The assassination of a U.S. ambassador is cause for great concern. Certainly, it should elicit recognition of the heroic work of diplomats and foreign service officers, individuals who are unheralded and forgotten in our hyper-masculine society. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, this sickening act should “shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world.” Or how about, simply, a solemn response after this tragedy?
Cue the Mitt Romney rancor.
Ever the conniving opportunist, Romney broke his political cease-fire from campaign potshots on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. He criticized President Barack Obama for supposedly apologizing for “American values.”
From Day 1 in the White House, President Obama has led a foreign policy that seeks to engage countries using diplomacy, to build bridges where differences may exist and to employ the resources of the United Nations and NATO. Moderates and undecided voters, take notice: Romney would like to take us away from such noble goals. He would prefer to go back to the blowhard, hawkish days of George W. Bush, when the United States made enemies worldwide with its blundering foreign policy.
The fact of the matter is the State Department has made all the correct statements. It was the right thing to condemn the ill-conceived video meant to incite Muslims.
This statement was made before protesters stormed the embassy in Cairo and the consulate in Benghazi. Soon after, the situation turned violent. Not a single person in the State Department or in the White House sympathized with those who committed crimes (details are still emerging as to whether this was a planned attack using the protests as a guise).
By making statements to the contrary, Romney has blatantly lied, he has added fuel to the fire, and he has shown no respect to those who died serving their country.
President Obama is not perfect in his decisions on foreign policy (no president ever has been), but his philosophy is vastly superior to Romney’s Wild-West lunacy.
To my heroes who perform the diplomatic work of our country and to the recently departed, I give you these words from Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
UNO political science graduate student