Friday, September 14, 2012

Don't Change Horses In The Middle Of A Stream

Frankly, this might seem to be a nod towards conspiracy theorists, but I grew up in the cloud of the Warren Commission and Watergate. I am HIGHLY suspicious with all the 100s of millions that the Teapublican billionaire founders are throwing around like so much Monopoly money that I would not be surprised if there was an alterior motive generated somewhere to motivate an obscure group of fanatics to attack an overseas embassy.

There were 12 embassies attacked during the 8 years of the Bush league, but even THEY made actual apologies to offended religious groups offended by various triggers. The current administration is no such group of apologists. They don't have to be. The Libyan people held our assassinated ambassador as a hero, and our government also supported the Arab spring movement, without opposition. The majority of Arabs understand this. The current mob beseiging the Cairo police guarding our embassy there have more beefs with the police since the recent Arab spring demostrations than they do with some silly video that they're most likely never seen, and their constant agitation is spurring on the protests of minority sects in other Arab capitols.

"But we must be clear-eyed, even in our grief. 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. And last night, when I spoke with the President of Libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people and pursue those responsible." ~ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Treaty Room, Washington D.C., September 13, 2012

"(...) {Glen Doherty} a former Navy SEAL who opposed religious fundamentalism in the military.He also joined the advisory board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that has battled religious intolerance in the U.S. armed forces. Its president, former Air Force officer Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, said he was 'in a state of shock' after learning of Doherty's death." (Smith CNN)

(Smith CNN) "He was one of our most active advisory board members,' Weinstein said. 'I was surprised he was willing to come on and lend the gravitas that comes with being a Navy SEAL to our cause. 'Doherty's involvement 'made it easier for others to come to us,' Weinstein added."

(Smith CNN) "He said Doherty believed the kind of violent jihadists American troops faced were 'a very small percentage of the overall mosaic of the Muslim faith,' and saw anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and in the ranks as something that hurt U.S. national security."

(Smith CNN) 'He went back to the Middle East because he cared deeply about the Muslim people, and because he cared about bringing freedom and democracy and human rights to the Middle East,' Weinstein said. Doherty 'was a kind and caring person, and I'm sure that he gave every last bit of his courage and strength' to defend the consulate and Stevens, he added. 'All this is going to do is light a further fire under us in Glen's name and memory to continue to fight for religious freedom and respect and tolerance."

"Partisanship ought to end at the water's edge' is a longstanding adage of American politics. But in the hours after the death of the first U.S. ambassador killed in decades, Mitt Romney -- panicked as his poll numbers have slipped -- punched hard against the president, unleashing an unwise, inaccurate and unpresidential attack on the Obama administration." (Avlon 2012)

Mittwitt is only muddling the international water practically every time he wanders out with his "Corporal's Guard" of Bush league bumbler advisers into rough surf which he has no business floundering about. This is not Boston Bay, Salt Lake City, or even Lake Michigan. There are no lifeguards for Mittwitt on these coastlines. 

"Putin has also been quoted as saying, 'The fact that Mr. Romney considers us enemy No. 1 and clearly has a poor opinion of us is a minus. But the fact that he speaks that way – directly, frankly and clearly – means that he is a direct and candid person. That’s a plus.” (Acuff 2012)

"U.S. plans for a missile defense shield in Europe, which Washington has already started to deploy, have been a major irritant in U.S.-Russia relations. Washington says the shield is meant to counter a potential threat from Iran and will pose no risk to Russia." (Dyomkin 2012)

"Putin has also stated that, 'He has strengthened our negotiating position on this sensitive and very important issue,' with regard to Romney. Mitt Romney’s absolute ignorance of solid foreign policy absolutely must be taken into account when considering your vote come this November. He seems intent on bringing war to our shores." (Acuff 2012)

"We know that we saw something appalling yesterday, in Mitt Romney’s response to the violence in Cairo and Benghazi, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that we’re witnessing something historic too. This isn’t simply the end of the Republican Party’s decades-long political advantage on foreign policy that we’re observing. Rather, we are simultaneously able to see how the party is reacting to and dealing with the disappearance of that advantage." (Tomasky 2012)

(Tomasky 2012) "The world is the world. Obama can’t wave a wand at it. But he can do what he has done, which is to run a sober and responsible foreign policy, not one based on theories developed in think-tank seminars underwritten by some hawkish Israeli billionaire. (...) As to the future, let’s begin by considering that 70 percent of Romney’s foreign-policy brain trust worked for Bush, as Ari Berman has reported in The Nation. Combining that dour factoid with the rumors and suggestions one sees planted in the press from time to time—that John Bolton would make a fine secretary of state—gives Americans much to fear in a Romney presidency." Note: Bolton once recommended that the United States nuke Iran. Seriously. 

(Tomasky 2012) "If Obama is reelected—and Wednesday may prove to have been an important milestone toward that end—and if his next four years go roughly like the last four on the foreign policy front, the Democratic Party will be back to where it was on foreign policy dominance in 1948. I spent a lot of time in 2003 arguing with conservatives and even hawkish liberals—far more vociferously with the latter—that the neocon project did not represent a fulfillment of Truman/Acheson-style foreign policymaking. On Wednesday, Romney and his apologists went a long way toward proving me right."

And so it goes. 

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