Does Romney Get It?
12:50 PM, Apr 27, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
For the most part, yes. Dean Barnett points to this quote from a speech the former governor gave earlier in the week at Yeshiva University as evidence:
But then there's this quote, from a brief interview he gave to AP reporter Liz Sodoti yesterday:
Of course, Romney is absolutely right--capturing bin Laden won't significantly reduce the threat we face from radical Islam. The president himself has repeatedly made the same point. But is it worth "moving heaven and earth" and "spending billions of dollars"...well, yes. Capturing bin Laden would be priceless. In a world of finite resources, and in which manpower is the scarcest resource of all, it would be foolish to take men and materiel out of the fight against al Qaeda in Iraq, a far more potent enemy, just to pursue a single man. But if it were merely a matter of cost, is there anybody in this country who would object to spending an extra $10 billion to catch bin Laden? There may be a price at which it just doesn't make sense, but I'd be hard pressed to determine what that price is. And whatever it costs, I'd pay double to catch him alive.