Political posturing is nothing new. Most of us expect someone like Rush Limbaugh to make inflammatory statements such as his belief that Al Qaeda ‘gave up’ Osama bin Laden because they want President Obama to win his re-election bid. But, unlike Mitt Romney, Limbaugh isn’t running for the highest office in the land. A certain amount of thought is required before speaking about matters that are already volatile and of international importance.
Mitt Romney lambasted the Obama administration’s response to the incidents in Libya and Egypt in which an American ambassador and other foreign service officers were killed. In his statement Romney said, “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.” His claim was that President Obama sympathised with those who staged the recent attacks on Americans in Egypt and Libya and, as usual, Romney’s claim was not truthful.
According to FactCheck.org,
“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.”
“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.”
“We looked into the Obama speeches that Romney cited as evidence and concluded that nowhere did we see that the president “apologized” for America. In some speeches, Obama was drawing a distinction between his policies and those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. In other instances, Obama appeared to be employing a bit of diplomacy, criticizing past actions of both the U.S. and the host nation, and calling for the two sides to move forward. Then, as now, Romney’s claim of Obama ‘apologies’ falls flat.”
It was bad enough when Mitt Romney made no mention of the military troops during his acceptance speech for his party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention but his recent statements, in an attempt to both show people his strength and clean up his “Romney Shambles” foreign tour during the 2012 Olympics, is the type that could have lasting consequences. America has been involved in too many wars and is still doing the work to clean up its image as a nation of “war hawks” who don’t believe in diplomacy and reason or the value of the lives of people from other nations.
When Mitt Romney who, despite delusions to the contrary, speaks his mind it is as a private citizen — not, as the President of the United States. However, given that the world is watching and awaiting the results of our presidential election, he should tread lightly. Romney’s style, as President Obama has said, is to “shoot first and aim later” — and while that may be fine for a private citizen, it is not for one whose words can put the reputation of an entire nation — and the lives of its soldiers — at risk.
Grow up, Romney. Why don’t you direct your attention to fixing the Paul Ryan budget that would lay waste to every social support that keeps many of this nation’s citizens from abject poverty? Stop trying to appear to be ‘the man’ when it’s neither your time nor your place. That kind of insecure, attention-seeking behaviour is not becoming of someone who seeks to become Commander in Chief.
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