Up to this point, foreign policy and world affairs has been nearly dead last on the list of issues voters find most troubling heading into the 2012 election. One can’t help but wonder whether that topic will move up the list a few notches given the recent events in Egypt and Libya.

Report from the The Daily Star:

The killing of Americans in Libya and the sacking of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt present President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney with a sudden, delicate leadership test 55 days from the election day.

The current commander-in-chief and the man who wants to oust him faced an immediate challenge to measure their words on a fast-developing crisis, which has many Americans in harm’s way, with their own narrower political interests.

Obama, appearing in the White House Rose Garden, somberly condemned the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, projected presidential dignity, called on Americans to unite and promised action to protect diplomats in the Arab world.

His remarks, though unfolding in a highly political context, stuck to foreign policy, as he mourned slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and his comrades and vowed justice.

But the president’s unspoken political mission was to exploit and enhance perceptions of him as a steely global leader and to shield his own election prospects from immediate damage from any voter outrage at home.

Romney, behind in the presidential race and under fire as a diplomatic neophyte, muscled in on the media narrative with a highly political response, sparking accusations his reaction was crass and a “disaster.”

Some observers compared his remarks to ex-Republican John McCain’s fumbling attempt in 2008 to meet the erupting financial crisis, partly credited with ensuring his defeat.

Romney stood behind his remarks when questioned again later in the day, report from Reuters:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday stood by his criticism of the Obama administration for its initial response to attacks against U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt, calling the White House’s reaction disgraceful.

In a campaign dominated by the weak U.S. economy, the Libya crisis and the killing of the U.S. ambassador there put foreign policy in the spotlight with less than two months to go before the November 6 election between President Barack Obama and Romney.

Romney, eager to draw a distinction between himself and Obama on national security, also criticized Obama’s handling of the U.S. relationship with Israel a day after reports that Obama did not plan to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York this month during the U.N. General Assembly.

My heart goes out to the family of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other Americans who were murdered in this act of terrorism against the United States.

61 COMMENTS

  1. After Romney disaster on his trip and this attempt to earn points I would never trust him with foreign affairs. He should be ashamed to try to use such a terrible thing to further his campaign. I believe that Hilary and Obama are doing what is needed.
    I fear that Romney with his tough talk and his attempt to use the Netanyahu meeting with Obama will have this country into an ill perceived war that we can not afford in lives lost or treasure!
    Netanyahu has NO business trying to interfere with what this country does. And absolutely NO business trying to get into campigns.

  2. In all my life–and it’s a long one–I have never heard a political hack attack the President of the United States at the TIME of an attack ON the United States.

    It justifies my new epithet for Willard:

    ########################## REMFney

    • Yes, maybe so, but America has never had such a worthless President. It’s a free country still and there is still free speech still , so Gov Romeny wants to be our next President, I welcome his leadership. He will make be a real leader, a President the way it should be. I am so tired of the big mess we have right now. Obama, a professional organizer, has orchestrated many events to make Romney look bad. There is nothing he can pin on Romeny because there just isn’t anything, Romney or Ryan, has done wrong. So, my point is, think about what Obama has done in 4 years and then think about if you want another 4 years of the same stagnation. We need to bring everyone one home now who are in the middle east, love Israel, and get out of financial debt, create real jobs, and really move forward instead of backward. The lib media doesn’t tell you everything. Switch to FOX and get the whole tamale, both views.

        • Cheap shot ? ? But it seems to me there are a lot more voters that hate Obama then there are that like Romney. Usually hate is stronger than love but there are exceptions.

          • Yeah, that amazes me. Obama haters say he has done nothing, and in the next breath, say he has destroyed the country, world, universe.

            I think hating comes from knowing. Leftists hated Bush at least as much as rightists hate Obama.

            People only don’t hate Willard only because they don’t know him. And because he hasn’t done anything to you yet.

            • Now no one can do as much damage as Bush. The guy cost the taxpayers 5 trillion dollars and it ain’t over yet. (9/11) Have to go back to FDR (WWII) to get those kind of numbers (adjusted for inflation)

      • Mack

        FOX News LIES! – their “tamale” is full of lies and propaganda to fool people like YOU! Heck – they’re just as biased as the libs. I’m a Conservative and even I stopped watching that CRAP!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG2DI7o-W7A

        Just type “Fox news lies” in youtube and see for yourself. Dozens and dozens of examples. Turn FOX off and get your news from the Alternative Media. Much more objective and reliable.

