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Romney Slams the Obama Administrationís Response to Embassy Attacks [Adm denies statement theirs]
National Review Online - The Corner ^ | September 11, 2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke

Posted on 09/12/2012 1:52:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Mitt Romney has criticized the Obama administration’s craven response to today’s embassy attacks:

>>>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.<<<

Meanwhile an Obama administration official told Politico that,

>>>the statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government.<<<

Which raises the question, How? Are we to presume that U.S. embassies are now autonomous? The press release went up on the official embassy website, and the tweets were sent from a verified account. Since that time, the embassy has doubled down on its position. Who is in charge around here?


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 911ii; apology; chrisstevens; christopherstevens; denial; egypt; usembassy; usforeignpolicy

1 posted on 09/12/2012 1:53:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney Slams the Obama Administration’s Response to Embassy Attacks
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But Romney has yet to slam the Embassy attacks


2 posted on 09/12/2012 1:56:17 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

See post #70 (read from bottom up)

US Embassy was tweeting to this person or group during the attacks

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2929636/posts?page=71#71


3 posted on 09/12/2012 2:00:42 AM PDT by tsowellfan ("Real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls")
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To: Tennessee Nana

Now it is obvious you are a Democrat/Progressive/Liberal troll, nevermind a closed minded idiot. Go back and get some remedial education and obtain the reading skills of a third grader and then maybe, just maybe you might learn something.

The quote is right there in front of your wicked little witch nose.

I’ll give you a clue, look between the >>> and the <<< to find out just how stupid and closed minded irrational hate you have just displayed for us all.


4 posted on 09/12/2012 2:03:16 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: tsowellfan

Thank you for that LINK and information!


5 posted on 09/12/2012 2:06:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: tsowellfan; mazda77

US Embassy in Cairo quietly deletes its ‘we stand by our condemnation’ tweet; Update: More deleted tweets!

http://twitchy.com/2012/09/11/us-embassy-in-cairo-quietly-deletes-its-we-stand-by-our-apology-tweet/


6 posted on 09/12/2012 2:07:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: mazda77
OOOOohhhh.. That was GOOD!
7 posted on 09/12/2012 2:11:29 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Tennessee Nana

“Romney: Early US response to attacks a disgrace”

....In a statement Tuesday night, Romney said he was outraged by the attacks and the death of the American consulate worker. He added, “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.”.....

http://www.thestate.com/2012/09/11/2437679/romney-early-us-response-to-attacks.html


8 posted on 09/12/2012 2:15:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

What comes to my mind is Sen John Kerry’s speech to the Democratic Convention. His long-winded sneer (a style honed and perfected over the years as only a socialist elite can) describing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and their lack of foreign policy heft as compared to the Won.


9 posted on 09/12/2012 2:21:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So the ambassador will be fired right? /sarc


10 posted on 09/12/2012 2:21:06 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Hugin

http://egypt.usembassy.gov/ambassador.html

From her site and bio, she looks like a career ambassador.

“Anne Patterson joined the Foreign Service in 1973 and was promoted to Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the career Foreign Service, in 2008. She has been Ambassador to Pakistan (2007-2010), Ambassador to Colombia (2000-2003) and Ambassador to El Salvador (1997-2000).

She has also served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as Assistant Secretary of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, and as Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State. Mrs. Patterson has held a variety of economic and political assignments in her career, including economic counselor in Saudi Arabia (1984-1988) and deputy assistant secretary for Latin America. Mrs. Patterson has been awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award twice, in 2010 and 2008, and the Ryan Crocker award for expeditionary diplomacy in 2010.

A native of Arkansas, Mrs. Patterson is married to retired Foreign Service officer David Patterson. She graduated from Wellesley College.”...............................


11 posted on 09/12/2012 2:24:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The statement of appeasement to the Egyption Islamonazis reads like it was personally written by Obama...it certainly reflected to a T his well documented Islamist sympathies.


12 posted on 09/12/2012 2:30:29 AM PDT by Happy Rain (Mitt four then Sarah eight.)
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To: All

September 11, 2012 - Mitt Romney Speech:

Major General Vavala, thank you for your generous introduction. And thank you for your years of service as Chairman of the Board – and for your decades of service to our nation.

Ladies and gentlemen of the National Guard Association, it is an honor to be with you on this day of memorial and appreciation. We remember with heavy hearts the tragic loss of life, and we express thankfulness for the men and women who responded to that tragedy. We honor them, and we honor those who secure our safety even to this day.

