Politics of embassy attacks
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:04
- Date Sep 12, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Is all about the statement from the Cairo embassy that came out early yesterday morning about noon time.
In Cairo where it it -- That the embassy condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.
Didn't talk about the upcoming protests it was expected it reiterated that saying it stood by that statement later in the day when the protests were happening.
And when they scaled the wall and took down the American flag shortly thereafter now.
The Romney campaign put out a statement.
About the attacks about the loss of life in Libya and we continued.
It's disgraceful to disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn the attacks on our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those.
Who waged the attacks so how does this play.
As you hear the back and forth -- back -- Penn State.
Well I mean I think on the substance Mitt Romney's -- is the right critique I mean the president did send mixed signals the administration income from the first tweet from.
The from the embassy in Egypt.
Did lead with an apology even subsequent statements by Hillary Clinton where she added in a denunciation of the violence always -- with.
What was tantamount to an apology so I think.
On the substance he's got a very good case I'm on the timing what I've done a press conference that probably wouldn't have that that has.
Much more to do with the fact that he knew the media we're going to obsess on this.
And obsess on it they -- they're so now.
Fascinated by this process story using this process -- and speed up Mitt Romney rather than taking a step back and looking at that the bigger quote picture question.
About the policies I mean you have in effect what what we're witnessing is.
From the perhaps a partial collapse of the Obama doctrine of the leading from behind the manifesto that has governed the way that the administration's conduct of foreign policy over the past three and a half years.
And all we heard about all day today was the media and whether Mitt Romney -- put out a statement that.
-- the administration did disavowed the Cairo embassies original statement sixteen political sixteen hours later.
But then they repeated the same sentiment today both the president and Hillary Clinton does start but I mean that's just the -- down and -- after a while they send -- in a quote Politico they seem to disavow ABC news but then later than Tennessee re tweet at the same thing saying.
We're not gonna apologize and even if our embassy has been breached we still believe in you know we'll speak out against bigotry and that in itself in and of itself as confused us.
And the problem is that if Mitt Romney wants to me an argument against the way the president has handled the Arab Spring he needs to make it.
And he wasn't making it today he was just focusing on the statement if that's it if that's the sum total of his charge against the Obama administration I don't know where it's gonna go.
And he did it.
It's risky when you inject yourself into a fast moving foreign crisis he learned this through the Chinese dissident.
Story where he got involved and -- the next thing you know he was criticizing the the -- administrator not getting -- guy out of on the guy gets out.
I just think that.
These things have to be thought through and he has to make the arguments and it has to make them in a concerted way over time that this is just going to be -- one day thing where he takes a swipe at Obama and then go back to the economy out of -- how it's gonna help them Charles.
I agree I think with the substance -- would Romney said at the time was absolutely right.
The problem is that he needs to make a larger argument.
Then there is a collapse of Obama's policies began with a Cairo speech it began when the apologies.
To -- -- began with regret for the Iraq War to begin with so called outreach and it's completely collapsed.
It's gotten nowhere on Iran.
Do these -- the fruits of appeasement and apology than he should make it general's speech that an attack here -- there for the speech explaining and connecting all the -- That's what a candidate ought to do -- to leave -- tax.
Two surrogates tend to -- There's much more talk about about politics of all this we want to go through all the polls as well that's why we have an on line ship.
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