12 September 2012

Yet another Republican lie (updated)

"I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. 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." -- Romney

Here's what actually happened.

I've said it before -- given their record during this campaign, anything the Republicans say must be assumed to be a lie until proven otherwise.

Update: See Andrew Sullivan's analysis.  More reactions here.

From the CNN report on the Libyan attack:

Clinton said, ".....This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of Libya. Everywhere Chris and his team went in Libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. And when the attack came yesterday, Libyans stood and fought to defend our post. Some were wounded. Libyans carried Chris' body to the hospital, and they helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety."

Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib apologized "to the American people and the government, and also to the rest of the world" for the "cowardly, criminal act."

It's even possible that the murderers were Qaddhafi loyalists trying to drive a wedge between the new Libyan government and the US

Update 2Libyans protest against terrorism.


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Romnney's colossal blunder on this issue is being condemned by Republicans and Democrats.

He's shown himself to be a rank amateur and a shameless panderer for votes from the low-information voters.

I'm almost embarrassed for him.

12 September, 2012 10:47  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

SK: Indeed so. And he's just doubling down on the blunder by trying to justify politicizing the murders. Incredibly, the right-wing sites I read seem to think this is some big triumph for Romney. They're in for a rude awakening.

12 September, 2012 11:24  
Blogger ReasonBeing said...

First off---well said by Shaw above me! It is frightening to me to see how loose Romney/Ryan/GOP will play with facts. They say whatever the hell they want knowing that some of it will stick. It is disgraceful.

12 September, 2012 11:33  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

RB: Let's hope it does stick -- to them. Surely the undecided voters will see this for what it is.

12 September, 2012 11:44  
Blogger Philo Vaihinger said...

Quite true. There have been reports al-Qaeda's current Big Dog was in Cairo, urging on the mob there.

Still, politicians' defense of free speech when it attacks other people's religion is notably less enthusiastic than when it attacks their politics, their taste in clothes, their sexual potency, or their talent as baseball players.

And it is, regrettably, all the less enthusiastic the more criminal the response of religious folks who claim their poor feelings were hurt.

12 September, 2012 15:52  
Blogger krissthesexyatheist said...

Was it the Fisher dude from some American Council for American Christians or something that said "This is a declaration of war" and that the only thing (their)American Muslim President can and should do is goo bad ol ATTAAAACCCCCKKKKKKKKK!

Yes, I think it was him,


12 September, 2012 19:55  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

I was hearing about some of this today on that satellite radio (car), then they were talking about Romney, and slamming Obama, etc, etc, etc ... I switched the channel and put on some music instead. I'm glad my neice's (US Army) mission/ detail is through in Afghanistan and she's now in EU and fixin to be back home for the holidayz. But havent really kept up with this much.

13 September, 2012 16:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

PV: And we can never solve the problem of violence in response to blasphemy by appeasement, because those who are determined to be offended will always find things to be offended about. I've heard of Muslims in Britain protesting against kids' ceramic piggy banks being sold in stores. Better to make blasphemy ubiquitous and show that rioting in response can't silence it.

KtSA: Sounds like him. Yes, attack a country whose government has already apologized for the actions of a small band of criminals (and arrested the ones they can catch).

RC: Yes, definitely good to have her out of Afghanistan. That place is still much more dangerous than Libya.

14 September, 2012 12:21  

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