The U.S. Embassy in Egypt released the statement, “The United States Embassy 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,” before the tragic attack in Libya. It was designed to reduce tensions inflamed by the hate speech of Terry Jones and his Muslim-hating supporters, who are promoting a despicably anti-Islam film via YouTube.
Mitt Romney’s statement, “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.” This was an incompetent mischaracterization of the whole heartbreaking matter.
Later, Romney had an opportunity to admit his error, yet told reporters, “We express immediately when we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of America.” America needs better. A leader who acts before having the facts straight, and persists in the error, even promotes the positive perception of this error, is far too out of touch with reality to lead us into peace or prosperity.