“But we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people orgovernment of Libya,”
I don’t think that the “small and savage group” Secretary of State Clinton was referring to was Mitt Romney and his band of Neoconservative advisors.
But still, there was Mitt, just a day after September 11 he was attacking the president for the death of an American ambassador by a “savage group” of religious extremists on foreign soil. I think that rather than trying to comprehend the true nature of the act that killed the Ambassador to Libya, the professional campaigner in chief thought that he saw a political opening and jumped right into it. But Mitt would be wise to follow an old trial lawyer adage of never going into something unless he knows what’s on the other side.
“Then all hell broke loose and four Americans were murdered in Benghazi. (AFTER the initial American Embassy statement)
But by 10 p.m. Boston time, before the last beacon of light dimmed at Ground Zero, before Taps had finished echoing through Lower Manhattan, before the last grieving family member had gone to bed on a politics- and politician-free
9/11 commemoration, Romney headquarters issued an embargoed statement to the media on the barbaric attacks.
The campaign okayed its release at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 12.”
“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. “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.” [Source]
Oh my! I wonder how the family of John Christopher Stevens feels. Did Mr. Romney even offer his condolences to the Ambassador and others who were killed? Outrage was the mood of the day; not sorrow or empathy. No wonder Mitt had Clint Eastwood do his empty chair act at his convention. I guess he is trying to channel his inner tough guy.
Anyway, rather than back down from his disgraceful and inglorious statements, Mitt has doubled down on his actions from earlier in the day.
“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.” [Source]
Yes Mitt, way to go; attack the president and his Ambassadors.
Still, it would have been nice if you waited until after we buried them.
Wayne Bennett is an attorney in Philadelphia and the publisher and writer of the blog Field Negro.