Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mitt Romney Politicizes Libya Ambassador's Death
With his written statement last night and news conference this morning, Mitt Romney showed no hesitation to turn the attack on the American embassy in Libya, which killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three others, into a political attack on President Obama. Romney is primarily responding to a statement put out by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that was issued without the President's involvement and before the diplomats in Libya were killed. Foreign policy is widely viewed to be one of Romney's weakest areas and his eagerness to turn an act of terrorism into a political fight demonstrates his naiveté and desperation. Romney saw an opening to further his false narrative of President Obama as "apologizer-in-chief" and ran with it, without considering the context or consequences. Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt released a statement last night expressing "shock" that Romney would politicize this tragedy. By the time President Obama appeared on live TV this morning (with Hillary Clinton by his side) to address the events, he did his duty as Commander-in-Chief without sinking to his opponent's level and dignifying his baseless attacks with a response.