Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
As I posted earlier, the Neocon Washington Post was highly critical of Romney's politicization of the killing of our our ambassador to Libya. Mr. Romney’s rhetoric on embassy attacks is a discredit to his campaign:
At a news conference, Mr. Romney claimed that the administration had delivered “an apology for America’s values.” In fact, it had done no such thing: Religious tolerance, as much as freedom of speech, is a core American value. The movie that provoked the protests, which mocks the prophet Mohammed and portrays Muslims as immoral and violent, is a despicable piece of bigotry; it was striking that Mr. Romney had nothing to say about such hatred directed at a major religious faith.
Mr. Obama struck the right tone on Wednesday, saying that “we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others” but that “there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence.”
It turns out that Willard "Mittens" Romney had one defender today in the Tea-Publican Party who managed to be even more ignorant and offensive than him: Arizona's everlasting embarrassment, Sen. Jon Kyl.
Here's what Sen. Jon Kyl said, as quoted by Roll Call reporter Meredith Shiner:
"It's like the judge telling the woman who got raped, 'You asked for it because of the way you dressed.' OK? That's the same thing. 'Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done — what I don't know — but it's your fault that it happened.' You know, for a member of our State Department to put out a statement like that, it had to be cleared by somebody. They don't just do that in the spur of the moment."
Sen. Kyl is a complete ass.
As I posted earlier, Former Romney Adviser On Libya: "They Stepped In It" | The New Republic:
[T]he tone and timing of the criticism were self-defeating in ways large and small. Small because, as the news accounts have pointed out, the U.S. embassy statement came before the start of the protests in Cairo and Libya—however ham-handed, it was an attempt to preemptively defuse them, an impulse no one can begrudge an embassy official under threat of violence, not an after-the-fact apologia. Meanwhile, the Obama administration had actually disavowed the statement before Romney released his own critique.
Apparently, Arizona's everlasting embarrassment is the exception. Perhaps Sen. Kyl will now explain that "it was not meant to be a factual statement." We cannot rid ourselves of this embarrassing fool soon enough.