Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Romney's number one enemy... and his response

Well, as a teacher of Russian, I'm glad (for certain values of "glad") to see that Romney thinks Russia is " without question our number one geopolitical foe".

On the other hand, I'm confused. I thought Romney thought that "The Iranian leadership is the greatest immediate threat to the world since the fall of the Soviet Union, and before that, Nazi Germany."

Or was it generic "terrorists": “These people have declared war on us. They've killed Americans. We go anywhere they are and we kill them."

Or Latin American leftists: "We need a Latin American policy that frees Cuba and that eliminates a threat of people like Hugo Chavez."

Or atheists: "Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone."

Or even, maybe, China: "on day one, I have indicated, day one, I will issue an executive order identifying China as a currency manipulator. We'll bring an action against them in front of the WTO for manipulating their currency, and we will go after them."

Anyway, things may be looking up for our student base. At the very least, we can turn them loose on Medvedev's quips:
Медведев «конструкцию типа «враг номер один» охарактеризовал как «идеологическое клише», которое «пахнет Голливудом и определенными временами». Ромни и остальным участникам президентской гонки в США российский лидер рекомендовал как минимум две вещи: во-первых, при формулировании позиции все-таки включать доводы рассудка – использовать голову – это для кандидата в президенты невредно; а во-вторых, посматривать на часы – сейчас 2012 год, а не середина 70-х годов, и к какой бы партии кто бы ни относился, он должен принимать во внимание политические реалии»

(Phrases like "number one foe" Medvedev characterized as "ideological cliches" that "reek of Hollywood and a certain time period." The Russian leader recommended at least two things to Romney and the rest of the participants in the US presidential race: "first, when formulating his positions to take reason into account and use his head - that's never going to hurt a presidential candidate; and second, to look at his watch - it's 2012, not the middle of the 19702, and no matter which party someone belongs to he has to take political realities into account.")

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