Thursday, September 13, 2012

Romney Makes Desperate Attacks About Riots Abroad

In case one doubted the ample evidence that Mitt Romney is a disaster regarding foreign affairs, he proved it on Tuesday when he accused the Obama administration of sympathizing with attackers abroad who killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens (the administration has vowed to track down the killers). Romney's reprehensible, desperate attempt–on 9/11, no less–to play politics with the attacks at U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya left foreign policy veterans and strategists from both parties in disbelief; conservative writer Peggy Noonan said, "Romney is not doing himself any favors." "First Read" of NBC News presented a chronology of Romney's "Over the top" statement:

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.

Bottom line: This was news-cycle campaigning by the Romney campaign gone awry. Why didn’t the Romney campaign wait until it had all the facts? On his overseas trip in the summer, Romney was so careful not to criticize Obama while on foreign soil. But how much time do you give an administration to work through a diplomatic and international crisis before trying to score immediate political points? You’d expect the Sarah Palins of the world to quickly pounce on something like this, and she predictably did. But a presidential nominee running for the highest office in the land? After the facts have come out, last night’s Romney statement only feeds the narrative that his campaign is desperate...


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Romney's statements only solidify my belief that this man is not only unqualified to be president, he is also unfit for the job. It would be an understatement to say that his comments were inappropriate. I'm not sure that they prove that his campaing is "desperate" however, because they are consistent with his ongoing strategy of attacking the president on every level, at every time, no matter the issue, no matter his actual beliefs. Romney's position has always changed based upon the president's. The man has no political backbone.

Jeff Tone said...

Well, his comments are outlandish, inappropriate, inaccurate and rash enough to seem desperate!