Tuesday, September 11, 2012 went something like this:
– 4 p.m. ET The U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, began taking fire. It would be reported later that the Ambassador was killed in this attack.
– Protesters in Cairo, Egypt gather outside the US Embassy, climbing the wall, pulling down the American flag and burning it. They are protesting a film, made in America, that shows Muslims unfavorably.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo releases this statement:
– 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. 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
The Cairo Embassy retweets its statement a few hours later.
Then the White House releases this statement:
While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants
Then Mitt Romney releases this 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
Then 11:53 p.m. the Obama campaign condemns Mitt Romney for his statement.
In other words, Obama had stronger condemnations for Mitt Romney than for the terrorists that attacked our two embassies.