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Romney slams Obama on Egypt, Libya

2012-09-12 07:44

Washington - Mitt Romney on Wednesday hit out at the Obama administration's "disgraceful" response to violent protests in Egypt and Libya, accusing it of sympathizing with the Islamist demonstrators.

"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," the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement.

"It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathise with those who waged the attacks."

The US official was killed when an armed mob attacked the consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi hours after about 3 000 demonstrators scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo and tore down the US flag.

The demonstrations, which erupted on the 11th anniversary of the 11 September attacks, were motivated by outrage over a video deemed offensive to Islam that was posted on the internet.

The US embassy in Cairo issued a statement earlier on Tuesday condemning "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims, as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions".

No justification


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a sharper statement later, saying there was no excuse for the violence.

"Some have sought to justify this vicious behaviour as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet," Clinton said in her statement.

"The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.

"But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."

Romney and US President Barack Obama have stepped up attacks on one another since their party conventions last week and the week before, as the campaign enters a crucial final phase leading up to the 6 November vote.

During the Republican convention, Romney largely ceded the foreign policy debate to Obama, preferring to focus on the economy, where the president is seen as much weaker.

But the protests in Egypt and Libya appeared to provide an opening for Romney to renew an older line of attack in which he accused Obama of apologising to the world for America's foreign policy.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 08:44

    "accusing it of sympathizing with the Islamist demonstrators." Aren't these the same Islamists that you bombed that country on their behalf, with McCain promoting them as the legitimate government of Libya, and visiting them in Benghazi. How very apt that this occured in Benghazi instead of Tripoli, where it would have been blamed on Gaddafi loyalist. Iraq x2 and you want to do the same in Syria and Iran. Stability and economic development trumps democracy everyday!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 08:55

    You idiots dont get the message that muslims will never tolerate if someone disrespects their faith. You dont go to Rome and tell romans how to live. You have stirred up the mess so now stop squealing and deal with it. The mor(m)on must take his condemnation and shove it up he knows where. Who gives a damn about what he or madam state secretary says? Do they still think that America can afford to wage a war on the whole of muslim world?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-12 09:07

      I'm grossly offended everyday by the barbaric behaviour , killings , torture and murder commited under God, Allah , Jahovah and whatever fantastical creature. I don't however attack those countries embassies and kill its nationals where i live. His condemnation is not harsh enough , their response was far to placid and Obama should have immediately called on their presidents for a response or face complete financial , diplomatic and humanitarian withdrawal.Muslim do not get a monoply on offence and a free pass to diplomatic infractions , violence and murder. End of story.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 09:28

      Yes, muslims do not have monopoly on waging wars all over the world, bombing and gassing innocent people, torturing them to death in prisons but some really good christians do.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-12 10:03

      Diana- seriously , who? Wafting off what occurred , which was a video posted on the net. There is simply no justification for the behaviour and seemingly coincidental to 9/11 , have they even used the internet before ? You can find all sorts of offensive material . Naive apolgetics for abhorent , barbaric actions.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 10:32

      Why they do mess with "barbarians"? Let them live alone, according their own rules, laws and regulations. Dont stick your democratic noses into the business of people, who dont want you democracy. CIA have worked hard enough on Al-Quaeda, a little puppy they sheltered and fed has grown into a vicious dog which bites them on their own butts. The best the yanks can do to stop the violent reactions to the misbehavior - end up with international interference, withdraw their forces, close down the Gitmo and concentrate on their citizens instead of "improving" life elsewhere.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-12 11:06

      Love to know where you get these facts from ? No where near on topic of the violence and embassy violations. How in this situation did they interfere with Eqypt or Libya ? If you'd like to go down some of those other roads in a debate by all means , just a heads up though ; Eqypt and Libya just went through a revolution to install democracy strange for people who don't want democracy as you assert.

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-12 11:20

      @Diane - I applaud your observation and stance... The issue is about American Foreign Policy in the ME after Al-Quaeda stopped being a CIA agents (so to speak). Unfortunately, this is what started 9/11; Al - Quaeda wanted American troops out Saudi Arabia (50000 during 2000/1) amongst other interfering issues in the ME. This sparked the whole thing. They wanted the US out of the ME and to change their Foreign Policy which was to stop meddling in ME affairs. Then 9/11 was the unfortunate result. Now a movie is made - The film at the centre of the protests, Innocence of Muslims, was made by an Israeli-American who describes Islam as a "cancer", This is according to the Wall Street Journal. It appears that if someone swore at your mother; what are you going to do. Surely, under the circumstances and based on previous history, was the movie maker NOT expecting a response. It appears that this was to provoke a response.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 12:45

      @ninjas Ignorance is bliss. Or rather to say shortage of memory. How did they interfere in Libya or Egypt? Those events had a place not so long ago. You yourself advise me to go on internet and google. Do the same thing before suggesting it to someone else. Oh one more thing to ask if you're so well informed: where is the rest of Gaddafi's arrested money? Why is hasnt been given to libyans in full amount?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-12 14:31

      Once again what was the US involvement , Libyian involvement was UN sanctioned , Nato led (primarily european) and at the request NTC and NLA .Their invovlement in Eqypts revolution, zero. By all means i'll do the research for you on the funds and post the links below (there should be enough info there). Does any of this constitute a justification of the behavour of the mob at the embassies and the motivation they claim ? I actually asked if the mob had actualy used the internet because there is plenty of 'offensive' material to jump on at any time ,suggesting that the co-incidence of the date and behaviours are suspect. There is a history of using blasphemy to commit atrocities of this nature by means of the mob. So riddle me this , how is the jump from a percieved blasphemy posted on the internet and the resulting diplomatic murder and violation relate to American foreign policy . Its called fluffing , stiching an unrelated item to deflect attention from the issue . Its apologetic for a violation which has no defence. I could be the very same reasoning justify the random killing of religous people by non-believers because of their treatment, murder and torture currently and historically . http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2011/08/2011825221420775274.html http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/12a1ac5a-d32b-11e0-9ba8-00144feab49a.html#axzz26FwTa85n http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/fund/LBY00 http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d446ad68-816f-11e1-b39c-00144feab49a.html#axzz26FwTa85n

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 15:15

      I am sorry but after being given the first link hosted by aljazeera i have lost the credibility with the rest of sources.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-12 16:27

      Ok , Al-jezeera a Doha based english/arabic international prize winning news network isn't a credeible source. Please enlighten to the list of sources you deem credible that wouldn't tarnish the body of reference.My guess is its that they are uncomfortable facts. Blame the victims, protect the religous fanatics all on the basis of 'i don't like America'. One can only deduce that you endorse the behaviour .

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 16:49

      Thanks at least for not being a faceless software like fred.frazer. Anyway to give it a little continue, i've been watching Al-jazeera just now before switching it to the ENCA as i am much more concerned about the development of local events. TV speakers pounding as a Qatari based english/arabic spoken independent (trying to suppress an ironic a smile) channel glorifies Romney and pours buckets of dirty water over Obama's head (its not like i am a big Obama supporter, himself and Romney just a reverse and obverse of the same coin, the thing is OB appears to be more predictable). One little thing to remember about AJ foundation as everyone is pretty sure it has been established by Qatari emir in 1996: read about Friedman brothers, Jean and David. Just as a starter.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-12 16:51

    oh by the way if you have Google translator and i am sure you have one read this and your "Zero participation" will appear to be doubtful. http://modernarmy.ru/article/201. I could have translated this article myself but sorry, you will the be first to accuse me of bias and second simply got no time as have to complete some real work and get paid.

  • boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-09-16 12:13

    S C R E W the Islamists. Go Romney !

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