News analysis: Mitt Romney under attack for administration's foreign policy errors

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  • grip Meridian, ID
    Sept. 15, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    Lucky Obama. He now has someone else on whom he can (try to) blame his mistakes in an attempt to draw voters away from major issues and who refuses to accept responsibility on nearly all issues. It seems to be true that small people shoot at big targets. Romney is a big target.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    Dear Mad Hatter and other Romney critics, careful study of the issues that face America like the crushing debt, the down grade of our credit, the Fed buying up more junk investments, a State dept. loaded with muslim sympathizers, real unemployment at 14%, a unfettered credit card President, an un read or impossible healthcare law and you continue to support this President who abuses his power through Exc Orders to circumvent our laws? Pull your head out of the sand and look at the facts. Four more years, as Tennessee Ernie Ford used to sing, will find us deeper in debt cuase we owe our souls to the Chinese store.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    All this tough talk from a state with one of the lowest military elistment rates in the country.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:00 p.m.

    I think we should all just calm down and find our happy place and sing Kumbaya. At least that has been the strategy for the past many years. Our soldiers in the middle east can only shoot at a sniper if they are still holding the gun when they try to return fire; rumor that the Marines in Egypt were not allowed to carry live ammunition; that all it takes to solve a problem is to have a beer together.

    It would be a great world, wouldn't it, but our current enemies don't seem to understand these new rules. To them, the winner is the one who kills the most people.

    In any event, I have a difficult time understanding those who are convinced that Romney would be any worse at foreign affairs than our current leadership - perhaps he speaks too quickly, but I think he has a point most of the time.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 14, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    We (the U.S.) liberate Libya from a brutal dictator, provide hundreds of millions in aid. We help in providing free elections in Egypt, giving 2 billion to the govt controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. What we get in return is spit in our faces, diplomats murdered, and attacked with our embassies destroyed by thugs while their government looks on. Then our govt representatives use words "disgusted" and "abhorrent" to describe a stupid movie made by a stupid man. While "Deeply Saddened" is used to describe the brutal attacks on Americans.

    When we are so far in debt, why are we giving these countries any money? History has clearly shown us that appeasement only fans the flames of aggression. Islam may be divided into many different factions, but what unites all of them is their hatred for the U.S. This wasn't about the movie. It is about their hatred towards the U.S. Let's stop trying to pretend that we can fix that.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    To CI 12:22 p.m. Sept. 14, 2012

    The people you named are telling the truth about Willard. That's not attacking him. Even influential people in his own party are making the same complaints. Mitt put his foot in his mouth big time, and he's paying the price for it now (and there is a good chance the Republicn Party will also pay for Willard's mistakes). Rightly so.

    I really wish Jon Huntsman was the nominee. Governor Huntsman is qualified and experienced on both the domestic and foreign levels, and he wouldn't screw up the way Willard has done during the entire campaign (especially where foreign affairs are concerned). It's too bad that Huntsman wasn't enough of a radical extremist to placate the far right base of the Republican Party. The Party and the country are much worse off because of Governor Huntsman's absence.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Sept. 14, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    LDS Liberal, I don't doubt there are some things Carter did right and Reagan did wrong. And I don't blame presidents for everything that goes wrong on their watch. I blame them for poor leadership and confused foreign policy. Reagan's philosophy of peace through strength, his decisiveness and firmness, were a breath of fresh air after Carter's weakness and tentativeness. Obama is as bad or worse in my book. Just doesn't seem to pay attention and he seems have a delusion that islamists will like us because he's a cool guy. Romney has proven himself to be a successful leader in everything he has done - in business, in church and in public life.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 14, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Furry1993, read what Gingrich has to say about the way our present leadership has handled this issue. You may think Romney didn't think, but you better look at the president who failed to act when action was needed.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    “Obama on Egypt: Not an ally or an enemy” CBS 9/13/12

    “White House Clarifies Obama's Egypt Gaffe” One News Page, 9/14/12

    “ROUND UP: Islamists Worldwide Setting Countries on Fire” Breitbart, 9/14/12

    “Universities in Fargo and Texas evacuated after bomb threats” 9/14/12

    “Threat made to Valparaiso University campus” PostTrib, SunTimes News 9/14/12

    “Obama Proposes $129M Cut From 'Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance” Breitbart, 9/14/12

    “ Romney's first tweet of day recognizes 9/11...Obama's first tweet calls for campaign volunteers” WashTimes, 9/11/12

    And what does the next guy in charge say? Vice President Biden yesterday “I am supposedly an expert on foreign policy”.

    This is leadership to you?

    Congratulations on completely falling for the narrative the mainstream media has set and being clueless that Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster.

    In other news, just in the past hour or two “US Credit Rating Cut by Egan-Jones ... Again”-CNBC

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    Is that the problem-you just don’t read anything about Obama? Here’s what he’s been up to while you and the media have been obsessing about Romney (and before you dismiss conservative sources, remember that no one else will report these things. All the information is documented at the websites, if you decide to look them up):

    “In unusual snub, Obama to avoid meeting with Netanyahu”—Reuters 9/11/12

    “Obama Back on Letterman Next Week”-National Journal, 9/11/12

    “Jay-Z, Beyonce to host Obama fundraiser” Washington Times, 9/13/12

    “James Taylor, Eddie Vedder set to rock Obama fundraisers” The Hill, 9/12/12

    “Unreal: On Day Following Libya Assassinations, Obama Skips Another Intel Briefing” Townhall, 9/13/12

    “Despite Libyan Crisis, Obama Campaign Plans to Stay on Schedule” NYT, 9/12/12

    “Obama compares his campaign volunteers to embassy staff killed in Libya”-Washington Post, 9/12/12

    “No Marines for Libyan Ambassador, Full Security Detail for Valerie Jarrett Vacation” Breitbart, 9/14/12

    To be continued...

