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Liberal WashPost Columnist Defends Romney’s Palestinian ‘Gaffe’


Here’s the conclusion of Richard Cohen’s piece today on “culture” and the Arab world:

Romney could have been more diplomatic and eschewed a shorthand explanation of what ails Palestinian society — he might also have acknowledged Palestinian achievements — but he identified what are, indisputably, two problems. The first is that of culture. The second is the reluctance to discuss it.

So, to summarize: Romney was right about the Olympics not being ready. Romney was right about the role of “culture” in the Palestinian plight. And if not for the media getting out of hand hollering about the first two non-gafffes at Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, eliciting an angry response by a Romney staffer, his Poland trip would have been a complete success.


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