Mitt Romney Is the Greatest Statesman of All Time

  no use even having a pulitzer contest now

Great statesman, or GREATEST statesman?Before spending even a moment in his now-inevitable presidency, Mitt Romney today proved himself the greatest statesman of this age or any other.

In a statement rich in nuance and diplomatic elan, Mitt Romney deftly tied the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya to the shortcomings of President Obama’s foreign policy. He stood by his assertion last night that Obama “sympathized” with those who attacked U.S. embassies.

A lesser politician might have shied away from throwing political bombs at such a time, but Romney knows that at a time of tragedy and loss, the right response is to gain whatever campaign advantage you can, no matter how slight.

Mystifyingly, some libtards have attacked Romney for his mature, thoughtful statement this morning criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy in the wake of the death of a United States ambassador. But the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, voted Most Likely to Win a Pulitzer by me right now, has documented that the response to Romney’s statement has been overwhelmingly positive:

Conservative foreign policy hawks, outraged at the media’s circle-the-wagons reaction to the attacks on two embassies, are speaking out in defense of Mitt Romney.

She quotes noted mustache John Bolton, who says the press are criticizing Romney at the “administration’s behest.” Which they are! Because they’re all liberal, and Mitt Romney is the greatest diplomat of all time. She also quotes Senator Jim Demint! And not one, but two people from the American Enterprise Institute!

All of them agree that it is President Obama who is terrible, not Mitt Romney! So it must be true.

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326 comments

      1. Negropolis

        The machines largely work for us, now. The problem is the human leadership that is putting up barriers for the Voter-Americans to get to said machines.

    1. Guppy

      That's the problem with the Book of Mormon: it's so dry and bland. If they didn't coopt King James', where John of Patmos smoked some wicked peyote, the Mormon Apocalypse would perhaps literally bore us to death!

      1. One_who_wanders

        I think it is power supply problem; electrical surges keep burning out the program sequence on the Foot in mouth preventer. I told them to use an APS but does anyone listen?

    1. delaney_blom

      Only permitted when God reveals the golden clock to you.

      Which is weird, because the Mormons I've dealt with are very punctual (they always get there first).

  1. SmutBoffin

    Obama has yet to kill all people, everywhere (he is not a "hawk"). Therefore, he is responsible whenever anyone kills someone else.

    What don't you get?

    1. TribecaMike

      "I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something." — Woodrow Wilson

  2. Pap Finn

    Wow. They're just sitting naked on the floor of their dark, filthy padded cell, gibbering and smearing their own shit in their hair now, aren't they?

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      These monkeys have been throwing poo for a long time. It is just that now it has become a shit storm of absolute fucking stupidity.

  3. Tequila Mockingbird

    We need to do something about our failing education system. We are graduating millions of people in this country who are so lacking in basic analytical skills, they are considering voting for Mitt Romney.

    1. Boojum

      You know, I fundamentally despise eugenecists (Planned Parenthood notwithstanding), but these guys I would weed from the gene pool without more than a momentary hesitation.

      1. sullivanst

        Nature or nurture? I'm pretty sure it's impossible to be this much of a total dick on just natural talent alone, you have to study and practice.

          1. sullivanst

            The meme pool certainly looks like it could use a good chemical shock and the installation of UV treatment after the filter. That thing is sludged up real good.

      2. doloras

        My response to eugenics is thus: if morally degenerate idiots were prevented from breeding, I wouldn't be here, and I think I'm basically okay.

    2. bobbert

      I'm afraid it's not really about edumacation. Those millions are not considering voting for Rmoney; they're preparing to vote against Prez O, because, you know.

      1. Negropolis

        Because they are fucking ignorant about American because they weren't properly educated about it. Someone needs to teach them that "America" isn't just a trailer park in exurban Mississippi.

  4. Lucidamente1

    I think it safe to say that the skullfucking of the corpse of the retarded Romney campaign has begun.

