While a presidential candidate in 2007, our now security briefing-averse President made the case for himself by confidently pronouncing he was uniquely qualified to stabilize America’s relationships in the Muslim world. Why? Because he lived in an Islamic country when growing up and his half-sister is Muslim. (Thanks to Breitbart for the video.)
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Then-Senator Barack Obama’s bragging interview on New Hampshire Public Radio on November 21, 2007 (inked above):
The day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently … If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view … My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspective these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world … then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer.
Tear gas! Molotov cocktails! Rocket propelled grenade launchers! Rocks and concrete chunks! Battering rams! Obama effigies! Bin Laden posters! Blood! Murder! Death to America!In just three days, violence and riots have spread like wildfire to a total of 20 Muslim countries spanning North Africa, through the Middle East, and into Southeast Asia.
Obama’s prognostication was frighteningly ignorant.
FOX News’ Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum report this morning on the spreading violence in Tunis, Tunisia:
With an effigy of Barack Obama in the background, Afghans shout anti-American slogans in the Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 (PHOTO – Rahmat Gul/AP)
Smoke billows overhead as thousands of demonstrators massed outside the U.S. embassy in Tunis, Tunisia and several were seen climbing the outer wall of the embassy grounds, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said. An American school, next to the embassy, was burned to the ground. Sept 14, 2012 (AP Photo: Amine Landoulsi)
An Egyptian protester flashes the victory sign next to a burning police car during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. (PHOTO – Khalil Hamra/AP)
Protesters rage at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. (PHOTO Hani Mohammed:AP)
A branch of Hardee’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken, visible symbols of Americanism, were set on fire in Tripoli, Lebanon during anti-US protests on Friday,Sept 14, 2012. (PHOTO – KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features)
Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burn the U.S. flag during a demonstration against the U.S. in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. They are demanding the closure of the U.S. embassy. (PHOTO – Karim Kadim:AP)
Protesters rip an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo as they hoist a black flag similar to an Al Qaeda banner on Sept. 11, 2012. (PHOTO – Mohammed Abu Zaid/AP)
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?
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?
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.):
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.
Within the last week Obama has claimed that he didn’t know that:
1) God and Pro-Israel language had been taken out of the Democratic Party Platform
2) Prime Minister Netanyahu had requested a meeting with him
3) His Ambassador/Embassy in Egypt had put out an apologetic tweet on Sept 11th which emboldened Muslim terrorists
Are you kidding me?!?!? He’s either a convincing liar or totally asleep at the wheel … #WeCanDoBetter
A fresh-faced optimistic Democratic nominee (and future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize) is swept into office after a surprise win in the lead-off Iowa caucuses …
As this new President takes office, the economic crisis and national recession intensifies …
An iconic American automobile giant, on the verge of bankruptcy, receives a federal bailout and is “saved” …
Energy costs and inflation soar to historic levels …
Middle East relationships become tense and the US Ambassador to an Islamic agitator nation is murdered by Jihadist Muslim terrorists …
The Islamic world isn’t frightened by obvious US military superiority, for they know this President wants to be loved and leave a legacy as a peace-maker …
The Republican Nominee is accused of a “shoot from the hip”/”shoot first; aim later” approach to foreign policy …
Russia is on the rise and emboldened by America’s decreased standing and respect in the world …
Against all reason (but with the help of a complicit media), this incumbent President leads his Republican challenger, a former Governor of a liberal state, in post-convention/pre-debate Gallup polls by close to double digits …
Many strong Republicans are disheartened by their prospects of winning the White House, thereby seeing their great country sink further into decline and disrepute …
The year? The President?
… none other than 1980 and Jimmy Carter my friends (or the present with Obama if you prefer …).
Today America suffered a great loss following a day of sacred remembrance! Most critically, we suffered the tragic loss of life in Libya, and we mourn with those who lost their loved ones, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staff. We offer our condolences and prayers for solace to the family members of those who have suffered this difficult loss. Today America mourns!
Yesterday’s remembrance and today’s tragedy are reminders that we are in the midst of significant turmoil, tumult and commotion in the world. Even so, it is difficult to measure the anger and outrage so many feel when our freedoms and principles are threatened, and lives are lost by radical Islamic thuggery. The disrespect and irrationality of these immoral thugs is difficult to fathom and comprehend, especially when as Americans we value and treasure life and human dignity so significantly. Needless to say, this is a difficult time for the world, and for America. I am grateful for who we are and what we stand for – now if we just had a leader in our President that stood resolute for these same principles.
After waking to the headlines this morning and seeking for some measure and understanding, I reflected back to Condi Rice’s recent speech at the Republican Convention in Tampa. Therein she speaks of leadership and a wanting definition of where America stands. She further speaks of the global turmoil and challenges we have and continue to face, and the critical need for wisdom and leadership on the global stage. She points out that if America doesn’t lead, someone else will. Today we have witnessed the consequences of absent leadership in Washington. The Arab Spring, as noted by Governor Romney is turning into the Arab Winter.
Therefore, I simply ask the question, ‘Where is our President?‘ At a time that demands great leadership in our nation and on the world stage, Mr. Obama is absent! At a time when our outrage and condemnation should be expressed in no uncertain terms, Mr. Obama and the State Department gave utterance to understanding the radical Islamic outrage over derisive comments against Mohammed. Clearly they indicated that such isn’t an excuse, but to give utterance to offense is not leadership, it is capitulation. At a time when our friend and ally in the Middle East, Israel, is under serious threat and their Prime Minister seeks an audience with our President, he is too busy to meet and is unwilling to make it the needed priority it is! And yet, Mr. Obama has time to visit with David Letterman in lieu of the Prime Minister; he has time to campaign in Nevada and Colorado on the very day we have suffered such a great loss in Libya; where are you Mr. President? And, do you really care about what matters? Or, are you too interested in the power, the prestige and the celebrity of the Presidency and your re-election? (more…)
Republican candidates debated each other tonight on the topics of National Security and Foreign Policy. If the chat box starts moving too fast with all the chatting during the debate, feel free to start or respond to a topic at our forum. As soon as the entire debate is available, we will post the video below.
Full debate below followed by a compilation of just Mitt’s answers from the debate!
UPDATE 2 by Jayde – Mitt Romney’s Special Adviser on Foreign Policy and former Reagan Administration official, Ambassador Rich Williamson, and S. Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis issued statements following tonight’s debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina:
“Mitt Romney left tonight’s debate showing that he is the candidate best equipped to secure a more peaceful and prosperous world for the United States and our allies. Mitt Romney deeply understands that the only way to meet the challenges we face abroad is to rest our foreign policy on a strong military, a strong economy, and the strength of our values. For three years, President Obama’s feckless policies have weakened our country’s standing and influence across the globe. Mitt Romney is the candidate who will restore our standing and ensure that America leads the world.”
SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis:
“Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate by articulating a strategy to ensure that the 21st century is an American century. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney will conduct a foreign policy that acknowledges America’s exceptional role in the world, and he will do so with clarity and resolve. In a Romney administration, our friends will never question where we stand – and neither will our adversaries.”
Mitt Romney stopped by the Imus in the Morning radio show today and to promote the paperback release of ‘No Apology‘. Some of the topics discussed with the I-Man included the current unrest in Egypt and Romney’s insurance program in Massachusetts:
Romney was also a guest on the Laura Ingraham radio program. He spoke on health care, the rise of the People’s Republic of China, free trade, immigration, and more. To listen to the interview, click here.
Governor Romney will also be a featured on the Hugh Hewitt radio program today. We’ll post more here as information becomes available.
UPDATE - The full transcript of the Romney/Hewitt interview may be read here.