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Criticism of Romney defies logic

Published: Thu, September 27, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Criticism of Romney defies logic

Apparently, Mitt Romney is not qualified to be president because of his response to the US Egyptian embassy’s statements prior to and just after the 9/11 attack on the embassy or so said a Sept. 18 letter to the editor. I miss the logic. If anything, recent events demonstrate President Obama’s foreign policy failures.

According to the time line published in the New York Times, our Egyptian embassy issued it’s original statement condemning a US citizen’s First Amendment free speech rights, “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal rights of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others,” prior to the attack on the embassy. Approximately 12 hours later and after the attack on the Libyan embassy, the embassy tweeted “This morning’s condemnation (issued before protest began) still stands. As does our condemnation of unjustified breach of the Embassy.” This tweet was later deleted.

Four hours later Secretary of State Clinton issued a statement condemning the embassy attacks and the video allegedly responsible for the attacks. The 9/11 connection eluded the Secretary I suppose even though the video in question was released in July 2012.

Within minutes of the Secretary’s statement Politico reported the Obama administration disavowed the embassy statements. Gov. Romney issued his statement after the disavowal. “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.”

Our Egyptian embassy represents us and the administration and the embassy did stand by their original statement. Secretary Clinton did condemn the attacks but only after deploring an “effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”

Gov. Romney wasn’t off base with his comments. The administration’s responses to the attacks in Libya and Egypt should have condemned the attackers exclusively and forcefully. There are no excuses for the attacks.

Gov. Romney is criticized for his comment while the president is embroiled in the crisis, but what does the president do? He jets off to Las Vegas for a fund raising event. Gotta keep things in perspective you know.

Robert Voytilla, Hubbard


1UNCOMMONSENSE(362 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

According to the candidate's actions, if you visit a foreign country, you are qualified in foreign policy. Remember, President Obama 1, Bin Laden 0. That is the foreign policy that counts.

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2USMC1970(1 comment)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

President Obama sympathized with the terrorists? I never heard him do that and the audacity of any candidate to use this event as political fodder is beneath contempt.

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3gdog4766(1488 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey Robert, how can you type with that big ring on?

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4cambridge(3004 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

How can he type trying to see through that little hole where his head is stuck.

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5IslandMike(752 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The Tax Cheating Mitt-Flopper defies logic.

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6palmer16121(116 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Mr. Voytilla...all attacks were condemed on that day. What incorrect information do you have exactly? I hardly call sending destroyers to Lebanon and Syria an act of kowtowing, or apologizing in the least. Also remember, Romney made some questionable remarks on his world tour during the London Olympics. Also he came out and said the exact same thing you did...without knowing that the Amabassador was killed in the attacks on the Embassy.

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7Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Robert, Bobby...c'mon man!!! Do you see the irony in your title "defies logic"? That perfectly describes your premise. If Obama sneezes you right-wingers claim he caused a hurricane. The "logical" people in this world know that Obama is a steady hand and Romney is a guy who couldn't even go to the Olympics without insulting all of England. The Middle East is evolving and there will be two steps forward and one back. All the more reason to have an insightful person in office. I've never seen a person quite like Romney; supposedly intelligent but his campaign and his gaffes show him to be ill-equipped for office. Mitt is Unfitt. Robert, you'd be advised to sign up for a class in Logic at YSU. You'll write better letters and make better decisions.

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