    1. prommie

      This here, this is an epic comment. Fortunately the Editrix is apparently in the midst of a Hunter Thompsonian road-trip booze and substances binge, so you will be allowed to live.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Seriously. I am wishing I had stayed with Ms Becs after Atlanta and just kept on going. I am a great road-trip companion. I would have totally carried her cases and cases of, you know, whatever.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            You are so helpful and you know how we like to keep 'em UP UP UP and out…it IS a lot of work. Dang. I never thought to get a boobie wrangler before.

          2. prommie

            I am actually too fucking tired to hobble to the car and go home. I need someone to wrangle my crippled ass out of here.

      1. Lucidamente1

        Speaking of triggers, the Kenyan impostor said a little while ago "There's a broader lesson to be learned here: Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later."

          1. sullivanst

            Maybe he'll start aiming his campaign rhetoric after the election. After all, Our Bamz didn't say how much later the aiming would occur.

        1. Arborista

          "There's a broader lesson to be learned here. And I think — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that. That, you know, it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them," Obama said. http://goo.gl/GR8gI

    2. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Hah! I posted the T-word and paid for it, damn you Stuef! Actually, I'm kind of torn…I could damn Stuef for making even the T$ig verboten…but then I also must remember because of him several Palinites and possibly the golden grifter herself wept tears of blood-rage, so he did it for a good cause. I could also be pissed at Rebecca for keeping up the weak capitulation to wingnuts…but she runs the site and has large…eyes. So instead, I will be mad at…Romney because he's a fucking car elevator owning, corporate rapist douchebag! Ah, rage redirection complete!

  5. mrpuma2u

    Never mind that Peggy Noonan threw him under the bus, it's all the lieberal media attacking our brave Willard for speaking truth to powerful negros.

  6. I_P

    Rubin's quoting John Bolton and Jim "Twatwaffle" Demint? Wow, that's really going the extra mile to justify the unjustifiable.

    1. Lot_49

      Bolton and Demint are the intellectual leaders of the Republican Party. Ms Rubin is merely their stenographer, which suits her skill level.

      Lincoln, Taft, Buckley, Eisenhower, Goldwater, Palin, Demint…is the pattern clear?

  7. BaldarTFlagass

    "Conservative foreign policy hawks, outraged at the media’s circle-the-wagons reaction to the attacks on two embassies, are speaking out in defense of Mitt Romney."

    She must read a different internet than me. If only we could get her to say or spell her name backwards, then she would return to Bizarro World for 90 days, after which the election would be over anyway.

    1. ElPinche

      Rafalca is long gone. Many chinese laborers have already packaged her super glue and profits are already building interest in banks all over Cayman islands.

  8. skmind

    Going Full Birther would get more of the base fired, Mitt. This shit's weak, so weak that Alaska Palin thinks of a bigger Obama penis when commenting on it.

    By the way why are conservative hawks speaking out in defense of Romney. Why are they apologizing for his statements rather than twittering them repeatedly?

    Damn, Obama has spawned a whole new generation of apologists!

    1. finallyhappy

      and speaking of penis and Palin- did I miss a story here about Levi's new baby- Breeze Beretta – born today?

        1. bobbert

          It's kind of refreshing to observe her self-parody tour, while being reasonably sure that she is, at long last, politically irrelevant.

  9. Gorillionaire

    Rumsfeld, Bolton, hell why not ask Cheney what he thinks. These guys have been so right about absolutely everything all of the time forever.

  10. BaldarTFlagass

    "Mitt Romney Is the Greatest Statesman of All Time"

    I won't believe it till I see him in a black and white photo wearing a funky old suit and one of those top hats, outside of the Versailles Palace.

  11. SigDeFlyinMonky

    They pretend to know what they're talking about and some pretend to believe them. However anyone familiar with traumatic political moments of transformation know this paradigm will not hold. I'm reminded of the Park Service's video at the Yellowstone visitors center showing how to tell a buffalo is getting pissed. These guys are missing all the signals.

    1. cheetojeebus

      If there isn't already a thread on Maker Blog with neat geeky ideas there soon will be. I was thinking there might be a way to make a bot that smears dogshit all over your lawn.

