“Giving material aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war,” is the definition of treason. Remember that.
The no-longer-loyal opposition decided to make political points as the United States of America was attacked yesterday.
Foreign Policy Hands Voice Disbelief At Romney Cairo Statement
“Bungle… utter disaster…not ready for prime time… not presidential… Lehman moment.” And that’s just the Republicans.
Posted Sep 12, 2012 11:10am EDT
Mitt Romney’s sharply-worded attack on President Obama over a pair of deadly riots in Muslim countries last night has backfired badly among foreign policy hands of both parties, who cast it as hasty and off-key, released before the facts were clear at what has become a moment of tragedy.
Romney keyed his statement to the American Embassy in Cairo’s condemnation of an anti-Muslim video that served as the trigger for the latest in a series of regional riots over obscure perceived slights to the faith. But his statement — initially embargoed to avoid release on September 11, then released yesterday evening anyway — came just before news that the American Ambassador to Libya had been killed and broke with a tradition of unity around national tragedies, and of avoiding hasty statements on foreign policy. It was the second time Romney has been burned by an early statement on a complex crisis: Romney denounced the Obama Administration’s handling of a Chinese dissident’s escape just as the Administration negotiated behind the scenes for his departure from the country.
“They were just trying to score a cheap news cycle hit based on the embassy statement and now it’s just completely blown up,” said a very senior Republican foreign policy hand, who called the statement an “utter disaster” and a “Lehman moment” — a parallel to the moment when John McCain, amid the 2008 financial crisis, failed to come across as a steady leader.
The Republicans declined to speak for attribution, for fear of being publicly disloyal to their party’s nominee. Veteran Democratic foreign policy hands, operating under no such restriction, called Romney’s quick move all but disqualifying.
Heather Hurlburt, who heads the National Security Network, a Democratic group, said the statement “shows not just poor judgment and a willingness to use tragedy for political gains, regardless of the security consequences — but also poor management. He has policy people on his team who know better. Clearly they weren’t consulted.”
“As someone who worked at state and with diplomats for many years, it makes me feel sick,” she said.
“Romney blew it and revealed how seriously maladroit he is when it comes to foreign affairs and national security,” said Steve Clemons, the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. “An attack on an Embassy, the murder of U.S. officials including an Ambassador, is an attack on all Americans and the idea of America — and Romney gave terrorists what they want — a divided country still torn emotionally and politically by the events of 9-11. Romney talks of leadership but with his reckless commentary when events were fragile and still unfolding, he belly-flopped.”
It makes me feel sick, too.
As we all were Americans on 9-12 eleven years ago, so too, the tragedy was infamously turned into cynical political calculation by a man who claimed he’d be “a uniter, not a divider.”
And here we are again on 9-12 eleven years later, with an entirely different outcome than national unity.
Reince Priebus, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee marched in lockstep:
This is unconscionable. To accuse the President of the United States of being in “sympathy” with those who attacked the United States Embassy in Cairo yesterday is beneath the contempt of an American citizen. It is giving material aid and comfort to the enemy.
At moments like this, say, eleven years ago, Americans came together and stood with the White House, across the entire political spectrum.
In contradistinction, Republicans of 9-12-2012 attack the President before the facts are even known.
Mr. Romney is not fit to serve in any elective office, let alone the highest office in the land. Mr. Priebus should resign today. Period.
This is not and has never been what America stands for.
Sadly, the flying monkey corps of the rightie blogosmear have jumped in, also in lockstep, to emit a shrill screech of anti-Muslim hatred, not the least of which is Pamela Geller, she of the “Ground Zero Mosque” klan-march.
If “The United States of America” has any meaning, this is not it.
As the woman said, I am sick. Not merely sickened that radical hatred has been marshaled against our embassy in Cairo, but that our Ambassador to Libya has been murdered, along with three others (as present reports have it) over a film purported to insult the Prophet Mohammed. But sickened that candidates and officers in the highest offices in the land have shown themselves morally no better than those haters who attacked the USA in the Middle East yesterday.
And that distance between 9-11-2001 and 9-12-2012 cannot easily be calculated in light years.
But it is as vast a gulf as exists between heaven and hell.
And the grave tragedy in all of this is that Mr. Romney will have changed his story by 9-13. As he changes every story.
The God of Moses or the God of Jesus or the God of Mohammed or no God at all have mercy on us.
Gasoline has been thrown on a fire by thugs who do not realize that the house they would burn down is their own.
Have Mr. Romney and Mr. Priebus given material aid and comfort to the enemy?
You be the judge, jury and executioner.