Mitt Romney, International Statesman

Mitt Romney, International Statesman

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has taken a bold stand on foreign policy, standing firmly atop the dead bodies of American diplomats in a sordid attempt to score political points. As is his habit, when it became clear that his charges were at variance with the facts, he repeated them. Perhaps that works in the murky world of private equity, but it’s less effective in international relations, where lives are at stake, not just other people’s money.

So what’s Mitt Romney’s position on Libya? Take your pick; he’s had five of them. And that was just last year.

Apart from his accounts in offshore banks and his LDS missionary work in France, Mr. Romney has had little experience in foreign affairs. He’s certainly a quick study, though. First a world tour of gaffes, insults, and intelligence leaks; now this.

More:

“President Obama Slams Back: ‘Gov. Romney Shoots First, Aims Later,’” Neetzan Zimmerman, Gawker

“Romney Criticized for Political Turn After Ambassador’s Killing,” Michael Scherer, Time Magazine blog

“Republicans Shake Their Heads At Romney’s Libya Attack On Obama: He ‘Stepped In It,'” Ben Armbruster, Think Progress

“Foreign Policy Hands Voice Disbelief At Romney Cairo Statement,” Ben Smith, Buzzfeed

“Hill GOP leaves Romney out on limb on Libya,” Scott Wong, Politico

“Noonan: Romney not helping himself,”  Mackenzie Weinger and Dylan Byers, Politico

“Romney’s Libya response fuels foreign policy preparedness doubts,” Julie Hirschfeld, Bloomberg News via Salt Lake Tribune

“Score!” Scott Eric Kaufman, Lawyers, Guns & Money

“Romney’s embassy confusion,” Alex Seitz-Wald, Salon

“Romney’s Fatal Libya Blunder,” Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation

“Mitt’s Major Meltdown,” Gail Collins, New York Times

Related:

“‘This Does Not Represent Us’: Moving Photos of Pro-American Rallies in Libya,” Elspeth Reeve, The Atlantic Wire

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