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The outrageous claim is being passed around the lefty blogosphere without question, although many are noting that the story sounds fantastical. But if HuffPo reports it, then it must be true! (Ha.)
"He must be making a concerted effort to be a comic book villain now." -- LGF
"Sounds hyperbolic but apparently it's true!" -- DailyKos
"Romney’s Death Squad Ties: Bain Launched With Millions From Oligarchs Behind Salvadoran Atrocities" -- DemocracyNow
"It's a hit piece," writes David Harsanyi, contributor to TheBlaze and writer for Human Events. "And if there were anything to the allegations, the Obama Administration would have to explain why it met with one of the alleged hit-squad leaders twice this year."
If we concede that the story has legs, it is also fair to ask: Why would the Obama Administration meet with leaders of right-wing hit squads?
After all, Francisco de Sola met with Obama’s Deputy Secretary of Commerce in January 2012. He also met with Eric Postel, the Coordinator Of The Partnership For Growth in February 2012 to discuss an a initiative that seeks to “focus international resources on reducing the primary obstacles to a country’s economic growth.”
If Francisco de Sola’s investment in Bain is worth noting, even though he was accused of his crime six years after the fact, surely the administration meeting with him after the accusations were made is remarkable.
In addition, Ted Kennedy did some digging during his 1994 Senate campaign to try and pin allegations on Romney and came up with nothing:
In researching Romney’s business background, IGI has looked for information that might tie his companies to convicted arbitrageur Ivan Boesky and insider-trading scandals. IGI also fished for evidence that would link Romney’s Latin American business partners to Salvadoran death squads.They found none, but a recent Boston Globe article suggested darkly that “members of the extended families” of the investors in one of Romney’s companies had ties to “right-wing paramilitary groups.”
Have we reached an ethics level in political discourse sooo low that today's sleaze surpasses that which the Kennedy political machine wouldn't even touch? God help us.
I look forward to the coming ad from Bill Burton which challenges Romney to prove he didn't support death squads in El Salvador.