Romney’s Libya Statement Proves He’s Not Presidential Material

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Republicans are getting uglier and more desperate by the minute. The Romney response to the uprising in Egypt and the killings in Libya are, at the very least, a disgusting act of desperation by a man and a morally bankrupt political party who know that they will not be occupying the White House any time soon.

Chronologically, this is what happened.

a) Clips of an anti-Muslim film circulating on youTube created a stir among fervent Muslims who began gathering at the American embassy in Cairo.

b) The embassy put out a statement as a means to calm the protesters.

Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

Think what you will about that statement but as Marc Ambinder notes, American lives were at stake.

That statement sounds so ridiculous to our ears; so meekly yielding to militancy and terror. And it is — but it is also exactly what Americans inside both countries who are scared for their lives needed to have released in their name. It is so easy to pick this fight. But the first priority of American diplomats ought to be to find a way to get Americans out of harm’s way.

c) Rabid Republicans, never missing an opportunity to show what they’re made of, viewed the events as a means to attack the President.

d) Protesters gathering at the U.S. embassy in Libya murder the American ambassador and three diplomatic security officials.

e) Hillary Clinton puts out a statement.

I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

f) President Obama and Libya’s president issue statements.

“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi,” Obama said, adding the four Americans “exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe.”

Libya’s interim president, Mohammed el-Megarif, apologized to the United States for the attack, which he described as “cowardly.” Speaking to reporters, he offered his condolences on the death of the four Americans and vowed to bring the culprits to justice and maintain his country’s close relations with the United States.

The three Americans killed with Stevens were security guards, he said.

“We extend our apology to America, the American people and the whole world,” el-Megarif said.

h) Mitt Romney issues his own statement on September 11.

I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. 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.

g) Romney gets pounded.

New York Magazine

The miscalculation at work here is that Romney believed his “Apology Tour” method would neatly fit the events at hand — take an event that sort of vaguely resembled an Obama apology to Muslims who don’t like us, twist it around, and call it a day. But Romney had grown accustomed to spinning fantasies cobbled together from months-old Obama speeches and nurtured into legend by extensive repetition and exaggeration in the conservative subculture. What he failed to realize from the outset was that the embassy attack was an immediate, high-profile event that he could not hope to rewrite so brazenly. Forced to confront the yawning chasm between reality and the fantasy he had wallowed in so long, Romney was exposed and, justifiably, discredited.

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The American Conservative.

The dishonesty of the original Romney statement and the gall of his press conference this morning have combined to create serious doubts about his judgment and to confirm the impression that there are no limits to his opportunism….Before yesterday, the idea that the Romney campaign was “desperate” would have struck me as myopic and overexcited. Now it seems unmistakable clear. The Romney campaign knows it’s losing….instead of portraying Obama as Carter, he has presented himself as the bumbling McCain figure of 2012.

Former Ambassador. R. Nicholas Burns, who has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

I was, frankly, very disappointed and dismayed to see Gov. Romney inject politics into this very difficult situation where our embassies are under attack, where there’s been a big misunderstanding in the Middle East, apparently, about an American film, where we’re trying to preserve the lives of our diplomats. This is no time for politics. I just think that Gov. Romney has, in a very unwise way, injected himself into a situation where he clearly doesn’t have all the facts.

So what does Romney do? Apologize for his shameful, irresponsible statement? Nah. He doubles down ’cause he’s Mitt Fucking Romney and he has 250 million dollars sitting in banks all over the world so he doesn’t have to ever apologize to anyone.


I could have saved you all that reading and just posted this.


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23 thoughts on “Romney’s Libya Statement Proves He’s Not Presidential Material

  1. And Romney is Idiot No. 1. He isn’t now nor will he ever be ready for prime time. I cringe to think of the damage he could do to our nation’s diplomacy around the world should he win the presidency. I’m embarrassed everytime he opens his mouth — if he’s elected, moving to a cave might be my only option.