We honor the men and women of the National Guard. For 375 years, whenever your countrymen have encountered threat and danger, you have willingly gone. Wherever the cause of freedom has called, you have answered. And as the threats to liberty have emanated from distant lands, you’ve served far from home and far from family. The nation has asked much more of you than had been expected, but you have never faltered, never wavered from the mission of your motto: “Always Ready, Always There.”

Two weeks ago, I saw the Guard in action in Louisiana after it was hit by Hurricane Isaac. For many of the people of the Gulf – who had just finished repairing their homes and getting life back to normal after Katrina – the damage from Isaac felt like too much to bear. As I toured the flooded streets, I was not surprised to find the Guard keeping order, distributing water and supplies, and caring for many of those they had evacuated and rescued.

Time and again, it has been the Guardsman’s hand that has lifted a child from rising waters, that has rescued a family from a hurricane’s fury, and that has fed and clothed a fellow American whose home and possessions have been lost to nature’s devastation. It is a Guardsman who took out Saddam Hussein’s tanks from his A-10, and who has fought to secure the villages of Afghanistan.

Our world is a dangerous place. And the attack on our homeland and citizens on September 11, 2001 reminds us that the mission of the Guard is ever more critical, and ever more deserving of our support and honor.

More than a decade has now passed since that day of tragedy. But the visions and events are seared in the memory of every American. We remember those who died. We marvel at the courage of those who stormed the cockpit when they became aware of the malevolent purpose of the hijackers. We hold up in prayer the families and friends who have lived in a shadow cast by grief. We draw strength from the selflessness of the first responders. And we renew our resolve to protect America from the designs of evil men.

Like you, I remember where I was on 9/11. I was originally planning to be in Battery Park, in New York – not far from the World Trade Center. But as it turned out, I was in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress about preparations for the security of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. A colleague and I were working in our office in the Ronald Reagan building – just a few blocks from the White House.

Someone rushed into our office and said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I turned on the small TV on the desk and watched in shock as flames and smoke erupted from the North Tower.

I called my wife Ann. She too watched the tragedy from her TV and wondered how a plane could fly into a building in clear daylight. And then we saw the second plane crash into the second tower. These, then, were purposeful acts, these were terrorist acts, these were evil and cowardly and heinous acts.

Leaving the city, I drove toward Alexandria, Virginia. The highway I was on came within a few hundred yards of the Pentagon, which had been hit. Cars had stopped where they were, and people had gotten out, watching in horror. I could smell burning fuel and concrete and metal. It was the smell of war, something I never imagined I would smell in America.

In our own ways, we each were overwhelmed by the enormity of the loss of life. We struggled to comprehend the magnitude of what this meant for the families of those who had been killed, and for our own families, for our nation, and for the world. For some, there was also anger. But grief and anger soon turned to action – and among those taking the lead were members of the National Guard.

Members of the National Guard secured our airports and borders, and members of the Guard began to mobilize to deploy half a world away – where you would become all too familiar with the mountains of the Hindu Kush and the streets of Fallujah. Throughout the last eleven years, Guardsmen and women have helped keep us safe from attack.

I wish I could say the world is less dangerous now – that it is less chaotic. I wish I could predict with certainty the threats we will face in the years ahead. But on September 10, 2001, we had no idea that America would be at war in Afghanistan. In December of 2010, we had no idea that a Tunisian street vendor would inspire a revolution that would topple three dictators. We live in a time of turbulence and disruption. What I can say with certainty is that we need the National Guard’s vigilance and strength now as much as ever before.

With less than two months to go before Election Day, I would normally speak to a gathering like this about the differences between my and my opponent’s plans for our military and for our national security. There is a time and a place for that, but this day is not it.

It is instead a day to express gratitude to the men and women who have fought – and who are still fighting – to protect us and our country, including those who traced the trail of terror to that walled compound in Abbottabad and the SEALs who delivered justice to Osama bin Laden.

This is also a day in which all of us – in this convention hall, in this campaign, and in this country – can hopefully agree on important things.

This century must be an American Century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is now our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity. America must lead the free world, and the free world must lead the entire world. In our dealings with other nations, we must demonstrate confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose, and resolve in our might.

For this to be an American Century, we must have a military that is second to none. American military power is vital to the preservation of our own security and for the preservation of peace around the world. Time and again, America’s military might has been the best ally of liberty and peace: American forces rescued Europe, twice. American forces stood up to brutal dictators and freed millions living under tyranny. America’s military leads the fight against terrorism around the world – and secures the global commons to keep them safe for the trade and commerce that are vital to lifting people from poverty.

