Mitt Romney’s statement on the attacks on Americans in Egypt and Libya is direct and forceful:
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
I hope he follows with a condemnation of the president’s refusal to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Six days ago the president attempted to argue that he was the master of the foreign policy universe, an absurdity then and an even more obvious absurdity today.
The awful statement from the Embassy in Cairo might be excused if the president acts quickly to disavow the appeasment it embodies.
But the decision to snub Netanyahu–again–was quite deliberate and from the president himself. Any supporter of Israel who argues that this president is a great friend of the Jewish state is refusing to review the evidence of the four years with anything like objectivity.
Why would the president do this less than two months before an election? The only answers are ego or incompetence –or both.
And a cover-his-rear phone call after the fall out begins to become obvious even to him? Another display of his contempt for the intelligence of voters, just like the “oops” on Jerusalem last week.
BY all means he should campaign on his foreign policy chops. “Leading from behind” has never been more obvious in its consequences than on Tuesday.