Flashback: Major-party nominee uses war deaths to score political points

posted at 9:21 am on September 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember that time when a major-party presidential nominee went on television immediately after the deaths of several Americans abroad to attack the policies of the current administration and his opponent?  Remember how the media repeatedly demanded to know whether he regretted the timing of that criticism, and whether he was ashamed at not providing a united political front in the face of tragedy?

Yeah, neither do I … and neither does Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed.  This CNN interview took place in July 2008, immediately after the deaths of nine US troops in Afghanistan:

As it happens, I think that policy in Iraq and Afghanistan were perfectly acceptable topics for political debate at that time.  So too is the lack of preparation of our consulate in Benghazi and embassies in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen on the anniversary of 9/11 and the diplomatic response to them.  However, I’d have also settled for both of them being off the political table for a short period after the deaths of Americans — as long as the concern-trolling media played it fairly both times.  That’s obviously not the case.


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So to summarize the reality on the ground and the electoral math says that Obama is finished and he is going to lose the elections…

mnjg on September 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Not necessarily but Obama’s people are scared this morning. He’s looking like a feckless leader more concerned with campaigning than running the nation. When I read this morning that the rat-eared bastard found out that Ambassador Stevens had gone missing in the midst of the consulate being attacked and did nothing but go to bed I was truly disgusted. That isn’t what a President does.

What the “heck” is Obama running around campaigning for when, so clearly, he should be doing his job. For obvious reasons, tomorrow (Friday) bodes to have huge demonstrations throughout the Islamic world. Don’t you think the rat-eared bastard might want to have an intel brief along with his security team? They are all in DC not glad-handing rich Democrats in Vegas and Colorado! For the first time in my life I am ashamed of our nation. How could we have let such filth run the country?

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

You tell ‘em, Junior! I’m sure Ed is preparing his resignation letter as I type this.

Chump

MNHawk on September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I was not a Romney supporter in the primary’s but i now support him over the one.I know this .If Romney wins and i believe he will you will see a total melt down among the so called main stream media and over at Msnbc we will see something to behold a total collapse ,drooling from the mouth,people running up and down the halls going totally insane on air.Except morning Joe will be over in a corner crying on the phone trying to get Fox to hire him.

logman1 on September 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Ed,
Romney and his team effed this up so bad – and you know it.
The desperate attempts to defend him via weak defensive and false analogies are not working.
You can mantra ’1979′ all you want, but Obama did well here and Romney looks small.
Romney’s team crafted and then Romney approved that statement for purely political reason. Not a good move in light of what was happening. Not at all presidential…not even when delivered in front of a blue backdrop and next to a cpl of flags.
Come up with reasons to still support and vote for Mitt – but if you can’t put his response to this incident in the ‘con’ column, then you’re being intellectually dishonest.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Dance you mud turtle..dance.

HumpBot Salvation on September 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

MNHawk on September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

verbaluce is just following orders. All the filthy concern trolls are out there throwing “hail marys” about how this is a gaffe that has doomed Romney’s campaign. None of it is sticking.

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

You tell ‘em, Junior! I’m sure Ed is preparing his resignation letter as I type this.

Chump

MNHawk on September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Oh golly, no need for that.
A correction would suffice just fine.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Oh golly, no need for that.
A correction would suffice just fine.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

A correction of what, his take on the events?

O_o

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

AZfederalist on September 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

…what you say is true…but we have to go after the parent companies that “subsidize” them.

KOOLAID2 on September 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I just read on the DM that Amb. Stevens body was missing for 5 hours…it took those good Samaratins FIVE HOURS to “help” him? I can’t believe how DREADFUL the timeline is on this story…we are being done a GRAVE disservice by our media. We seriously no longer have a free media in this country. Someone just wrote on Ace that Romney is running against the media, and THEY do not want to lose…I couldn’t agree more.

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Hillary was and still is spinning furiously to try and keep herself out of this. No one was “carrying him to a hospital”, and no one was “trying to help him”. They took hours to rape and torture him when he was still alive. He didn’t die “by suffocation” or by “smoke inhalation”, he was strangled.

All that happened after little Bammie turned in for the night. He went to bed not knowing what happened to his ambassador. He only learned the next morning, probably when he rose at his usual time, 9:30am.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

verbaluce is just following orders. All the filthy concern trolls are out there throwing “hail marys” about how this is a gaffe that has doomed Romney’s campaign. None of it is sticking.

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Well you don’t get monthly checks from George Soros for nothing.