        • Mistakes yes, spin, yes, lies, I don’t think so. They report what their viewers want them to report in a way they want it reported.

      • Graycrab:

        Not just foreign. Robme has no sense of diplomacy of any kind. The Willard Way is to hold a fellow student down to cut his hair–and as an adult, ripping apart healthy companies and sucking them dry.

        I debate the right of Willard even to call himself a “businessman,” because the effective business person seeks a win-win situation. All Willard knows is “I win/you lose.” And he’s not satisfied to win–you HAVE to lose.

        His first thought is always negative. Look at the way he offended the British. Instead of saying, “this is wonderful,” the very first thing out of his mouth was that they seem to have had problems getting it together.

        This is a guy who gets what he wants at any cost, and that cost would be your liberty, “my friend.”

  3. Now we can put into perspective Ron Paul’s foreign policy of sanity, while Obama and Romney busily explain the current foreign policy of INSANITY.

    • And to think the dumb voters could have had RP in 1988 but hen we would have missed 9/11 and had a “0” national debt. Think anyone in America could live debt free? Then again all the body bag companies that would have gone broke. The Taj Mahal in Iraq would have never been built with all the borrowed money from China.

  4. This foreign policy will continue so long as the Media continues to spread the propaganda of hate toward Muslims in order to keep the people supporting neocon world domination and Empire. I’m sure Hitler employed the same tactics.

    • I don’t think Hitler had to at first like they did here. AS I understand it things were pretty bad at the time he took over. Things were pretty good here at the time we went to war with just about everybody after WWII.

    • DT:

      Not completely the media’s fault. Any time they try to explain how other people think, they are condemned for being “anti-American.” And, too, the media are paid by corporate sponsors, so they have a short leash.

      Americans just have never had any interest in what anybody else has to say. Even shows called “World News Tonight,” at best just say how other countries react to us, rather than what’s important to THEM. I used to get a magazine called “Atlas/World Press Review,” which printed actual foreign articles (translated into English, of course). It was startling to realize that we are NOT the center of everyone’s universe 24/7.

      • Gee I wonder how any American would ever get that idea when no child is left behind and everybody makes the team. We have no failures or retards in this country. Our kids are bubble wrapped at birth.

  5. Beer summit. Who “jumped the gun” there? I think Romney is going to make a great President. No more apoligys! Under Obama, too any things are coming apart at the seams. It has been one big mess. I don’t want it to get any worse than it is. I have an open mind and read everything from CNN to FOX. By the way, I have noticed that the left wing media never has any or enough right wings so it’s like a love in with the libs. Fox ALWAYS has an opposite view point which makes it much more interesting to watch.

    • Mack:

      For appearance only. Fox is just the propaganda wing of the NeoCons. They gave Ron Paul NOTHING during the primaries. Constantly trashed him in their sleazy, sarcastic way. They had “their” candidate from the outset, and they helped usher him through.

      Fox trots out these wimpy tokens like Juan Williams, then put him back in his cage when they think they can get away with pretending “balanced.” The worst was that white guy from a year or so back, who was their designated “liberal,” who couldn’t make a coherent argument if his life depended on it. I don’t know if they hire incompetent “opposing views,” or just pay them to be that way.

      Fox is Australian Rupert Murdoch telling us how to think, with a 24/7 barrage of pro-war propaganda, and if that’s your main source of information, you won’t even notice you’ve been (as George Romney said) “brainwashed.”

    • Mack

      You’re “fooled” into thinking FOX is “fair and balanced”. If they were truly objective, they would be giving their audience the “failures” of the Republicans and not just the “failures” of the Democrats.

      People who have Awakened realize that the Republicans and the Democrats are part of the SAME Political “Crime” Family – The Gang of 535 in Washington, DC. And neither Party works for you and I. They work for the Banks and the Special Interests.

