Four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador, have been murdered by radical Islamists. Additional embassy employees have been injured. (No Marines to protect our embassy on the 11th anniversary of 9/11… Huh?) Chaos and violence continues to spread throughout the middle east; angry crowds in Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq, Oman, along with demonstrators in Egypt, continue to fill the streets. The Muslim
Mafiahood Brotherhood is calling for DEATH TO AMERICA and a massive protest after prayers on Friday. Our sovereign property, American embassies, have been breached, our fences covered in graffiti, items stolen, vehicles torched, emblems torn down, and our flags are burning. Along with our Egyptian embassy, U.S. embassies in at least nine other countries are warning of further attacks and urge Americans to curtail activities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Burundi, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia.
In the midst of this mayhem, pandemonium, and visceral display of hatred for America, guess what bothers the mainstream media the most?
He responded to the chaos.
Headlines, commentary, tweets, etc shout “How dare he?!”
Yes, it’s driving them nuts – more than the attacks themselves.
Thanks to new media, we’ve learned a nasty little secret about the traveling press corp following Romney. They coordinated ‘GOTCHA’ questions to demonize Mitt Romney for having the audacity to issue a statement on Obama’s unguarded reaction to these events. Listen to the voices of CBS reporter Jan Crawford and Ari Shapiro from NPR:
CBS REPORTER: Yeah that’s the question. I would just say do you regret your question.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Your question? Your statement?
CBS REPORTER: I mean your statement. Not even the tone, because then he can go off on…
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: And then if he does, if we can just follow up and say ‘but this morning your answer is continuing to sound…’ – *becomes unintelligble*
CBS REPORTER: You can’t say that..
The transcript also noted this exchange, with a man Graham said is not Shapiro:
CBS REPORTER: I’m just trying to make sure that we’re just talking about, no matter who he calls on we’re covered on the one question.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you stand by your statement or regret your statement?
There is more information here.
Here’s just one example of the relentless mainstream media assault on Romney (from Obama-loving CNN): Richard Williamson, Romney’s Senior Foreign Policy Adviser was interviewed by Chris Lemon yesterday (Hat tip to Matt Hadro on Newsbusters; see transcript and more here.):
Headline from the Wall Street Journal yesterday: Romney Offends the Pundits
Tuesday’s assaults on the U.S. Embassies in Benghazi and Cairo have injected foreign policy into the Presidential campaign, but suddenly the parsons of the press corps are offended by the debate. They’re upset that Mitt Romney had the gall to criticize the State Department for a statement that the White House itself disavowed.
We’re referring to the statement issued Tuesday under the headline “U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement.”
Mr. Romney reacted late Tuesday with his own statement: “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. 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.”
The Obama Presidential campaign jumped on the remarks Wednesday as inappropriate, yet a “senior Administration official” had told the website Politico later on Tuesday night that “The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government.” So the White House can walk away from its own diplomats, but Mr. Romney can’t criticize them?
As Tuesday’s events showed, pandering to Islamists who would use the video to inflame anti-American sentiment isn’t going to stop the protests.
His political faux pax was to offend a pundit class that wants to cede the foreign policy debate to Mr. Obama without thinking seriously about the trouble for America that is building in the world.
It’s appalling how the mainstream media is tripping over themselves to condemn Romney – especially BEFORE uttering a word of condemnation for the terrorists. We continue to see a shameful lock-step march to shield our call-the-shots-from-behind President. The way they’ve portrayed Romney’s words as far more important than the actual events is insane!
Yesterday, while speaking to CBS News’ 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, (an institution where Obama walks on water), Obama attempted to minimize Romney for his reaction to the Cairo embassy attack: “Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Tripe! Then, with sickening photos of our battered, fallen ambassador racing across the internet and middle east foreign policy unraveling, Obama skipped out on the daily security briefing (he’s missed half of them since being elected) and sashayed off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.
Crass – just crass.
Here’s a VIDEO timeline of events:
Oh, speaking at a rally yesterday, a detached Obama offered a few stilted back-track words on his created fiasco. He did not take questions.
After Governor Romney spoke yesterday, he did take questions. True to form, in an attempt to embarrass Romney and take the heat off Obama, the MSM asked him six or seven times if he “regretted” his previous statement. They sounded so foolish and small. Romney does not regret standing up for American principles. Romney has no reason to regret his words:
From an op-ed Rich Lowry wrote yesterday for Politico:
No one should get the vapors over Romney’s critique. Matters of war and peace are inherently political and should always be fodder for political campaigns.
Does anyone remember the Vietnam War? I’m sure Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon would have loved a rule that put debating it off limits. Instead, the protesters and politicians who opposed the war have been lionized for four straight decades
If this isn’t the time to talk about this record, when is the right time? For the press …[i]t stops wherever is most convenient for Obama’s reelection campaign.
Author, lawyer, and radio talk show host Mark Levin said yesterday was Romney’s finest hour – called him “Reaganesque“.
FOX News’ Kirsten Powers, a DEMOCRAT political analyst and commentator was baffled today by Team Obama’s slow, poor response and slams on Romney. She said we could not have had a weaker response from the Obama Administration if “we’d sat around and tried to imagine the weakest response.”
