More reaction to Romney’s disgraceful remarks concerning anti-American violence in Middle East

Rather than add this stuff as an update to the post just prior to this one, I’m giving it stand-alone treatment to maximize its exposure.

Check THIS:

Yesterday we noted that Mitt Romney, down in the polls after the convention, was throwing the kitchen sink at President Obama. Little did we know the kitchen sink would include — on the anniversary  of 9/11 — one of the most over-the-top and (it turns out)  incorrect attacks of the general-election campaign . Last night after 10:00 pm ET, Romney released a statement on the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya. After saying he was “outraged” by these attacks and the death of an American consulate worker, Romney said, “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” Yet after learning every piece of new information about those attacks, the Romney statement looks worse and worse — and simply off-key. First, Romney was referring to a statement that the U.S. embassy in Egypt issued condemning the “efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” But that embassy statement, which the White House has distanced itself from, was in reference to an anti-Islam movie and anti-Islam pastor Terry Jones, and it came out BEFORE the embassy attacks began. Then this morning, we learned that the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and others died in one of the attacks.

And check THIS:

That it’s fundamentally dishonest hasn’t stopped Mitt Romney from repeating his central critique of Barack Obama’s foreign policy over and over – the idea that the president “went around the world and apologized for America.”  So it shouldn’t be surprising that Romney’s response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Egypt and Libya was rooted in the same caricature of Obama as apologizer-in-chief.

“It’s disgraceful,” Romney’s statement, which was released late Tuesday night, read, “that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

That’s not at all what happened, of course. The actual chronology goes something like this: As anti-American protests inspired by a crude Terry Jones video began gathering steam, the U.S. embassy in Cairo – and not the Obama White House — put out a statement condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

The obvious intent was to cool the passions of the protesters. As Marc Ambinder explained, it was “exactly what Americans inside the embassy who are scared for their lives now and worry about revenge later need to have released in their name.”


The foolishness of Romney’s reaction is glaring. Pretending that the statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo was anything other than a completely understandable and reasonable attempt by its occupants to save their own lives borders on disgraceful. Romney’s implication that the statement was issued at the height of the attacks is also false; it was actually released earlier in the day, a preventive measure aimed at keeping the protests from turning violent.

But this hasn’t stopped other Republicans – including RNC chairman Reince Priebus and Sarah Palin – from echoing the Romney line. Again, it probably shouldn’t be surprising. This is the kind of nonsense you’ll get when one party spends four years convincing itself that a president is something he isn’t.




  1. Well I am just relieved that President Obama answered most of the reporters questions at the Rose Garden press conference.

  2. Pat Cunningham, you are an idiot

  3. Mittwit should take his feet out of his mouth now and then.

  4. wilson: Brilliant comment.

    You, too, diana.

  5. Pat…Idiot would be an upgrade for you. You espouse the arrogance of the Liberal mindset. Romney is EXACTLY right……Obama is a serial apologizer. His Administration espouses this. His comments this morning were disingenuous, showed no emotion and were animated at best. At least Romney has a set…..

  6. Luke Fredrickson

    “…showed no emotion and were animated at best.”


  7. Ah, another brilliant comment from our old friend Ed.

    Every Republican with half a brain is disowning Romney’s stupid rhetoric in this matter. But Ed thinks “Romney is EXACTLY right.”

    And Ed thinks “Obama is a serial apologizer.” Of course, he can’t provide any detailed evidence of this, because there is none.

    But facts don’t matter much to Ed.

  8. Luke….taking time out from gaming to make a brilliant assesment…..? Go check the fridge for something and let the adults talk.

    Pat, We all know (and have seen with our own eyes) how the President has apologized for “The arrogance of the United States”. Of course….this is when he wasn’t bowing down to the Saudi King.

  9. Ed: I defy you to show me evidence that Obama ever used the phrase “The arrogance of the United States.”

    You’ve put that phrase in quotes, implying that Obama spoke those very words. Let’s see the proof.

    Put up or shut up.

    (Cue the crickets.)

  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLMfMssJaPM

    “America has shown arrogance”

    Pretty close Mr. Prevaricator.

    Pretty sure you are no judge of brilliance except in your own little 40 watt head.

  11. dogrescuer

    Wow! The right-wingers are sure full of name-calling and vicious hatred tonight! Great way to pull together as Americans.

  12. dogrescuer, you are too funny

  13. dogrescuer

    Hey, Wilson, us libs like to bitch, but we can be cute and cuddly too, you know!

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