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 14, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    KTC John has summed it all up nicely and factually. We still haven't heard from the White House why the U.S. Emabassy in Libya was left so unprotected in such a volatile unstable state. And Obama has rejected suggestions of cutting off aid to Egypt and the Muslem Brotherhood when Egypt has done essentially nothing in protecting our embassy there. Obama condemns the statement by U.S. State dept out of Cairo just as Romney did, and criticism of Romney dominates the airwaves, far exceeding criticism of the terrorists who killed 4 Americans. And all you liberals claim Republicans are partisan and divisive? Are you serious? Were you awake during the Bush Administration?
    I don't agree with many of Romney's positions, but I don't understand how an educated American can sit there and defend Obama's policies and leadership blunders time and time and time again. He has spent his entire term spending with no conscience and campaigning. One of the Worst Presidents Ever!

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 1:59 p.m.


    "Thera are bizzaro comments like "Obama snubs Israel in favor of Letterman" or Obama is missing meetings - what voodoo news source did this mess come from."

    In unusual snub, Obama to avoid meeting Netanyahu: Yahoo news
    Obama snubs Netanyahu over scheduling conflict: Reuters
    Obama to appear on Letterman: CBS (same news cycle as Netanyahu snub)
    Obama misses more than half of his security meeting: Washington Post

    Such news is probably ignored on MSNBC: because it is too real

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 14, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    Oh my! Another distraction, another smokescreen. Ladies and gentlemen, the fact of the matter is, if we allow this man to have another 4 years in charge of the checkbook, the USA is finished as the leader of the free world. Sixteen trillion ($16,000,000,000,000)in debt and counting. Gutting our missile defense system, etc, etc. Go ahead and vote for him if that's what you want. Your children, granchildren, and great grandchildren will honor your name for what you did to them, I am sure. God bless the USA, and God help the USA. We as a people are apparently too stupid to help ourselves!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    Riverside, CA

    This is Reagan vs Carter all over again. Reagan had the right approach and Carter had the wrong one.



    Carter cancelled the B-1A in favor of cruise missiles.
    Reagan over-turned that decision, and brought back the $billion B-1Bs.

    30 years later....

    B-1s have all been retired, melted-down, museums or sold as scrap aluminum.

    Ever hear of;
    AGM-86 ALCM air launched cruise missile,
    BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile.
    AGM-129 ACM Advanced Cruise missile.

    Front-line in service,
    America's 1st Line of Defense today...

    FYI - I loved Ronald Reagan - voted for him twice, and served in the USAF under him,
    but I'm not stupid enough nor prideful to admit when he was right, and when he was wrong.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    Romney may be a good businessman.

    But he is a DISASTER when it comes to foreign policy.

    This fact has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout his campaign.

    Tsk. Tsk.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 14, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    What I don't understand is why do people feel compelled to make stuff up to justify their voting for their candidate. Vote for Romney, he isn't a bad guy....but quit making stuff up.

    There was no apology from the white house to extremist.

    There were terrorist attacks against US embassy's after 9/11 - Bush didn't stop that.

    Thera are bizzaro comments like "Obama snubs Israel in favor of Letterman" or Obama is missing meetings - what voodoo news source did this mess come from.

    Making irrational statements isn't going to get rational people vote for your guy. It will have the counter effect if any... but usually be ignored as more crazy talk from the "I can't stand the dude" crowd.... which now just becomes noise.

    If you want to prove you guy is better, detail what that person would have actually done. Bush nationalized airport security after 9/11 which was the right thing to do. That is an active action. So in that vein, what would Romney do to prevent angry protesters from demonstrating at US embassies n the future. What would Romney do actively to change the dynamic there.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    "This pathetic apology by the Egyptian embassy was typical appeasement and should have ALSO been denounced by the president but that opportunity came"

    Apology? They criticized a movie. That's not an apology and after the attack they condemned the violence. As did Obama and Clinton. What I don't understand is why you and Romney think that in a tense foreign affairs situation we shouldn't do what we can to try and diffuse the situation. Oh, and your candidate "apologized" too, according to his and your standards.

    "I think it’s dispiriting sometimes to see some of the awful things people say. And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it," he said. "Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film." - Mitt Romney

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    Yes, Mitt is being attacked by: Chuck Todd who is a former Democrat hill staffer. Politico who is comprised of former left-wing activists including a staffer for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Michael Scherer from Time who is also a reporter for left-wing Mother Jones and Ben Smith who is a left-wing hack. Ezra Klein who started the corrupt left-wing Journolist and now is the Washington Post fact checker.

    They do Not want anyone to notice that Obama is consistently missing intelligence meetings (including before and AFTER the embassy attacks)
    Obama snubs Israel in favor of Letterman
    Obama's foreign policy is failing

    Obama's current state is remarkably similar to Carter's (who was ahead of Reagan before the debates and before the middle east blew up in his face because his policies failed), who accused Reagan of "shoot first aim later"; exactly like Obama is trying to paint Romney.

    Obama: we do NOT need this guy (or his mindless media sycophants)

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    the real question here is - who is doing the attacking??? Surprise surprise it is the liberal Obama media. Mitt did the right thing at the right time. This pathetic apology by the Egyptian embassy was typical appeasement and should have ALSO been denounced by the president but that opportunity came .... and went. Freedom of speech is under attack in our country and one only need listen to Hilary Clinton place blame on our citizens for the terrorist attacks in Libya. The first words out of Clinton's mouth were a condemnation of OUR country and not the terrorists. Go figure. In other words - the PC police will be clamping down on free speech in the US. Yes we have to first make sure we aren't hurting the feelings of terrorists before we speak out... even with a movie shown in our own country...after all it is the US that provokes terror and is responsible for the terror round the world ... according to team Obama. Our nice terrorist friends would be happy to play nice if we would just stop provoking them. Darn US citizens anyway!!!!

  • middle class Cedar City, 00
    Sept. 14, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    The Middle East is THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE on Earth. Whether it is the terrorists, dictators, 3-religion conflicts, religious history, poverty or other myriad challenges, America will always be considered a meddler by some or courted as a friend by others.

    We supply money to dictators, weapons to practically everyone and try to referee all the squables. We are simultaneously loved by governments and hated by their people.

    As a young Air Force officer in pilot training in the 1970's, we had Iranian students right beside us. America has sponsered untold programs and projects throughout every nation over there.

