granholmtwr: How would Mitt Romney have dealt with Libya had he been president today? We can’t know that, but [the information above] is what we do know.
kohenari: In a fascinating twist, the Romney camp has switched from attacking President Obama for apologizing and sympathizing with those who attacked American embassies — which was patently untrue — to simply blaming Obama for the attacks themselves and hypothesizing that an Imaginary President Romney would have prevented those attacks:
A top foreign policy aide to Mitt Romney suggested Thursday that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens would never have happened if Romney were president. There wouldn’t even be anti-American protests in the Middle East if Romney were in charge, the aide said.
“There’s a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a different situation,” Romney adviser Richard Williamson told the Washington Post. “For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated.”
He blamed the attack that killed Stevens on Obama’s handling of the region, arguing that the Muslim world would have held the hypothetical Romney administration of 2008-2012 in much greater esteem, which would have prevented violent protests over an anti-Muslim film like the one that led to Stevens’s death.
“In Egypt and Libya and Yemen, again demonstrations — the respect for America has gone down, there’s not a sense of American resolve and we can’t even protect sovereign American property,” he said.
If only Romney were president on 9/11 — it never would have happened! George W. Bush had horrible foreign policy advisors who assisted him with getting our country into two wars with no end in sight, for reasons that turned out to be lies. Now Romney is surrounding himself with a majority of those same neocon advisors and, lemme tell you what, things would be so differerent… oh, wait.
In the imagination of Team Romney, if President Obama isn’t apologizing for America then he’s just like Jimmy Carter. The only foundation in reality these two neocon memes have is their desperately coordinated repetition by Romney and the RNC — all for the sake of the rubes. And to deflect attention away from the frightening similarities between the failed Bush Administration and Romney’s vision.