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September 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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Romney's statement on Libya shows foreign-policy inexperience

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's attempt to score political points off the Libyan embassy attack proved his foreign policy inexperience.

Romney said Obama sent "mixed signals to the world" after a Tuesday attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya killed American ambassador Chris Stevens.

It seems pretty clear that Obama condemned the attacks in a Wednesday morning address from the White House. Here is an excerpt of his remarks:

The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. ... 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 to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

It looks like Romney's campaign jumped the gun, according to this autopsy by Talking Points Memo.

The Talking Points article reports that Romney based his remarks on a State Department statement that came out before the attacks. His campaign released the statement to reporters Tuesday evening before Obama even knew that Ambassador Stevens was killed, according to Talking Points.

This was a time to wait for facts before leaping to conclusions. Consider if Romney were serving as commander in chief and he was called on to make a military decision with limited information. Would he make a snap decision, as he did in this case? His actions now are the best predictor of future behavior.

Romney got hammered at the Democratic National Convention for his lack of foreign policy expertise. His behavior here confirmed it.


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