September 12, 2012

Tomato Tomato

For some reason none of the major news outlets seem to want to print the entire statement that Mitt Romney alleges "apologizes for American values", so here it is in full (thanks, Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, and sorry about the whole "not a major news outlet" thing):
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.
So, to summarize what is apparently Mitt Romney's view of all this:
"[we condemn] the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims" = "we apologize for American values"
"We recognize intolerant asshattery when we see it, notwithstanding our more general respect for free speech" = un-American
"We are reasonable people" = un-American
QED. I guess this explains the Republican platform. Incidentally, hats off to the retiring Republican senator who dove, secret-service-like, to take the bullet of negative media coverage that was flying towards Romney in the wake of his latest mouth-opening. (Well, one of the bullets, anyway.) NO, in fact, Romney's reaction to the embassy statement was NOT the most batshit insane soundbite to come out of the Republican party today. That distinction goes to Jon Kyl:
When asked by reporters, Kyl said that the Cairo embassy’s statement “was like the judge telling the woman, ‘You got raped, you asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ That’s the same thing. ‘Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done’ — done what, I don’t know — but it’s all your fault that it happened."
So... wait. Making deliberately inflammatory statements about Islam is like wearing a short skirt? In that case, I would prefer to see Terry Jones wearing a short skirt from now on, with his mouth taped shut.

I will now NOT get into how appalling I think it is that the guy who made this particular inflammatory YouTube video is attempting to remain anonymous while other Americans get killed for it, because if I did that I would suffer an aneurysm and miss my wedding. But Jesus. If you're going to be a dick, at least grow some balls.

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