      1. BlueStateLibel

        Actually, I'm surprised someone hasn't come up with a 3D printed Romney bot that shoots his pistol first and then aims.

    1. chicken_thief

      Misty, that may be true but it does ruin my buzz… now I'm going to have to start over from scratch.

  12. edgydrifter

    If a giant scabrous wart grew a brain, and that brain was made of lint and puss, it would be functionally indistinguishable from Jennifer Rubin.

  13. Limeylizzie

    The press loyal to John Bolton, Drudge, has a photo of the dead body of the Ambassador on its front page.

    1. ph7

      Foxnews.com is running the same pic on their front page now. Got to get the juices flowing to rally a lynch mob for muslims, any muslims will do.

    2. Texan_Bulldog

      I don't know for sure but were the Libyans trying to get him to medical help (since I heard he was still alive when that was taken) or were they parading him in the streets?

      1. Negropolis

        Trying to get him mto a hospital, which they eventually didi but it was too late. This was a terrorist attack from what it being reported, now.

      2. reliefsinn

        Yes, it was Libyans who brought him to the hospital, and a Libyan doctor, of course, who tried to save him.
        I also heard that twelve Libyans died trying to protect the Embassy, but that's not going to be mentioned on drudge anytime soon.

  14. thefrontpage

    OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
    ROMNEY-RYAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
    SEPT. 11, 2012

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Sept. 11, 2012, Washington, D.C.—Republican presidential candiate Mitt Romney today strongly condemned the plan by President Obama to acknowledge and congratulate at the White House the U.S. athletes who competed and won medals at the 2012 Olympics. "This is shameful–why is our president wasting time congratulating athletes at the White House?" Romney said in an official statement from his campaign office in Bellevue, New York. "I don't think that's the president's job. If I was president, I would never, ever, congratulate any athlete for anything at the White House, and that includes Olympics athletes. I don't understand why the president is congratulating athletes. I mean, the Olympics are clearly an operation supported by Democrats and liberals and lefties."

    # # #

    1. Troglodeity

      Anything Bill Kristol says, you can take to the BANK!

      (Which will then promptly fold and be taken over by regulators.)

      1. sullivanst

        Anything Bill Kristol says, you can take to the BANK!

        Presumably as a precursor to throwing it in the river.

    2. anniegetyerfun

      "Will Romney follow up this moment with sober foreign policy statements and substantive speeches?"

      Haha, no.

  15. i_AM_ready

    You know how Jennifer Rubin's column has that little caricature drawing that makes her look kind of homely? I saw her on MSNBC once and holy cow, she's the ugliest person in the world, the caricature was extremely kind! So the question is, did being physically ugly make her bitter and turn her personality ugly? Or is she a hateful person and the ugly face is just karma?

      1. i_AM_ready

        Is that latin for six of one, half-dozen of the other?

        Also the Iraq such as, when Rubin was on MSNBC, I remember she was saying the stupidest shit, but she seemed so thrilled to be on TV and so smug and pleased with herself because she spoke very fast. But completely unaware that nothing she said made sense. Ugh, she's the worst person in the world.

      2. Boojum

        It means an animated ugly corpse is still ugly. It means that, of course, in some language other than Latin.

    1. DahBoner

      Sure, she's as ugly as the day is long, but still she's not short enough and fat enough to even think about dating me, because I'm not a Doctor or Lawyer….

  16. Mahousu

    Why are you still running the picture of Clint Eastwood and that empty chair?

    Oh, there's an empty suit, too, I guess.

  17. Tundra Grifter

    (r)Money doesn't think the Administration response to the attacks in the Middle East have been strong enough. He critizied the statement from the US Embassy in Cairo.

    Only that statement was issued before it was attacked, not after.

    Guess he doesn't know the Monday Morning Quarterback is supposed to wait until the game is over.

