Administration officials: Romney was right, that statement from the Cairo embassy was awful

posted at 10:07 pm on September 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

A fatal blow to the media’s concern-trolling this morning? Nah. Their complaint, ostensibly, was with the timing of Romney’s criticism. If only he’d waited 12-18 hours and then sheepishly leaked his complaint about the embassy’s statement to a reporter, the way these tools did, presumably everything would be chill. Although actually, if he’d taken that advice and waited, he would have been concern-trolled then instead for not speaking up and seizing the opportunity to put Obama on the defensive on foreign policy. He can’t win. Quoth Steve Hayes, “You knew the media were going to obsess on this and obsess on it they did.”

But as it turns out, even the administration agrees with his criticism of the embassy.

“In an effort to cool the situation down, it didn’t come from me, it didn’t come from Secretary Clinton. It came from people on the ground who are potentially in danger,” Obama said. “And my tendency is to cut folks a little bit of slack when they’re in that circumstance, rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office.”

But Obama’s remarks belie the enormous frustration of top officials at the State Department and White House with the actions of the man behind the statement, Cairo senior public affairs officer Larry Schwartz, who wrote the release and oversees the embassy’s Twitter feed, according to a detailed account of the Tuesday’s events…

“The statement was not cleared with anyone in Washington. It was sent as ‘This is what we are putting out,’” the official said. “We replied and said this was not a good statement and that it needed major revisions. The next email we received from Embassy Cairo was ‘We just put this out.’”…

“People at the highest levels both at the State Department and at the White House were not happy with the way the statement went down. There was a lot of anger both about the process and the content,” the official said. “Frankly, people here did not understand it. The statement was just tone deaf. It didn’t provide adequate balance. We thought the references were inappropriate, and we strongly advised against the kind of language that talked about ‘continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.’”

Supposedly there was a “heated discussion” between the State Department and the White House as the controversy exploded last night, with even Hillary ultimately getting involved. I’m mighty keen to know more about that timeline, particularly vis-a-vis when the administration first learned that Chris Stevens was under attack. The chief line of criticism against Romney today, remember, is that his priorities are out of whack; he was wound up last night about Schwartz’s disgraceful statement when (unbeknownst to Romney, apparently) Stevens was being terrorized. Well, sounds like the White House and State Department were wound up about it too. Were they fretting over the optics of what Schwartz wrote while the siege in Benghazi was going on? I realize that our giant diplomatic bureaucracy can do two things at once, but if we’re going to play the fake-outrage game over Romney’s priorities because he took five minutes to criticize Schwartz last night, I want to know how many minutes Hillary and Obama took too. Concern-trolling is fun, as nearly any reporter could tell you.


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whatever, pal, i’m repeating myself and frankly, conversing with you is like wanking with a cheese grater.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM

So..you’ve got nothing. You’ve been proven a fool on this thread and the other. You project and try misdirection but you still end up like a fool. I just provided the full statement from the embassy and it wasn’t a tweet and your response was that you want to masturbate with a cheese grater? Thanks for playing..now piss off.

HumpBot Salvation on September 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM

the ambassador is not even supposed to be there, he’s supposed to be at the embassy, d’uh.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Oh come on…there is already talk of this being an assassination because Stevens was scheduled to be there for a meeting.

i applaud your clear hindsight.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Obama’s first responsibility is to fulfill the duties of his office..not getting his ass reelected. That is all he cares about right now and it shows.

So the media has to try and blame Romney in the hopes that people will not notice the mayhem on TV and their computer screens.

Terrye on September 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM

an embassy staffer sent the tweet but romney blamed the administration. anyone but half-bright wingnuts can see the difference.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Yeah right…but Bush was responsible for everything from Abu Ghraib to Hurricane Katrina.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Oh come on…there is already talk of this being an assassination because Stevens was scheduled to be there for a meeting.

there’s already talk? by who? or are you just jumping to conclusions again?

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

ok people, i just realized that you’re simply picking up stuff from fox and throwing at me verbatim. it’s like i’m arguing with a bunch of mini-mes of that harpy. how can so many of you be so brain dead that you have not a single original thought?

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

i applaud your clear hindsight.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM

The ever roiling mideast, a Jihadi government in all but name, the 911 anniversary approaching, all sorts of intel flowing in that something big is in the works specific to our consular staff in a given foreign country.

