Team Romney Fans the Flames of Anti-American Sentiment in the Middle East

Could Team Romney believe that spurring anti-American sentiment, violent protests and perhaps even new wars across the Middle East will help him win in November?

In this overheated political season where partisans regularly indulge in hyperbolic reactions to the unfolding of world events, one politician has stepped over the line and lit a match to the tinderbox, which is the post-Arab Spring Middle East.

On Tuesday Sept. 11, after well-armed extremists stormed the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, resulting in the deaths of four Americans including our Ambassador, a test of leadership was proffered to both President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Romney.

A statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, prior to the attack, designed to soften an expected backlash against a now infamous anti-Islam Internet video, proved an unwise and hasty catalyst for candidate Romney’s aspirations.

As most everyone has heard by now -- the angsty Romney, slipping in the polls, big-footed his way into the spotlight that very evening by releasing a statement that read, "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."

Yet the release of the incendiary video and the Benghazi attack in all likelihood were not even related. Al Qaeda’s new commander, Ayman al-Zawahiri had demanded revenge attacks for the recent CIA killing of the group’s second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was Libyan.

Although Romney was confronted with his misstep at every turn, over the course of the week, he appears determined to misuse the crisis as a means to his end. Arguably, in this case, a flip-flop would be welcome.

Even as more temperate figures on the right have voiced alarm, Team Romney has poured gasoline on the tinderbox and is busy fanning the flames. The usual suspects at Fox News have tagged President Obama a terrorist sympathizer, and top Romney foreign policy adviser Richard Williamson alleged the attacks on American embassies would not have occurred under a President Romney.

In tandem came the spontaneous combustion of anti-American sentiment erupting in more than a dozen nations where protestors have directed their outrage against the anti-Islam video at the U.S. government.

The NeoCon conspiracy theory that the Obama Administration is arming Islamic terrorists and working to bring shari’a law to the U.S. has whipped conservative bloggers into a frenzy back home.

President Obama condemned the embassy attack calling it "outrageous and shocking" and vowed to bring those responsible to justice. Two warships have been ordered to the Libyan coast.

Secretary of State Clinton made a distinction between the attackers and the Libyan people and government and stated that the U.S. government had nothing to do with the “awful internet video” that has incited rage and violence against America. Both Obama and Clinton were present at Andrews Air Force Base to honor the four fallen Americans.

But, even as the flag-draped coffins are returned home and violence continues in the streets overseas, Romney has done nothing to quash the ongoing game of right wing telephone.

Could Team Romney possibly believe that spurring anti-American sentiment, violent protests and perhaps even new wars across the Middle East will win them the White House in November?

No, they couldn’t. That would make them monsters.