    Meanwhile, for some fun reading check out Jake Tapper's October 20, 2011, piece on (r)Money's five different positions on Libya. It's been almost a year, so he should have another half dozen or so by now…
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/wher

  18. SayItWithWookies

    So what would Mitt and Bolton and noted pork rind Jim DeMint do differently, exactly? This brings to mind one of the Republican debates when Rick Santorum, talking of our involvement in Afghanistan, said essentially that he'd do either more or less than what President Obama was doing, but it wouldn't be the same thing. This is the type of strategic thinking these fuckin' geniuses are deploying right now. Can you imagine (or just remember) what they'd do if they were in charge?

    1. sullivanst

      They would direct their embassies to issue the following statement:

      Hah, fuck you, towelheads. Burn!

      And then the mob would burn. The entire embassy, with everyone in it.

    2. Ruhe

      The general public probably thinks of "Diplomacy" as a whimpy, servile discipline involving the practiced art of obsequiousness and ass-kissing. Probably an impression left by so many viewings of that "Trouble with Tribles" episode of Star Trek. But the reality is that Diplomacy is hard. It involves a lot of tongue-holding and a lot of keeping your eye on the long term goal. The fact that Mitt and Bolton seem to think it's easy and the right moves are obvious is probably an indicator that they don't know what they are talking about.

    3. Tundra Grifter

      Look at (r)Money's defense of the universal health care plan in Massachusetts. He just says it isn't the same thing as "ObamaCare" and that's that.

    1. emmelemm

      He planted him RETROACTIVELY, since Mitt was "running" the last time around, too.

      How's that for seven-level chess?

      1. Boojum

        He planted him in France, when the real Mitt Romney was declared dead at the scene, his corpse whisked away, and the only evidence of injury being surgery ON HIS FACE!!!*

        Wake up, sheeple!

        *This is all true.

  19. HogeyeGrex

    And true to form, the Romney campaign now says…

    Questions & Answers:

    Don’t you think it was appropriate for the embassy to condemn the controversial movie in question? Are you standing up for movies like this?

    Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.

    Precisely what he was criticizing earlier.

    Is there any issue he can't try to hold both sides of? Is apple pie bad for America, Mitt? Is mom a dirty whore? Feck.

    1. carlgt1

      apple pie is only OK for America if you eat the top off it – because the unhealthy butter sinks to the bottom….

    1. YouBetcha

      Someone hand him a firearm, a helmet, and drop him from a plane over Natanz. War with Iran? No, really, you first, Mr. Bolton. Go ahead. We'll be right behind you.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Terry:

      The Vandenberg Doctrine – domestic politics stop at the water's edge.

      In (r)Money's world, "domestic politics" means you aren't getting along with your maid.

  20. qwerty42

    Clearly the Israeli Foreign Ministry is not as clued in as either the Mittster or Jennifer, what with statements like this:
    Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said in a telephoned statement: “Nobody knows who he is. He is totally unknown in filmmaking circles in Israel. And anything he did — he is not doing it for Israel, or with Israel, or through Israel in any way.” Mr. Palmor also called the filmmaker “a complete loose cannon and an unspeakable idiot.”
    Also h/t to DougJ at Balloon Juice

  21. smashedinhat

    The shrill whine of machinery over rotating and flying apart is normally not music to my ears. But this is just awesome!

      1. Arborista

        I'm absolutely in favor of him suspending his campaign, but if you thought McCain's rendition of "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" was off-key, imagine Romney's version…

  22. rocktonsam

    "Fuck it, I'm going back to practice for the debates. Send the widow some flowers with my condolences."

    M. Rmoney

  23. BornInATrailer

    Asking Bolton any question where the affirmative is more aggression in our stance towards a Muslim nation is like asking Wimpy if he wants a hamburger.

      1. Rotundo_

        At the pinnacle of his existence he didn't make it to "no talent ass-clown" levels of achievement. I suspect the mustachioed dunderfuck will never get there. He is everything wrong with the conservative mindset in one disgusting package.

      1. Negropolis

        I'm a 20-something and know who Wimpy is. My dad even took me to that horrible live-action Popeye movie. Ugh. It was worse than Flintstones; Viva Rock Vegas.

  24. sullivanst

    Genius 9/11 by Romney.

