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Crisis Didn’t Slow Campaign

September 13, 2012
The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

When Republican candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's handling of affairs in the Middle East in the wake of the murders of four U.S. diplomats in Libya, Democrat leaders were quick to condemn him for allegedly playing politics during a crisis.

Really? On Tuesday night, rioters in Benghazi, Libya, attacked the U.S. embassy. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. That came on the same day a crowd in Egypt attacked the U.S. embassy there.

At 10:35 Wednesday morning, Obama held a press conference at the White House. He condemned the attacks, offered condolences to the families of those killed, vowed the murderers would be brought to justice and said security will be improved at U.S. embassies.

Then, at 2:05 p.m., according to the White House, Obama departed - for visits to Nevada and Colorado of a purely political nature.

What happened to the "crisis" cited by some who criticized Romney? Obviously, Obama doesn't view attacks on two U.S. embassies and the deaths of four diplomatic personnel as a crisis.

Romney made a good point about official U.S. reaction to rioting by Islamic militants upset about a film apparently produced by a California man. The U.S. embassy in Cairo released a statement highly critical of the American film maker. It stated the embassy "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims, as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

Yet continuing efforts by Muslim extremists to repress and sometimes kill Christians in many countries seldom provoke such official statements from the Obama administration.

Romney was merely stating what has become painfully obvious - that Obama often seems more worried about the sensibilities of America's enemies than about Americans.

 
 

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