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ethel mertz September 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
The Great Orator is shooting the rock, talking the 70's ghetto slang, making us proud of our ability to elect anybody and most importantly not hurling hen standing next to Hillrom the Clintomateher.
Harry Dill September 20, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Attention Moderator: This is the last time I will participate in this forum as I am unwilling to deprecate myself by responding in kind (as I have done this evening) to such offensive, incredulous, and personal ridicule. I do my best to avoid colliding with such personified effluent. Hence my decision this evening. As I noted a short time ago, there are a few commentators that continue to pitch disparaging sliders and resort to juvenile name calling. May I recommend that you more carefully monitor content to preserve civil decorum. And those that refuse to comply be censured and prohibited from participating.
Lucy Riccardo September 20, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Harry, most of us realize that his problen goes far beyond understanding the English language. It's his complete disregard for truth and honesty. What is the Difference Between a Sociopath, a Compulsive, a Pathological, a Chronic, and a Habitual Liar? A Sociopath A sociopath is typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused - it is done to get one's way). Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways (see, lovefraud, for more on sociopaths). Compulsive Liar A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary. For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning (unlike sociopaths), rather they simply lie out of habit - an automatic response which is hard to break and one that takes its toll on a relationship (see, how to cope with a compulsive liar).
ethel mertz September 20, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Pickle-I truly do think you feel you have been offended. The language you use to put forth your case is truly bizarre and incomprehensible. No Moderator can protect you like the Media does the Orator. We gladly bid you goodbye from all forum's that challenge ones intellect and ability to support their claims, not truly their own. Sail away dear Pickle your check is in the mail, yet again.
Harry Dill September 20, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Apparently there is at least one quasi-articulate, self-proclaimed pundit that has considerable difficulty understanding the English language above 2nd grade level. Tragically, he/she/it prefers to quote phrases rather than referencing them in a dictionary to increase his/hers/its literacy. He/she/it alleges that the $1billion+ annual allocation to Israel is "hyperbole" in a desperate attempt to discredit truth as most sycophants do. He/she/it should routinely peruse the unabridged edition. If that is too challenging try enrolling in an adult education remedial English or ESL class. If you fail, the instructor may allow you to audit since you allege to be an authority on I.Q evaluation. In the mean time stay away from Scrabble and stick to watching Sponge Bob. He may help to increase your vocabulary and boost your I.Q. as well! If that fails try performing an intensive 15 minute flash card drill. Start with monosyllabic words that are easy to spell, remember, and pronounce. Then, to reward yourself, pull out your pogo stick and exercise vigorously. Aloha senor!
Harry Dill September 20, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Speak for yourself mertz. You have not been delegated authority to speak for all the participants in this forum. You are merely one of the more offensive voices. Regale in your ignobility! There is at least one other "voice of incredulity" that mirrors your demeanor. As you know, birds (more specifically loons) of a feather should stick together. Why do you hide behind a fictitious name? What else have you to hide? They are rhetorical. No one is interested in your answers. Spare us from knowing. The incoherency of your syntax is as mind-boggling as the message you attempt to communicate. You and Luca are exemplary purveyors of inane babble and incapable of comprehension that is beyond your intellects. Grunt more and write less. It could be far more entertaining to those of us seeking much more than you are capable of communicating.
Harry Dill September 20, 2012 at 03:49 AM
A few rotten apples can spoil a bushel. A few intellectually challenged miscreants can dismantle the New Canaan Patch forum by infecting it with the virulent antipathy of their mindless and uncivilized rhetoric. The verbal excrement of thugs and demagogues should be heard elsewhere. Consider Jerry Springer. He appeals to the lowest-common denominator and will gladly welcome your gross expression. There are plenty of public facilities to display your "talent." Perform elsewhere and allow this forum to remain civilized and unencumbered.
sebastian dangerfield September 20, 2012 at 04:50 AM
In the interview with KCBS political reporter Doug Sovern,John Burton, chairman of the Democratic party in California said the Republicans lie and don’t care whether people know they lie and that, “As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating it.” oh--so Romney is now similar to Joseph Goebbels. Harry Reid accuses him of not paying taxes for a decade....and people here are offended by romney speaking in favor of free speech. Awesome.
sebastian dangerfield September 20, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Harry Dill says" Recognize that we do not pour hundreds of billions of dollars annually and provide fleets of our most advanced warbirds to Israel for love alone. " Now says that He/she/it alleges that the $1billion+ annual allocation to Israel is "hyperbole" in a desperate attempt to discredit truth as most sycophants do. Harry---1 bio is not hyperbole. Hundreds of billions is. Hopefully you can see the distinction.
sebastian dangerfield September 20, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Harry Harry Harry Your insults are amusing...but they are insults.... and 2 1/2 hours after you said goodbye as a result of your being offended, you continue to deride and debase other writers on this site. Yawn....
