The article is called “Mitt’s shameful Libya statement.”
Here’s how it starts:
That it’s fundamentally dishonest hasn’t stopped Mitt Romney from repeating his central critique of Barack Obama’s foreign policy over and over – the idea that the president “went around the world and apologized for America.” So it shouldn’t be surprising that Romney’s response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Egypt and Libya was rooted in the same caricature of Obama as apologizer-in-chief.
“It’s disgraceful,” Romney’s statement, which was released late Tuesday night, read, “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.”
That’s not at all what happened, of course.
Read the rest HERE.
- Romney Campaign Attacks Obama Over Mythical Apology to Embassy Attackers (motherjones.com)
- This is what a Romney presidency would look like (salon.com)
- Romney Slams the Obama Administration’s Response to Embassy Attacks (nationalreview.com)
- Romney Calls Embassy Statement “Disgraceful” (buzzfeed.com)
There are two upsetting I got from the news when I turned it on at 6:00 AM and which has made this the start of a very bad day.
1. Attacks at the US Embassies by Islamic terrorists in Egypt and Libya. Our Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed with three other Americans, at least one was a diplomat. The Egyptian Embassy was breached, the American flag was taken and destroyed and replaced with an Islamic flag.
The provocation for these attacks was apparently an internet post of an amateur video satirizing the Prophet Muhammad. It seems that the Islamic press claimed this as a major Hollywood film done as revenge against Islamists for 9/11.
2. Although the two Presidential campaigns had come to an agreement that there would be no attacking each other on 9/11, Mitt Romney blasted the President and his administration for being “sympathetic” to the embassy attackers – calling Obama’s response to the incidents “disgraceful”. He did this at 10 PM last night defying the agreement between his and Obama’s campaigns.
“Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.”
– Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus
Obama waited to respond until after midnight when the day of remembrance was over. He announced his consolation to the families of the victims and his outrage at the incidents. Then he made everyone aware of his aggravation with Romney’s statement.
“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”
– Obama’s campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt
I would have to agree that I think Romney’s remarks were both unfortunate and representative of his unknowledgable command of foreign policy. That he showed lack of support for his country and its administration at a time of National crisis and at a time in which he had pledged to remain in non-attack mode in his campaign, would make Romney less than reliable as a President.
- 1 Dead as Islamists Storm US Missions in Libya, Egypt (Guest Voice) (themoderatevoice.com)
- ” Disgraceful ! “ (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- Romney: Obama handling of Libya, Egypt violence ‘disgraceful’ (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- American ambassador to Libya killed by protesters, Al Arabiya reports (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- Romney slams Obama over attacks on US officials in Libya, Egypt (nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com)
- Attacks and protests in Libya and Egypt over Prophet Muhammad film (oddonion.com)
- U.S. Embassy Attacked: CNN Breaking News @ 14:06 EDST, From Egypt… Then Libya, No Comments From Obama (askmarion.wordpress.com)
- Romney Slams the Obama Administration’s Response to Embassy Attacks (nationalreview.com)
- American killed in Libya protest over anti-Muslim film – CBC.ca (cbc.ca)
- Breaking: US ambassador to Libya dead, 3 staff members also reportedly killed in rocket attack (riehlworldview.com)
This is a good play and I understand we’ve got a good sized house tonite (for Full Circle Theater .. around 40 people…that makes our audience seem full.) Dimmers all seem to be working OK and I’ve got my cues laid out. Maddie‘s here on sound and our curtain is in about 55 minutes.
The Doctor said I didn’t have a stroke on Sunday night… apparently I had a seizure. Now they have to find out if I’m developing epilepsy. Joe Jurand thinks it’s because my blood sugar had a drop, and he’s probably right. I’m going into the Robinwood Center to have an eight hour EEG test sometime next week… That sounds outrageously boring. Oh, and I’m not supposed to drive for a few months, but if I don’t I have no way of getting to shows to run lights or getting to WSHC to do radio with John Case on Friday mornings.
Anyway, here we are on the Friday of the Martyrs… Mubarak is out and Egypt could set an interesting example for the rest of the Middle East (especially Saudi Arabia and Iran). Lots of stuff to watch this week!
- Young ballet dancers leap into the hearts of their host families (pennlive.com)
- Mubarak Steps Down (politicalwire.com)
- Dilpomatic Setback for Saudis (online.wsj.com)
- London: Claudie Bastide @ Hayhill Gallery (artistmarketingsalon.wordpress.com)
- “Saudi Arabia & Israel happy to see Mubarak “strong & defiant”…” and related posts (friday-lunch-club.blogspot.com)
- Did Booth Sabotage His Own Relationship on ‘Bones’? (buddytv.com)
- Diagnosing Epilepsy: The EEG Test (everydayhealth.com)
I was at the Neurologist when Mubarak stepped down and I didn’t hear about it until after I got home.
