Jesus, Joseph and Mary, the crazy train has just jumped the shark (again). Well, the crazier shark. Four American officials are dead, as well as ten Libyans and compassion seems to be lacking, as well as diplomacy.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney appallingly politicized the events, before any clarification as to what actually occurred. (That’s that thing president’s do). Piling in to have Mitt’s back, are a hoard of right wing politicians and Romney surrogates such as Sarah Palin, Todd Akin, Michelle Malkin, et al, including pundits appearing on Fox News.
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To be clear, since clarification appears to be necessary, running with the “Obama is apologizing” bullshit is not credible, to anyone except the far right wing fringe base.
Mitt Romney claims the Obama administration issued an “apology for American values” after U.S. embassies were attacked. Not true. Romney refers to a statement issued before mobs attacked either in Egypt or Libya, and faults U.S. diplomats for failing to condemn actions that hadn’t yet happened.
Furthermore, the word “sorry” or “apologize” doesn’t appear in the statement. Under the headline, “U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement,” the embassy in Cairo said, “Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy.”
Romney has falsely accused Obama of “apologizing for America” many times before. The line has been a dependable applause-getter with conservative audiences. But we found no basis for this claim in Obama’s previous speeches and remarks. And other fact-checkers came to similar conclusions.
Do these people actually expect the President of the most powerful country on Earth, to take Sarah Palin’s advice of “growing a big stick” only to commence swinging wildly into the crowd of protesters? As it turns out — and I really want to call these people mother fuckers but that wouldn’t be journalist-like of me so I digress — their was no spontaneous protest in Libya. This was a staged event.
H/T: @MattOrtega with thanks.