While the war in Iraq is over, nearly 70,000 American troops still remain in Afghanistan. Our goal should be to complete a successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. We should evaluate conditions on the ground and solicit the best advice of our military commanders.

We can all agree that our men and women in the field deserve a clear mission, that they deserve the resources and resolute leadership they need to complete that mission, and that they deserve a country that will provide for their needs when they come home.

Of course, the return of our troops cannot and must not be used as an excuse to hollow out our military through devastating defense budget cuts. It is true that our armed forces have been stretched to the brink – and that is all the more reason to repair and rebuild. We can always find places to end waste. But we cannot cancel program after program, we cannot jeopardize critical missions, and we cannot cut corners in the quality of the equipment and training we provide.

We must recognize that when our troops come home, they should not have to struggle for work. After all our veterans have done for us, they deserve the opportunity to find good jobs and the dignity of pursuing the American Dream.

We must also keep the faith with our veterans, no matter when or where they have served, through a strong VA system. When the backlog for disability claims reaches nearly one million … when a federal building in Virginia becomes structurally unstable because so many claims have piled up on its highest floors … then we can all agree that the system is in need of serious and urgent reform.

Our veterans deserve care and benefits that are second to none. Here, there is considerable work waiting to be done. The backlog of disability claims needs to be eliminated, the unconscionable waits for mental health treatment need to be dramatically shortened, and the suicide rate among active-duty soldiers and veterans must be treated like the emergency it is.

Veterans’ benefits are not a gift that is given, but a debt that is due. The problems with the VA are serious and must be fixed. We are in danger of another generation of veterans losing their faith in the VA system – so we must ensure that the VA keeps faith with all our veterans. We must keep our promises and regain the trust of all who have worn the uniform and served.

When I was the Governor of Massachusetts, I saw firsthand the Guard’s bravery and valor.

In 2006, I visited Iraq and Afghanistan along with two other governors. We met with the members of the National Guard from our respective states. I said to them that if they wanted me to call their spouse or family when I returned, I would be happy to do so. Just hand me a note with their names and phone numbers. When I left for home, I found that I had 63 calls to make. I knew that making that many calls would take quite a few days.

I returned home on Memorial Day weekend. I decided to start making just a few of those calls first thing in the morning, before my kids and grandkids got up. After I’d made only two or three, a Guardsman’s wife answered and said, “Oh, Governor Romney, I thought that might be you calling.” Apparently, the first spouses I had called, had called other spouses, or had emailed their loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan who then emailed their spouses back home to tell them to expect my call. So I made 63 calls on Memorial Day.

Remember, May 2006 was a difficult time in the Iraq War. Many of you know that from experience. We were suffering terrible casualties, and terrorism was straining our efforts to stand up the Iraqi government. The “surge” had not yet begun and our politics back home had become deeply divided.

As I made those calls, I braced myself for questions about why the Guardsmen I had met couldn’t come home – right away. Yet in 63 calls, I did not hear a single complaint. Not one. On each call, I expressed gratitude on behalf of our nation and my state for the sacrifice of their family and of their loved one who was in harm’s way. And then, from virtually everyone I spoke with, they would correct me to say that it was an honor to be able to sacrifice for America and to serve the greatest nation on earth. Such is the patriotism of the men and women and the families of our National Guard!

Many of those calls left me with tears in my eyes. I will never forget meeting the brave men and women who had volunteered for the National Guard in Massachusetts, who found themselves on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. I will never forget speaking with their loved ones. And I will always hold the greatest admiration for every one of them.

On the campaign trail, it has been my privilege to meet with troops and veterans from just about every state. They come from our farms, our great cities, our small towns and quiet neighborhoods. Many have known violence so that their neighbors could know peace. They have done more than protect America; their courage and service defines America.

On this eleventh anniversary of September 11th, we remember the victims who perished in the attacks. We also remember the men and women serving in dangerous places around the world. We will not forget why they are fighting or who they are fighting for. They are faithful to us and to our country; we must not break faith with them.

I want to personally thank you for keeping us safe. It is inspiring to be in the company of men and women of courage, as I am today. It is an honor to be among those whose sense of duty and love of country lift our hearts and spirits.

We are blessed to live in a country where freedom is so highly cherished, so fiercely protected, and so admirably defended by the noble men and women of the National Guard.

