Posted on | September 12, 2012 | 40 Comments
. . . the Obamaphiliac media has spent today trying to convince us that what Mitt Romney said about Obama’s self-inflicted foreign policy debacle is actually a worse disaster than the failed policy itself. Here is Mitt Romney’s statement:
“Americans woke up this morning with tragic news and felt heavy hearts as they considered that individuals who have served in our diplomatic corps were brutally murdered across the world. This attack on American individuals and embassies is outrageous, it’s disgusting. It breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people who have served, during their lives, the cause of freedom, and justice and honor. We mourn their loss and join together in prayer that the spirit of the Almighty might comfort the families of those who have been so brutally slain.
“Four diplomats lost their life, including the U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in the attack on our embassy at Benghazi, Libya. And, of course, with these words, I extend my condolences to the grieving loved ones, who have left behind, as a result of these who have lost their lives in the service of our nation, and I know that the people across America are grateful for their service and we mourn their sacrifice.
“America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. We will defend also our constitutional rights of speech and assembly and religion. We have confidence in our cause in America. We respect our Constitution. We stand for the principles our Constitution protects. We encourage other nations to understand and respect the principles of our Constitution because we recognize that these principles are the ultimate source of freedom for individuals around the world.
“I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values. The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn’t ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.
“The attacks in Libya and Egypt underscore that the world remains a dangerous place and that American leadership is still sorely needed. In the face of this violence, America cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead. American leadership is necessary to ensure that events in the region don’t spin out of control. We cannot hesitate to use our influence in the region to support those who share our values and our interests. Over the last several years, we have stood witness to an Arab Spring that presents an opportunity for a more peaceful and prosperous region, but also poses the potential for peril, if the forces of extremism and violence are allowed to control the course of events.
“We must strive to ensure that the Arab Spring does not become an Arab Winter.”
Is there anything wrong with that? I see no problem, but there’s a lot of kvetching out there, some of it from Republicans.
Ed Morrissey noted that Romney took questions after his press conference, whereas President Gutsy Call did not.
Meanwhile, following on the theme established by the New York Times — “It’s that evil anti-Muslim movie to blame!” — an MSNBC host decides that the producer of the evil movie should be prosecuted, because obviously this obscure video (that nobody ever heard of before) is the only reason America is hated by the savage mobs whipped up by Muslim Brotherhood propagandists.
Why do they hate us? BECAUSE THEY HATE.
When you know that people are attempting to distract you, it’s a lot easier to pay attention to what they’re trying to distract you from.
This is also true, by the way, of Brett Kimberlin and his friends trying to distract us from their increasing legal jeopardy. Yesterday, I told you that Aaron Walker’s attorney has filed a motion to compel Kimberlin to stop delaying discovery in Walker’s Virginia lawsuit against Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser and Ron Brynaert.
Predictably, in the past 24 hours we’ve seen a blitz of harassment and distraction from various pro-Kimberlin accounts on Twitter. Among the memes they’ve been pushing: Lee Stranahan once took pictures of naked women — shocked! shocked! — and Patterico once said bad stuff about people (including me and Jeff Goldstein) in chats with notorious douchebag Barrett Brown.
It’s all a familiar “accuse the accusers” ploy and, having watched for nearly four months as Team Kimberlin used these tactics used to foment animosity and suspicion among their targets, it doesn’t deceive or distract me for a minute. If these sockpuppets and trolls posted indisputably authentic video of Aaron Walker and Mandy Nagy having a three-way with a goat, I’d shrug it off as just another lame distraction attempt. As I told someone in a phone conversation this morning, these tactics can only deceive the weak-minded.
The details of their accusations are irrelevant to the purpose — i.e., to obstruct justice by attempting to discredit anyone who might possibly pose a threat to Kimberlin’s tax-exempt hustle.
Brett Kimberlin has basically admitted this in court documents: He regarded Seth Allen’s blogging, and Mandy Nagy’s October 2010 article about his heinous criminal history, as endangering his support from liberal donors. Once the falsehood of his denials had been exposed — once his self-serving claims to have been framed and subsequently “secretly exonerated” were understood to be outright lies — it was understandably more difficult for Kimberlin to solicit big-money contributions to his “progressive” 501(c) empire, which collected more than a half-million dollars in 2008.
All the attacks Kimberlin and his friends have made against Seth Allen, Mandy Nagy, Patrick Frey, Aaron Walker, et al., must be understood in this context: These are defensive counter-attacks, an attempt by Kimberlin to protect himself from the ugly truth about what kind of monster he really is.
C’mon, Brett: Who killed Julia Scyphers, and why?
You don’t decieve me. You don’t distract me. You don’t scare me. And there is no statute of limitation on murder, Brett.
William J. Hoge has now posted the interrogatories in the case of Walker v. Kimberlin, et al., and there will be time later to discuss these very interesting questions.
Some of the sockpuppet trolls on Twitter were just now mocking my occasional references to prayer. Kimberlin has been an avowed athetist since childhood. So it would never occur to Brett that it was anything more than an unfortunate coincidence when his progressive buddies at the Justice Department had their jobs endangered because a bunch of jihadist savages in Libya went nuts about an obscure video. The FBI might be under new management come next January, and who knows what they’ll find if they start investigating Kimberlin’s racket?
God moves in mysterious ways.
And the prayers of the faithful are answered every day.