Mitt Romney on killing of US ambassador in Libya

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  • HBguy

    My impression: Romney trying to look presidential. He spends the first three minutes stumbling and rambling and using incorrect verbiage.

    Then he spends the next 6 minutes defending his extremely inappropriate decision to criticize the American government in the middle of a foreign policy crisis that is at that time costing American lives. He defends himself here by repeating untruths about the timing and content and meaning of the Cairo statement. It “appears” to be an apology. Not to me. Read it yourself though.

    So, first three minutes = not ready for prime time

    last 6 minutes= not ready for prime time and DB

  • Judahlevi

    This is a great interview by Romney. The idea that Obama and his crew would criticize free speech before criticizing these hooligans is crazy.

    The press tried to box him in, but he held his ground. It was the right comment to make at the right time. Someone has to have the courage to stand up for our principles.
    No one in any other country has the right to tell a film producer in the US what they can or cannot say. No one. If you can make movies denigrating Christianity or Judaism, you can make movies criticizing Islam.

  • valley person

    He is willing to get people killed to get himself elected. He should be reminded that we have thousands of troops and diplomats serving in a very volatile part of the world where it doesn’t take much to set people off on killing sprees. There is a time to make a point and a time to shut your pie hole. Romney does not seem to know the difference.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    In the context of the overall mid east situation what this is rapidly starting to look like is Obama is off doing who knows what and Mitt Romney is stepping in as president.

    Obama is too busy to meet with Netanyahu because he is too busy having play time with Letterman and The Pimp with the Limp. He simply isn’t paying attention. At some point somebody has to step in and be president here. Mitt Romney seems to fit the bill a hell of a lot more than Obama.

    When you have the Obama administration as its first response to be to apologize to these people that is ridiculous. The idea that Romney jumped the gun or shouldn’t criticize the president on this sort of foreign policy disaster is nonsense. During the 2008 campaign Obama called Afghanistan “the war we must win” and said Bush spent too much time on Iraq to the detriment of the Afghan war. He did that while both wars were ongoing. The rest is history, Obama got elected, promptly took his eye off the ball in Afghanistan and promptly went on to lose the war and get the body count to soar in the process. So let’s get real, it is idiotic to say Romney has no place to criticize Obama here, or that such criticisms are unprecedented.

    If Obama wants to be president, thats great, let him give it a whirl. If he wants to go have play dates with his friends, that’s fine too. Someone else will step in and do the job for him. That man is Romney, or really anyone who cares to do so. At this stage of the game no one is going to argue Obama has done a very good job in the middle east.

    • 3H


      When you have the Obama administration as its first response to be to apologize to these people that is ridiculous”.

      You mean the apology that came out of the embassy in Cairo over the film, Innocence of Muslims?

      • Rupert in Springfield

        Bingo.

        • 3H

          You mean the posting on the United States Embassy in Cairo’s website that was posted before the attacks in Libya? The post that the State Department has asked the embassy to not post? That one?

          • 3H

            “had” asked.

          • Rupert in Springfield

            Since you apparently are asking me to fill you in, here is relevant timeline.

            There is a trailer for the dopey “The Real Life of Mohamed” movie circulating around for a few months prior to the riots. It’s ridiculous and I think I was shooting better stuff in my pajamas with a 8mm when I was 10.

            On Sept 10th Rev. Terry Jones You Tubes that he is going to play this dopey trailer on 9/11

            On Sept. 11th AM The US Embasy goes on the apology tour tweeting condemnations about hurting the sensibilities of Muslims.

            On Sept 11th PM Demonstrators form outside the US embassy.

            Got it now? The apology routine has not in the past, does not now, and will not in the future deter people who are dead set on hating you. We apologized, they marched in and I sure hope you at least know the rest of the story.

          • 3H

            Let me remind you of exactly what you said since you have conveniently ignored it.

            You said: “When you have the Obama administration as its first response to be to apologize to these people that is ridiculous.

            I asked if you if it was about the posting on the Embassy’s website in Cairo and you agreed it was. Unless Obama is clairvoyant, he was not apologizing to “these people” for the attack. And given the context of the post, “first response” obviously refers to the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

            Now you post a time-line, no doubt to show how up on the news you are, that has nothing to do with your statement, and how wrong and uninformed it was. I’m going to guess that you weren’t really aware of the actual course of events until now, and you’re trying to cover for your mistake. You’re not even doing a good job of it.

            You’re hoping you’re little trick with smoke and mirrors will work. You’re now deliberately dissembling and lying, and you proving just how intellectually dishonest you are. I won’t say you’re done here, because you’ll continue to post your tripe. You really shouldn’t, however, be taken seriously.

            p.s. I wasn’t asking you to fill me in. Another lie on your part.

            Cheers!

          • Rupert in Springfield

            > Unless Obama is clairvoyant, he was not apologizing to “these people” for the attack.

            Whoever said he was?

            Again, please read the timeline for this before commenting. You are kind of out of the loop on this one. The apology was for the dopey movie, not the riot which came later.

            > And given the context of the post, “first response” obviously refers to the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

            Um, no, that refers to the video clip.

            >p.s. I wasn’t asking you to fill me in. Another lie on your part.

            Clearly you were, you kept asking “you mean”

            Look, clearly you need to familiarize yourself with this situation further. You obviously don’t know the chain of events because somehow you think the state department apology referred to the riot, rather than the video.

            Get it straight, the video came first, followed by the apology, which clearly did no good because they rioted within hours of that apology.

            Got it now – apologizing doesn’t do jack with these people because they rioted in spite of it.

            Good god that was long and drawn out. Wouldn’t it just be easier to inform yourself before responding and asking everyone to fill you in?

          • 3H


            Look, clearly you need to familiarize yourself with this situation further. You obviously don’t know the chain of events because somehow you think the state department apology referred to the riot, rather than the video.

            Are you being deliberately stupid? I’m not saying that at all. YOU DID. You claimed that Obama’s first response was to apologize… obviously his first response to the attack on the consulate. But he wasn’t, and that was my point. YOUR statement that he was is what was wrong.

            Yes it is long and drawn out, and you still don’t understand. Is that intentional?

          • Rupert in Springfield

            > You claimed that Obama’s first response was to apologize…

            Nope – Never said that. Re-read. I said that was the administrations response, not Obamas.

            Ambassadors specifically, and embassies generally, are considered an administrations representative in a country. That’s why I used the term “administration”, not “Obama”.

            So, that’s mistake one on your part.

            > obviously his first response to the attack on the consulate

            Obviously?

            The only thing obvious here is you made a mistake. You assumed I was talking about the attack rather than the video.

            OK – No biggie there, so you asked for explanation, I gave it.

            Yet you are continuing to make the same mistake, Assuming I was talking about hte attack even though I have clearly spelled out to you that I wasn’t, I was talking about the video.

            You have to change the words that I said and make some very absurd assumptions to reach the conclusion you did.

            But that’s what you have to do here, because the alternative is to admit you were wrong, that you made an incorrect assumption and couldn’t drop it even when I explained to you what I was saying.

            I like making you twist and turn that way. It’s fun. And you could avoid it all if you simply said “oh, OK, I thought you were talking about the attack itself, not the video, got it now”

            But you can’t because you are classless.

            And that’s all I was trying to illustrate here.

          • 3H


            Nope – Never said that. Re-read. I said that was the administrations response, not Obamas.

            A distinction without a difference.

  • Seems so

    3H would rather pay attention to the Islamic Brotherhood ranting than give a moment of time listening to Glenn Beck.

    • 3H

      Actually, I would prefer to not listen to the rants from either the Islamic Brotherhood or Glenn Beck. Sorry if that bursts your bubble.

  • ardbeg

    Still not sure what ‘apology’ Romney is talking about. More crap he just makes up. His performance was two minutes of looking presidential- though poorly! The man has no public speaking skill what so ever. Then 7-8 minutes of campaigning. If I was the family of Ambassador Stevens I’d be pissed Romney used his death to campaign on. Gary Johnson, Paul, my dog spot are better options than Romney. I’m growing sicker and sicker of this man by the hour

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