Yeah, I can see how the best equipped administration ever to occupy D.C. couldn’t take any action, it’s not like they had anything to work with.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

that’s beside the point. consulates are not protected like the kind of fortresses that US embassies have become recently. this was a planned, coordinated attack and you have zero evidence that the president got any specific information about an impending terrorist hit.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

You can’t even keep your own spin and hypocrisy strait….
…….you blame Bush for not stopping 9/11 based on old intel that said what the hell everybody knew…”that terrorist were trying to strike in America”…..not a dam# thing specific there or in any of the reports…
….but the Obama administration’s own State Dept. issues warnings of major attacks and violence…..

(via Ace of Spades)


Travel Warning

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs

Libya
August 27, 2012

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Libya. The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. In addition, political violence in the form of assassinations and vehicle bombs has increased in both Benghazi and Tripoli. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 22, 2011, and notes the resumption of full consular services to U.S. citizens on August 27, 2012.

…………….this is on top of the fact that this same building was bombed in June:


IED Attack in Benghazi

Embassy of Tripli/Libya

U.S. citizens are advised that there was an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on the U.S. Office in Benghazi during the early morning hours of June 6. There were no casualties. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. This incident is a reminder of the fluid security situation in Libya.

…..in conjunction with the fact that this building resided in a recent war zone that is well known as a al-qaeda hot bed……

………..and you are going to declare that there was no reason to be worried or protect it because al-qaeda didn’t hang a sign out front stating “we’re going to attack tomorrow”……

You are just pathetic now…what a joke.

Please…oh please…I hope democrats run with this line of thinking and spin.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

there’s already talk? by who? or are you just jumping to conclusions again?

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Actually I heard it on the news…and as well all know the media knows everything.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

You know that MSNBC was wallowing in Gov. Romney’s speech being a massive mistake while President Cool exhibited savoir faire.

MSNBC liked the statement.

The best were the MSNBC folks who were discussing charges against the filmmakers this AM.

IlikedAUH2O on September 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

ok people, i just realized that you’re simply picking up stuff from fox and throwing at me verbatim. it’s like i’m arguing with a bunch of mini-mes of that harpy. how can so many of you be so brain dead that you have not a single original thought?

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Translation:

I’m getting my pathetic liberal spin shoved straight down my throat so it’s time to run off to Huffpo where facts don’t matter.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

There was also a recent attack on the Red Cross in Libya..in fact I heard that this might be the same people.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

You know that MSNBC was wallowing in Gov. Romney’s speech being a massive mistake while President Cool exhibited savoir faire.

MSNBC liked the statement.

The best were the MSNBC folks who were discussing charges against the filmmakers this AM.

IlikedAUH2O on September 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Well it is just msnbc..it is not as if all that many people watch.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Translation:

I’m getting my pathetic liberal spin shoved straight down my throat so it’s time to run off to Huffpo where facts don’t matter.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

No kidding. People all over the internet on all kind of websites are pointing out the squids messiahs failure to lead and his crassness on going out to campaign after this tragedy…yet it’s all fox news fault. He’s a joke.

HumpBot Salvation on September 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I have a feeling in the next few days…we are going to be hearing a lot of “news” that is going to go totally against the “smart power” foreign policy fantasy that the MSM is trying to sell.

Going to be real important that the GOP and the Romney Campaign stay strong with this and hammer them with it….
……get the facts out there to counter the MSNBC/NY Times propaganda.

……..if not the MSM will try desperately to move on…satisfied that they have Romney wounded with the “gaffe” routine.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM

HumpBot Salvation on September 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Exactly…..
………….you know they are in trouble when they have to blame the messenger.

If Romney can beat the liberal MSM filter…..Obama will be exposed as inept on his foreign policy as he has been on his domestic policy.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM

.

if not the MSM will try desperately to move on…satisfied that they have Romney wounded with the “gaffe” routine.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM

That is true..but Americans have seen and heard that memo thanks to Romney and it is an awful memo..and Americans have also seen the pictures of that poor man dead and defiled in the streets. No matter what the media says to people..those things will not be unforgotten.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

These people are lying sacks of sh*t.

Please, give me a break.

I called the WH today and I’m sure thousands of other people did too.

The fellow I talked to got an earful, I assure you.

I cannot possibly be the only person who called.

This is a sad attempt at damage control

Obama needs to be not our president anymore.

We must put Romney in the WH.

Stop it now, the gloves need to come off.

I cannot take another 4 years of the bullshit of Obama the god, the redeemer the SCFOAMF.

Jocon307 on September 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

my tendency is to cut folks a little bit of slack when they’re in that circumstance, rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office.”