  2. Lately Romney has been taking advice on campaign stradegy from such great political minds as Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh, who suggested that he start hitting Obama hard on all the rightwing talking points. And it appears he did just that.
    I don’t know what kind of competent business man he is when he clearly can’t run his own campaign. And if he is taking advice from nut jobs NOW. What will they ask him to do as president.
    I think that this was his “the fundamentals of our economy are fine” moment.

    Romney compared the statement released by the embassy as coming from the presidents administration, and in turn connected that to Obama directly. So some terroists attacked our embassy+presidents administration+Obama, and so did Mitt Romney.

  3. What makes it worse – he doubled down on his comments today. Classic Repub moron. Just like W, Never let ‘em see ya back down – ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU AINT RIGHT !!

  4. What’s coming out now is that the attack in Benghazi may not have been related directly to the Cairo protests, as the Libyans were armed, trained and organized whereas the Egyptian mob was not. Furthermore, I’ve heard reports that a number of Libyan guards helped try to defend the consulate from an attack that may have been motivated by Al-Qaeda. All the information is not yet in.

    If this turns out to be the case, Romney’s and the other Republicans’ remarks are even more irresponsible.

  5. Usually Mitten makes me laugh – but this has ticked me off. Irresponsibly shooting off his mouth to score a few points. That embassy statement was tring to save American lives. Mittens runs his mouth behind security protection.

    Put him in a dangerous place and see how “tough” his words are then. He should try and remember what it was like in the Viet Nam war – oh, wait, never mind. He went to France instead and stayed in a mansion.

    He has been downgraded in my eyes. I used to think he was a joke. Now I just think he is a stinking pile of crap, that deserves a come-uppance in the nth degree. He does not care who gets hurt. Picture how well he would worry about our troops.

    I never felt this way about McCain – just sad that he sunk so low on giving up on his normal standards, while on the campaign trail (and inflicting SP on the nation). Even then, he had his moments – like when he corrected that stupid woman that announced that Obama was a Muslim. I understand he made a touching tribute today to the staff that was killed.

    Chris Stevens is a hero, as were the others. Mitt is a SHIT.

  6. I find it interesting and ironic that the one time Romney chooses not to flip on a stand is one that is so wrong. If the rest of the world thought the US was a laughingstock for electing Bush – twice! – think of how much worse Romney in the White House would be.

    I can’t wait to see Bill Maher’s show this coming Saturday.

  7. I think we all deplore the abuse of free speech. The embassy was just issuing a commonly held attitude. It was not making a law or even proposing a law be made to cover the situation.

  8. Cold Mitten’s response unfortunately showed the arrogance of America that Obama is trying to change through diplomacy. When will Romney realize that unilateral action by America sends a message to the world that we can bully and the rest of the world can go to hell. Why are we part of NATO or United Nations if we undermine all international cooperation because our interests are at stake. IRAQ was wrong because of that attitude and many more are to come if incompetent Romney gets in the Presidency.

    O= dc2 (diplomacy and cooperation)

  9. Look. there’s enough 1mg alprazolam in her handbag to get unsconcious -yeah, the blue ones- if you need to. Why, she’s got enough pills to stay mostly stupefied 24/7 between now and Election Day. The rations are inedible. That giant handgun -the .357- you did not need it, the bullets, that stupid holster…nor did you need the Mossberg shotgun Just didn’t need. it. And how does one keep three-thousand in cash AROUND THE HOUSE?

    It jes’ ain’t that serious. No, sir!

    Say, Mario! Why not one of your clever illustrations with Mitt trussed up like a roast turkey, banner reading:


  10. Romney, as we all know is not qualified for the Presidency and he proved it yet again as your comments have accurately depicted.

    What I am curious about is who made this film that conveniently sparked these tragic events on the very day of the memorial of 9/11?

    The name “Sam Bacile” has come up as being the producer/director of the film. He self-described himself as Israeli-American and a real estate mogul from California.

    Reports are he had an interview with the Wall Street Journal which said Bacile raised “$5 million from 100 Jewish donors” and he produced the film using 60 actors and 45 crew members.