sebastian dangerfield September 20, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Frankln Awesome...any other old quotes you can dust off from years ago? What's the point? Referring to working-class voters in old industrial towns decimated by job losses, the presidential hopeful said: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." The comments were seized on by his rival for the Democratic party candidacy, Hillary Clinton, who saw in them the hope of reviving her flagging campaign by turning voters in the important Pennsylvania primary on April 22 against what she classed as Obama's revealed "elitism". "I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small-town America," she said on Saturday. "His remarks are elitist and out of touch."
sebastian dangerfield September 20, 2012 at 05:18 AM
ok Watts, Thanks for the reply. 1- I agree , Romney mistakenly attributed the 'apology" for our values to Obama. Thats a mistake of attribution. If you want to be honest, then I think its weak to say 'some foreign embassy on a website" when it was the United States embassy in Cairo that issued the apology. And again, Romney erred in attributing the statement to the Obama administration, but make no mistake, Embassies and the White House have a very close relationship, and in fact Google released a statement saying that they were rebuffing pressure from the White House to take down the video. So, maybe it isnt as big of a stretch for Romney to attribute the sentiment to The White House. In any event, free speech can be debated with respect to its limitations and consequences, but I urge you to read Thomas Friedman's NY Times editorial that tends to tacitly support the attitude that Romney bears and the one that I do as well. When men are killed over free speech, we should blame the terrorists, not the video (the fact that the video is most likely not the cause--notwithstanding). The backlash over Romney should be about his inappropriate timing ---but I dont think most people get that. They respond to mob rule ROMNEY IS WRONG!!---and its ironic given what is happening in the Arab world.
Watts September 20, 2012 at 08:22 AM
"Google released a statement saying that they were rebuffing pressure from the White House" Hmm, couldn't find this statement from Google about undo pressure, but did find that the White House had brought the video to their attention to ask them to review it to see if it violated any of YouTube's policies: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/09/14/white-house-asked-youtube-to-review-anti-muslim-film/ As far as free speech (and let me qualify this by stating that before starting my own company, I previously attained multiple degrees and taught in this field of study), I personally do think that the creators (and not YouTube or Google) should at least be tried for potential crimes under certain exceptions for restricted speech that most people more famously know as the example of not yelling fire in a theater. Unfortunately, most people think that is literally the only thing that Americans can't do, but in actuality, this is used as an example to distinguish when the intent of speech is malicious and knowingly to put lives in danger. If there was any doubt that this was the intent of the filmmaker, such doubts should have been erased when (after the violence had started), the filmmaker intentionally mislead reporters to spread the message that he was Israeli and that it was American made and Israeli financed. Most of which was false and all of which was done to exasperate the already deadly violence.
Watts September 20, 2012 at 08:55 AM
I think that the intent was clear and the result was that American lives were put in danger. The gray area is that the American victims were outside the US (but were clearly the target of the resulting violence). Technology has presented us with more variables, that have not been tested previously. But no matter what, I think that the creators of this film on the level of knowing what they were making and were aware of the potential for violent retaliation (not a justification of that violence, just acknowledging that there would be a previous understanding of its potential), should at least be going through the legal process to find if culpability for their actions and (if the connection is made) the resulting deaths of Americans, can be proven in court. The 1st Amendment is not meant to be hidden behind if the intent and results are determined to be criminal. Here is a much better written piece on this: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-chayes-innocence-of-muslims-first-amendment-20120918,0,3112718.story And despite the fact that I support Obama, I do recognize that such a trial over the nuances between freedom of speech and restricted speech, on this high a profile case, would be political suicide during an election season. But then again, as more information comes to light, it is unclear how much of this was an organic reaction to the video or could have been planned. But if there is a connection, then there should at least be a trial.
Cliff Cuming September 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Fw Your source?
ethel mertz September 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Pickle - I honestly find reading your posts very difficult. They are full of unecessary words and really offer zero of substance relative to the article that spurred these postings. This does not make them above others understanding just incomprehensible and without value. This "forum" and the majority of media forums are not unencumbered. They are refuge for Liberal speak, sources for your talking points and fillers of your empty heads. The presence of clear speaking, fact based Conservatives on the "forum" sparks rage amongst those who normally just blog back and forth with one another in a mindless psychobabble dance.
Cliff Cuming September 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM
How is the Obama economy working out? Dollar devalued again! What does it mean when the dollar denominated price of gas doubles during a 4 year recession...big freeze coming this winter, those heating oil bills will hurt but Obama needs high temp at the WH " cause he's from hawaiii Taxarmageddon coming up...anybody got a budget?
