Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Apologizing for America's values?

Mitt Romney has exposed himself as supremely unpresidential. Romney's response to the news of the horrific attacks in Libya was to attack the president. And for what? For "apologizing for America's values." The Egyptian embassy and the president both condemned religious intolerance (which IS an American value!!) while expressing sympathy and horror at the violence and bloodshed that occurred as a result of the religious intolerance.

After the Egyptian embassy was breached, it issued a statement condemning the "Innocence of Muslims" film, which portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a homosexual who endorses extramarital sex and pedophilia, in addition to other things. This is the statement:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
It's called DIPLOMACY. People who work in the diplomatic corps understand that getting along with people involves negotiation and compromise. It involves respecting other cultures and religions, even if one does not agree. And it's also involves not FANNING the FLAMES. Later, the embassy condemned breaches of its compound through its Twitter feed, but also said "neither breaches of our compound or angry messages will dissuade us from defending freedom of speech AND criticizing bigotry."

Consequently, Mitt Romney says that "the embassy is the administration" and Barack Obama is, effectively, "apologizing for the right of free speech" because he said "We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is no justification for this kind of violence. None."

What would Mitt Romney have the president do? Arrange for a showing of this film in the White House? Invite the film maker to dinner? Attack Egypt and Libya for the actions of a few crazy terrorists? This man scares me. Clearly, he is clueless about foreign policy much less diplomacy, and he is so not fit to be president.

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