Um, really Mr. president, your tendency, when there is a major foreign policy meltdown and embassy staff are at risk, is to hold your judgement from the comfort of a campaign office. Quite revealing.

socalcon on September 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Smart Diplomacy shows many things in common with Smart Cars:

Easy for an adolescent (The Boy King) to handle.
Not good for the long haul
Rather unattractive…

socalcon on September 13, 2012 at 1:02 AM

I wish this would get publicized.

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFBRE82L12F20120322

Congress passed a law specifically denying $1.3B in aid to Egypt unless the Muslim Brotherhood complied with conditions.

Clinton waived the provision, and send the money.

byepartisan on September 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Look, at the end of the day were all Americans. None of us are going anywhere no matter who wins. When there’s an attack on America we all stand together. You don’t try to broadside the commander in chief during an attack on our soil or citizens.

Like Obama said, the people on the ground who were in danger made the choice they felt they needed to make. Of course you can beat your chest and talk tough front your computer or campaign office but don’t judge the people who heard hordes outside their doors and said what they thought needed to be said to save their lives.

Im sure Obamas measured response is a reaction to actually knowing more then the average citizen which is all Romney is at this point.

Politricks on September 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

an embassy staffer sent the tweet but romney blamed the administration. anyone but half-bright wingnuts can see the difference.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Actually, the screaming idiot child Obama cried and threw a temper tantrum in which Mitt Romney was personally responsible for every decision made at Bain before, during, AND after his tenure there.

And now the poor imbecile racist brat Obama is screaming and crying that he isn’t responsible for anything that happens anywhere in the US government at any time.

Spin some more for us, loser. Choke on your racist idiot and you being held to the same standards that you hold everyone else. Scream and make it clear what hypocrites you and the idiot Obama are.

Look, at the end of the day were all Americans. None of us are going anywhere no matter who wins. When there’s an attack on America we all stand together. You don’t try to broadside the commander in chief during an attack on our soil or citizens.

Politricks on September 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

And yet you and the racist Obama did it, so who the hell cares what you think?

Do you and your fellow Barack Obama puppets really believe your lies? We saw what you did and said about Bush and Republicans and conservatives. How DARE you come here and go on about “we’re all Americans” when you and your pathetic filthy screaming Obama Party hordes have been saying anything but?

northdallasthirty on September 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Jocon307 on September 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

I wish I’d thought to call the Whitehouse.

Maybe we should call the media too. Do they care?

They set up an ambush and then they spun it to make Romney look bad.

How can we combat that?

They are going to shove Obama down our throats again if we can’t figure out how to stop the media!!!

Why do they want us to be weak and awful like this? Why would anyone want four more years of this failure?

I really don’t get it.

petunia on September 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

I actually feel so powerless today

The media is going to shove that idiot down our throats and we are just going t get poorer and poorer until we are nothing in the world anymore at all.

I can see the train wreck in slow motion and I can’t stop it.

petunia on September 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

petunia on September 13, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Are you effing kidding me? This is no slow motion. The unraveling of the country is taking place in front of your eyes at amazing speed. You had another year of trillion dollar deficit. You have military calling citizens, advising them abt stuff. You have Fundies in Egypt and Libya turn against you. Remember this administration orchestrated those Fundies in power. You have millions of people out of work force. You have record number of people on food stamps. You have an administration ignoring the constitution. You have DOJ as a political arm of the administration. You have media orchestrating for and against campaigns. And the biggest issue is abortion and free contraception…. Come on. This is crazy…

antisocial on September 13, 2012 at 3:54 AM

But as it turns out, even the administration agrees with his criticism of the embassy.

Mmmm…not really. They must’ve taken a flash poll or something and realized that most Americans thought their original position was stupid and outrageous.

But, these are the a$$clowns that a slim majority of Americans wanted running things in the first place, so I don’t know.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 13, 2012 at 5:26 AM

it was a consulate, not an embassy. different protocol. the ambassador is not even supposed to be there, he’s supposed to be at the embassy, d’uh.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Looool, the ambassadoris not supposed fombe at fhe embaash, and where, pray do tell, is rhe ambassador supposed to be…ambassador – embassy d’uh….our resident ‘expert’in the diplomatic and foreign service prorocol :) …how long until you, imbecile say tha it was stevens’ fault that he was killed, that he should ‘t have gone to Benghazi, or some crappola like that….