    • dear max, it is no wonder you having trouble. especially if you are “reading” cnn, fox, and other television shows. It would seem to me that you are a young person in need in further education that i hope and pray your parents will give you. By reading the television shows you missed out your spelling and grammar lessons. Willard Mitt Romney has left the values his mother and father campaigned on. He is a joke of the most radical wing of the right. OBAMA 2012

      • 3-triste:

        That is why I have been so anti-Willard.

        I lived in Michigan with George Romney. I remember George Romney. George Romney was a governor of mine. Governor, you’re NO George Romney.

        • Yeah but that was back when there was no tomorrow and money flowed into Michigan like water into Lake Ontario via the falls.

          • Billy:

            No. I was talking about the fact that Willard GREW business and added jobs, whereas Willard’s whole life has been destroying companies, jobs, families.

            And George said it would be dishonest to just give out one or two tax returns, since they could be TOTALLY unlike the rest.

            And George was the one who said he was “brainwashed” by the generals in his tour of Vietnam. I suspect Willard would like to start that war all over again.

            And George believed in the things that Willard once did, or twice did, or three times did.

            George was a straight talker. Willard speaks with forked tongue, even with that silver spoon in his mouth.

            • Right, I know a little about George and AMC and how he fought off guys like Mitt when the company was down. He was a real popular governor too, elected to a 2nd term with a big margin.

        • Billy: Not sure who you’re talking to. If it was mine, that paraphrase was perfectly appropriate, since Willard is trying to benefit from his dad, yet his dad could NOT be more different from Willard.

          Another situation in which we should demand a paternity test.

          • No we agree on George and Mitt, you know how these posts don’t always line up under where they are intended. No way to edit either. Oh well life will go on LOL

    • Maybe but it doesn’t look like he is going to get in as every time Obama shoots himself in the foot, Romney puts his foot in his mouth.

  6. Russian battleships on the big screen at the DNC, instead of USAs ships? Who’s out of touch with American history. How shameful! Why is it that anyone would vote for such a person who doesn’t drop everything to see the Israli President!? I think Obama thinks he’s the King instead of the President. His arrogance is unbelievable. It’s his way or the highway. Now I know what Congress has been going through. You see, Obama has tunnel vision and until his Socialist agenda is realized, he will never let up. He’s like a machine. All the dictators love him, which should also raise the red flag. I would NEVER WANT to live like a Socialist country or a communist country for that matter. Obamas quest is to make America subservient. His dad detest America as does Michelle and his fast talking thug friends. Google it. Michelle said she was ashamed to be American.

    • Mack:

      You’re so full of crap and hate. I DID google it. All I found was ONE quote in which Michelle is talking about what she sees as the first sign of progress.

      Now, you can argue whether YOU think it’s progress, but that’s the context.

      And she did NOT say. . .she did not EVER say. . .in anything I have been able to find. . .anywhere. . .Michelle did not EVER say she was “ashamed” of America. EVER.

      What she did say is, “for the first time in my adult life, I am *REALLY* proud of America.”

      What does that mean? It means she has ALWAYS been proud of America, but for the first time, she has been in a position to be “really proud.”

      So pack up your hate for family members and send it back to fox–where it came from.

    • Why would anyone think that Netanyahu has any right to interfere with America? Why should he be special to demand a meeting and then criticize our President for not doing so? He is trying to goad us into attacking Iran and start another ill conceived war to do his evil work. We can not afford another war in regards to lives lost or treasure.

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  8. Obama continues to campaign and party while our Marines are being sent over to be killed too more than likely! When will this narcissist show up for work??? Michelle and he only want the glory!! They don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves! Never have I seen anything like it !!! Who could vote him in again. Only a totally blind person mentally!!
    I’m an independent voter but it would be a cold day before he gets my vote!

    • Yeah well I’m sure you will hear in the debates the few killed under Obama and the many killed under Bush. A war with Iran will kill a lot more.

    • Well, Obama is certainly getting my vote! I am neither blind not dumb but have a real concern for my fellow man. I do not trust Romney. He knows every position because he has held every porition – depending who he is talking to.
      He wants to shortchange my Medicare and SS because he thinks millionaires need ever more and more money. I never have minded paying my fair share but Romney will send us back to the poor farms.

