Romney was right

At the time, Romney was derided for bringing up Mali in one of the presidential debates. Looks like he was right after all

by Media Hawk on 15 January 2013 18:22

During one of the presidential debates in October last year, left-wing comedian Bill Maher jabbed at Mitt Romney on Twitter. He said, "Mitt, you do know that most of America thinks Mali is one of Obama's daughters, right?"

His point was Romney's reference to what was thought to be an obscure and probably irrelevant situation in the Sub-Saharan country. And others piled in.

What on earth was Romney doing mentioning Mali in the same breath as Syria and Libya? And was there really Al Qaeda there? Surely an oversight by Mitt? At the time, Romney said: 

"With the Arab Spring, came a great deal of hope that there would be a change towards more moderation, and opportunity for greater participation on the part of women in public life, and in economic life in the Middle East. But instead, we've seen in nation after nation, a number of disturbing events. Of course we see in Syria, 30,000 civilians having been killed by the military there. We see in -- in Libya, an attack apparently by, I think we know now, by terrorists of some kind against -- against our people there, four people dead.

Our hearts and -- and minds go out to them. Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali by Al Qaeda type individuals."

Well in turns out, as we have seen this week, that Romney was right.

Surprising right? Well no, not really. Romney, according to Buzzfeed, was receiving intelligence briefings from administration officials, a tradition for the presidential nominees that begins after their nominating conventions.

Apologies, Mr. Maher?

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