Oh Mitt Romney, Sometimes it seems he just can't get his thoughts to come out of his mouth the right way. Surely if you asked him "are the troops important," he'd say yes. He's said it a few times since people started noticing that he never mentioned U.S. military personnel in his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. But when he was explaining to Fox News's Brett Baier on Friday why he didn't mention the troops, Romney opened with this clumsy line: "When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important."
D'oh! Does that mean he doesn't think U.S. soldiers and Marines are important? Romney seemed to catch himself on the next line: "I described in my speech my commitment to a strong military unlike the president’s decision to cut our military. I didn't use the word troops. I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing." Not really, though. "Troops" suggests you're thinking about the well being of the people on the ground. "Military" suggests you're talking about the institution. The well-being of the troops and the well-being of the military don't always mean the same thing.