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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I’ve pretty much given up on expecting sense and, more importantly, COMMON sense, out of the ReThugnican Party these days. I mean, you’ve got a man running for President who thinks that it’s perfectly OK to monger another war in the Middle East. What I didn’t expect – and indeed, I don’t think ANYBODY expected this or saw it coming, is the sheer, unmitigated gall as well as the cynical, self-righteous BS that Mitt Romney got up after our consulate in Benghazi, Libya was stormed and our ambassador and 3 other folks that worked with and for him were brutally murdered on Tuesday.

By now, we all know the story. On September 11th, during a “protest” about a film that demonizes Islam, the consulate was stormed by a group of armed men who used RPGs to blow up the walls and set the place on fire, after which they brutally murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer, and two others whose names are being withheld because their families haven’t been notified yet. This is the first time since 1979 when Adolph Dubbs died in Afghanistan that an American Ambassador has been killed in the line of duty.
And of course, Mitt Romney just HAD to yap about it. HAD TO. He’s got NO foreign policy experience, he is a completely tone-deaf person when it comes to diplomacy, and he’s just plain . . . well, STUPID. This is a man that goes to the Olympics and manages to insult one of our closest allies, for cry-yi-yi (and I won’t even go into what happened in Poland!). Of course, that doesn’t keep him from having and disseminating his opinions. He shut have kept his indiscreet mouth firmly shut rather than opening it and proving to the world that he’s a complete and utter fool, braying like a jackass about something that he knows absolutely nothing about.

I’m with James Rainey (http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-mitt-romney-pastor-jones-20120912,0,884310.story?track=rss); “Mittens” should just triple down with “pastor” Terry Jones. You remember him, don’t you? He’s the braying jackass that was going to burn Korans at his “church” on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2010. Seems that “pastor” Jones is the main person that promoted the low-budget, anti-Muhammad film that sparked riots and triggered the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens on Tuesday. Known as "Innocence of Muslims" or "Muhammad, Prophet of the Muslims," the incendiary flick depicts Muhammad, Islam's holiest prophet, as a thuggish womanizer, and Muslims as homosexuals, child molesters and madmen. SUPPOSEDLY this film was done by an amateur film-maker named Sam Bacile.

So, just who IS Sam Bacile, and what on earth did he think he was doing? Interesting question, isn’t it? What he thought he was doing, of course, was fomenting exactly the sort of reaction that he got with this atrocious piece of crap. He got the Religious Reichians© all stirred up in all of their smug, self-righteousness, and he got the Muslim world all stirred up to violence. And he got a big dividend as well: he managed to get an Ambassador and 3 other folks killed as a result. WHO he really is, is a question that a WHOLE lot of people would like to know. Because, you see, *HE* doesn’t seem to exist (http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/world/anti-islam-filmmaker/index.html).

AND, in the meantime, Mitt “WEATHERVANE” Romney, as I said, just HAD to comment about what happened at the Egyptian Embassy as well as comment on the deaths in Libya. Just HAD to. First he tried to bitch-slap the President for “a lack of clarity on foreign policy” (when he hasn’t got any experience in that particular field of endeavor), and then he further criticized the White House for a supposed apology issued from the embassy in Cairo after protesters first gathered there. "An apology for America's values is never the right course,” Romney said. Here’s the statement that was issued:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

So, where’s the apology? I don’t see one.

His own church issued a statement condemning what he said – and, when your OWN church condemns you for intolerance, that proves that you’ve gone too far. And that’s what “Mittens” did. He went a long way past too far. His cynical, self-serving attempt at politicizing a real tragedy caused in part by the very people that he’s been so assiduously wooing is contemptible. Worse that that, it was wrong – and worst of all, it has served to put embassy staff in the Middle East at far greater risk of being assaulted, hurt or killed. All because he could NOT resist jumping in, off script, and “proving” that he’s his own man, and damn the facts in the case, which he knew NOTHING about except that he wanted to embarrass the President and try to beat up on him for “apologizing” to a religious organization about which he knows nothing and cares less about.

All I see here is a stupid, small-minded, narrow souled religious bigot who has been more than willing to whore himself to a narrow-minded, small-souled group of religious, racist bigots. For votes. I wonder if he even cares that he has sold out everything that he ever professed to believe in when he was running for, first, Senator and later, Governor of Massachusetts. Or did he ever really believe it in the first place?

Here’s what he said in his news conference: “The embassy in Cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached, protesters were inside the grounds. They reiterated that statement after the breach. I think it's a -- a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values. It's their administration," said Romney, referring to the embassy in Cairo. "Their administration spoke. The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth but also from the words of his ambassadors, from his administration, from his embassies, from his State Department. They clearly sent mixed messages to the world. The statement that came from the administration - and the embassy is the administration - the statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to apology. And I think was a severe miscalculation."

Nope, it wasn’t a miscalculation on the administration’s part, honey. It was a complete and total miscalculation on YOUR part, fired by your desperate need to make people notice you and your opinions.

Gangers, I don’t know about y’all, but here’s what I think: This is NOT a man that I want answering the red phone at 3:00 AM.