On the day after the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, the White House on Wednesday morning released a schedule showing that President Obama would continue with his planned campaign trip to Las Vegas.
But before leaving on that trip, he did issue this statement:
I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.
On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya's transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.
The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward.
Doesn’t that sound as if Obama is saying that it’s official U.S. policy to stifle religious criticism? I know of no such policy. Obama should have been celebrating free speech and talking about the fact that, no matter how unpleasant it is, it is the essence of freedom. Instead, he says that the United States rejects free speech that speaks negatively of religion.
Keep in mind as you think about Obama’s words that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has been trying for years to push through the U.N. a resolution that would make denigrating a religion a criminal offense. Just recently, the Obama Administration refused to state categorically that America will never support such an initiative. And why should it? Just a little while a, our President, speaking to an international audience, said that the United States rejects denigrating religion.
No. No. No. The whole point of the First Amendment is that the government stays out of controlling religion and that the American people are free to speak about religion and all sorts of other things without fear of their government.
In the mean-time, the psychophantic media are attempting to make this all about Mitt Romney. Romney, to his credit, is standing his ground:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday stood by his criticism of the Obama administration for its initial response to attacks against U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt, calling the White House's reaction disgraceful.
Romney has drawn criticism for a statement his campaign issued on Tuesday night attacking the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for releasing a statement that the Republican said was an apology for U.S. values.
The embassy had condemned a film about the Prophet Mohammad that angered protesters in Libya and Egypt who stormed the U.S. missions there. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed in Benghazi.
Romney said his campaign was right to criticize the embassy statement, which he said was evidence of the White House apologizing for American values of free speech.
"We join together in the condemnation of the attacks on American embassies and the loss of American life and join in the sympathy for these people," he said. "But it's also important for me, just as it was for the White house last night, by the way, to say that the statements were inappropriate and in my view a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for American values."
Romney said an apology for American values was never the right course and that "the first response of the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation," Romney said. "An apology for America's values is never the right course."
Romney held a hastily arranged news conference to comment on the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomatic personnel. He called the attacks disgusting and outrageous "and breaks the heart of all of us."
"America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. We will defend also our constitutional rights of speech, assembly and religion," he said.
Unfortunately, Mr. Romney is wrong.
America, under Obama and with people like him in power, will indeed tolerate attacks against our citizens... and in fact, indirectly, will join in those attacks.
Let there be no mistake about it.