Romney's manufactured scandal is going to bite him in the butt.
The expression, "Loose lips sinks ships" was coined during WWII as advice to servicemen and civilians who received their letters and means unguarded talk may give useful information to the enemy.
The Republicans are trying to act as if there is some sort of cover-up regarding the deaths at the Benghazi consulate but the fact of the matter is that the President can't tell us all he knows and he shouldn't because what he tells us he tells the whole world. I don't understand why Romney doesn't understand that!
It reminds me of the first Gulf War when General Schwartzkopf or General Powell held debriefings for the press corps. Those people asked for specific details on strategy and troop movements; insisted on it! They all but accused those two guys of holding back information from the public that had a right to know what was happening to their sons and daughters. Schwartzkopf finally had to tell them that the enemy was listening. He shouldn't have had to tell intelligent people that keeping militar information from going public saves lives and no one should have to tell us today that keeping information from going public is saving American lives.
There are still many Americans working and living in hot zones in the Middle East and in cities and countries that have a sizeable Muslim population. I was worried when angry protesters burned down the American embassy in Berlin because my daughter lives in Berlin and lives in a Muslim neighborhood (no, neither she nor her husband are Muslim). I share this information to remind folks that there were indeed people protesting that video in Cairo, other locations in the Middle East, in Europe AND in the US. These are the titles of some articles on the Al-Jazeera site:
Violent protests in Tunisia, Yemen, Sudan and elsewhere as crowds target US, UK and German embassies.
Demonstrations over movie trailer made in US and deemed insulting to Islam spread across Middle East and North Africa.
Islamic scholar Moataz al-Khateeb explains what is behind a wave of recent protests over an anti-Islam video.
Angry Muslims around the world storm US embassies and attack slapstick film considered offensive to Prophet Muhammad.
There absolutely were protests and demonstrations; the attempts by Romney and people in this group to pretend as if there weren't is nothing more than malicious manipulations of the truth for political gratification.
The President has stoically endured all the lies and attacks for the sake of the MANY AMERICANS STILL IN HARM'S WAY.
The President and the Secretary of State have allowed us to doubt and question for the sake of the Americans who could be held responsible for anything the President and the SoS say.
Look at what happened when some unknown hack's poor-quality video many high school kids could have done better went viral. What do you believe would happen if the President held a press conference as Romney did to say his God is everyone's God and that our Constitution must be accepted as the wa to do things by people all over the world and that we will force the world to accept our values and our ways of thinking and doing things?
What do you suppose would happen if the President gave Al-Qaeda credit for killing Americans, including two security personnel at a formidably built and protected installation? Do you suppose that would make Al-Qaeda feel superior whether they did it or not? Do you suppose that might result in impressionable young men, those who merely burned flags in front of embassies, the idea to seek out and join Al-Qaeda?
The President and the Secretary of State have told us as much as they can. If they wanted to start talking in ways that could be taken or mistaken as words of aggression by people who already suspect and dislike Americans, they'd have to first evacuate all American civilians and increase military presence, both acts of which could be interpreted by our host countries as precursors of war which would result in their blocking Americans leaving and holding them hostage to keep from being bombed by American military..
While Romney paid lipservice to war as a last resort to hostilities toward Americans, he pretty much insinuated he would have been considering declaring war on Libya. We Americans are tired of war; we prefer diplomacy, don't we?
Yes, the President has taken responsiblity for what happened; as Commander-in-Chief he's expected to do no less. Even Romney acknowledged the President's doing so is the right thing to do so why is he making this a means of furthering his bid for President instead of showing the world that no matter what side of the aisle we are on, Americans stick together and hold fast against and all aggressors?
Loose lips sink ships, Romney. Zip it.
on Oct. 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM