|"If I'm elected I would have sent in the army and started wars with Libya and Egpyt... and our No.1 geopolitical foe, Russia."|
For a little bit of background, protesters in the two African countries were upset about an American film that ridicules the prophet Mohammed. The staff of the Cairo embassy released a statement criticizing the filmmaker and the "continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."
The administration disavowed the unofficial release and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an official response.
"Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet," Clinton said in a statement released by the State Department. "The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind. "
The Libyan government also condemned the attack and an Egyptian official not authorized to speak stated that the protests were initially allowed because they started peacefully but when the crowd got unruly more troops were called.
"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," Romney said in the statement, violating his negative attack ban promise on September 11th. "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."
Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt also commented on the statement from the Romney campaign. “We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” LaBolt said in a statement.
Mitt Romney's comments are grossly irresponsible. His comments, meant to appeal to the anti-Islamic base of the Republican party (you know, those people who believe Obama bows to everyone including the Mayor of Tampa, Florida) but they only place the staff of the consulate and embassy in greater danger.
Just consider Romney's comments regarding Russia and how they have damaged American foreign relations abroad. Earlier this week Russian president Vladimir Putin stated that Romney's primary comments about Russia has only bolstered their opposition to America. In a throwback to the Cold War, Romney called Russia America's "No. 1 geopolitical foe."