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FP Passport: The Election 2012 Weekly Report: Fault lines and red lines

The embassy aftermath

The escalating chaos in the Middle East sparked by an
anti-Islamic video spilled over into the presidential campaign this week. On
Tuesday night, shortly after protesters had stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo
and reports had emerged that a U.S. diplomat had been killed in Libya, Mitt Romney issued
a statement
saying, “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first
response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to
sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” Republican National Committee
Chairman Reince Priebus also tweeted,
“Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.”

The criticism was prompted by messages put out by the U.S.
embassy in Cairo before that compound had been stormed, denouncing the offending
film. The Obama administration disavowed
the messages
from the embassy, which were reportedly published without
State Department approval
, and Obama campaign spokesman Ben Labolt fired back late on Tuesday
night: “We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is
confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya,
Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”   

On Wednesday morning, after it had been reported that four
Americans had been killed in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Romney again
criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the events, accusing the White
House of sending “mixed signals.” “I think it’s a terrible course for
America to apologize for our values,” Romney said, referring to the
original Cairo embassy statements. 

Barack Obama
criticized Romney personally in an interview with CBS, saying,
“Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first, aim later.  And as president, one of
the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that.”

The Romney campaign has continued to step up its attacks,
with advisor Richard Williamson telling
the Washington Post,
“There’s a
pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a
different situation…. For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated.”

Obama has also has his own trouble with messaging this week.
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