    Today's demonstrations are nothing new. The cause of them cannot be determined. But our politicians will talk like they know exactly what's going on.

    The fact is: no one knows why these things happen.

  • Mokie Mokie1735, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    @ Thoughtful Voter: Can you please explain to me what makes a group of people throwing rocks, fire bombs and killing Americans be termed as 'innocent civilians' as you stated above? Last I checked, innocent civilian is someone not involved in any way in any form of violence or killings. Once they start violent protests, they are not innocent any more. Get a clue please and stop apologizing like Obama, but at least I know why you would vote for him now.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    Badger55 and Silo:
    Who is ultimately responsible for security?

    Straight from the State Department website:

    "The Secretary of State, and by extension, the Chief of Mission (COM), are responsible for developing and implementing security policies and programs that provide for the protection of all U.S. Government personnel (including accompanying dependents)on official duty abroad. This mission is executed through the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS). Personal and facility protection are the most critical elements of the DS mission abroad as they directly impact upon the Department’s ability to carry out its foreign policy. With terrorist organizations and coalitions operating across international borders, the threat of terrorism against U.S. interests remains great. Therefore, any U.S. mission overseas can be a target even if identified as being in a low-threat environment."

    Hmm, so why is Hillary Clinton asking "how could this happen?".

  • twells Ogden, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    If Rommey had not made a statement we would have heard nothing from the White House. Lets blame Romney and Americans that have jobs and pay taxes. Everything bad about America is because of the hard workers who want to do their fair share. The soliders that follow the commands of leaders that know so little of the world. Lets just let the President make "us" feel bad because we are the scum of the world. Who contributes billions of dollars in tax payer money to the United Nations, IMF and World Bank. Those awful Americans that go around the world making people "feel" bad. Well lets pick up our toys and leave the playground. They can play with the rocks and sticks and beat each other up for a change. Go Romney make more people feel.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 14, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    So for all of you who are blaming President Obama's "lack of leadership" then I must assume you hold President Bush and his "lack of leadership" responsible for the first 9/11 attacks?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Willard isn't "under attack" for anything. He's being soundly criticized for sticking his foot in his mouth (and halfway down his throat) AGAIN. He's being soundly criticized for not thinking before he spoke. He's being criticized for being clueless again.

    We do NOT need this guy.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    The President needs to take resonsibility for his own and his complete administration's failure to secure our nation's foreign diplomats and employees worldwide from known evil people that have their goal to destory Israel and our nation's image. We have not just had foreign terrorists try to tear down our country in the past 4-years. The President's goal is to provide for our common defense.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    @Thoughtful Voter

    As a non-LDS person I found your response and its support (and Harry Reid) to be a far less sympathetic face of the LDS Church than Mitt Romney

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    Marines/mercs are the inner security and you are right about the host country for the outer security. Egypt clearly failed in that department. From what i have researched there were no marines in Benghazi. Lybia didn't their job either, but Lybia may not have the resources available to defend the embassy given the state of their government. The State department must know this. Egypt, however, does have the resources/manpower. But, if the guys making the decisions buried their head in the sand and cost the life of two former SEALS and a US Ambassador for fear of offending someone, then they are responsible. Reports from Senior diplomatic officials say they had information of a possible attack 48 hrs before it happened. And, if the attackers got to the heart of the compound, killing the security force and Ambassador, then whoever made the decision not to beef up the security two days before 9/11, most certainly is at fault. Like I said, a direct reflection of the lack of leadership.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    "But I know this means absolutely nothing. To you all, this isn't about American. This is about Republicanism.... party over country. You all are willing to sell out country to score what you think are political points."

    Really? So those of us who side with Romney on this are partisan and un-American, while you are detached and unbiased. Unbelievable.

    No I support Romney primarily because I agree with him on the economy and foreign policy, and I don't support Obama because I believe he has been a disaster in those 2 areas. I'm actually more aligned with Obama on a pet issue of mine, but it's insignificant compared to those other 2.

    This is Reagan vs Carter all over again. Reagan had the right approach and Carter had the wrong one. It's clear to me which candidate would do a better job protecting our embassies.

  • Rorer714 Tacoma, WA
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    gramma b: Muslims will say that "There is no compulsion in religion," but this is aggression aimed at compelling non-Muslims to submit to Sharia.

    You are correct, of course. The problem is one common to religious nuts of any kind; they treat their chosen interpretation of god's word as if it's their local sports team, willing to fight in the streets over the equivalent of "my dad's bigger than your dad."

    We're talking about very small minds in play here (whether sports or religion), and the only true pathway to calming them has to come from within their own communities. The only alternative is destroying them, and I am deeply concerned about the bloodbath that could become.

  • Rorer714 Tacoma, WA
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Liberal Ted: "They seem to only understand and respond to force. Flex our muscles a bit and tell them to back off and stop killing Americans. If they're willing to sacrifice millions of their own lives, then let it be."

    It's very clear that you are not qualified to guide the US response to global events, and you should be more introspective before running your mouth/keyboard.

    I understand the gut reaction, that lashing out in retribution would be the most gratifying, but do you really think the US should or would take the position of being willing to slaughter millions of the world's 1-1/2 billion Muslims in order to stop this thing perpetrated by a subset of them? That's pretty clueless on your part.

    When Obama takes a softer approach, he's doing what any person (whether he or Romney) should do in that situation: Don't say or do anything reactive that doesn't leave any possibility of a future of peace on the planet. That is not the same thing as making apologies or placating an enemy. If you don't know the difference, then don't comment.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Romney's main advisor is Hannity.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    The extremists who are creating all the chaos in various parts of the world look for excuses all the time to "hate America." Trying to get along with bullies doesn't work, and hasn't worked for the centuries this conflict has existed, long before we became a nation. It is sad that a blood war continues on and on, but it won't stop no matter what our leaders say. Romney was just speaking the truth. The truth does make us free, but only in a peace of mind sort of way when we have terrorism getting so much publicity. Obama was out to lunch when this was all being put in motion.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Let's take money from our pay checks, and give it to the Muslim Brotherhood, and other mid-east country.

    We have such great leadership!

  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    "This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent." REALLY! This incompetent President and Obama Administration IS WORSE THAN I HAD THOUGHT POSSIBLE.

