Mitt: Hostage Situations Are Electoral “Opportunities”

MoJo has released the full Romney donor video. And like Josh Marshall, I was immediately struck by this passage (after 3 minutes in–this is my transcription). This is in response to a donor suggesting that if Mitt could get the Iranians to agree to drop their pursuit of a nuclear bomb.

And the American people are not concentrated at all on China, on Russia, Iran, Iraq. This President’s failure to put in a place a Status of Forces Agreement allowing 10-20,000 troops to stay in Iraq–unthinkable. And yet in that election–in the Jimmy Carter election–the fact that we had hostages in Iran, I mean that was all we talked about then. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, that was the focus and so him solving that made all the difference in the world.

I’m afraid today if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down a nuclear weapon they’d go, “hold on.”

By the way, if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity. [my emphasis]

Now, like Marshall, I think this explains why Mitt jumped on the Libyan attack so quickly.

Though there’s even more here. Mitt seems to suggest that Reagan solved the Iranian hostage crisis. That’s an allegation that has been made, but it’s not something that people like Mitt discuss in public.

And consider how MoJo came to publish this entire video: James Carter IV–Jimmy’s grandson–helped track the video down. He specifically mentioned Mitt’s attacks on his grandfather as part of his motivation.

But Carter also confirmed there is a personal side to the backstory of the campaign video: he was especially motivated, he said, because of Romney’s frequent attacks on the presidency of his grandfather, including the GOP candidate’s comparisons to the “weak” foreign policy of Carter and Barack Obama.

“It gets under my skin — mostly the weakness on the foreign policy stuff,” Carter said. “I just think it’s ridiculous. I don’t like criticism of my family.”

This passage certainly sounded like very calculated criticism of the Carter family.

I suggested in June that Sheldon Adelson was probably willing to dump so much on Mitt’s campaign, after working so hard to defeat him in the primary, to purchase an Administration that would serve Likud’s interests. I even reflected on what a nice October Surprise Adelson’s money could buy.

Rest assured, if Adelson were to present Romney with such a surprise, Romney would be waiting to take advantage of it.

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emptywheel RT @bungdan: I would start thinking about famine and food supply in yemen.
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emptywheel Really suspect the quick wave of "W/Houthis in charge Yemen will be great new terrorist front" seeded by govt to create AUMF excuse.
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emptywheel @csoghoian None of the at-risk data described, zero, would be protected under either FBI or NSA minimization procedures.
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emptywheel @csoghoian Given both FBI and NSA don't protect attorney client convos, why would they tell the truth?
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bmaz So @shaneharris is having a AMA on Reddit right now. I asked piercing question about legitimacy of @benjaminwittes drone smackdown strategy
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JimWhiteGNV Surprised the Dow isn't up about 10% today on news Wall Street's bitch Chuck Schumer will replace Reid.
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bmaz RT @shaneharris: My @reddit_ama is beginning. AMA! http://t.co/ERFaOwX4RY
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emptywheel @manish_vij Sure but you can do that w/kohlrabi w/o getting texture of cooked ants. @matthew_d_green @sarahjeong
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bmaz @ThePlumLineGS True, but these things historically are power anointing, so not surprising. I'd like a new Ferrari too!
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bmaz @jaketapper @barbarastarrcnn Yeahhhhh, pretty idiotic plan by Berghdal, even if true.
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bmaz @ThePlumLineGS There was not a chance in hell anybody was going to beat out Schumer anyway; he's been banking chits for years for this day.
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bmaz @OKnox Obama is the first President since Herbert Hoover to not stay at the Arizona Biltmore, and Phoenix is pissed! http://t.co/YUIaCIymEu
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