Obama’s first instinct is to sympathies with the attackers. Denish D’Sousa is right…. Go see the film … “Obama 2016”. We have elected the third world man and it’s his job to show America what it’s like to be the receiving end of end of America’s WRATH. Obama reverses the roles and pretends, like Jimmy Carter did we can’t do anything … and so the fecklessness of Obama is justified.
And the criticism of Romney… Romney needs to step it up a notch. Like Reagan did with Carter.
America is now Obama’s weak horse …. Have our Embassy guards even got real ammo anymore…
(CBS News — Updated: 12:20 p.m. ET)
In a press conference Wednesday addressing the recent violence in Egypt and Libya, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doubled down on his criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks, calling its response a “terrible course” that signaled the administration is standing “in apology for our values.”
The Romney campaign put out a statement late last night — on September 11 — criticizing the president in connection with the violence. After he released the statement, it became known that four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, were killed after an angry mob at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in response to the production of an amateur anti-Islam film.
Speaking at a brief media availability Wednesday morning, the candidate defended his criticism, particularly targeting the White House over a statement from the Egyptian embassy that condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
“I also believe the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt, instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values.”
Romney acknowledged that “the White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn’t cleared by Washington.” But even though he said he had the “exact same reaction” as the White House in doing so, he argued that because the statement was released the administration is sending “mixed signals” to the world.
“The White House also issued a statement saying it tried to distance itself from those comments and said they were not reflective of their views. I had the exact same reaction. These views were inappropriate. They were the wrong course to take when our embassy has been breached by protesters,” he said.
When asked what the White House did wrong, he argued, “it’s their administration.”
“Their administration spoke. The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth, but also from the words that come from his ambassadors from his administration, from his embassies, from his State Department,” he said. “They clearly sent mixed messages to the world and the statement that came from the administration and the embassy is the administration. The statement that came from the administration was — was a statement which is akin to apology and I think was a — a severe miscalculation.”
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have strongly condemned the attacks in separate appearances Wednesday, and Mr. Obama pledged that the United States is working with the Libyan government to bring to justice the attackers.
“We will not waver in commitment to see that justice will be done,” Mr. Obama said from the White House Rose Garden. “Make no mistake, justice will be done.”
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt, meanwhile, said Tuesday night he was “shocked” that the Republican nominee would use the occasion for a political attack.
“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,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.
Republicans were seemingly slow to take up Romney’s line of attack in light of the tragedy: Aside from RNC Chair Reince Priebus, who called the Obama administration “sad and pathetic” in a Tweet, there was little mention of the president in a flurry of Republican statements released Wednesday morning.
Democrats, meanwhile, seized on Romney’s remarks as “reckless” and evidence that he lacks a comprehensive understanding of foreign affairs.
“Governor Romney’s comments are about as inappropriate as anything I’ve ever seen at this kind of a moment,” said Democratic Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “They are flat wrong. They demonstrate an insensitivity and lack of judgment about what is happening right now. To make those make those kind of statements before you even know the facts, before families have been notified, before things have played out, is really not just inexperienced, it’s irresponsible, it’s callous, it’s reckless and I think he ought to apologize and I don’t think he knows what he is talking about, frankly. It’s that simple.”
Darrell West, the vice president of Governance Studies at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, told CBSNews.com he was surprised to see the Romney campaign double down on the attacks this morning.
“I saw the statement he put out last night and I thought it was maybe a low-level press person who put this out and today they would correct the damage,” he said. “Instead they’re digging the hole deeper. I mean you can’t really play partisan politics in U.S. foreign policy.”
From a political standpoint, however, some say Romney could stand to benefit from his remarks — especially if he’s able to successfully make the case to voters that the Obama administration’s response is reflective of broader policy weaknesses.
“If this sheds light on the American voters or the American people on the choice between these two [presidential candidates] in terms of how they would handle foreign policy or how they would handle Americans abroad, then the country’s going to be better off for it,” said Republican strategist Trey Hardin.
Hardin called the notion that Romney was exploiting the situation for political gain “out of line” and said the comments were “absolutely appropriate.”
“From a protocol standpoint, he is a major voice in this country. We have a two-party system and he is the leader of that party right now,” Hardin said. “He is potentially going to be the president of the United States, so when the current president chooses to go radio silence on a major event like this, or chooses to take the path of apologizing, it’s absolutely appropriate.”