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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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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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