Cliff Cuming September 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Released GITMO detainee returned to Libyian jail suspected to be the "mastermindless" behind the "spontaneous" embassy attack on 9-11-12 Obama admin still says it was attributable to rogue film released last July. Can you imagine the perp's laughter as the admin wiggles around the facts! A failed Mideast policy fanned the flames.
ethel mertz September 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Well we are now hearing that the FBI's investigation of the Libyan Embassy 9/11 tragedy has determined that it was a planned attack carried out by "an orgnaized group". I wonder if the grand Orator will now come out to correct his Press Mouthpiece (Carney) and UN Ambassador megaphone (Rice) and their constant drumbeat that this incident was spurred by a video. Doubt you will hear that from the Orator. Why? The media will not call for him to do so. If Romney made a mistake or misstatement like this the media drumbeat would be deafening. It is shocking to me how many just fell in line with the Orator and his explanation for the Embassy attack. It is shocking to read Watts posting that the creator of the video should be prosecuted. Our Embassy and four US citizens were tragic victims of a PLANNED ATTACK on 9/11/12. This is a time for leadership through strength by an American President. Instead, we look to blame a video and its maker, we apologize to the Muslim community and we are now find out the Orator's Admin. is workiing a deal to return the Sheikh Omar Abdu Rahman, advisor to the 1993 WTC bombings, to Egypt. The Debates cannot come soon enough. The Orator without a prompter, although he can still use his "pause" technique, is going to be great. Did you see the Galllup Poll released last night, reversing yesterday's figures which had the Orator up by 8%, the new poll has them in a statistical tie. Why the swing back to Romney, his 47% statement rang true.
Lucy Riccardo September 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The incoherency of your syntax is as mind-boggling as the message you attempt to communicate. You and Luca are exemplary purveyors of inane babble and incapable of comprehension that is beyond your intellects. Grunt more and write less. It could be far more entertaining to those of us seeking much more than you are capable of communicating.
ethel mertz September 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Lucy - thank you for defining through example, "incoherent".
NCHammer September 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
enough already people...take it off-line please. you are clogging up the patch comment section and have had your say. 170 comments are plenty.
Alethiologist September 20, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Siwanoy September 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
"When was the last time a civilized society attacked an Embassy and killed diplomats and we apologized?" if you consider what was said an apology, then it happened under our last President...
Harry Dill September 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Here's a timely suggestion: Those that persist in expressing their boring monologues should consider taking a long walk off a short plank after thoroughly with brushing with Draino and gargling with double-edged razor blades to permanently disinfect their foul mouths and prevent the spewing of more unadulterated, toxic, verbal phlegm. Despite the might of your spite consider yourselves successful i.e., successful if making everyone yawn and reach for Alka-Seltzer to relieve the acid indigestion your frantic antics produce. Before opening your odorous mouths try opening your minds to release the garbage they contain.
Cliff Cuming September 20, 2012 at 03:08 PM
HD, You are actually a pretty good wordsmith. But be careful, the EPA will go after you if someone follows your advice and pollutes our waterways.
sebastian dangerfield September 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Ok Watts again thanks for taking time to state your case... I think its wrong...but at least its a point of view. For me your way of thinking is exactly what Romney was attacking. And i agree. You are blaming a video and evaluating the intent of a video , when analyzing this event. Let me just analogize and see where we end up. If I publish a video that calls into question the legitimacy of Jesus...or lets even call him a pedophile and people go to the actual filmmaker and kill him, you would say the filmmaker had no right to make the film? Here, the crowd actually attacks the man responsible, rather than america or its representatives , yet it is pretty clear ( I hope!! hah) that we can see how this is unacceptable. The thought on the right, is that Obama is too apologetic for our values...that 'appeasement' has a place, but that conciliatory words are absurd after an American diplomat is killed over something he had nothing to do with. I just find the entire attack on Romney and his response to be contrived. Sure he said obama said something that he didnt. But the rest of his concept? Is it really something that is 'monster -like" ? To me if attacks took place in some American city, and people were murdered over a youtube video----no one in their right mind, would blame the video...they would correctly blame the murderers. This should not even be a debate---its just that romney read the embassy statement and put it on obama.
sebastian dangerfield September 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM
purveyors of inane babble and incapable of comprehension that is beyond your intellects. So if im incapable of comprehension beyond my intellect, does that mean I am capable of comprehension within my intellect? Hmmm I wish I could be like lucy ricardo and be capable of comprehension beyond his intellect-- however that would work. (wait? was that an inane statement by lucy? hahahahah)
SLP September 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I agree with all your points Alfred, but even as a CEO he leaves ALOT to be desired. He has never been a job creator. But a job destroyer: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829?link=mostpopular1 I'll take a Community Organizer ANY day over some guy who's business practices would involve more American's jobs being outsourced overseas in the name of the bottom line.
Chandra Johnson Greene September 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
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