Mitt Romney was criticized by many for his failure to mention or give thanks to the troops fighting the war in Afghanistan. When asked by Fox News' Brett Baier about the omission, Romney testily replied, “When you give a speech, you don’t go through a laundry list. You talk about the things you think are important."
Well, let's run down a list of people and things that Romney DID feel were important enough to mention:
1) His iPod
2) His family's fleeing from Mexico during the revolution (hey were fed by the U.S. government as war refugees)
3) The Mormon Church
4) Thirteen paragraphs dedicated to his family's history and background
5) The Mormon Church
6) Governor Mary Fallin
7) Governor Nikki Haley
8) Governor Susana Martinez
9) Senator Kelly Ayotte
10) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
11) Five paragraphs about Bain Capital which included plugs for Bain interests
13) Sports Authority
14) Bright Horizons
15) Steel Dynamics
16) Steve Jobs
17) Apple Computers
So, out of the many people and things that Romney spoke about, the troops didn't make the list. His family's history and personal lives took up one-fifth of his speech, but the words "thank you" couldn't be sandwich in there somewhere. He made sure to refer to his church several times throughout the speech, but no mention of the troops fighting in Afghanistan. He spoke about how much money Bain Capital made for his partners' church, but he didn't speak about how much our troops have sacrified for their country. He made sure to plug several Bain holdings (Staples, Sports Authority, Bright Horizons, and Steel Dynamics) and Apple Computers, essentially giving them free advertising and using his speech as a commercial spot, but he couldn't pay a little homage to the troops.
If elected, Mitt Romney will gladly send our troops to fight and die for him in Iran, but don't expect him to thank them.