I never said this doomed his campaign.
But it didn’t help.
Many ways he could still win.
But don’t forget that it’s you guys who have been proclaiming with 100% certainty that Obama will loose this one since…well about early 2009. And that Palin McDaniels Christie Perry Gingrich Bachmann Cain Gingrich again Santorum Romney would be the one to beat him.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Via “The Hill”
Obama invites Morsi to talk in NYC next week AFTER snubbing BiBi saying he had no time.

NICE MOVE CHAMP

Jabberwock on September 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Keep singing that ditty to yourself, and practice saying President Romney.

AubieJon on September 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Call him verbaldouche, because that’s what comes out of his mouth.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

So are you actually trying to put forward the ludicrous proposition born of the socialist national media that we should focus on the issue of Romney’s comments {that are of similar in circumstance to Downgrade’s} rather the regime’s disastrous foreign policy.

Are you really trying to do that?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

1979.

1979.

1979.

TexasDan on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

logman1 on September 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I agree. And here is why. Mitt is their very worst nightmare. He is not a radical bomb-throwing ideologue. He is a down to earth, sincere and thoughtful man of tremendous competence. The more they try to paint his remarks as gaffes or worse, dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric, the more their own credibility sinks. The media would have loved some other candidate, any other candidate, to have been the GOP nominee. Their pathetic attempts to pretend that Mitt is one of those is little more than an amusing spectacle to most Americans.

MJBrutus on September 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

You can mantra ’1979′ all you want, but Obama did well here

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Yeah, as well as jimmy in 1979…though I wasn’t born then, from what I read and comparing to obama’s lybia SNAFU, what canI say, the similarities are eerily….not only that, bu now it emerges that they sent helycopters with marines to save those poor folk trapped in the consulate, but the mission was bungled due mainly to poor communication between the state dept officials and the rest of the agencies involved in the rescue so yeah, 1979 Tehran deja vu all over again, yogi berra put it…

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Followup:

but Obama did well here

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Huh?

Just what exactly did El Presidente Downgrade ‘Do well here’?

Did he bow particularly well?
Did he throw Israel under the bus really well?
Did he apologize really well?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Well you don’t get monthly checks from George Soros for nothing.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Well, you do…you are an incompetent troll…

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Anyone who doubts Romney is not running against a highly vested BLAME stream media is a moron.

Reporters getting together and colluding on what questions to corner Super Mitt before his M.E. Embassy meltdoen presser….

and know this ?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/anonymous-romney-bashing-quote-disappears-from-new

THIS IS NOT A FREE MEDIA YOU WOULD EXPECT IN AMERICA.

This is Putin’s Russia.

FlaMurph on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

So are you actually trying to put forward the ludicrous proposition born of the socialist national media that we should focus on the issue of Romney’s comments {that are of similar in circumstance to Downgrade’s} rather the regime’s disastrous foreign policy.

Are you really trying to do that?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Chip,
You are free to focus on and offer critiques of Obama admin’s foreign policy. You can even critique the socialist national media. (Wait, that’s redundant, right?)
No need to focus at all on anything Romney’s said or done in the last 48 hours related to what happened in Libya etc.
As a Mitt supporter, I’d say you’d do better to ignore it.
Yea, best that you don’t focus on that at all.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

So, it was wrong then and it’s wrong now. Your point? Oh, right. The media! The media. They’re so biased! If it wasn’t for the media we’d all be listening to country music and starting our own Fortune 500 companies.

Right-wing douchery, as usual.

lostmotherland on September 13, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Funny how that “it was wrong then and it’s wrong now” attitude ONLY appears when it is pointed out what hypocrites you leftists are. So, instead of country music and prosperity we get Obama slow jamming the news and welfare. Yeah, that’s much better. Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares (about your opinion).

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Yeah but Obama is special – he can do what he yelps at others for doing. Las Vegas trip – oh yeah; he told people you cannot go there and spend your money. Well he went there during a crisis and we know what he does during a crisis and spent our money to get there. He is special alright. My only question – will he too get an office in Harlem in Feb 2013.

democratsarefools on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

How did Obama do well on this?

Was it sleeping when the ambassador was missing?

Was it when he compared the work the slain staff was doing to his campaign staffers are doing?

Was it when he was still campaigning in Vegas as the embassy burned?

wargamer6 on September 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

You can mantra ’1979′ all you want, but Obama did well here

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

.
I agree. /

Oliar didn’t just condemn the murders of Americans in that Embassy…..
He condemned them in the “strongest possible way“. oooooooooh.

FlaMurph on September 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

then you’re being intellectually dishonest.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Straight from the lips of one of the local masters of intellectual dishonesty.