    Kicked it off by calling foreign policy, the theme of the day and the single policy area in which a President has most direct influence, a distraction and a shiny object, and ends it by deliberately violating recent norms of Presidential campaigning to launch a particularly vile slimeattack based on a fiction, in the area of foreign policy.

    Perfection.

    I want this man out of the news, stat. Just, quit already Mitt, OK? Fucking go home and shut the fuck up.

    1. JohnnyQuick

      I'm with you. I'm almost out of snark for this one.

      I know that what Mitt and his admirers(?!) have done so many things, from layoffs to standing against women's rights, targeting gays, racist dog whistles to melt Seamus' ears… And those are as bad as this. But this novel campaign strategy from Boston of FUCKING TROLLING THE DEATHS OF US GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL in a foreign land… it's too fucking immediate this time.

  25. metamarcisf

    Yes. While running an errand at work just now in the company car, I got to hear Newt Gingrich on Hannity explain how this event is a game changer in the campaign and that Obama has just handed the erection to Romney.

    1. qwerty42

      "Obama just handed the e(l)ection to Romney" … wtf? Is Newt on drugs? Mitt just failed the "3 AM phone call" test. The President is already saying

      …Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later

      1. Geminisunmars

        The Preznident continued with "It's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them."

        He is such an elitist.

        1. qwerty42

          He is such an elitist.
          Yeah. Following the remark with an appropriately presidential statement. Kinda twisting the knife.
          Larrison devotes a column to "When Slogans are Not Enough", and that about captures it. Romney has no idea about foreign policy, has surrounded himself with the worst foreign policy advisers he could, and now he will suffer for it.

  26. jakegittes

    [Snark off] Anybody wanna bet me that the Israeli Mossad doesn't have something to do with all of this?

    1. Rotundo_

      Kicking a giant turd with all one's might and then pausing to lament the stink it raises. Hardly original, I would think they could have done something far better and more to the point. This is too broad a swipe, had it been some false flag shit that pointed everyone's attention to Iran, I would buy the theory wholesale. This is just some asshole with an axe to grind and evidently a death wish (as almost every mullah this side of hell has called a fatwa on his ass). Too amateurish, much like Mitt's approach to it.

      1. jakegittes

        So why have we heard nothing in this country about this Prophet Mohammad bashing film up until this incident? Why did the embassy attacks happen on 9/11? Why did this shit happen with less than 2 months before the election? Unless somebody with "false flag" aspirations wanted to get the biggest bang for their buck for an "amateurish" operation like this one.

        All Mossad had to do in this electronic age is position itself to circulate a bull shit rumor that they knew would inflame the populace in very unstable countries. Then when nobody was looking, somebody goes in and kills four people just to make it all that much worse.

        1. sullivanst

          You're a bit behind on your conspiracy theorizing… the attack certainly seems like it might've been planned in advance. The Prophet-bashing film we probably never heard about because it was made by a total nobody.

          1. jakegittes

            Who was that "total nobody?" Do we know anything about him or her? And the fact that it was a "total nobody" means that it more easily can become the subject of a rumor that the operatives can launch upon the populace out of nowhere. The Libyan and Egyptian masses don't know what the hell is making the rounds in Merka on the internets. But if somebody tells them that it's a film in Merka with wide circulation that is blasphemous, boy, will that piss people off in a hurry.

            I saw Joe Klein on Morning Joke this morning and he was livid with Netanyahu for immersing himself in the outcome of the November election, Netanyahu being one the neo-con of all neo-cons. I've never seen Klein that animated, exasperated and emotional about any issue.

            I'm just tellin' y'all. There's something more here than meets the eye. And don't get me wrong. I'm not some wild-eyed anti-Semite if that's what you're thinking.

            But after the events of the last decade, I don't trust the official story in the least.

          2. sullivanst

            Cui bono?Dustups in Egypt and Libya distract attention from Iran, which seems at odds with what Netanyahu would like. A neocon wishing to boost Romney's chances would be very unlikely to want to stir up a foreign policy brouhaha on the very same day that a Romney foreign policy advisor was published saying foreign policy and national security were a “distraction” and just another “shiny object”, and in fact would quite likely be aware of Mr. Romney's profound weakness on the subject and be in agreement with his campaign that it should be kept out of the discussion to the greatest extent possible.