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 5:44 AM

Look, at the end of the day were all Americans. None of us are going anywhere no matter who wins. When there’s an attack on America we all stand together. You don’t try to broadside the commander in chief during an attack on our soil or citizens.

Politricks on September 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

What, are ou kidding me, of course we will criticize nim, he made a mockery of the CiC office, he betrayed our men and women in uniforms, leaked their identities to the press, and the details of their mission to holywood, all to make him look better, disgusting narcissist.. he’s a fraud and he should be called on it…me and you amd half of this country don’t stand together on anyting, and we will criticize this pathetic excuse for a chair for his ineptitude and incompetence…that kills people, the diplomat in benghazi shouln’t have died if that idiot in the white house understood geopolitics and the volatility of that region that be helped ‘liberate’ and consequently put better protection in place at the conslate in benghazi…and shy the heck did he get involved in lybia anyways, and had no plan for the aftermath of gaddafi…

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 5:59 AM

ok people, i just realized that you’re simply picking up stuff from fox and throwing at me verbatim. it’s like i’m arguing with a bunch of mini-mes of that harpy. how can so many of you be so brain dead that you have not a single original thought?

sesquipedalian on September 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Hhaha, says the one who gets his daily talking points from that idiot, axelturd ….

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Why are 2/3 of the posts on this thread from Suxquipedalian?

Panic & flop sweat much?

Yeah, Suxqui — WE all think it’s Carter in ’79 all over again as well.

Dirty Creature on September 13, 2012 at 7:19 AM

The ‘timing’ criticism is bogus to me-this idea that the Romney campaign got it wrong because the embassy statement was released before the violence began. It WAS the first response of the Obama administration. The statement was in response to the planned protests and, to any reasonable person, anticipated violence. The protests were already set, the protesters were stirring up a frenzy going on about the antiMuslim film in the media and, oh yeah, it was freaking 9/11. Violence was a given, hence the ‘please don’t hurt us, we hate that film, too’ statement.

And, of course, the embassy continued to double down on their statement after the violence began.

kit9 on September 13, 2012 at 7:20 AM

The 3 AM phone calls from Egypt and Libya went over to voice mail.

MJBrutus on September 13, 2012 at 7:27 AM

meltdown and embassy staff are at risk, is to hold your judgement from the comfort of a campaign office. Quite revealing.

socalcon on September 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Thus leaving The Empty Chair in the White House, as there have been so many times before during intellegence breifings.

gonnjos on September 13, 2012 at 7:31 AM

an embassy staffer sent the tweet but romney blamed the administration. anyone but half-bright wingnuts can see the difference.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Hey dipstick! The embassies are the voice of the US Government overseas and speak for the president. Anybody except a liberal dimwit learned that fact in elementary school.

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Unfreakingbelievable. It’s like an alternate universe. What does it matter if the staffer acted out of protocol or not. This is the Obama administration and the buck stops with him (or supposed to). The whole thing is crazy. Obama makes a ludicrous claim about his foreign affairs cred during his acceptance speech (WTH?),It had already been widely reported that our President doesn’t bother to attend his daily intelligence meetings, apparently there was not adequate protection for our embassies, Ambassador is murdered with his body being dragged through the streets, others are killed, statements are issued and all the press and Obama can go on and on about is the timing of Romney’s response. ????? God help us.

Angstlee on September 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

This is classic Obama strategy–criticize your opponent for taking a too-bold step, then do what he says and take credit for it.

Obama told us on his first day in office that he would close the “torture” camp in Gitmo, for which he blamed George W. Bush. Then he used the intel gathered at Gitmo to kill Bin Laden, took credit for that, and Gitmo is still open, because nobody in the US wanted to try the terrorists in THEIR back yard!

Obama was also criticizing the Bush tax cuts throughout his 2008 campaign and his first two years in office, but at the end of 2011 pushed for their extension, while blaming Bush for the deficit and the recession.

On the two issues above, Bush got it right, but Obama never gave him credit.

On the original statement coming out of the embassy, Romney was right, but Obama will never give him credit.

Exit question: Will the voters give Romney credit?

Steve Z on September 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Translation:

I’m getting my pathetic liberal spin shoved straight down my throat so it’s time to run off to Huffpo where facts don’t matter.

Baxter Greene on September 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Perfect response as well as truthful. Thank you.

lea on September 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

OK someone has already said this I am sure but WHY have we not kicked their sorry butts out of our country?

What happened was an act of war or clearly a desire for one. Next steps, close the doors on their place and ours and get our people out of their country.

Chit chat can happen later.

landowner on September 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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