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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2012 3:15 a.m. MDT

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Demosthenes
Rexburg, ID

To call the YouTube video clip a "movie" gives it too much credit. It's less than 15 minutes long, and by all accounts is very poorly made. What the violence is really about is local Islamist leaders inciting hatred for America to increase their own power. Even Jon Stewart sees it, so it must be very clear.

The Obama administration's statements and positions on this are incredibly naive and dangerous. They need to tell those who incited the violence and killed our ambassador that we know what they're up to and we will not stand for it. At the same time, we need to wage the war of ideas and show that America is the land of religious freedom that blesses the lives of Muslims and everyone else. Otherwise, anti-American violence and sentiment will increase.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@Demosthenes
what is incredibly naive (and I would add reckless) is for people like you and Romney to try to turn this horrible tragedy into a political football for your own short term political gains. the President and the secretary of state where very clear about their thoughts on this attack. Obama stated "I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi," Obama said in the statement. The four Americans, he said, "exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya should "shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world."
The statements being thrown around by the far right occurred before the attacks, something that has been pointed out numerous times to the far right. Romney and the rights twisting of the facts is just further proof he is not ready to handle the very serious situations we face on a regular bases.

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