Here’s more of what they’re saying about Obama’s FAILURE TO LEAD (9/12/12):
“Conveyed Weakness” … “Lack Of Leadership” … “Totally Unacceptable”
Senator Lindsey Graham: “The American Disengagement, Lack Of Leadership, Leading From Behind Is Leading To Uncertainty And Doubt On All Fronts.” (Fox News’ “Happening Now,” 9/12/12)
Senator Jim DeMint: “Governor Romney Is Absolutely Right…” DEMINT: “Governor Romney is absolutely right, there is no justification for these deadly attacks and we should never apologize for American freedom.” (Sen. Jim DeMint, Statement, 9/12/12)
Senator James Inhofe: “Sadly, America Has Suffered As A Result Of President Obama’s Failure To Lead And His Failed Foreign Policy Of Appeasement And Apology.” (Foreign Policy, 9/12/12)
House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon: “Again And Again Under President Obama We Have Met Threats And Thugs With Apologies And Concessions.” (Rep. Buck McKeon, Statement, 9/12/12)
Representative Dana Rohrabacher: “Today’s White House Response To The Violent Attacks In Libya And Egypt Was Totally Unacceptable, As Was, The Disgraceful Statement Issued By The Embassy In Cairo.” “Today’s White House response to the violent attacks in Libya and Egypt was totally unacceptable, as was, the disgraceful statement issued by the Embassy in Cairo. … The State Department should issue an immediate apology to the American people and fire those officials responsible for the initial statement. The White House and State Department responses go beyond the realm of simple diplomacy.” (Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Statement, 9/12/12)
Representative Randy Forbes: “What Mitt Romney Was Doing Was Recognizing That This Is An Administration Whose Foreign Policy Certainly Is Collapsing In Many Parts Around The World…” “I think what Mitt Romney was doing was recognizing that this is an administration whose foreign policy certainly is collapsing in many parts around the world, whether it’s in Europe where he pulled out our missile defense systems, only to get the Russians to spend more money on military instead of less.” (The Hill, 9/12/12)
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton: “I Agree With Your Characterization Of The Obama Statement. I Thought It Conveyed Weakness.” BOLTON: “I agree with your characterization of the Obama statement. I thought it conveyed weakness again. And I think when you look at the big picture, I am very worried that the failure to make it clear publicly as well as privately that there are consequences when our ambassadors are killed, when our people are put in jeopardy, and other Americans, not just the official Americans, private citizens in the region are in jeopardy as well.” (Fox Business Network’s “Markets Now,” 9/12/12)
Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol: “Romney Is Right To Bring Home The Weakness Of The Obama Administration…” “Romney is right to bring home the weakness of the Obama administration, exemplified in the disgraceful statement issued yesterday, September 11, by the American embassy in Cairo—a statement, I believe, that would have to have been cleared by the State Department.” (Weekly Standard, 9/12/12)
Baltimore Sun Editorial: “Mitt Romney Has A Point In Criticizing Some Of The Obama Administration’s Statements About The Attack.” (Baltimore Sun, 9/12/12)
American Enterprise Institute’s Gary Schmitt: “Leading From Behind Does Have Consequences … Including Instability, Lost Opportunities.” “And Gary Schmitt of AEI observed in an email to me that ‘the administration made much to do about its success in Libya, both removing Qaddafi and not getting our shoes muddy by having a presence in post-tyrant Libya. Well, leading from behind does have consequences…including instability, lost opportunities.’” (The Washington Post, 9/12/12)
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York: “Romney Was, And Is, Right.” (The Washington Examiner, 9/12/12)
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “Today Is Significant Because It Is A Dramatic Demonstration Of A Failed Approach To The World. … Obama Has No Right To Insist He Is Beyond Criticism.” “Today is significant because it is a dramatic demonstration of a failed approach to the world. Weakness invites attacks, disloyalty to allies encourages foes. And Obama has no right to insist he is beyond criticism.” (The Washington Post, 9/12/12)
It boils down to this: Romney has not politicized these events by speaking out, nor by criticizing something Obama himself later criticized. It’s a ruse. The mainstream media, once so vital to investigating and reporting truth to serve and sustain our republic, is a biased, conspiring FARCE. They will do and are doing all within their power to make Obama look good and Romney look bad.
Obama’s apologetic, non-strategy strategy for the middle east is failing before our eyes.
Fellow Americans are willing to center their lives in the cul-de-sacs of middle east chaos to help the cause of freedom. They are now in jeopardy, as are the gains we’ve made there in the last several years. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the heartbroken loved ones of Ambassador Christopher Stephens and others murdered with him.
It’s a crying shame.
America is languishing for want of a LEADER.
I’ve never been so proud to support Mitt Romney.
Note: The slain bodies of Ambassador Chris Stephens and three others, along with wounded from our Libyan embassy, are now at a military hospital in Germany. May they return home safely and may the dead R.I.P.
A good read: Liz Cheney’s Wall Street Journal op-ed
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