"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mitt Romney Makes the Death of our Ambassador and Three Others in Libya Political

Mitt Romney is out of line with his comments last night and again this morning with the press conference.  Romney held a news conference knowing full well the President was to speak at this time.  Classless once again.  As usual Romney is all about politics with zero comments on what he would specifically do differently -- just attack is all he knows.  The nerve of him to come out this morning after releasing his statement last night saying that President Obama was sympathizing with the attackers is beyond pale.   Romney with his harsh statements has no integrity, no sense of foreign policy, and anything else I might say would be over the top.  Conservative pundits called for Romney to take a tougher stand against Obama yesterday and today he does what he is told.  Despicable!

Romney released a statement last night before the details were all in and now this morning has double downed.  Less than an hour ago Romney released a blistering attack on Obama and the Administration on the morning that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are in shock over the lose of their Ambassador in Libya who was also a friend.   Romney's attempts to score political points last night shows he is not ready to lead anyone and this morning with his press conference he made it worse.  Throw in the similar comments by GOP Chair Priebus and you have a Party that is out of control.  If this had happened to President Bush, Republicans would be up in arms but the Romney supporters are on the attack this morning against anyone who dares to say Romney was way out of line.  A few Republicans are now criticizing Romney for using this morning to launch an attack on the President without saying what he would do.
Violence in Libya kills U.S. Envoy (Email)
American ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three of his staff members were killed after an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The New York Times reports it's the first death of an American envoy abroad in more than two decades. 
Mitt Romney has launched a political attack against the president over the attacks in Libya and Egypt that killed an American ambassador.
Romney and his people are trying to exploit this tragedy pure and simple.  Political reporters this morning are shocked that Romney has delved so deeply into politics at this time.  Four Americans are dead including our Ambassador and Romney makes it political?  How can anyone support Romney after this?  Romney said that Obama should stand for American principles this morning which is totally reprehensible.  Romney also came out forcefully this morning backing the filmmaker as free speech.  Knowing the tinder box of the Middle East should have been a warning to put a lid on stoking the fires which this video accomplished.  
First Thoughts: Over the top 
Romney issues over-the-top attack on embassy attacks… And his statement looks worse and worse as new information comes out, including the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya… Romney camp stands by its attack saying embassy statement came after the u nrest began… More tensions between Obama and Netanyahu… Focusing on Florida… Obama camp goes on the air in Wisconsin… Team Romney again outspending Team Obama on the airwaves this week… And this week’s 10 hottest TV markets. 
By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower
*** Over the top : 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.
*** When news-cycle campaigning goes awry: 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. And given that the Romney camp has already moved on to other subjects this morning -- issuing a press release on debt and not the embassy attacks -- it appears the campaign realizes it, too. Right before our publication time, the Romney camp responds to us that it stands by its statement from last night. The controversial embassy statement, the Romney camp argues, had occurred AFTER the unrest in Egypt and Libya had already begun (citing this CBS report) and that the statement had served as the administration’s sole response until about 10:00 pm ET.
*** More tensions between Obama and Netanyahu: In another sign that foreign affairs and national security have jumped to the top of the issues in the past day, there’s renewed tension between Israel PM Netanyahu and the Obama White House over Iran. The New York Times: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel inserted himself into the most contentious foreign policy issue of the American presidential campaign on Tuesday, criticizing the Obama administration for refusing to set clear ‘red lines’ on Iran’s nuclear progress that would prompt the United States to undertake a military strike.” Then came a dispute over whether or not Obama was snubbing Netanyahu by not meeting with him when he comes to the U.S. later this month. In the evening, the White House released a statement saying that Obama and Netanyahu had talked by phone for an hour and adding: “Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied.” The Israelis have another version of this phone call and still believe they have been snubbed by not getting that invite. By the way, don’t think Israeli political leaders are united on this. Check out the headline over lead story in the Jerusalem Post: “Mofaz to PM: Are you trying to oust Obama or Ahmadinejad? 
Excerpt:  Read More at First Read, NBC News

I will never support Romney and will spend the next seven weeks helping to defeat him and those obstructionist members of the House and Senate.  When I started this blog it was to go after after Democrats who sold out for dollars but over the last two years have learned that it is the Republicans who sold out to the Tea Party, Koch Brothers, Adelson, and other big donors to give as Mitt Romney as our candidate.

I will join Charlie Crist and others in saying the Republican Party has left me in 2012.  Last night when first Romney and then the RNC Chair Priebus went out to make statements that said Obama was sympathizing with the mobs who attacked our embassies, the statements made my blood boil.  In this morning's press conference, Romney is not only still on the attack but doubling down on his comments with lies about the embassy in Egypt and when they released their statement.  A liar even today.  Despicable candidate.

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