          3. jakegittes

            Cui bono? To the goal of getting Rmoney elected after which time, it's clear sailing to launching all sorts of attacks on Iran, without question.

          4. sullivanst

            Which is why I'm convinced he didn't do it. Romney fucking up the response completely was entirely predictable. Netanyahu may be many awful things (he is), but he's not stupid.

          5. jakegittes

            This is where I beg to differ. I think the neocons have gotten so desperate that their better judgment has been affected. I think that Netanyahu and the neocons are of the belief that an event like this will inflame enough of the American populace to swing the election. I think they've miscalculated. i think that enough Americans have become suspicious of the official story anymore so as to reduce the numbers of those fence-sitters that used to go along with the jingoistic line. Moreover, Americans are weary of war. All of the polls so indicate. What the miscalculating neocons are guilty of is thinking if they could get away with it once, they can get away with it again. The times they have changed.

        2. bearperney

          …and why does it happen just after Netanyahu shows up to put pressure on President Obama to attack Iran? Too much coincidence here!

    2. mavenmaven

      Its pretty clear that it was made by and for Coptic Christians with the help of Steve Klein, an evangelical Christian.

          1. jakegittes

            So the film is made by Coptic Christians with the help of some other flavor of Christianity amply interspersed with nuts and candied fruit. Proof positive that the CIA and/or the Mossad had no hand in it.

    3. MosesInvests

      Confirmed by AP: the jackhole who made this film is a Coptic Christian and convicted felon (fraud) named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Extensive ties to Fundie Christian anti-Islam hate groups.

      1. jakegittes

        With no ties whatsoever to the CIA or the Mossad or both. But even if not, still the producer of an obscure piece of shit youtube "gem" that the company boys get to to dust off and use just when they think it might have some utility.

    4. Negropolis

      I doubt it. But, what is pretty clear is that a whole plethora of characters from Bibi to some crazy clerics clearly took advantage of 9/11 to get their point across in the most negative and dangerous of ways, and everyone who did it should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

  27. PinkoPopulist

    Seriously though, who the fuck goes out seeking John Bolton for commentary on anything of relevance?!?! I mean that is sheer genius. Jennifer Rubin deserves all the plaudits coming her way.

  28. Misty Malarky

    "There's a broader lesson to be learned here: Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later," Mr Obama told CBS.

    "And as president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that — it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make them."

    Flood of right wing whining and tearfully demanding an apology in 3 . . . 2 . . .

  29. carlgt1

    it's like his faux pas in London for the Olympics — only much more ghastly, cynical, venal, vapid, and un-Presidential!

    1. Serfville

      THAT was a disaster! How can a would be Prez go over in such a happy, friendly time as the summer Olympics & piss of the entire European Union? How can that even be done? Didn't the PM of Britain give a scathing speech about Mittens on the Parliment floor after that disaster "good will tour" ha ha of Europe? Mittens dropped in the polls after that nightmare. If a Prez can't handle a softball like the Olympics what would he do in a real Foreign emergency? Obama needs to nail him on above the way he nailed him on Bain relentlessly.

  30. ManchuCandidate

    Warrior, leader, diplomat, man of wisdom, deep thinker and fountain of compassion.

    These are words that can never be used to describe Willard Mittens Money Badger Romboto unless you're Jennifer Rubin who seems to be paid shill or harbors a lust so great for the Mormoni Shegetz.

  31. prommie

    Who could have imagined the Israelis would try to provoke a war between the US and all Muslims and also influence the outcome of a presidential election so that a neocon (read that as "Likud") puppet would be elected and declare war on all muslims?

    Doing it on the anniversary of 9-11, that takes a special amount of chutzpah.

    1. MosesInvests

      Umm, in case you haven't been keeping up, Netanyahu is alone on this sh*t. Everyone, and I mean *everyone* in the Israeli defense and intelligence community is saying that Bibi's being an idiot, the vast majority of Israelis are against a war, and I don't for a minute believe that Mossad would do something this foolish just on Bibi's say-so.
      Also, too, Mossad presumably would've made a better movie if they were going to to something that stupid.