      • Graycrab

        It’s called Austerity. You’re going to feel it whether you want to or not. The DEBT piled on by BOTH the Democrats and Republicans have seen to that. The problem is that the American people are so “dumbed-down” that they still believe there is an “actual difference” between Republicans and Democrats (ie. Romney or Obama).

        They’re both the same – and we’ll get the same result no matter which one you vote for.

        All this was predicted many years ago – but we didn’t listen then – and we don’t listen now.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubft2C4uEL8

        • DT You are Dt or have the DTs? I will not vote for Mitt while he will not release more than the ONE
          (1)tax return he has with promise to release another when ready. Don’t hold your breathe!
          I would not vote for anyone who promises to raise Medical premiums on middle and to derail Medicaid so the highest among us can get another tax break.
          I would not ever vote for him anyway as who knows which position he will take on any given day. He has held nearly every positionand on most any subject.
          Mainly I would NOT vote for him because he has no respect for women or for their rights. I have female children and grandchildren. I do not want to see us return to the back alley abortions or to the poor farms of old.
          Plus he is a war monger and lordy we do not need another war that is unpaid for. We are still paying for Bush lying us into an un-necessary war! We can not afford in lives lost or treasure.
          I know what austerity is. I have practiced it nearly my entire long life.
          NEVER have I seen the likes of a war and tax breaks at the same time. The GOP is irresponsible.

  9. Since the topic is foreign policy, maybe this is the place to discuss Netanyahu. He goes on NBCs Meet the Press and tells us what WE “must” do. Remember, we are 13 trillion dollars in debt, and WE are giving HIM a THIRD of a TRILLION dollars EVERY year. Yet, he goes on OUR national television and tells US what we “must” do.

    Fox says Netanyau made “an impassioned election-season plea,” saying, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a direct appeal to American voters on Sunday to elect a president willing to draw a ‘red line’ with Iran.”

    But he is a crafty dog, praising JFK and then criticizing GHW Bush. Pure manipulation.

    This is not about politics. It’s about our sovereignty. Imagine if Putin went on Meet the Press and told us we MUST help put down the uprising in Syria. And we’re not even propping up his government with a third of $1,000,000,000,000 EVERY year.

    • Cut him a little slack as something might be getting lost in the translation and you know what I think of Israel, LOL

      • Billy:

        Bibi got his “BS” and MS from MIT, and was a business consultant here for years.

        So this ain’t about “translation.” It’s about clever coercion.

        • I don’t know, sound like the Brits when Germany was on the roll in WWII. I would have thought France would have made the same plea or maybe they did but didn’t trust American Politicians. I take it Bibi wants something up front and not have to beg and see his cities reduced to rubble before the USA fulfills it’s promise if indeed one was ever made. You just can’t trust a shyster.

  10. That makes 2 of us. I won’t vote for Romney either. But I sure as hell won’t vote for Obama.

    Both of these CLOWNS will increase the National Debt, thus both will delibrately destroy America.

    To vote for either one would make me an accessory to the crime of enslaving my fellow citizens in a sea of Debt facilitated by perpetual War

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  11. Romney finally did something right. Mother Jones is publishing secretly taped comments Romney made to his One Percent friends. In it, he “blames the victim” and admits that he won’t do anything to give them more opportunity.

    So what should he do now? He can’t claim he didn’t say it. He can’t seriously say it was taken out of context. So the only helpful thing to do is OWN it.

    People don’t listen. People mostly don’t care. So all he has to do is say he said the right thing and he stands by it. That has two benefits. One is that if he stands by it, it gives the impression that maybe he was right. But more importantly, he has the reputation of being a flip-flopper, and if he stands firm, especially in a high-stakes gamble like this, he appears to have character.

    Years ago, Obama was quoted saying that people are so scared that they are desperately clinging to their guns and bibles. He didn’t know how to respond. He should have responded by saying, “you’re damned right! Things are so tough that people have to cling to something!”

    People didn’t elect Jesse Ventura as governor of Minnesota because he was a big-time wrestler. They voted for him because he said what he said and stood by what he said.

    I think after the dust settles that Romney will gain a lot from this episode if he stands his ground. If he apologizes, he’s history.

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