The Missing Two Minutes: Mitt’s Case for Permawar

In an effort to excuse Mitt’s disdain for 47% of the country, Republicans are pointing out there’s a break in the tape from the Mitt fundraiser. MoJo explains the break this way.

According to the source, the recording device was inadvertently turned off between these two segments. The source noticed quickly and began to re-record, resulting in an estimated a one-to-two minute loss of tape.

The appearance of a hand at the front of the bar in the first frames of the second video, in front of the camera, may suggest that that person had just restarted the video and was standing there to make sure it was recording.

Now, I suggested that the 2 minutes consisted of Mitt showing physical proof to support this claim he made (perhaps because he wanted to prove he’s even a bigger dick than LBJ).

It’s speaking softly but carrying a very, very, very big stick. And this president instead speaks loudly and carries a tiny stick.

But there’s a much more logical explanation.

The transcript MoJo put up shows that during the gap, Mit concludes his discussion of how he intends to attract swing voters, and then seems to respond to a question from a donor about the size of our military.

What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4…

[Recording stops.]

Romney: …and about twice as much as China, not 10 times as much like it’s reported. And we have responsibility for the whole world. They’re only focused on one little area of the world, the South China Sea, the East China Sea, that’s it. And they’re building a military at a rapid rate. So this idea that somehow we’ve already spent so much money in the military—it’s like, guys, don’t overthink how strong we are. We—you probably know it, this was a couple of years ago, but we had one of our aircraft carriers sailing by Japan, and the Chinese pulled up behind it in a diesel sub, in a super-quiet diesel sub, pulled up behind it. It could have been torpedoed.

Now, I actually would be interested in the 2 minute gap, since Mitt somehow makes light of the fact that we spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined. And finds some way to suggest we only spend twice as much as China–which doesn’t even work out as a percentage of GDP.

In any case, in addition to the completion of Mitt’s understanding of election math (which seems not to add up), what we miss is the question he’s responding to–which seems to question whether our military needs to be as large as it is–and beginning of Mitt’s case that our military does need to be that big. Part of that argument seems to be based on the fact that a Chinese sub once got close to one of our ships–which would seem to address technology and training, not gross expenditures. And part of it seems to misunderstand where the Chinese sphere of influence extends to.

But in general, it appears to be Mitt’s case for increasing (or at least sustaining) the funding to our military even while we can’t afford to keep teachers in classrooms.

It would be interesting to see this 2 minute gap: because it would show that the same guy who disdains 47% of the country also believes we have the “responsibility” to police the entire globe.

The missing 2 minutes show that the oligarch blowing off half his country intends to expand the American empire.

9 replies
  1. Jim White says:

    My superior deductive skills tell me there’s only one explanation for the missing two minutes. It had to be Mitt doing the Gangnam Style dance. And we know that Rafalca and David Gregory had to be there with him doing the dance. After all, it’s called the “horsey dance” and why wouldn’t Mitt want to dance with his huge tax deduction in front of an adoring crowd? And we know from his appearance with PSY on the Today Show that David Gregory already knew how to do the dance. How else could he have known if he didn’t learn it from Mitt and Rafalca?

    Today show clip for proof:,0,2119620.story

  2. Frank33 says:

    Every war has its own musical sound track. The Pentagon has failed to implement pro-war musical psyops. But Drones have their own song, in Pakistan, number one with a bullet, or a drone. If only we had, Send in the Drones, to the tune of Send in the Clowns. It could be a hit. We do have “My gaze is a fatal as a drone attack”

    To blaring music it celebrates the allures of a temptress with “sweet lips” and a “smile fresh as early dew” which “ensnares lovers with amorous pangs”.

    Then the repeated chorus: “My gaze is as fatal as a drone attack”.

    The hit for singer Sitara Younis follows her success last year with another love ballad which warns a besotted man to keep his distance: “Don’t chase me, I’m an illusion, a suicide bomb.”

  3. OrionATL says:

    it wouldn’t be an american presidential election without some republican moron masquerading as a national leader fear mongering about our inadequate national security/defense,

    and how republican leaders’ penises are so much bigger and longer than democratic leaders’ penises.

    our national security demands a republican president.

  4. Petrocelli says:

    Jeebus, it’s come down to a penis-measuring contest so soon ? I nominate the “Big Stick” expert, Sarah Palin, to judge !

  5. harpie says:

    Italy’s High Court Upholds American Convictions; AP/NYT; 9/19/12; 12:54pmET

    ROME (AP) –Italy’s highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 Americans in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect as part of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.
    The ruling marks the final appeal in the first trial anywhere in the world involving the CIA’s practice of abducting terror suspects and transferring them to third countries where torture is permitted.

    The 23 Americans all were convicted in absentia following a three-and-a-half-year trial, and have never been in Italian custody. They risk arrest if they travel to Europe and one of their court-appointed lawyers suggested that the final verdict would open the way for the Italian government to seek their extradition. […]

  6. seedeevee says:

    “since Mitt somehow makes light of the fact that we spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined. And finds some way to suggest we only spend twice as much as China–which doesn’t even work out as a percentage of GDP.”

    It is well known that no one knows how much China spends on its military. Military owned and operated industries have been a fact of life in China for decades. Also, if you could imagine how much war-stuff we could buy if we manufactured it in China you can imagine how the $ figure comparisons are misleading.

    Your GDP comment/link did come with an asterisk. It was an estimate of a very difficult number. And GDP comparisons give no insight at all of military capabilities.

    Nontheless, China is not even remotely a military threat to any nation with a substantial navy — USA, Japan. C’mon, even Vietnam withstood a war (30 years ago — 30 YEARS AGO – and China’s most recent war) with China and did not have to back down. If only we could say we haven’t had a war in 30 years.

    I know China’s military has “modernized” but it is mostly a military designed for domestic disturbances, local border disputes and blustering about invading Taiwan. Japan, who for most recent years was the number 2 or 3 spender of money on their military, could still crush them if it wasn’t for the threat of Chinese nukes.

    I get it, Mitt’s a lying asshole. But so is Barack.

  7. seedeevee says:

    You really should have paid attention to the “we went to China to buy a factory there” section of the transcripts.

  8. chetnolian says:

    What caught my eye was “We have responsibility for the whole of the World.” I have news for Mitt. No you bloody don’t and if you stopped thinking you did the world might be a much better place.

  9. Jessica says:

    “It’s speaking softly but carrying a very, very, very big stick. And this president instead speaks loudly and carries a tiny stick.”

    I guess there’s no room for talking normal and putting the sticks away?

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