Thank you. Thank you all for your service. May God bless America and continue to keep her safe. [end]


13 posted on 09/12/2012 2:30:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Happy Rain
The statement of appeasement to the Egyption Islamonazis reads like it was personally written by Obama.....

It certainly rang true to Obama foreign policy to date, and no doubt exactly what they'd been told to say. The embassy knew the "protest" was coming - sending most all of the staff home in advance. It wasn't like this was sprung on them.

14 posted on 09/12/2012 2:33:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: expat1000
OOOOohhhh.. That was GOOD!

Dittos!

15 posted on 09/12/2012 2:34:13 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states (or is it 58?) must stand together and defeat O'bozo!.....")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Nobody in government ever gets fired.

In any case this is typical within the foriegn service. They spend all their time in other countries, listening to complaints about the US, and natrually they become apologetic. It’s human nature. In effect they become advocates for those countries to our government, rather than advocates for the USA in that country. It’s even worse regarding Israel, since there are 57 ambassadors to the Jew haters, and only one ambassador to Isreal. That’s why the State Department constantly works against our national interests, and for our enemies. There shouldn’t be career diplomats, they should be rotated in an out of other departments, IMHO.


16 posted on 09/12/2012 2:35:46 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

In a statement Tuesday night, Romney said he was outraged by the attacks
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A couple of months ago Willard was equally “outraged” and “offended by Congressman Todd Akin...

When is Willard going to “slam” the Embassy attacks ???


17 posted on 09/12/2012 2:36:59 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Hugin

A lot of truth in your comment.

Bump!


18 posted on 09/12/2012 2:44:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Our Embassies are, by long standing international treaty law, American real estate. So purposely taking no action on reliable intelligence to vigorously defend OUR TURF from foreign attack is capital treachery or at the least felonious dereliction under federal law...

...one more count for Issa to prosecute Obama with in his impeachment trial should Mitt Romney meet all expectations and blow it.

19 posted on 09/12/2012 2:45:27 AM PDT by Happy Rain (Mitt four then Sarah eight.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
To: Tennessee Nana Romney Slams the Obama Administration’s Response to Embassy Attacks ___________________________________________

But Romney has yet to slam the Embassy attacks

Barack, Barry, Hussein, Soetoro, Obama thanks you.

Joe "Plugs" Biden thanks you.

The DNC thanks you.

The Moonbats at Dummy Underround and DailyKossakKids are thrilled.

And all other Obamabot Lemmings and RATS in general are eternally grateful for those like you who are continually attempting to undermine those of us who will do anything to deny the fascist, commie, Hate-America, DIKTATOR another term, even if that means holding our nose and voting for he who was not our favorite and who we don't support.

But hey, if you and the few other Freepers here who hate Mitt and Mormons with a passion are going to act like a DhimmiCrats, why let little things like "facts" get in the way, right?

SEE: Romney condemns attacks

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/11/romney-condemns-attacks-says-obama-goofed-response/

Mitt Romney late Tuesday condemned reported attacks on two U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East and said President Obama bungled the American response by trying “to sympathize” with the attackers.

“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,” Mr. Romney said in a statement from his campaign. “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.”

Of course the Washington Times could be mistaken and you might be right in accusing Mitt of NOT condemning the attacks, but for now, I'll stick with the Times.

20 posted on 09/12/2012 2:50:59 AM PDT by neveralib
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To: Happy Rain; Tennessee Nana

Contact information to complain (you seem so inclined)

http://egypt.usembassy.gov/contact.html

Embassy of the United States - Cairo, Egypt

Press Release

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement

September 11, 2012

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. 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.

http://egypt.usembassy.gov/pr091112.html


21 posted on 09/12/2012 2:51:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Have you guys noticed a pattern here?

Its never Obama's fault...

I've checked and every time its someone else's fault.

This guy is freaking amazing...

Someday when I grow up I wanna be as good as he is.

22 posted on 09/12/2012 2:55:06 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s now being reported that the US Ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff were killed in a rocket attack in Benghazi.


23 posted on 09/12/2012 2:56:23 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: Stonewall Jackson

>>It’s now being reported that the US Ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff were killed in a rocket attack in Benghazi.

Yes, it is hitting the wire services now. Initial reports are from smoke inhalation. Like 1,000s of others in an Islamic terrorist attack 11 years ago...


24 posted on 09/12/2012 3:06:38 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Stonewall Jackson; All
It’s now being reported that the US Ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff were killed in a rocket attack in Benghazi.

U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in attack: Libya official "The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on Tuesday night that targeted his car in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a Libyan official said on Wednesday.