      1. jakegittes

        Netanyahu isn't entirely "alone" on this shit. He has lots of other neocon support in this country, in Israel and probably in the Mossad and the CIA. The reality, however is that in all four of these communities, the neocon numbers are dwindling. But, they don't go down without a fight. They're a belligerent sort. And, just like the Right Wing in general in this country, the will of the majority just doesn't matter to them, because they are right. They are always right. And they will always try to get their way, whether it's through trick or device or voter suppression.

        We can always be hopeful though that ultimately they will be exposed and their self-imposed messianic, apocalyptic vision of humanity will end up on the ash heaps of history.

    2. pdiddycornchips

      That's a bangin' conspiracy theory. I'm not too sure how having Egypt and Libya inflamed really helps Israel though. Then there's the whole problem of convincing the electorate that we should bomb (who? Iran? Didn't this happen in Libya?) them and the very best person to do that wouldn't be the guy who's been sending terrorists the gift of martyrdom as soon as they pop their toweled heads out of their caves. Other than that, it's a fine conspiracy theory.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        You assume that real Murkans know the difference between "Libya" and "Iran". It's time to bomb some Muzzies, and it doesn't matter where!

    3. MosesInvests

      Breaking: Per AP, "Sam Bacile" is actually a Coptic Christian named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who has extensive ties to fundie Christian hate groups. (Also, too, a convicted felon).

  32. Doktor Zoom

    James Fallows at the Atlantic nails it: "Mitt Romney Drops His 3 AM Phone Call"

    In short, when faced with a 3 a.m. test, he reacted immediately, rather than having the instinct to wait. And after he waited, he mistook this as a moment for partisanship rather than for at least the appearance of statesmanlike national unity. The irony, of course, is that resisting the partisan impulse today would have been the greatest possible boost to his horse-race prospects two months from now.

    Think of this temperament and these instincts in a command role, and with stakes much higher than they were today.

  33. thefrontpage

    OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
    ROMNEY-RYAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
    SEPT. 12, 2012

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Sept. 12, 2012, Washington, D.C.—Republican presidential candiate Mitt Romney said today that he is strongly criticizing President Obama and other administration officials for conducting what he deemed "inadequate" and "under-performing" and "disappointing" remembrance ceremonies on Patriot Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Hannukah and Christmas during the last year. "These proclamations, statements, ceremonies, prayer services and speeches to mark these important American holidays, such as Christmas, are inadquate, under-performing and disappointing for a president," Romney said in speeches to supporters at two appearances in Sykesville, Md., and at St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C. "These observances of these holidays were shameful. If I was president, I would give better proclamations, statements, ceremonies, prayer services and speeches, because I am a Republican."

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  34. prommie

    Gawker has a photo of that ratbastard prick fuckstick cocksucker fucktard walking from the podium immediately after these ratbastard fuckhead shitfuck remarks, and the fucking nervy motherfucker is smirking his fucking ass off, the cocksucking motherfucking fuckhead.

    1. docterry6973

      That smirk tells me that Romney is a far worse human being than I thought he was. He looks like someone who just got his toadies to pin a kid down and shear off his hair.

    2. MissNancyPriss

      They can give him one of those W Bush Cyrano de Bergerac backpacks for the debates but it's physically impossible to wipe that smirk off his face.

  35. christianmuslin

    What, none of these republican foreign policy experts suggested the assult in Libya as a reason to bomb Iran?

    1. HistoriCat

      John Bolton will be out saying that just as soon as he takes care of a personal issue. Now can someone give him some lotion and a box of tissues?

  36. MinAgain

    You learn something new every day. For example, today I learned that "statesman" apparently means the same thing as "craven, opportunistic liar".

