Backing off the apology that wasn’t an apology that was apologized for but … BLAME ROMNEY [Darleen Click]
WaPo is blathering …
Ruth Marcus wants Romney to apologize for acting Presidential when the current President didn’t
“There are anti-American fires burning all across the globe; President Obama’s words are like kindling to them,” Romney wrote in “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”
Romney repeated this falsehood in his acceptance speech in Tampa, claiming that Obama launched his presidency “with an apology tour.” [...]
So when the U.S. Embassy in Cairo released a statement condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” Romney was predisposed to see it through the distorted, if politically convenient, lens of apology.
So the embassy statement wasn’t a real apology, but the White House disavowed it later in the day (while Holder’s FBI decided to pursue the filmmaker). Even later, Hillary issued a statement that actually returned to the same themes iterated by the embassy. Gobsmacked, Charles Krauthammer said
The worst line in the clip you showed was this where she said there are different views around the world about the outer limits of free speech. Why is she engaging in a disquisition on free speech with the mob? The implication here that, perhaps the mob is right, that we ought to be suppressing anything that offends Islam, this is a nation where somebody puts a crucifix in bottle of urine and it ends up in a museum. We allow all kind of expression. But perhaps we ought to make an exception in the case of Islam. This is absurd.
But Hillary has a fan in Melinda Henneberger
Hillary Clinton said some things that needed to be said Thursday, and reiterated the essence of the unfairly bashed statement out of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo — the one retracted after Mitt Romney mischaracterized it as an apology. [...]
But the secretary of state also stood up for American values in describing as “disgusting and reprehensible” the inflammatory YouTube video that set off at least some of the rioting across the Muslim world. That even speaking up for free speech and religious tolerance might be made to seem controversial is quite a tribute to the power of political theater.
But when political officials publicly equivocate on Free Speech by condemning the speech and couching our First Amendment rights as “tradition”? That’s supposed to “clear the air?”
Anyone recall any Democrat official condemn, in official remarks, Piss Christ or Last Temptation of Christ?
And what kind of irony gene is missing from the Obama administration who is “all that” on religious tolerance while forcing Catholic institutions to violate their religious tenets?
Tags: apologies, cairo embassy, hillary clinton, romney