STFU you cretin.

Midas on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Followup:

but Obama did well here

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Huh?

Just what exactly did El Presidente Downgrade ‘Do well here?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

In my opinion, going to vegas :)…. that was genius, showing how sensitive and compassionate he is, am sure it was very well received by the whole diplomatic community currently trapped in different unprotected embassies a
in the middle east and not only…as a result of his stellar foreign policy and leadership from behind…especially the families of the killed ambassador and of the other dead consular personnel, am sure they appreciate the preezy emoting with them over their tragic losses from vegas, of all places…. am sure verbaldouche agrees too :)…..

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

You can mantra ’1979′ all you want, but Obama did well here
verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

…and without a trace of irony, verbaluce provides a stunning example of LSM Fail:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Care to guess the author, verbybaby?

If you define multiple mob actions on multiple U.S. Embassies the Muslim world over as ‘doing well,’ you’re probably in agreement with Teh Wan about the private sector too, eh?

I particularly enjoyed ‘doing well’ to include Ozero’s statement that we don’t consider Egypt an ally…issued right as we go into Friday prayers. I’m sure that won’t come up at all in Cairo tomorrow…/s

Hey, are those chickens on the horizon? Epic Fail.

Right on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Did he bow particularly well?
Did he throw Israel under the bus really well?
Did he apologize really well?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Oh the ‘apology’ fiction.
Can’t leave that chicken alone, can you?

I think he responded to Romney pretty well.
No doubt there’s some anxious strategizing going on in Boston right now. And plans for a lot more debate prep.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Obama did well here

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Only where four American diplomats, including an ambassador, are murdered on 9/11 in a Muslim country = “did well”.

Lib logic on display.

Teh One and his team are in full out damage control mode.

farsighted on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

LOL! Could you be a little more shrill? It entertains me.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Right on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

It’s a false made up quote.
You been using it a bunch, I’m guessing.
You’re not the only one to fall for it.
I’ll give you another try.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Just what exactly did El Presidente Downgrade ‘Do well here?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Ducking, dodging, dancing, trying to avoid blame, and changing the subject to what Romney said, apparently.

farsighted on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

LOL! Could you be a little more shrill? It entertains me.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Well maybe if I was on Breitbart or Malkin sites…sure.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

As a Mitt supporter, I’d say you’d do better to ignore it.
Yea, best that you don’t focus on that at all.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

No, I for one will not ignore it. I am darned proud of our nominee for telling like it is. Mitt is auditioning for the job of POTUS and informing us of what he thinks of the current handling and what he would do better in a crisis like this. It is his obligation to do so. I cannot wait until Nov to cast my vote for our next POTUS!

MJBrutus on September 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Scum

ultracon on September 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I think he responded to Romney pretty well.
No doubt there’s some anxious strategizing going on in Boston right now. And plans for a lot more debate prep.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

So you see him as campaigner in chief too? You feel he was hired to respond to critics instead of doing the job he was hired (by morons) to do? Obama bin Biden caused all this by running around screaming “Osama’s dead and GM is alive!” Taunting much? Obama is to blame for the deaths, the lack of security and the ongoing unrest. As for the debates, you better hope that some miracle technology is being used to implant a telepromter into what passes for Obama’s brain. There is definitely room for one.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Maybe I missed the answer in there – or should your lack of substantive response be taken as acknowledgement that ‘doing well’ in this case may not mean what you thought it did?

Right on September 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Well maybe if I was on Breitbart or Malkin sites…sure.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

LOL! You are off your game today.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Is there somewhere in that video where Obama claims Bush sympathizes with our enemies or does ED STILL not understand why the Romney and Preibus statements were such a disaster?

trizzlor on September 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Little turd still won’t say how “obama handled this well”. Loser.

wargamer6 on September 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Is there somewhere in that video where Obama claims Bush sympathizes with our enemies or does ED STILL not understand why the Romney and Preibus statements were such a disaster?

trizzlor on September 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Speaking to your mirror again?

wargamer6 on September 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

trizzlor on September 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The reason you do not find a reference to Bush sympathizing with our enemies is because he did not, of course. Obama’s administration did. Try to keep up.

MJBrutus on September 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

And I’m off my game…teleprompter jokes?
It’s not 1979…and it’s not 2010 either.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

LOL! You are off your game today.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Gratis

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Maybe I missed the answer in there – or should your lack of substantive response be taken as acknowledgement that ‘doing well’ in this case may not mean what you thought it did?

Right on September 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

No, you should take that as a lack of substance to respond to.
I did offer you another try.
What other Nazi quotes did you wanna throw out?
(And you want ‘substantive’…ha.)