  37. Serfville

    What might a future historian think? That Bush, Cheney & the rest of the thieves & despots that ran this country into the ground for 8 years are at the core of this event. If we would have gone into and out of Afghanistan quickly in 2001 & done what we needed to do, the rest of the world & yes I believe the Middle East & even extremists in their heart of hearts would have seen the justification of such an action. But Iraq?????? A protracted insane war in Afghanistan???? Are you kidding? And who were the architects of those insane, worthless endless wars? Who? The core of all of this hatred that has exploded towards the US falls firmly in the laps of Bush, his owner Cheney & company.
    I think this is going to get worse frankly.

      1. Serfville

        Correct! And he was practically the lone person to vote against the war. It was a very brave stance to take at the time.

  38. sck007

    I’m still waiting to see that ‘funny’ and still-makes-me-laugh side of Mitt Romney that his wife’s always talking about. So far I’m still under the impression he’s either a tax-evading jerkoff or he is laundering money through the Caymans to fund terrorists. Either way, they both come with jail terms.

  39. Incitefully_Joe

    Incidentally, Red State has apparently decided to get ahead of the curve and start writing pieces that just completely assume for no reason that not only is Sam Basile a real person, but he's a total librul.

    Let's just recall that Redstate is edited by Ewick Ewickson, and Ewick is also employed by CNN. Because CNN does not believe in journalistic ethics (i.e, "don't make shit up out of whole cloth") either.

    ::Edited to add::
    Also, too.

  40. thefrontpage

    OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
    CLINT EASTWOOD INSTITUTE FOR THE POLITICALLY INSANE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Sept. 12, 2012, Carmel, Calif.—Clint Eastwood, the president, chairman and chief executive officer of the lowly-regarded Clint Eastwood Institute for the Politically Insane, stated today that even he was surprised at the stupidity and ignorance of Mitt Romney's comments made on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, about the terrorist attacks on the American Consulate in Libya. "God, even my rambling, ranting and raving incoherent and non-sensical bit of improvisational performance art at the Republican Horrorfest wasn't as stupid, igorant and offensive as Romney's stupid, ignorant comment on the attack in Libya. What a moron! Maybe I'll vote for Obama after all. I mean, most of my political viewpoints are liberal, left and Democratic anyway." The Clint Eastwood Institute for the Politically Insane, or CEIPI, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who have gone insane in regards to their political viewpoints. CEIPI is funded by grants from the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association and PETA.

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  41. doloras

    Imagine if some wise-ass Hindu made a video of Jesus fucking a sheep. Imagine how many riots there'd be in the US. These Christianists doth protest too much.

    1. mavenmaven

      For the record, there are no shortage of those in the middle east. The three religions have been going at it for many centuries in those holy lands.

  42. Living in Joy

    I am reminded today that our foreign service diplomats work behind the scenes and in dangerous situations for our safety. Not everyone can get a posting to Paris.

  43. ttommyunger

    So much for politics stopping at the water's edge. Nice work, Mittens, that circular firing squad idea is primo.

  44. Aridzona

    Romney/Ryan criticize White House Soup of the Day. Lobster bisque is too gay, gazpacho is too ethnic. In a Romney presidency, only real American soup will be served in the White House — minestrone.

  45. CindynEncinitas

    And then Twatwaddle, who gets paid in baby's blood by the I Don't Give a Fuck About Anyone But Myself Institute, said blah, blah, blah. Whatever.

  46. mrblifil

    Did that **** Andrea Saul really criticize Obama for not taking questions (presumably of the "heated election season controversy" variety) at a formal reaction to the murder of a US diplomat. Who the fuck ARE these people? Is there a single social norm they see fit to apply to themselves? If her family died of smoke inhalation from being trapped in a burning building, would she hold a press conference and take questions? Because I have one in mind in particular: Andrea why are you such a fucking ****?

  47. clblabin

    Can't snark. Fuck this man for reveling in the deaths of four people who were serving their country. The Dems are now the party of patriotism and national security. Enjoy that new political landscape, Republicans, you'll be seeing it for a while.

  48. mr bojangles

    next time just say 'i am deeply saddened by these events, my heart goes out the families of the deceased.'

    go ahead, you can have it for free.

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