  • KTC John Wetumpka, AL
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Obama learns crowd is gathering near Cairo embassy. Happens to be 9/11. He has ominous intelligence from Great Britain. Can Obama put two and two together? Why has he not already shored up the Embassies and Consulates? Instead of calling Brotherhood and saying we are cutting off 2.0 billion if Brotherhood does not protect Embassy, Obama administration does nothing. He ignores for hours an apology for America issued in Cairo condemning the American citizen who exercised his right of free speech condemning Islam. Obama back tracks and says two apologies not approved by him. Obama condemns Romney for saying apologies should not have been issued----the same exact new stance as Obama. Obama condemned Romney before condemning terrorists. Election is most important to Obama. Obama takes Air Force One to Vegas to campaign instead of hearing intelligence briefings. That's the joke that we have for a president. Liberal media immediately jumps to protect Obama no matter what Obama ineptly says or does. Here's the question: Are there enough good Americans left who love their country and their freedoms more than they love receiving a check from the federal government?

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    To Mad Hatter and the others who characterize Romney's comment as irresponsible or unpatriotic:

    Obama supporters would rather attack Romney for criticizing the president then face the real issues about the mistakes of the Obama administration. Remember when virtually every Democrat was criticizing Bush's foreign policy, and overtly or implicitly supported civil disobedience by anti-Bush protestors? I guess it is only out of bounds to criticize a president if he is a Democrat.

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    "Mitt Romney under attack for administration's foreign policy errors." That's got to be one of the worst headlines of all time; Romney isn't under attack for any alleged errors the administration made--he is under attack for cynically politicizing an act of terrorism and misrepresenting what actually happened.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    We act defensive, saying we can't do anything about this "deplorable" film because of "free speech," as if free speech were a regrettable thing. To the Muslims, this is about using violence and threats of violence to force the entire world to observe the Sharia's restrictions on insulting Islam and Mohammed.

    Muslims will say that "There is no compulsion in religion," but this is aggression aimed at compelling non-Muslims to submit to Sharia. It ought to be called out for what it is. Instead of acting defensive, our government ought to be stating clearly that the Muslims have no right to force Sharia on the world. There is no other religion or point of view that is immune from "insult." If they want to observe Sharia, they are free to do so. But they cannot force it on the rest of us.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:19 a.m.


    "Shame, shame, shame on Romney for shooting off at the mouth before getting the facts"

    Let's do this again!! Shame,shame, shame, shame, on Democrats for shooting off their mouths about George Zimmerman before getting the facts.

    What happened in Egypt, and Libya is clear racism, and murder. Now, blame Mitt Romney for doing what Obama should have done?

    Let's not be hypocritical!

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    "Obama takes Air Force One to Vegas to campaign instead of hearing intelligence briefings. Obama says nothing at all"..really folks. These kind of criticisms are just unbelieveable. I hope these are simply the frustrated rants of partisans..because if these kind of comments reflect real

    More important point. After a seach of all the major newspapers in this country, including those doing up to the minute coverage of looks like the DN is the only newspaper reporting this story. To this point even the Romney campaign isn't running with this. With this having broken yesterday I would think if it were credible we'd have heard it from some where else by now. I'm patient so I'll wait and see..but if it doesn't materialize the DN has some explaining to do.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Plain and simple, Romney just does not have the makings of a statesman, much less the qualifications to be POTUS.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Well, one thing is clear now...Romney was right.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    "The difference is, Romney was right."

    No, he wasn't. He asserted that the embassies response to the attack was to apologize. That's not true, they condemned the violence. The statement Romney was referring to that only commented on the movie... was a statement made before the attack took place so of course there was no condemnation of attacks in there because they hadn't happened. Not to mention that when you have a tense situation that involves risking lives... why the heck would you NOT want your embassies/consulates trying to calm things down? They weren't saying anything contrary to American values since you can condemn hateful material while still maintaining that they have the right to make that kind of speech. It also doesn't change the fact that Romney, grinning like the Cheshire Cat through his press conference, was trying to exploit a tragedy.

    So to sum up, he either lied or spouted off before getting the facts straight (fired before aiming), has no sense of foreign policy tact, and exploits tragedies while openly displaying he cares most about his own ambitions. That's what you want in a president? No thanks.

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    People wake up Romney said nothing wrong. Obama has said nothing at all.. I wonder what people are thinking when they say lets vote for obama... oh just a reminder gas is near $4.00 a gallon in Utah over $4 in other places, still the unemployment rate is over 8% and America is looked at like a joke with no back bone... Hey I got an idea lets vote for Obama for another 4 years and really watch this country go down the tube. Great thoughts people.

    Lets worry about Romney...ya right!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    @Liberal Ted
    "They seem to only understand and respond to force. "

    Because that worked so well in Afghanistan and Iraq... how many more trillions do we have to throw at your neo-conservative war-games?

    "Could you imagine watching your family get slaughtered in front of you by some gang of men. "

    No, but I imagine it would be rather enraging, which is why I question why you're advocating using force.

    "The police show up and start apologizing to the murderers that their lives have been hard and if they don't stop murdering then they'll get their little hands slapped. Is that the appropriate response people?"

    That's not even close to what the statements were, and the embassy, Obama, and Clinton all condemned the attacks.

    "Do we want four more years of this nonsense?"

    Regardless of how I answer you're still going to post that nonsense for 4 more years anyway so it's a rather moot point.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    A true statesman would have offered condolences to the families of those killed and support for officials trying to deal with the situation. Romney instead tries to score cheap political points and criticize our government.

    Cheap, pandering opportunist.

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    Hannity played a recording of the “Reporters” (Obama campaigners) coordinating their efforts to try to trip up Romney on this and “get him.” It is really sad that this is going on in our Country right now.
    I think Romney was right. The extremists don't need an apology or an explanation of freedom. They aren’t stupid. They understand freedom, and fight against it. There should first be condemnation of these attacks upon American soil. Romney and Ryan’s Christian faith is under a constant state of mockery and assault by those trying to get Obama reelected. The administration has not apologized but has encouraged. To my knowledge Romney and Ryan have not requested an apology. Humanity turns the other cheek when insulted. We defend ourselves only when we must. But the true Omnipotent God NEVER needs puny humans to kill in His defense. He loves all of us equally, and is saddened when humans do this sort of thing to one another. They understand

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 14, 2012 6:50 a.m.

