic..Yes, that's what they have in common…And poor Patrick J. Buchanan..it must unnerve the man that is his sister is a supporter and advisor to Romney..

    Everyone should read Buchanan's new book The Reckoning..Please Pat grab the nomination of the Constitution Party!

  10. Interesting. He seems ignorant of history and has a shallow understanding of the constitution. Is there a website that talks about the SLC Olympic stories you mention?