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Republicans Call Romney Cairo Comments ‘Utter Disaster’ And ‘Not Presidential’

by David Badash on September 12, 2012

in News,Politics

Mitt Romney‘s comments on the attacks yesterday in Cairo, Egypt, and Benghazi, Libya, are being labeled by Republicans as an “utter disaster,” “not ready for prime time,” and “not presidential,” according to Ben Smith, Editor In Chief of Buzzfeed:

“They were just trying to score a cheap news cycle hit based on the embassy statement and now it’s just completely blown up,” said a very senior Republican foreign policy hand, who called the statement an “utter disaster” and a “Lehman moment” — a parallel to the moment when John McCain, amid the 2008 financial crisis, failed to come across as a steady leader.

“I guess we see now that it is because they’re incompetent at talking effectively about foreign policy,” said the Republican. “This is just unbelievable — when they decide to play on it they completely bungle it.”

Romney has not backed off the response — “It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values,” he said Wednesday — but his campaign faces a near consensus in Republican foreign policy circles that, whatever the sentiment, Romney faltered badly.

“It’s bad,” said a former aide to Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Just on a factual level that the statement was not a response but preceding, or one could make the case precipitating. And just calling it a ‘disgrace’ doesn’t really cut it. Not ready for prime time.”

A third Republican, a former Bush State Department official, told BuzzFeed, “It wasn’t presidential of Romney to go political immediately — a tragedy of this magnitude should be something the nation collectively grieves before politics enters the conversation.”

The Republicans declined to speak for attribution, for fear of being publicly disloyal to their party’s nominee. Veteran Democratic foreign policy hands, operating under no such restriction, called Romney’s quick move all but disqualifying.

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To be clear, most of these comments seem to have been made prior to Romney’s speech delivered this morning — which Smith points to, and seems to have received a similar response.

And to be fair, Ben Smith also points to Republicans who supported Romney’s statements, but ends with this:

“Romney blew it and revealed how seriously maladroit he is when it comes to foreign affairs and national security,” said Steve Clemons, the founder of the American Strategy Program at the [non-partisan] New America Foundation. “An attack on an Embassy, the murder of U.S. officials including an Ambassador, is an attack on all Americans and the idea of America — and Romney gave terrorists what they want — a divided country still torn emotionally and politically by the events of 9-11. Romney talks of leadership but with his reckless commentary when events were fragile and still unfolding, he belly-flopped.”

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Seatnai September 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Little Lord full of Mitt is as disconnected from reality on the workings of foreign policy as he is on the needs of the average American and honesty. The American people need to send him the clear and unmistakable message that he's not fit to run for the White House.

saneromeo September 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

He should be taking excellent foreign policy from the like of Mrs. Clinton? I thought it was her foreign policy that got us here (Arab Spring, Muslim Brotherhood, etc…)

notsofast13 September 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

This article is totally fiction, created by extreme leftists in the lame stream media to mislead voters – folks please be reflective, critical readers when encountering an article such as this! Never trust any information that does not reveal their source(s), "a very senior Republican foreign policy hand" and "former aide to Senator John McCain", this gibberish jargon just simply is a bold faced lie. Obama does so many bad things on his own there is no need to construct anything negative about him. Or in this case, the only ammunition the Democrats have is to attempt to defame Mitt Romney. Obama can't run on his record, so the left is attempting to harpoon Mitt Romney. We must NEVER mistake education for intelligence, ambition for ability, or energy for experience but…this is EXACTLY what Obama supporters have accomplished. OBAMA IS UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT. Don't be on autopilot when you read anything pertaining to this election.

Goose09 September 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

This comment is totally fiction, created by extreme right-wing nutjobs in the tea party to mislead voters. Don't be on autopilot… Lol telling people not to believe what someone else wrote but instead what you wrote is the same thing, you hypocrite. Mitt actually said those things, the comments above are opinions from republicans that did not want to be named because the republican party is so volatile now that any comment can explode on a candidate during election. And please bring facts before you start slinging mud, instead of just shouting the same tired lines that the tea party has been saying since they decided Obama was too black/Islamic/evil to be president.

notsofast13 September 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

"Rudeness is the weak person's imitation of strength". – Eric Hoffer

No facts presented here. Just anger, hostility, defensive, undignified, hateful, blind rage- you sir are a pressure cooker ready to blow. -really a perfect specimen from the left. Hats off, you represent your party well.

GaelicWench September 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

About all that's left to do now with Romney is simply flush him down the crapper.

This may not sound intellectual on my part, but I've posted many times here and on other blogs such as HP, I would simply sound like a scratched CD. Nothing like redundancy, eh…..

Anyways, he needs to go. I am encouraged that I am not losing sleep over the possibility of this dumkoph getting elected. Peace out! ;-D

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