    Romney was right, and anyone that thinks his words were ill-timed or adding flames to the fire is just plain not thinking. Coleman51 hit the real nail on the head.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    Sept. 14, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    The embassy's and consulates themselves were not attacked. There were bombs outside but not inside any of the consulates or embassy's. There is a big difference. The hotels are no different than any other hotel around the world. Those were not attacks on AMERICAN soil. The embassy's and consulate's are AMERICAN SOIL.

    They are acts of war and nothing less than that. They are to be protected by the US MILITARY front and center. Go ahead and baby your messiah in Mr. Obama.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Sept. 14, 2012 6:21 a.m.

    Obama and many DN readers attack Romney for talking too soon. But recall how Obama jumped into a fray over a black man breaking into his own house who was stopped by police. That eventually led to a "beer summit" but not before Obama admitted that he hadn't had time to learn the facts before making his accusations. Seems that Obama also convicted Trevon Martin's killer before all the facts were in. So everyone sometimes speaks too soon. The difference is, Romney was right.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 14, 2012 5:43 a.m.

    Manti, UT
    Let me see. We bad mouthed Bush for reading in a kindergarten class during 9/11. But it was ok for Obama to be on Letterman while embasies are bombed. Go figure.

    Guy... really? First of all, do you not see the differences between the two events. First of all, no one was making comment about Bush while the event was unfolding. Second, those making the comments were the normal nay sayers, not a Presidential Candidate. The comments were from the typical people of limited control who critical of government no matter what - just like those who came up with theories such as the CIA perpetrated 9.11.... you all are trying to justify Romney and McCain by the actions of the tin foil crowd. Not the peer group I would think you want them associated with.... though McCain is pretty much there already.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 2:50 a.m.

    The more Romney speaks the more Obama pulls away from him in the polls.

    Sept. 14, 2012 1:57 a.m.

    Another disappointing response from Mr. Romney. I had alot of respect for him at one point, but he has missed too many opportunities to really stand up and show some integrity and courage in his beliefs. Here is what I wish he had said :
    "I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger than any insults. They have withstood offense for centuries," said Clinton."Refraining from violence, then, is not a sign of weakness in one's faith; it is absolutely the opposite, a sign that one's faith is unshakable."

    She asked the crowd to work towards building a world where if one person commits a violent religious act, millions of people will stand up and condemn it

    "We can pledge that whenever one person speaks out in ignorance and bigotry, ten voices will answer," Clinton said forcefully. "They will answer resoundingly against the offense and the insult; answering ignorance with enlightenment; answering hatred with understanding; answering darkness with light."
    (spoken by Hillary Clinton today)

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    The Independent cited in this piece is a tabloid with a daily circulation of 83,000 down from a high of 400,000.

    The DN is now referencing a failing tabloid from the UK as a credible source of information.


  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 12:11 a.m.

    Obama knew 48 hours before and did nothing? That's the big story here. We could of had marines inside the embassy with support to stop this from happening.

    Romney commented on Obama's apologizing to other countries. He has apologized to other world leaders (Mexico). The media and Obama has really put a spin on this.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 11:36 p.m.

    Let me see. We bad mouthed Bush for reading in a kindergarten class during 9/11. But it was ok for Obama to be on Letterman while embasies are bombed. Go figure.

  • blueturf Rupert, ID
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:48 p.m.

    Romney actually says something in defense of our country and our president is more interested in appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and not saying anything about the Murders in Libya. That was a planned killing set up by extremists. How did they know what "secure" location our ambassador was at? Hmmmm..... I wonder. Then they parade his half naked body through the street....they were not taking him to a hospital.....who ever believes that is naive. The outrage should be directed at Obama for appeasing these extremists and the liberal media for purporting the behavior......Romney in his statements were not misguided and he said what most Independents and Conservatives were thinking. Where is the outrage of this presidency for the murder of INNOCENT Americans. No where. this is sad.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    Headline: Mitt Romney under attack for administration's foreign policy errors

    response: not quite. Romney said a bunch of insensitive things during a crisis.

    Romney will try our patience to the limit.

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    Shame, shame, shame on Romney for shooting off at the mouth before getting the facts and capitalizing on a diplomat's death for political points. And shame on him again that, when it is discovered that he was totally factually wrong in his criticism (not to mention strategically idiotic), instead of just being quiet he doubles down and hopes that his die-hard fans will believe him rather than their own lyin' eyes.

    Before this election, I respected Romney even though I disagreed with him on many policy points. But I'm afraid I'm losing that respect more and more each time he changes his positions to pander to the fringe and takes cheap shots at the president based on things he knows are false.

    Romney is a political tragedy.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    Analysis: Romney being attacked because he said something stupid. Opportunism evident as America responds to embassy killings.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:18 p.m.

    "The scope of the disaster — and the serious questions surrounding how [it] evolved — were brought into focus Thursday afternoon in a report by the Independent (UK) of credible information that the U.S. Government was aware of the planned attack 48 hours before it occurred, but no precautions were taken."

    All of you anti-Romney bunch, what part of this don't you understand? Obama does no wrong, right? You continue to make Romney a scapegoat for the present crisis in Egypt and Libya, just like Obama making Bush the scapegoat for the present problems at home. C'mon open your minds!

  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    The liberal left labeled Ronald Reagan as a stupid and dangerous war mongerer in the 1980's. I don't have any problems with them trying to hang the same label on Romney, because the left just don't and won't ever get it when it comes to dealing with foreign belligerents.

