Last week, the Obama administration slammed Mitt Romney repeatedly for daring to criticize what Romney called the administration’s “disgraceful” response to the Islamist takeover of the US embassy in Cairo. Romney stated that evening that the Cairo embassy’s September 11 tweets, which stated that the United States “condemn[s] the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” and then reiterated that sentiment as Islamists scaled the embassy walls, amounted to “sympathiz[ing] with those who waged the attacks.”
The media went insane and accused Romney of politicizing the issue.
So what does the media have to say about the fact that the Obama administration is running ads on Pakistani television, during riots at the American embassy in Pakistan, showing Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton essentially apologizing for a controversial YouTube video about Mohammed? The ad shows Obama stating, “Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence. None.” The video goes on to show Clinton stating, “Let me state very clearly, and I hope it is obvious, that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.”
This is what we call appeasement.
As rioters burn flags outside our embassy in Pakistan, it is disgraceful for the State Department to use US taxpayer dollars to rip on legitimate expression under the First Amendment. And it is an apology for American values to do so.