Radio giant Rush Limbaugh calls the violence against American embassies and consulates in the Mideast an “absolute disaster” on the part of President Obama’s foreign policy, and says the White House is coordinating with the news media to make Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney look bad.
“We’re in the midst of a disaster,” Limbaugh said this afternoon. “This is a full-fledged foreign policy disaster.”
“What they’re trying to do is make all of this about Romney. We’re in the midst of a genuine second term of Jimmy Carter, anybody? 1979, anybody? We’re in the middle of an absolute disaster, a foreign policy disaster. And there’s a coordinated effort to make it about Romney and whether or not he should speak; whether he should say anything about it; whether or not it’s presidential for Romney. We’re only supposed to have one president at times like this. Well, we don’t have one, unless Romney speaks up, and that’s the sad reality.”
Before its walls were breached, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo had issued the following statement on Sept. 11:
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
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Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan hit back at President Barack Obama’s criticism that he and Mitt Romney would take America back to a “blustering and blundering” foreign policy, saying Obama is resorting to “name-calling“ because he has ”nothing else to offer.”
“I think this is what people do when they have nothing else to offer,” Ryan on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. “I think these are the kinds of name-calling you’re going to get from the president.
Obama in his speech at the Democratic National Convention last week said the GOP ticket was “new” to foreign policy.
“I have more foreign policy experience coming into this job than President Obama had coming into his,” Ryan said. “I’ve been in Congress for 14 years. He was in the Senate far, far less time than that.”
He continued, “I’ve voted to send men and women to war. I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve met with our troops to get their perspectives. I’ve been to the funerals, I’ve talked to the widows, I’ve talked to the wives, the moms and the dads. That’s something. That matters.”
Ryan said he and Romney “share the view that we need peace through strength and we need to have a strong national defense.”
“We think [Obama’s] dragged his feet on Iran and as a result of his poor Iran policy they’re that much closer to a nuclear weapon,” Ryan said. “The president has had some successes – Osama Bin Laden is a perfect example – but, by and large, I think what the president is doing here is he can’t run on his record, so he is offering up this kind of rhetoric.”
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Meet the Mosquebusters — or as they’re officially known, the Law and Freedom Foundation – a group of anti-Islamic vigilantes in Britain with a subtler approach than their peers: Rather than picket Mosque sites, or lead demonstrations of any kind, they sue under Britain’s byzantine legal code to make it illegal for those Mosques to be built in the first place.
Anti-Islamic sentiment in Britain is not new. Groups such as such as England Is Ours and Stop Islamisation of Europe have, for some time, been defending what they see as traditional British/Western culture against a group they see as closeted Islamic extremists who will kill “infidels” or take slaves at the drop of a hat. In fact, they believe that the Koran urges precisely that. Some — like the English Defence League (EDL) — verge on paramilitary fascism in their use of tactics.
Others simply run around in public yelling incendiary phrases. The Mosquebusters, however, are apparently clever enough to avoid those obvious trappings of pro-Western resistance. Foreign Policy Magazine describes their approach as “a war against Islam, but one that often resembles a bureaucratic turf battle more than a clash of civilizations.”
Their leader, who calls himself “The Lawman,” also takes a subtler approach to the question of fighting Islamic influence in Britain. Rather than play into liberal stereotypes of “Islamophobia” and racism, he makes it very clear up front that what concerns him is Islamic doctrine, not people. From his manifesto:
“It is primarily about the division between Islamic and non-Islamic society, and the lawless violence at the heart of Islamic doctrine and practice.”