The President erred, we believe, when he said on “60 Minutes” about the aftermath of the Arab Spring movement, “I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights, a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance,” Obama said. “But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam.”
Romney responded by repeating today that the President’s comments were inappropriate: “I don’t consider 20 or 30,000 people dying in Syria just a bump in the road, or a Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt a bump in the road,” Romney said at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pennsylvania. “I don’t consider the killing of our diplomats in Libya as a bump in the road, and I sure as heck don’t consider Iran becoming nuclear a bump in the road.”
While Mr. Obama did not seem to be referring to Syria and Iran, his comments were, in our view, insensitive given the death of our Libyan ambassador.”
Questions also have been raised about whether the administration told the truth when it said the violence was triggered by the anti-Mohammed video circulated on the Internet. The latest information is that the White House may have known it was probably a terror attack as soon as 24 hours after it happened.