Romney condemns attacks, says Obama goofed on response
Mitt Romney late Tuesday condemned reported attacks on two U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East and said President Obama bungled the American response by trying “to sympathize” with the attackers.
“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,” Mr. Romney said in a statement from his campaign. “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.”
The attacks were believed to be a response to a U.S.-produced film that the attackers believed was blasphemous to Islam.
The U.S. embassy in Cairo had issued a statement during the day that criticized the makers of the film.
“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,” the embassy said in the statement. “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.”
Mr. Obama is trying to chart a path that continues diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even as Israel’s prime minister is pushing for the U.S. to draw a “red line” it will not allow Iran’s program to cross.
That has sparked tension between Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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