Skip to comments.Romney Offends the Pundits
Posted on 09/13/2012 8:21:30 AM PDT by Qbert
Tuesday's assaults on the U.S. Embassies in Benghazi and Cairo have injected foreign policy into the Presidential campaign, but suddenly the parsons of the press corps are offended by the debate. They're upset that Mitt Romney had the gall to criticize the State Department for a statement that the White House itself disavowed.
We're referring to the statement issued Tuesday under the headline "U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement." The statement came in response to Muslim protests against a 13-minute anti-Islamic video making the rounds on YouTube.
In response to anger in Egypt at the video, the Embassy in Cairo issued its statement saying that "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslimsas we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."
One problem is that the statement came not long before Egyptian protestors stormed the Embassy and some of them made it over a wall and into the compound. An Embassy Twitter post after the assault said its earlier statement "still stands."
Mr. Romney reacted late Tuesday with his own statement: "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."..[Snip]
The Obama Presidential campaign jumped on the remarks Wednesday as inappropriate, yet a "senior Administration official" had told the website Politico later on Tuesday night that "The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government." So the White House can walk away from its own diplomats, but Mr. Romney can't criticize them?
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The pundits offend the American people. It’s time to put them in their place too!
It’s pretty clear the media will do ANYTHING to keep their master in power. They don’t even pretend any more.
On a level playing field, Romney would be mopping the floor with 0bama now (is that racist?). But he’s got a tough fight against the media.
Having said that, as far as I am aware, Romney is about the only politician making any sense on this. It seems to me that he has handled this well.
Many American citizens have just got to be upset and disgusted by this terrorist attack on 9/11. Almost no one is speaking out for us. Romney has stepped up and is doing what any American politician should do. Good for Romney!
I hope he goes all-in and sticks to his guns and absolutely refuses to "walk back" anything. This is no time to be weak, to vacillate, to apologize. We should call them barbarians and curse them for their abhorrent actions.
There is a really bad old B movie called “Rackets USA” where Ward Bond says the following.....
“Lemme plug ‘em, boss. I just love to rub out reporters.”
For the mobs of "journalists" attacking Romney, it was not about a fabricated campaign protocol, but about support for Obama's cause.
The rioting Muslims chanted "We are all Osama!" If the "journalists" were as honest as they should have chanted "We are all Obama!"
Annoy the Media - Vote R&R
If Romney keeps the pedal to the floor calling out Obama he's in, but if he starts walking this back he could be finished.
You know, you are so right. I was thinking back about how bad Nightline and TEd Koppel undeniably hurt Carter so bad.
I’ll bet after Reagan won, Koppel was thinking, “oh, crap...I didn’t intend this...”
Romney must be on right track
An American Ambassador and three other Americans are dead. The American Ambassador represented all of us. I take his murder personally. We all should. These deaths are directly attributable to Hillary Clinton’s incompetence. Incompetence that results in death should never be ignored and tolerated. Incompetence that results in death must be corrected and the only way to correct this is to fire Hillary Clinton. This was gross negligence on her part. The only action significant enough to preclude this level of incompetence in the future is to fire her. Four Americans lost their lives.....she should lose her job.
Media - Talking heads - Halitosis - Agenda driven
Islam up in arms over some movie is just the excuse of the day!
Muslims hate everyone who is not muslim and even hate other muslim tribes (notice I did not use the word sect?).
But, but, but................Peggy Noonan it made Romney look weak making his statements. HUH? I can’t believe this fool once worked for Uncle Ronnie. If anything, it sounded like to me that Mittens was right on the money with this and made uncle obie look like the blithering idiot that he is. Uh, I mean the smartest man in the universe. Yeah, that’s it. NOT! And the egypt embassy apologizes for someone hurting the muslims feelings. WHAT! This gets more and more bizarre with every passing minute.
P.S. Sending 50 Marines in sounds kind of unfair to the libyans to me. Ooh Rah!!!!
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
The argument the Dems are using is that this statement was made before the attack in Libya by Cairo embassy officials who were surrounded by a mob and terrified for their lives, not as a response to the attack in Libya which hadnt happened yet.
And they are saying that condemning the statement publicly immediately as suggested would have put the Cairo embassy in danger of ending up like the Libyan embassy did officials dead, not supporting them. (the complication is that there are two embassy's)
Also, A former military official on FNC said the media should ask Obama if those two dozen marines he is sending to the embassy after the attack have authorization to use deadly force if attacked.
"Many American citizens have just got to be upset and disgusted by this terrorist attack on 9/11. Almost no one is speaking out for us. Romney has stepped up and is doing what any American politician should do. Good for Romney!"
Yep. This was firm, solid leadership by Romney. And if we don't stand behind him in saying what's right, who will?
I don’t wholly accept the premise that these attacks are a reaction to the mu-haha-mud movie. Obviously, the 9/11 timing cannot be coincidental.
Security of our Embassies’ sovereign ground, or the lack thereof, is the responsibility of the Executive Branch. This death and destruction is on Barry’s hands: weakness in policy, weakness in the executuon of security, weakness in response.
It’s hell to have an ametuer empty suit presiding over a very tenuous free world! Especially when freedom and liberty are not his focus, social justice is. Marx and Lennin are laughing from the gates of hell.
It can and very well could get worse.
"Romney must be on right track"
Yep. The pro-Obama media operatives know how damaging this event was to Obama, and they are only lashing out at Romney to try and change the subject. The louder they yelp, the more you know you've hit the mark...
Shouldn't that be Puntist!
The pundits are all going to vote for Obama anyway
Who gives a rats patoot what they say, Only idiots listen to them.
"The pundits are all going to vote for Obama anyway Fudge em."
I think we should start identifying them by what they really are- instead of calling them "pundits" or "journalists", etc., we should simply call them "Democrats". ("Democrat Chuck Todd said today that he doesn't agree with Romney's statements, and Scott Pelley (D-CBS) agreed with him; Democrat Brian Williams went ever further saying...", etc.).
I found these quotes :
In that same National Review op-ed in April Romney said he agrees with former Ambassador John Boltons assessment that Obama set himself up for massive strategic failure by calling for Gadhafis removal. And in July, Romney was equally dubious about bringing down Gadhafi, saying whos going to own Libya if we get rid of the government there?
When opposition forces killed the Libyan dictator in October, Romney praised the rebels for taking out one of the worst actors on the world stage, responsible for terror around the world.
The world is a better place with Gadhafi gone, Romney told reporters at a campaign event in Iowa shortly after Gadhafi was killed. I think its about time.
Mitt Romneys Evolving Position On Libya
You see? He kind of warned about this happening but then later got on the other side praising the overthrow and the rebels wanting to be on the 'winning' side. Kind of like Italy in WWI and WWII.
They sure do and last time they won.
See where that got us?
What Would You Do?
How is this for politics. If you commit a blunder and a tragedy ensues and your opponent calls you on it... what should you do?
1. Deflect - Trash your opponent for speaking out of turn? (making up that rule on the fly)
2. Distract - Have your media minions trash your opponent and downplay the tragic events.
3. Demagogue - Wag your finger at your opponent and say he doesn’t know what he is talking about and to let you do your job. Especially when he is right and you have no clue.
ANSWER: All 3 of them
What happened when Toto sauntered over to the curtain
and exposed the Great Oz for what he really was?
Then what those pundits are saying does matter.
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