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LA Times: Neither Romney nor Obama Can Fix the Frenzy in the Arab Streets

Author: David Horsey
September 17, 2012

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Mitt Romney's response to the recent anti-American protests are passed off as foolish, simple political rhetoric, writes David Horsey.

Last week, simultaneous with a mob attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the slaying of an American diplomat in Benghazi, Libya, Mitt Romney tried to lay blame for the incidents on what he said was President Obama's weak foreign policy. He was aiming to hurt Obama, but did himself greater harm.

The inaccuracy and poor timing of his attack made it look exactly like what it was: shallow politicking at a moment of national crisis. Romney should get additional demerits for simplistic thinking.

By claiming that Obama's weakness had emboldened Islamic malcontents to lay siege to U.S. diplomatic outposts, he clearly implied such things would not happen were he to become president. If Romney really believes this, he lacks a realistic grasp of foreign affairs.

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