"The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them," the official in Benghazi told Reuters. Asked about the deaths, a U.S. Embassy employee in Tripoli said: "We have no information regarding this." The employee said the embassy could confirm the death of one person.

The Libyan official said the U.S. ambassador had been on his way to a safer venue after protesters attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and opened fire, killing a staff member, in protest at a U.S. film that they deemed blasphemous to the Prophet Mohammad."....................

25 posted on 09/12/2012 3:07:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Where the heck were the Marine Security Forces? Should have slaughtered every SOB coming over the wall. This was an invasion of US Territory and should have been answered with force. That’s the only thing the muslims understand.


26 posted on 09/12/2012 3:23:37 AM PDT by Train Collector (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: Hugin

“.....rather than advocates for the USA”

About describes what goes on with our career politicians in DC...they quickly forget the terms of their service to these United States...and quickly set about fastening the chains to the monster in the beltway


27 posted on 09/12/2012 3:27:08 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
What???

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.

28 posted on 09/12/2012 3:37:28 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Tennessee Nana
But Romney has yet to slam the Embassy attacks

If you can't even read what is written without lying, what good are your observations.

29 posted on 09/12/2012 4:10:02 AM PDT by Starstruck (It's all Obama's fault)
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To: Tennessee Nana

You not only at a dolt but a blind, hateful dolt. It’s right there in black and white that Romney condemned THE ATTACKS.


30 posted on 09/12/2012 4:23:12 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

As usual, they want a do-over. Exactly who does the State Department speak for? And why isn’t Obama ever in the Oval Office doing his job?


31 posted on 09/12/2012 4:26:52 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

perm-a-link:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/316593/romney-slams-obama-administrations-response-embassy-attacks-charles-c-w-cooke


32 posted on 09/12/2012 4:45:50 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is neo-lysenkoism.)
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To: jersey117
....And why isn’t Obama ever in the Oval Office doing his job?

He's doing his job. He's working to get another four years to transform America to cowering before the Middle East.

33 posted on 09/12/2012 4:47:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Thank you!


34 posted on 09/12/2012 4:51:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Tennessee Nana

Hey Obama troll

Romney attacked Obama today

Go back to
Your leaders in Chicago and rework the troll lines !

Your pathetically obvious !


35 posted on 09/12/2012 5:22:20 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: LS

That poster is an Obama troll .
It’s about this trolls get pointed out !
These creatures are working the divide and conquer scam for the DNC.


36 posted on 09/12/2012 5:24:20 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Take your meds Granny. “Willard” has already harshly condemned the attacks and Obama’s limp response to them.


37 posted on 09/12/2012 5:27:23 AM PDT by hcmama
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To: Train Collector

During my time with the Marine Security Guard (MSG) (decades ago) protecting the building is secondary to securing US classified information inside it and protecting Americans and local employees of the diplomatic facility. I’m pretty sure this has not changed. MSG detachments are normally pretty small in size (less than 10 Marines on average), so the notion of a prolonged battle with hundreds of determined and/or armed demonstrators with no outside local assistance is just not in the cards. The host country is responsible for the external security of the compound and for repairs to it if damaged by its citizens. However, kill host country citizens over mere property damage/destruction and all deals are off.

In high tension situations, the MSG can be directed to wear civilian clothing so as not to unnecessarily inflame local sensitivities. They are still armed and empowered to act as directed by the senior diplomat, just not in uniform. They are probably the two “security personnel” killed along with the ambassador (assuming they were, in fact, MSG). If the normal pattern for escorting ambassadors holds, the NCOIC of the MSG detachment is probably one of the dead. Looks like they were trying to move to a safer area when killed (along with a fourth person who is identified in some reports as a local consulate staff member). Waited too long to get out.

If I understood the State Department’s attitude properly, the building burning down, while unfortunate, is, relatively speaking, a better event than it being captured and all the classified information inside falling into the hands of the radicals (like it did in Teheran in 1978). State will take the killing of the ambassador pretty hard both at a diplomatic and personal level. They will view the Marine’s deaths less so. After all, getting killed in the line of duty is an occupational hazard for Marines, even those in the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (formerly Marine Security Guard Battalion). The Marines, of course, will never forget.

Whether or not this gutless, appeasing administration will make their deaths mean something...is well, unlikely.


38 posted on 09/12/2012 5:48:47 AM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined Effort is the hammer that Human Will uses to forge Tomorrow on the anvil of Today.)
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