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

And I’m off my game…teleprompter jokes?
It’s not 1979…and it’s not 2010 either.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Still won’t say how he handled it well, huh?

wargamer6 on September 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Still won’t say how he handled it well, huh?

wargamer6 on September 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Fairly ok statement in the Rose Garden.
I would have prefered a more vigorous defense of free speech and a more vigorous villification of the film, But that did seem to follow.
But he was properly serious, solemn, and apolitical…indeed presidential in the best sense. Not Reagan post-shuttle disaster presidential, but good enough.
And when he returned to the political…in responding quite a bit later to Romney’s folly, he did very well dismissing Mitt and putting him in the woodshed.

Asked whether he thought Romney’s comments were irresponsible, Obama said: “I’ll let the American people judge that.”

Very well done.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Well said, Ed – but completely ineffective as most Journolisters will have no idea what you’re talking about.

Another Drew on September 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

trizzlor on September 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The unfortunate thing is that Obama does sympathize with our enemies. It’s because he views the world like he’s in junior high. He’d provide a much clearer answer if we put it in terms that rat-eared bastard might understand.

For example: If you found Egypt on facebook would you friend it?

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Hillary was and still is spinning furiously to try and keep herself out of this. No one was “carrying him to a hospital”, and no one was “trying to help him”. They took hours to rape and torture him when he was still alive. He didn’t die “by suffocation” or by “smoke inhalation”, he was strangled.

All that happened after little Bammie turned in for the night. He went to bed not knowing what happened to his ambassador. He only learned the next morning, probably when he rose at his usual time, 9:30am.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

~~~~~~~~

And the DM is saying he was evacuating people out of the consulate-that is VERY different than, he was in a car…WHICH IS IT?? Where is the honest reporter who is even TRYING to figure out what happened to Amb. Stevens?? I know it’s early, and information is a jumble, but the G*d Damn media in THIS country is more busy trying to figure out the timeline of what ROMNEY said, instead of trying to decipher the timeline of the attack and ASSASINATION! I don’t ever want to live in the universe that tells me that that POS sorry excuse for a president did well yesterday!

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

They can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube and expect the old unwritten rules to be unilaterally reinstated by the other side when it’s convenient for them.

farsighted on September 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

You mean that an honest person can’t. Democrats can and do that very thing all the time. Drop the standards when they are in view, raise the standards when Conservatives are in view. That’s SOP for libs. Same thing athiests do with Christians. Use the Bible as a brickbat to force believers to shut up. It’s not working so well any longer. We’ve pretty much run out of cheeks.

Freelancer on September 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

So are you confirming that you’re trying to put forward the ludicrous proposition born of the socialist national media that we should focus on the issue of Romney’s comments {that are of similar in circumstance to Downgrade’s} rather the regime’s disastrous foreign policy.

Did he bow particularly well?
Did he throw Israel under the bus really well?
Did he apologize really well?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Oh the ‘apology’ fiction.
Can’t leave that chicken alone, can you?

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

What’s the matter?
Can’t answer the other points so you have to distract on something else?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

They took hours to rape and torture him when he was still alive. He didn’t die “by suffocation” or by “smoke inhalation”, he was strangled.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Where did you hear/read that?

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

And the in-the-tank, d-bag “MSM” continues to be crushed by Fox News, every hour of every day.

The NYT and LAT both have record low circulation.

Newsweek and Time are over.

For the Modern MSM “journalist”:

Marxist

Ideology

Trumps

Reality

And Americans have responded with a loud “No Thank You”.

Tim_CA on September 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Romney talked about Egypt and the Administration’s Uriah Heep imitation. Has he addressed Libya and I missed it? BTW, I know Obama isn’t attending any national security briefings, but isn’t Romney supposed to be getting those briefings now?

And the absurdity that politics stops at our border pretty much left the barn 40 years ago.

Portia46 on September 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

What about his appeasement foreign policy that is leading to disaster as we speak?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

MJBrutus on September 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I thought the point of Ed’s post was to draw an equivalence between the Romney and Obama statements, or is this just an open thread for “Bush good! Obama bad!” wanking?

trizzlor on September 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

They took hours to rape and torture him when he was still alive. He didn’t die “by suffocation” or by “smoke inhalation”, he was strangled.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Where did you hear/read that?

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

~~~~~~~~~~

Lebenese news organizations, Libyian Free Press (oh, the irony)…linked by the Washington Times, which im sure you’ll scoff at…look at the pictures if you can (i pray Amb. Stevens family never sees them)…they look eerily similar to the Quaddafi pics…he didnt fare well either at the hands of a Libyian mob, did he? Savages.