This from HuffPo
Egypt‘s Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday, bowing down after a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. “The people ousted the president,” chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.
So the military is in control. This from the BBC:
“Around Cairo, drivers are honking their horns in celebration and guns are being fired into the air. The huge crowds are rejoicing. However, the army takeover looks very much like a coup. The constitution has been breached. Officially, the speaker of parliament should be taking over. Instead it is the army leadership. Egypt moves into a very uncertain future.”
It took 18 days of protest…but there it is.
- President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down in Egypt (Video) (sugarslam.com)
- Mubarak Is Out! (slog.thestranger.com)
- Egypt: Mubarak Quits (bostonist.com)
- Mubarak steps down (theworld.org)
- Breaking News: President Hosni Mubarak to step down as president of Egypt, (vanguardngr.com)
- Mubarak Digs In, Ctd (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- The Suleiman Problem: Egypt’s Transitional Figure Won’t Transition (time.com)
- “Vice President Omar Suleiman addressed the nation shortly after the embattled president Hosni Mubarak said he is not stepping down now :” and related posts (yalibnan.com)
- Mubarak vows to hang onto power, protesters furious (dailykos.com)
- Amb. Marc Ginsberg: “Mabruk’ (Bless) Wael Ghonim — Omar Suleiman’s Worst Nightmare (huffingtonpost.com)
This just in from HuffPo… Mubarak is giving some power over to his VP, but he is NOT LEAVING!
Here’s a piece:
- Egypt President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down May Be Out Of Country Possible Military Coup [Video] (realestateradiousa.com)
- Military Coup in Egypt? Mubarak May Be Stepping Down (time.com)
- Mubarak Could Step Aside As Soon As Tonight & Delegate Powers To Vice President (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
- The day everything changes in Egypt? (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Is Massive Chaos About To Break Out In Egypt Once Mubarak Speaks? (businessinsider.com)
- Striking developments in Egypt (thehill.com)
- Tahrir Square Protestors Cheering: Egypt’s Mubarak to Speak Soon, Relinquish Power (firedoglake.com)
“Mubarak‘s fate is sealed, not even the support of the United States will be able to save his government. The people of Egypt are an intelligent people with a glorious history who left their mark on civilization. ‘From the top of these pyramids, 40 centuries of history are looking down upon us,’ Bonaparte once said in a moment of exaltation when the revolution brought him to this extraordinary crossroads of civilizations.”
– Fidel Castro
- Egypt Protests: Even Castro Says Mubarak’s Got to Go (usnews.com)
- Open thread for night owls: Life in exile for Mubarak? (dailykos.com)
- David Sirota: America’s Dictator Addiction (huffingtonpost.com)
- What Mubarak talks about when he talks (3quarksdaily.com)
- In backing change in Egypt, US neoconservatives split with Israeli allies – Washington Post (news.google.com)
“In all sincerity, regardless of the current circumstances, I never intended to be a candidate for another term.”
– Hosni Mubarak
Governments that rule with one heavy hand are going to trickle away in the 21st Century.
Meanwhile, take a look at this piece from BoingBoing:
- China: Bridging news on Egypt (advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org)
- China is blocking coverage of Egypt protests on Twitter-like services (venturebeat.com)
- China blocks “Egypt” searches on micro-blogs (reuters.com)
- China’s Twitter sites Censor ‘Egypt’ Search (penn-olson.com)
- China Blocks Egypt on Micro-Blogging Service (thenextweb.com)
- China Blocks “Egypt” On Sina Weibo, Its Twitter Clone (businessinsider.com)
It looks like there are no significant leaders in the protesters… nobody that they can build any kind of revolution on. Plus, the protestors are breaking down into two major factions: The Muslim Brotherhood and everyone else.
This from Twitter frpm an hour ago:
@sharifkouddous: Muslim Brotherhood chanting Allah Akbar. Crowd stopped them chanting louder: Muslim, Christian, we’re all Egyptian
Perhaps someone will rise out of the second group… I don’t know, but I’ll keep looking.
- “Muslim Brotherhood Joins in Egypt Protests” and related posts (worldthreats.com)
- Egyptian Internet Goes Down, And Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Arrested Ahead Of Massive Day Of Protest (businessinsider.com)
- “Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood Leadership” and related posts (patdollard.com)
- Egyptian protesters chant ‘Freedom!’ – CNN International (news.google.com)
- Egyptian protesters chant ‘Freedom!’ (cnn.com)