Now Romney blamed for ‘death squads’ in El Salvador?

Now Romney blamed for 'death squads' in El Salvador?

“Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital with Money from Families Tied to Death Squads.”

So reads an inflammatory headline from the Huffington Post. The story, which is making its rounds on the left, uses innuendo — a standard feature of attacks against Romney — to suggest that the extended families of some Central American investors in Bain Capital’s launch were involved in killing civilians. It’s a hit piece.

Moreover, 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.

As the story goes, when Bill Bain asked Mitt Romney to launch a private equity spin-off of his consulting firm Bain & Company in 1983, he stipulated that his protege would not be able to raise cash from current clients to shield them from the potential losses of the more risky venture. When Romney struggled to raise money,  he successfully approached some “Central American oligarchs,” according to the article, to help get the business off the ground.

The Los Angeles Times has reported, though some U.S. officials accused  Central American exiles in Miami of funding “right-wing death squads inEl Salvador” (the left-wing death squads were in power, incidentally) “no evidence indicates those relatives invested in Bain or benefited from it.”

But two of the people named by Huffington Post, Francisco de Sola and his cousin, Herbert Arturo de Sola, are interesting.

As the Huffington Post points out, in 1990, Orlando and Francisco de Sola “allegedly” assassinated two left-wing activists in Guatemala. They don’t mention that the  report states there was “no definitive evidence” linking them to assassinations. Moreover, the alleged assassination took place six years after they invested in Bain. It’s amazing that Romney’s supernatural ability to foresee future events hadn’t kicked in.

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.

During the 1994 Senate race, Ted Kennedy sent private investigators  digging  into these  accusation, as well, and they came up with nothing.  As Newsweek reported at the time:

 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.”

Dare I say, perhaps campaigns had higher standard in those days, but I’m probably romanticizing the past.

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  • Dustoff


  • AgTrotter

    “It’s amazing that Romney’s supernatural ability to foresee future events hadn’t kicked in.”

    Yet, the Man-Child can’t be responsible for any of his real-time mistakes.

    The left is beyond unhinged.

  • Freedom1967

    Obama supports a group responsible for the spread of aids…. who’s killed more?

  • ScottieDont

    I bet within one month, the Obama campaign drops all pretense of reason and accuses Romney of being a man-eating Venutian with a non-green-energy flying saucer and links to alien overlords controlling a pulsar that stripped Mars of its atmosphere and killed billions of Martian ‘undocumented immigrants’.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PEU4YJIHPGSW3CFWZ5UAHPZUKU Darrell B

    True!! I got a buddy who knows this gal who’s ex husband says a friend of his former boss took the money to Romney….Honest Injin…..I swear on Elizabeth Warrens ancestors!! All 1/32d of them

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TN6AL4HEQ5PZ5XKTHEENS3NR6E Allan

    If Romney has any guilt after 8 years, explain why Obama is free of guild in only one year? They each met the same man, but Romney met him 8 years ago. Oh, is that because Romney can see into the Future. May be that Bush did it too.

  • endpork

    Desperation but the liberal media know that they “may” be challenged on this for 5 minutes.
    Earlier this week it was two other things (MSNBC, and Pelosi) and they never felt much of any heat. Last week it was H,Reid and N. Pelosi again and the media never answered for it and wasn’t challenged for more than a day outside conservative blogs and conservative radio shows (of which the MSM sees as tea baggers and right wing extremists). The libs that need to be accountable for these won’t turn to those blogs and MSM shows.
    I am perplexed by the Republican voters…. What will it be tomarrow, Sunday, Monday, ??? until someone stands up and says:
    STOP… ENOUGH… I am tired of this crap and I will challenge you media types on accountability, fair jounalism, water carrying for the Dem party, and all the rest!
    FOX NEWS SUNDAY will talk about these and then stop. ABC, NBC, MSNBC will not and on Monday– it will be “old news” and they will have other water carrying talking points to say.

  • http://twitter.com/RichLehmann Rich Lehmann

    How do we know Romney is not the Zodiak killer? If Romney is innocent why hasnt he shown us the proof? Come to think of it, how do we know that Romney is not a witch?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Shapiro/100003193690614 Mike Shapiro

    What a bunch of jerks. Well George Bush is off the hook. Obama must not be very proud of his record. Rather build himself up, he’s trying to bring Romney down. I don’t think it’s going to work.

  • Dustoff

    Who is yours? CNN.

  • eewell

    And the Obama meltdown continues.

  • jwebsmall

    Let’s give more rope to the Obama campaign. Let’s get Biden in the lime light.

  • Liberal Soup N Crackers

    WTF?? When do we get to drag that raping choom gang pimp out of our White House??

  • Niniane

    Was that before or after Romney participated in the 9/11 attacks? This is all going beyond insane, while Obama is smug in his open borders and amnesty beliefs. Note to Obama — at least get some supporters who have a bit of common sense left.

  • Liberal Soup N Crackers

    @facebook-1134865289:disqus : By the time your Choom Gang Rapist is through with this country, the only marketable job skill you will have left will be selling that old cootch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    The money was into Bain—not from Bain to them, if I’m reading this article correctly; that alone should absolve Romney from responsibility—plus it was seven (1983-1990) years after the fact that the assassinations occurred. This is just distracting from the economy, as Obama can’t really run on his record.

    Give me a major-league break! And Romney, bite back, for crying out loud! Because if Mitt Romney is responsible for this, Obama is responsible for the deaths in F&F – which occurred mere months later.

  • jagscl

    If he does, after Obama finishes destroying our economy, we’ll all be mopping floors for a living, if we’re lucky enough to have employment at all.