As most people know by now, the US embassy in Cairo was subjected to a spontaneous act by a Crowd pulling down the American Flag and replacing it with a Muslim Flag. That “attack” was provoked by a movie produced by an Israeli, living in the US, that defamed the Prophet Mohammed. It was reportedly encouraged by the Koran-Burning, Evangelical Pastor, Terry Jones, in Gainesville, Fla. (I put quotation marks around “attack” to differentiate it from the subsequent Violent Commando-Style Attack on the US Embassy, in Benghazi, Libya.)
The attack in Libya, which resulted in the Death of the US Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other Diplomats, was thought to be a Planned Military Operation. Currently, there is some confusion about the Time-Frame separating the two Statements from The White House–Aoologizing for defaming the Prophet Mohammed, and the other Condemning the Unprovoked Assassinations. of course, that doesn’t stop the Romney/Ryan Campaign from creating a Political Event where, in more normal conditions, the Entire Country would join together, with the President–to Mourn the Loss of Lives and Give Support to the Families, Friends and Colleagues of the Victims.
Yesterday, as the Government Remembered the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001, Mitt Romney chose to get into the act; perhaps, to “Look Presidential”. After saying that Yesterday was not a Day for Politics, he immediately proceeded to attack President Barack Obama–as he addressed a Convention of National Guard Officers. Personally, at least to me, he showed that he has no grasp of Foreign Affairs. He merely looked like the Wall Streeter that he is–smooth, guarded and a know-it-all.
This morning, Mitt Romney spoke about the events in Cairo and Benghazi–throwing them both together. But, they basically are different situations. President Obama’s Apology to Muslims, for the offensive film, was addressed to the many Muslims Worldwide who are peaceful, but offended–and many in the US, as well. We certainly do not need to create any more recruits for Al Qaida!
The second situation, the attack in Benghazi, should be addressed differently–condemning the Unprovoked Attack, Murders and Devastation. Ambassador Stevens was well-respected in the Middle East, ever since his Peace Corp Days, in Morocco. President Obama appointed him the Special Envoy to the Insurgents who were trying to overthrow Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Libyans fought-off the attack, along with US Marines, and even took the four bodies to a Hospital. Perhaps this Attack might have been pulled-off by an Al Qaida.
Once again, I believe that any Candidate should defer to the President who has more more information and capable advisors available to him. As I recently Blogged, only one person can make that Ultimate Decision and Take the Responsibility for it–The President. But, perhaps Mr. Romney feels that he is being Left in the Dust. A Wise Sage once said, that when it looks like you don’t know what you are doing, why open your mouth and remove all doubt?
To read Mitt Romney’s Statement, regarding the two events in the Middle East yesterday, you can read it on the official Blog, http://www.mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2012/09/statement-developments-libya-and-egypt-1. I particularly take exception to his assertion that President Obama’s Statement apologized “…to sympathize with those who waged the attacks”. The Candidate’s Comment is totally asinine and Off-Base. I believe that Mitt Romney is attempting to Look Presidential; but, his nonsensical comments just make him look less, and less, so.
Would you trust Romney to negotiate with China or Russia? Candidate Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team is linked as follows: http://www.mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/10/mitt-romney-announces-foreign-policy-and-national-security-advisory-team. If you scroll-down to their former experience, many were part of the George W. Bush Administration. Remember them–and the Two Unnecessary Wars that the Neo-Cons took us to?