randomactsofchaos: R J Matson/New York Observer (09/13/2012)
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton past the flag-draped transfer case of one of four Americans who died this week in Libya, during a transfer of remains ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, September 14, 2012. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed this week in Benghazi were honored at the ceremony. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)
“At a moment when sovereign U.S. soil was under attack by Islamist radicals, the Romney campaign tried to tie the president to those extremists attacking us, saying that he had “sympathy” with their cause. And then, in the clear light of morning, Mitt Romney doubled-down on the claim, repeating it — perhaps for fear of appearing weak — and his campaign released talking points to hammer home the point. He picked precisely the wrong time, and over the wrong issue, to go ‘bold.’”
“This is not just politics as usual, but something far lower. By point of comparison, when Ronald Reagan was confronted with the downed-helicopter rescue mission ordered by President Jimmy Carter to save the American hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Iran, he did not see it as opportunity to score political points. Instead, Reagan said, ‘This is the time for us as a nation and a people to stand united.’ Likewise, George H.W. Bush, then also running for president, said ‘I unequivocally support the president of the United States — no ifs, ands or buts — and it certainly is not a time to try to go one-up politically. He made a difficult, courageous decision.’
“[...] The dishonest drumbeat that Obama travels around the world compulsively apologizing for America is a core Romney campaign tactic. This time, he went definitively too far — trying to score petty political points with incomplete information at a time when our nation’s embassies were being attacked overseas on the anniversary of September 11. It was disgraceful.”
via: Bob Cesca
John Cassidy | The New Yorker: So far, just about the only statements of support Romney has managed to elicit have come from discredited neocons (Bill Kristol, Liz Cheney), paleo-cons (Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton), and nutty-cons (Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint). Meanwhile, John McCain and Condoleezza Rice, arguably the G.O.P.’s two most influential voices on foreign policy, have conspicuously failed to criticize Obama, while paying tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens, the longtime foreign-service officer who was killed.
Kaili Joy Gray | DKos: That giant catastrophe of a statement from Mitt Romney about the attack in Libya? And his follow-up catastrophe of a public statement that just made it worse? Yeah, well, you might think it demonstrated just how not-ready-to-be-president Mitt Romney is, but you’d be wrong. Because the real leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, says so:
Mitt Romney, who is the only guy that looked presidential in all of this, who had the guts to go out and characterize this statement from the embassy accurately. And the media is now saying that Romney jumped the gun, launched a political attack before the facts of the embassy violence were known, and then issues a vague foreign policy vision.
Sure, Rush. It is interesting to note what Rush was saying about his presidential-looking candidate on Monday, 9/10, though:
…I hate to tell you this. I mentioned this on the air some time ago. Romney, the best thing he can do is remember this election isn’t about him. He may as well be Elmer Fudd as far as we’re concerned. We’re voting against Obama. I don’t care who they put on the ticket, we’re voting against Obama. That has not changed, and there are more people now than in 2010 who are gonna vote against Obama. — Media Running Campaign To Dispirit You | RealClearPolitics
Romney’s true feelings are leaking.
destroythegop: A picture’s worth a thousand words… Mitt Romney’s reaction to the deaths of American Embassy personnel in Libya.
In the video below, watch Romney’s face after he claims the US embassy in Cairo apologized for the right of free speech. The video begins at the 6:51 mark, at the end of his claim:
Look at his face:
Elspeth Reeve at the The Atlantic Wire says it best: “Mitt Romney’s Comments on Embassy Attacks Backfire Badly“:
… But if you watched Romney’s press conference Wednesday in which he doubled down on his statement, the candidate seemed to think he was nailing it. After he finished responding to each question, he smiled, looking very satisfied. (“The statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to apology and i think was a severe miscalculation.” Smile. “It’s also important for me just as it was for the white house last night by the way to say that the statements were inappropriate, and in my view a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for american values.” Smile.) Maybe that’s because he knew the kids would love it. The kids being the base, as reflected by conservative bloggers loving Romney’s response and calling the murder an act of war by the Libyan government. As he has through out much of his campaign, Romney is defying expectations that he would “tack to the center” after winning the GOP primary. On Wednesday, he played to the same crowd that was so outraged over the “Ground Zero mosque.”… (via: Anne Laurie)
In case you’re keeping score, later in the day Romney handed out talking points for those who might want to defend him (!) which stated almost the exact same thing as the initial statement from the US embassy in Cairo which Romney critiqued so harshly.