    Problem is there is no evidence that a “Sam Bacile” ever existed. Even though he apparently met with some media, promoters, donors and film crew and cast – no one seems to know who he really is and he has since disappeared from the scene.

    The person/person’s that intentionally caused the “spark” , that started what is turning into a forest fire of international violence and tragedy by making a disgusting you tube film, are unknown.

    But it seems almost certainly that they knew exactly what they were doing and the resulting events.

    Could it be a extremely well planned Al Qaeda operation or the work of one of the many nutjob extremists groups out there today? Who know’s ? But it must be the focus of investigation as being a primary factor of the death of 4 American diplomats.

  11. Golden
    A fellow named Steven Klein has come out a the spokesman for this movie and has given several interviews.
    Many journalists are digging through this pile of shit now…what they do know is that he is a well known anti-Islamist who has a show called “wake up America” on some Christian network. He has claimed that money came from anti Islamists and fundamentalist Christian groups that exist in the middle east, and Jewish Israelis.
    There were over 80 people hired as cast and crew. The actors said that they were lied to, the name Muhammad was never mentioned in the script or the name of the movie, and that the movies origional script was dubbed over.
    Sounds like all the people that would like a war with the west and Islamic countries. Also all those who are awaiting the “end times” and are trying to rush the clash of the civilations.

  12. Thank You Sydney, you are absolutely correct about this Steven Klein fellow.

    Which just opens up a whole lot of questions in regards to the making of the film, the “donors” and how it was translated into “Arabic” among others.

    The following link to a Daily Kos article, seems to sum up many of my and I’m sure, others concerns:

    More to come, I’m sure !

  13. Well, if it wasn’t before, it is now: this is a “choice” election.
    And I choose President Obama.

    It is very clear that Mr. Romney is not ready for the complexities of US foreign policy.

    Worse, it appears that Mr. Romney’s ill-conceived and aggressive stance re events in Libya was in response to right wing goading by the likes of Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh.

    Do we honestly want our nation’s foreign policy dictated by talk radio hosts?

    This week, Mr. Romney effectively disqualified himself from the office of the presidency.

  14. I believe that most of the posters here assumed that a Romney presidency would not be a good thing. Now, after this we KNOW that a president Romney would be a disaster and a tragedy.
    I feel like my country is fighting off a HOSTILE TAKEOVER!

  15. Sydney, that is exactly what this is! A hostile takeover attempt! By the Mormon Church, right wing extremists, and their paid right wing MSM. It will take all the knowledge, hard work and understanding of the situation for us to defeat it! VOTE on Nov. 6th! insist on transparency, truthfulness and, above all, get everyone else you know to do the same!

  16. Romney’s in quicksand and he just keeps on squirming. My suggestion to Romney is just relax and he’ll go down a lot slower.

    Though I hate to say it, he’ll probably go down for sure after the first debate.

  17. Fidlertem, even if he gets in way over his head….and sinks to the bottom, that will not prevent the Obama haters from cheering him on!

  18. Sidney,

    Let’s just make sure the Obama-Haters don’t win this next election. It’s important that Democrats not only fight these Voter ID and other voter suppression efforts but go out and make sure that everyone who’s eligible can vote and has proper ID, can get to the polls, whatever it takes to overwhelm the polls with more likely Democratic voters.

    Then if we win the next election, push for a constitutional amendment through Congress that any changes to voting laws must be implemented over a two or three year period. That would at least keep any government lawmakers and other politicians from using it to effectively change the result of an election.

    Sorry, went off topic there.

  19. Relax…just a little. OFA, along with many other groups, are working hard to reach as many voters in OH and PA to answer questions and direct them to ways to make sure they are ready to vote.
    Thousands of people are visiting GottaVote and and we’re doing our best to reach them all.

    Next, we await the PA Supreme’s decision…pray on that one.

  20. Thanks for the reassurance, Carol. Everyone can do something to help in this effort to reelect President Obama — If we can’t physically volunteer, we can support this campaign with donations. Even if you can only spare a few bucks here and there — those grassroots dollars will help. There has never been more at stake than in this upcoming election — just imagine Mitt Romney in the White House!!

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