What The Hell Is Romney Thinking? And Anti-Islam Nuts?

The death of the American Ambassador in Libya, along with several other Embassy staffers, is horrible. Whether the attack on the embassy was a pre-planned attack, or a spontaneous attack by a mob, does nothing to lessen the wrongness of the violence.

There are a couple things that are wrong about this. The moron who made the Anti-Islam film, for example. Why does he feel the need to make such a film? The excuse usually given is that Islam is an enemy of America. I just do not buy that. Religious-motivated violence has been done probably since the first religion was invented. Remember the Crusades? Our misguided ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan are both prime examples of us sticking our noses where we were neither needed or wanted. I have written before about the “pastor” in Florida, who was apparently promoting the film by showing parts of it in his “church”. C’mon, folks, practice your religion, and quit throwing stones as others until you get yourself a little more perfect. How about starting by losing your hatred?

Now for Romney. He issued a statement, and “doubled down” on it this morning:

Im outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. Its disgraceful that the Obama Administrations first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.

I’m glad he is outraged; he should be. I am also. But starting with the “It’s disgraceful…” part. This is a statement from the American Embassy in Egypt, that was issued the about six hours before the attack in Libya:

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.

The Republican nominee for president uses this statement to claim that the current President of the United sympathizes with the murderers of American consular workers. How despicable can he get? No person with a brain and a modicum of reason could possibly interpret the statement from the Ameican Embassy in Egypt as sympathy with the attackers in Libya?

I know, I know, Romney has pretty much no positions on topics except “Obama sucks”. And I’m sure that when he heard about the attacks and the death of the Americans, he immediately thought “hot damn, another attack on the President!”. Why else did he not come out with just a condemnation of the attacks and the killing of our people, and not try to blame it on the President?

Are conservatives such sheep they accept these statements just because they hate Obama so much?

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9 Responses to “What The Hell Is Romney Thinking? And Anti-Islam Nuts?”

  1. Tom Says:

    He was simply pointing out that, once again, the current administration (through poor wording this time, IMHO) appeared to be apologizing for American values, in this case, freedom of speech. And Obama is responsible for the actions of his administration, even if he can’t control them, same as any previous or future president, regardless of party.

    While I happen to agree with you re: the idiot in Florida, he was exercising his rights, as you (and I) are. I would have been much more comfortable if the statement from the embassy in Egypt had phrased it something more like “the views expressed by the idiot in Florida do not reflect the general views of the American people, but the idiot is well within his rights under American law. Get over it already.”

    Under our laws, no one, especially the someone in the government, has the right to force silence on minority opinions. If someone is offended, they have that right, and I will defend it without question, but I won’t silence it and I won’t coddle those who would silence it.

    Besides, most Muslims (I know quite a few) are no more offended by idiots like the one in Florida than are Mormons offended by the Book of Mormon musical (and that’s not very many).

  2. Raegan Says:

    I’m not seeing any apology in that note either.

    As if I needed any more reasons not to vote for Romney….

  3. Bill Hensley Says:

    Tom, wrong is wrong. Romney was wrong. When he doubled down, it turned into a lie. There was NO apology. Romney has been making the “apology tour” claim a long time, it’s been debunked repeatedly, and a guy of your intelligence should know better.

  4. Tom Says:

    As I said, poor wording on the administration’s part, but, in any case, it is not the place of government officials to “condemn” publicly any example of free speech. This pattern has been typical of the last several administrations, not just this one.

    Unlike most, I have viewed the “offensive” video and, along with the Muslims I’ve talked to, find nothing “offensive” in it. It is, in fact, technically accurate. It’s also patterned after (in style and the ridiculous moving text) a pro-Islam video also on YouTube.

  5. Bill Hensley Says:

    Sorry, it is not “poor wording on the administrations part” that is the issue here. The text of the message, which was issued hours before the attack on the embassy, is not relevant to the fact that Romney (at best) mis-spoke, and then compounded to an outright lie. He is not honorable.

  6. Tom Says:

    The administration statement in question was issued after the attack on the embassy in Egypt and be for the attack on the consulate in Bengazi. It makes a very clear clear statement condemning a use of free speech. That is an overstep on the administration’s part by any measure (other than he administration’s). Had this been a Republicrats administration condemning a similar use of free speech that supported a ban on gay marriage, liberals wouldne equally outraged, and rightly so.

    Free speech is either an absolute or it is not. Our government was instituted to protect our rights, not to condemn them.

  7. john d zartezki (@audaxminor) Says:

    What Romney says makes no sense and is incomprehensible. However, when you understand what a psychopath is everything fits into place and is easy to understand. To the ancients, earthquakes could not be understood. Now, they can.

  8. Bill Hensley Says:

    Well, Tom, the criticism you and Romney raised is not valid to me. The Bush Administration did the same thing in response to the offensive cartoons published in the Netherlands, and it was a perfectly valid call, just as in this case. If it’s wrong for Obama, then where was/is the criticism of Bush?

    Your comment about the timeline appears to be incorrect. According to WaPo and several other siites, the statement in question was issued at 1217 Cairo time, crowds started forming around 1615, and the attack in Libya was at 2200. That has been published for several days now.

    And you should also know that this is not just some attempt to criticize freedom of speech. No one tried to stop the movie in any way. But the fact is, in this case, one freedom was used in a very poor expression to attack another religion, which is also a protected right, in the same Admendment.

    This is only a big deal for conservatives because they do not have much in the way of anything else to campaign on. Romney is not providing specifics, in my opinion because he knows they will not be looked up kindly by the electorate. The “we hate Obama” argument I think is not sufficient to get him elected, so he has to take things that are not relevant, and try to turn them to mud to try and stick to the President.

  9. Bill Hensley Says:

    John, I don’t know that Romney is a psychopath. I do believe that he lives in a world that is so far removed from mine that there is no way he could understand it. His entire life revolves around making money, at the expense of anything or anyone else. I even think that the entire concept of venture capital is suspect, and certainly that the idea that just making profit isn’t enough, it has to be maximum profit, even if it means putting thousands out of work. The people who believe that way do not support the true America, I think.

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