  • annewandering oakley, idaho
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    Mitt Romney was criticized because he jumped the gun in his attacks and did not wait for the facts to be clear. It is bad form to attack the sitting president during an attack. Even his own party leaders were taken aback by his attacks. Is this kind of public display we want from a president?
    It would be wise for posters to get their facts straight before posting as well although it might be hard to expect that when the paper itself, has a highly inaccurate headline.
    For one, it is smart to not attribute statements, even inaccurately quoted statements, to the wrong person. It was an embassy person who tried to lower the level of passion of the protesters by condemning a rabble rousing youtube video. That apparently did work since no personnel of that embassy were killed.
    I have to ask this. Do you support that hate video? Sure they can make it but do you support what it says? Or do you condemn them for their hate? If you do not support that video why do you defend it?

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:45 p.m.

    @Thoughtful Voter

    Most, if not all, "thoughtful voters" would vote on the basis of the more immediate domestic problems especially the economy and on foreign policy matters second or third or fourth ....! Saaad!

  • delasalle Sandy, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    Looks like Mitt Romney is going down, just like his pops did, for making an errant remark about foreign policy. The only difference is his father's statement was off the cuff and in the end correct. Mitt's on the other hand was a prepared statement, and therefore that much more inappropriate, and will eventually be proved to have been incorrect. Poor man is just not presidential materials, let's face it. Next.

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    We (Romney and the republicans) fight against thrones, principalities, powers, and spritual wickedness in high places (the administration and the press)...

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    In the Middle East, they have "The Muslim Brotherhood," here in the US, we have "The Obama Brotherhood" - aka "The Liberal Media," and both are deadly and dangerous. That's why Obama is NEVER blamed because he does NO wrong. If you don't believe me watch MSNBC! Further, the hot mic before Romney's press conference where the reporters conspired and coordinated their hatchet questions for Romney is blatantly evident. Why is the media flocking to Romney when they should be asking the Obama and his administration about the security lax at our embassies, at least on the anniversary of 9/11, and other flaws and inefficiencies abroad? Instead they want to "kill Romney". Sad!!!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:36 p.m.

    The President, the Secretary of State and the Department of Defense have the responsibility to react to intelligence or common sense in protecting United States of America diplomats and military personnel on duty performing their required tasks. This President will go on television shows such as David Letterman and Jay Leno instead of performing his required tasks. He is thinking about his reelection and not the requirements of his job as President of the Unied States of America.

    There should have been an increase in security for all United States of America personnel and resources, especially in those countries that are known to have terrorist activities in the area of our embassies. The 11th anniversary of 9/11 should have been a target emphasis for our State Department and Department of Defense. These people/terrorists in the countries that attacked our United States of America Embassies should have been brought to a higher alert. The countries involved have the requirements to respond to our requests and would have potentially alerted the bad guys that their own security forces were on the lookout for those types of activities and would have at least spoke their language and known the customary tactics.

  • Holden Caulfield Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    It's becoming increasingly evident that Governor Romney is not ready to lead the country. Politicizing this crisis was in very poor taste, yet the Romney apologists are still out in full force. I have no doubt he will win in Utah with numbers that would be envied in totalitarian states. Unfortunately for him, it's not going to shake out this way where it matters.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    What Obama and so many others do not understand is that Radical Islam is no different than any other bully. If you apologize foe being in the same hallway every time you see a bully all you will get is beat up. However if you say take one more step towards me and I will put you on your backside and then DO IT the next time the bully steps toward you the bully will back down after that. What Obama has been doing is going around the world apologizing for the past actions of the US. These Radical Islamic bullies look at that as cowardliness and do not respect us. They ONLY respect a strong dhow of strength.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    A1994 - big differences. Libya has 1) apologized, 2) already arrested 4, and are tracking more.

    And to be honest, we don't need the Israeli's permission, guidance, or help in this. Doing so right now would be a huge error - introducing Israel into this situation would only make things worse, not better. This has absolutely nothing to do with them, they need to just butt out right now. They are not our puppet master.

    But I know this means absolutely nothing. To you all, this isn't about American. This is about Republicanism.... party over country. You all are willing to sell out country to score what you think are political points. What all it does is reinforce to the Muslims we are in fact a divided country that they can exploit our loyalties to party over country to our disadvantage. The Republicans are doing exactly what they wanted - they have us fighting ourselves rather than uniting against them.

    How pathetic is that. It was wrong minded when Bush was president. And it is no less wrong minded now.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:00 p.m.

    @Bill in Nebraska
    "Whatever you say no one dared to attack anything of the US since 9/11 until now"

    Bill, do you really not have the initiative to seek the truth? There were 12 different embassy attacks during the Bush administration, leading to 50+ killed. A simple internet search would have provided you will all information you needed to avoid looking like a partisan hack.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 13, 2012 8:56 p.m.

    Bill, you claimed "Whatever you say no one dared to attack anything of the US since 9/11 until now".

    We had the 2008 attack in India against a US hotel that killed over 100, more that 300 injured, and several Americans - which were targeted.

    In 2007 the US Embassy in Greece was attacked by RPG fire

    In 2005 three US hotels were attacked by suicide bomers in Amman, Jordan killing 57

    In 2006 the American Embassy in Damascus, Syria - no one was killed

    June 2002, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12

    In 2003 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners.

    In 2008 there were no less than 6 attacks on US installations

    So I am not sure which news source you are using....but your claim that "Whatever you say no one dared to attack anything of the US since 9/11 until now" seems to be a bit inaccurate. The families of all those killed would strongly disagree I would think.

    And to your Reagan comment... Reagin closed the Lebanon base and closed shop, hardly the stand firm claim you all are demanding now.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    New reports out now that the administration new of a possible attack 48 hours before it happened. Obama has severely neglected the Middle East. It is so eerily similar to 1979. But at least Jimmy Carter was willing to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister back then.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    Sept. 13, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    Here are some facts some of you may want to look at in the past 40 years. The embassy in Iran was attacked and overrun with the embassy staff held as hostages during the Carter Administration. Two more embassies were attacked in Africa during the Clinton administration.

    Now before you get in an uproar. The Marine Barracks in Beirut was attacked and destroyed as well under Reagan and we know about 9/11/2001 under Bush. The responses for the most part have been as follows:

    Carter tried to rescue the Hostages but the military was ilprepared. Rescue failed. Reagan attacked those in charge and thus not much happened further. When Libya was found to cause a terrorist act and protected the terrorists Reagan almost got Gadolfi but did put him on notice. Clinton took one shot at Bin Laden and missed. Didn't try again but three years later we have 9/11. Who do you blame?