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Chip, you pretty well nailed it – all verbalicious and the LSM have to grasp at are attacks on a statement, which verbosity will tell you are the hallmarks of a great foreign policy. Yessir, when the unleashed barbarians are hammering down the gates of our Arab Spring Embassies, you can count on Teh Ewon to issue a ‘very well done’ statement from the Rose Garden, strongly worded no less. Maybe he’ll disavow some other ambassadorial statements while in front of the cameras…without taking any questions, natch.

Of course, we’ll have to deal with yet another ‘well done’ statement about our Allies-on-the-Nile in short order.
Can Zero disavow his own statement? There are mulligans in foreign policy, it’s just like golf, right? Who needs an intel brief the morning after an ambassador is KIA?

Fail Whale’s on Line 1, lefties. And boy is he pissed you’re ruining his record.

Right on September 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Lebenese news organizations, Libyian Free Press (oh, the irony)…linked by the Washington Times, which im sure you’ll scoff at…look at the pictures if you can (i pray Amb. Stevens family never sees them)…they look eerily similar to the Quaddafi pics…he didnt fare well either at the hands of a Libyian mob, did he? Savages.

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

If you have a link to that…or a rabbit hole.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Chip, you pretty well nailed it – all verbalicious and the LSM have to grasp at are attacks on a statement, which verbosity will tell you are the hallmarks of a great foreign policy. Yessir, when the unleashed barbarians are hammering down the gates of our Arab Spring Embassies, you can count on Teh Ewon to issue a ‘very well done’ statement from the Rose Garden, strongly worded no less. Maybe he’ll disavow some other ambassadorial statements while in front of the cameras…without taking any questions, natch.

Of course, we’ll have to deal with yet another ‘well done’ statement about our Allies-on-the-Nile in short order.
Can Zero disavow his own statement? There are mulligans in foreign policy, it’s just like golf, right? Who needs an intel brief the morning after an ambassador is KIA?

Fail Whale’s on Line 1, lefties. And boy is he pissed you’re ruining his record.

Right on September 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

What I can’t believe is that there are those like verbaluce who are at least effectively campaigning for more Downgrade.

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Go to the Washington Times website…blog/watercooler…I just can’t copy it on my iPad…

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Lebenese news organizations, Libyian Free Press (oh, the irony)…linked by the Washington Times, which im sure you’ll scoff at…look at the pictures if you can (i pray Amb. Stevens family never sees them)…they look eerily similar to the Quaddafi pics…he didnt fare well either at the hands of a Libyian mob, did he? Savages.

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Little if any reporting/sources for this, but maybe Romney is preparing a statement attacking Obama for sympathizing with and apologizing to the ambassador’s rapist.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Did you go to the Washington Tmes??? If you won’t read and look beyond what you want to see, then I can’t help you.

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Let me ask you: Just why do you want More Downgrade?

Chip on September 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Did you go to the Washington Tmes??? If you won’t read and look beyond what you want to see, then I can’t help you.

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Yes, I did.
That’s where I saw the ‘Little if any reporting/sources for this’.
I’m sure more details will emerge, but we will need to wait a little for that.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

He ‘s looking like is a feckless leader more concerned with campaigning than running the nation.
Happy Nomad on September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

FIFY

Dopenstrange on September 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

[...but Obama did well here]

If by “did well” you mean that he helped to install the regimes in both countries where our embassies were attacked and a US ambassador was murdered yesterday, then yeah…well done.

If by “did well” you mean that he did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to ramp up security at these embassies on the anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks, then yeah…well done.

If by “did well” you mean that Obama didn’t bother to attend ANY national security briefings in the week running up to Sept. 11th – even though that date has bullseye on it for terrorist attacks – then yeah…well done.

Obama yesterday:

“Make no mistake: we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”

Hmm…I wonder if he’s talking about working with these guys:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57511043/assault-on-u.s-consulate-in-benghazi-leaves-4-dead-including-u.s-ambassador-j-christopher-stevens/

“Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building – deemed safer – after the initial wave of protests at the consulate compound. According to al-Sharef, members of the LIBYAN SECURITY TEAM seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack.”

Yeah…well done.

With competence like that, it’s no wonder that our economy is in the great shape it’s in now, eh?

rvastar on September 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Yes, but as we all know Barack Obama is special and he is not bound by the same rules that govern the behavior of mere mortals.

Or so I have been led to believe by the ass kissing press.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

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