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Opening Arguments

Jimmy Jr.

Wow. How many ways can Obama be like Carter?

Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later,” President Obama said in a CBS interview last night, criticizing Romney’s reaction to the embassy attack in Cairo. Romney criticized the Obama administration’s ‘apology’ in response to the attacks on the embassy and subsequent failure to condemn the attacks right away.

Obama’s remarks, however, echo frequent criticisms made by President Jimmy Carter of Ronald Reagan, then his opponent for the presidency.

Carter criticized Reagan’s views on foreign policy during his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1980, slamming Reagan for living in a “fantasy world” and noting his inability to understand the “complex global changes” in foreign policy.

“It’s a make believe world. A world of good guys and bad guys, where some politicians shoot first and ask questions later,” Carter said, “No hard choices. No sacrifice. No tough decisions. It sounds too good to be true – and it is. The path of fantasy leads to irresponsibility. The path of reality leads to hope and peace?"

There are no good guys and bad guys, and the path of reality leads to hope and peace? That kind of naivete is, sadly, still with us and on display today in the Middle East.


tim zank
Thu, 09/13/2012 - 1:33pm

Much like what happened under Carter, the country is looking for a leader with a sack....Romney's comments were tepid in my opinion. We're witnessing Obama's disconnected leadership (is egypt an ally or not?) while the main stream media is scrambling to cover Obama's  a** .....



Christopher Swing
Thu, 09/13/2012 - 4:13pm

Wait, Romney continues his lies and distortions, and the best you can do is try to draw some link between Obama and Carter, based on those lies and distortions?

Are you some sort of fool, or just decided the money was worth it to appear as one?

Here, have some Salon. It's got a firmer grasp on reality than you do.

That it’s fundamentally dishonest hasn’t stopped Mitt Romney from repeating his central critique of Barack Obama’s foreign policy over and over – the idea that the president “went around the world and apologized for America.”  So it shouldn’t be surprising that Romney’s response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Egypt and Libya was rooted in the same caricature of Obama as apologizer-in-chief.

“It’s disgraceful,” Romney’s statement, which was released late Tuesday night, read, “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.”

That’s not at all what happened, of course. The actual chronology goes something like this: As anti-American protests inspired by a crude Terry Jones video began gathering steam, the U.S. embassy in Cairo – and not the Obama White House — put out a statement condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

The obvious intent was to cool the passions of the protesters. As Marc Ambinder explained, it was “exactly what Americans inside the embassy who are scared for their lives now and worry about revenge later need to have released in their name.”

Protests were also building in Libya, and sometime later the U.S. consulate in Benghazi came under siege, with news breaking late Tuesday night that a State Department official had been killed. It was around this time that two major American political figures released statements. One came from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and read: “I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” The other was Romney’s.

tim zank
Thu, 09/13/2012 - 5:48pm

I'll pass on Salon,  go troll elsewhere...

Christopher Swing
Thu, 09/13/2012 - 7:51pm

Zank, you've made it abundantly clear in the past that facts have no bearing at all on whatever stupid things you want to believe, be they from Above Top Secret or elsewhere. Hell, you're not even interested in being a reasonable human being.

The link and the actual facts are for the benefit of people who can actually think for themselves, or at least think at all. You've established yourself that you're a lost cause.