    Well for me it is evident that Democrat administrations are weak on international affairs and thus we have been more subject to terrorists attacks. Whatever you say no one dared to attack anything of the US since 9/11 until now.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    How is it that a person that is bigoted can be blamed for the actions of other bigoted individuals? Can a person in Utah that expresses a bigoted opinion about a bigot in New York be charged with a crime in New York for the New Yorker's bigoted crime?

    Words don't kill people, people kill people.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    Four Webpages in this article to dance around the fact that Romney stepped in it. Him saying he is a leader and is going to lead does not make him a leader. Raising his voice louder to say he is a leader does not make him a leader. Saying things are broke with out a plan to fix things does not make him a leader.

  • Border Joe Az/ BYU Safford, AZ
    Sept. 13, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    Romney was right on...I just wish he had gone further in expressing the total dismay and anger WE normal folks feel toward this administrations lack of promoting America!!

    Our fearless leader, the chosen one, the messiah --only has the Barney Fife type of security(except for himself)....Americans can only shoot beanbags.. not even a bullet in the pocket...ask the parents of dead Hero -Agent Brain Terry!!
    If armed Marines had of been the security, the headlines would be...Americans kill, rape and mutilate defenseless children and women...Ask Jon Kerry ( Unfit For Command) about his lies to congress in 1971!!!!. Anti-Americans show up in many forms...Eternal Vigilance is required and all due caution expected to be afforded by our leaders!!!! That is too much to ask of the Chicago Mob!!!

  • Wyominguy Buffalo, WY
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    Does Anyone seriously think the "mainstream media" would miss an opportunity to nail Mr. Romney???????? Get used to it America, the media are so in favor of Obama they cannot see clearly and never will!

    IMHO Romney was Correct. Period!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    One would think Romney's Mormon upbringing would've taught him that we should treat other religions and people with respect. A common theme in DN and touted by LDS and other churches is that religion is under attack. So, when an extremist inside the U.S. creates an highly offensive/inflammatory movie (portraying Mohammed as a child molester) one would think all Americans would denounce that as extreme and inappropriate/offensive. But, in Romney's world, condemning such a movie amounts to an apology and goes against American values.

    It is despicable that Romney would condemn the words of those who are putting their lives at risk to work in embassies, representing the U.S.

  • Border Joe Az/ BYU Safford, AZ
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    dixie dan....sorry that spot was taken in 1971 by the liar John Kerry!!!

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:20 p.m.


    The reason there's no analysis by the media is that they, including the DesNews, have a policy of not criticizing Obama.

    So because Obama's administration blew it in assessing the danger of supporting the overthrows of throws of some regimes and the growing tension in those regions, it's Romney's fault for doing the criticism the media (including the DesNews) refuse to provide, because of their policies to not criticize Obama.

    Only an idiot would fall for this one and say it's now Romney's fault.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Wow! And our Marines weren't allowed to have real bullets? Are will being led by traitors?

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    It is of note that the Obama statement following the attacks on our embassies used much the same words that Mitt Romney used when condemning the attack also in the same statement confirmed what Mitt Romney said about the problem stemmed from a film rather than from a terrorist attack. The Obama statement has since been blaming the film-maker via Hillary Clinton. Everything that Mitt Romney not only was true, but has since been confirmed by not only Barack Obama but Hillary Clinton as well. The problem with Mitt's statement was that it hit a nerve, not that he was presumptuous in stating his criticism.

  • Sophie 62 spring city, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    In a situation requiring cool heads and smart reaction, it is very bad form and in fact endangers not only our troops but Americans away from home to let fly with these criticisms of the current administration. This is a situation which needs very careful analysis of the facts to determine who the culprits were and how to best respond. We don't just go in there and murder a bunch of innocent civilians. That is what terrorists do.

    For Romney to shoot off his mouth in this irresponsible way points ever more clearly to the fact that he has no business being President. That kind of talk first, think afterwards method of response may make some people happy, but it is not the way for America to operate in the world. Go after the real culprits, find out who was really responsible and bring them to justice.

  • KTC John Wetumpka, AL
    Sept. 13, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    Obama learns crowd is gathering near Cairo embassy. Happens to be 9/11. Can Obama put two and two together? Why has he not already shored up the Embassies and Consulates? Instead of calling Brotherhood and saying we are cutting off 1.3 billion if Brotherhood does not protect Embassy, Obama administration issues an apology for America because citizen exercised right of free speech condemning Islam. Obama back tracks and says two apologies not approved. Obama condemns Romney for saying apologies should not have been issued----the same exact new stance as Obama. Obama condemned Romney before condemning terrorists. Election is most important. Obama takes Air Force One to Vegas to campaign instead of hearing intelligence briefings. That's the joke that we have for a president. Liberal media immediately jumps to protect Obama no matter what Obama ineptly says or does. Here's the question: Are there enough good Americans left who love their country and their freedoms more than they love receiving a check from the government? We will know answer in near future. May God save these United States. Proverbs 29:2: When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    What foreign policy errors? Mitt said it was wrong to apologize - that is it? That is a true statement. What is all this nonsense about foreign policy errors? There are no errors. There certainly are stupid statements from the administration but last time I checked Barack Obama was the head of that camp. If there are foreign policy errors it is the horrible and wrong statement from the state dept that apologized to the terrorists and I agree there needs to be an apology FROM OBAMA!!!!!!!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    worf said:
    "‘News analysis: Mitt Romney under attack for U.S. foreign policy errors"?
    Why doesn't news analysis attack Obama?
    * Solyndra
    * giving billions of our stimulus money to China, Japan, Australia, Finland, Mexico, Muslim Brotherhood, Libya, etc. That is our money was taken from the rich millionaires, billionaires, and middle class citizens.
    * you didn't build that

    I guess you've learned to answer questions from other conservative leaders like sarah and mitt. If someone asks you a question don't listen, just start into you pre-rehearsed speech even if it has nothing to do with what is being discussed.

    It's really sad that all this hatred posted above is misdirected at the President because your news source isn't news at all, and even when presented with the truth, you won't allow yourself to admit being made a fool by your Non-News.

    I guess you've learned to answer questions from other conservative leaders like sarah and mitt. If someone asks you a question don't listen, just start into you pre-rehearsed speech even if it has nothing to do with what is being discussed.

  • Kimball Bakersfield, CA
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Good people everywhere regardless of country, politics, or religion must stand together against terrorism, mayhem, violence and overreaction. Thank you to the good people of Libya for yor sympathy and support during the attack on our embassy. May the perpetrators be sanctioned. Stop fighting and sniveling and work together. Work around differences and stop criticizing. Sincerely.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:18 p.m.


    Now that you've expressed your opinions on the situation, you should take some time and research the following term: Marine Corps Embassy Security Group. From their own website, their primary missiion is:

    "...prevent the compromise of classified material vital to the national security of the United States..."

    For consulates and embassies, the host nation is responsible for providing security for the facility. If you have a beef with a 'dereliction of duty', perhaps you should direct your rage toward the governments of Libya and Egypt respectively. While doing so, you could also show some respect for the Americans killed doing their jobs.

    The same can be said for Romney.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    The problem with Mr. Romney is that he rarely gets it right and more often than not he is back tracking flipping or flopping on some previous position he voiced or held. Some flips and flops come on the same day.

    Mr. Romney will "say anything" to get elected. He is a man whose persona is not his own, but the amalgamation of a lot of spin doctors. If the real Mitt Romney was asked to stand up, a la "To Tell the Truth" none of them would.

  • Thoughtful Voter Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Romney's completely moronic opportunistic warmongering response to the attack on our embassy cemented my resolve to vote against him this November. I can't think of anything worse for our nation -- and the public face of the LDS Church -- than to put a man who thinks so little of retaliatory revenge against innocent civilians. He consistently dehumanizes foreigners and this baffles and saddens me.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Why doesn't barack calm the masses? He keeps apologizing and these psychos keep killing Americans. They seem to only understand and respond to force. Flex our muscles a bit and tell them to back off and stop killing Americans. If they're willing to sacrifice millions of their own lives, then let it be. But we should never tolerate Americans being killed, especially over a movie that offends them. They're no better than our street gangs and other losers that kill others because they were "disrespected".

    Could you imagine watching your family get slaughtered in front of you by some gang of men. The police show up and start apologizing to the murderers that their lives have been hard and if they don't stop murdering then they'll get their little hands slapped. Is that the appropriate response people? Do we want four more years of this nonsense?

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Why does the Deseret News just parrot everything every other liberal news organization puts out? This used to be a fairly good newspaper. One that you could trust to have an independent voice. Now the Deseret News has been reduced to nothing resembling good journalism and all it can do is work in the basement of KSL TV and put out stories printed in the New York Times. The people who built the Deseret News in the "old" days but who are long gone would be ashamed.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Why do liberals demand so much from Mitt Romney and so very little from Barrack Obama?

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    Apparently Mitt Romney's advisors and writers should consider the impact of not worrying about facts on independent voters. Certainly, facts don't matter to extreme conservative voters and the wingnut fringe. But independent voters are independent because they find ideological extremism non-productive, irrational, dishonest, and divisive.

    Romney says many things, promises the moon and says he will "fix everything," but does not provide substantive evidence what he will actually do except "cut taxes and reverse regulations" for his corporate sponsors. He says, "Trust me" and leaves us hanging. He's a Madison Avenue ad for a new brand of soap and no different from the old brand but in a new package.

    His ill-advised comments following the attack on the diplomatic mission in Libya were criticized, not just by the political opposition, but by major leaders in his own Party. So what does he do? He acts tough and repeats his misguided statement for all to hear. Independents will take note and make their judgement, wondering exactly who is writing this stuff, Mitt Romeny or some neo-con hack on his staff. You really wonder where the brains are in this outfit.

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    I have read in more than one report, including this one, that the embassy defended it's statement after the attack. And, if it is true that the embassies were lax in their defenses(no Marines in Lybia and no ammo in Egypt), well, that is a direct reflection of the lack of leadership that has been going on as of late. Good ole fashioned bury your head in the sand. That cannot be described as anything less than dereliction of duty(not for the ones taking the orders, but the ones giving them). Pathetic. It seems the more information that is released the more Romney's comments seem justified.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    With a little bit of luck, Romney could become the male version of Jane Fonda.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    perhaps Holder should also begin investigating Obama for hurting the poor feelings of the Muslims for his assailing the killing of Osama bin Laden! Afterall they were not chanting Romney when the terrorists were climbing the embassy walls?

  • rok San Diego, CA
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    What error? There was no error? The US shouldn't be apologizing or talking about the video at all. Just state that we have freedom of speech in our country and they can't attack our embassies because of it or we'll shoot anyone climbing over the embassy walls.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    Good question everybody but the person who is President of the United States. C'mon media! Do your job for once in your low lives and careers. Isn't it humiliating enough that you have to be entertainers rather than reporters and journalists?

    You are fed your lines that you read off of your prompters....I loved the interview with the owner of cbs that claims they are not biased. Really? Then why don't you have more than one point of view on your shows? Some of these outlets have their token semi-different opinion to give the appearance that they are unbiased.

    The fact of the matter is the media is biased. They refuse to question their golden boy barack. They keep telling us things are better, when they're getting worse. One day the American people will wake up and realize how duped they were to never question those that now rule us.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    "‘News analysis: Mitt Romney under attack for U.S. foreign policy errors"?

    Why doesn't news analysis attack Obama?

    * Solyndra
    * giving billions of our stimulus money to China, Japan, Australia, Finland, Mexico, Muslim Brotherhood, Libya, etc. That is our money was taken from the rich millionaires, billionaires, and middle class citizens.
    * you didn't build that
    * billions given to the people who just burned our flag, and murdered innocent Americans.
    * untruthful of cutting the deficit in half
    * spending millions of our money for vacations, and using Air Force One for campaigning trips. Tax free?
    * etc

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    Obamas statement, weak, and chicken.
    Romneys, a slight gaffe at best.