Okay, continuing from yesterday's topic -- the assaults on our embassies in Egypt and Libya and Barack's ridiculously weak non-response on Tuesday, this is from NBC News:
At Ryan’s first event of the day, in his home state of Wisconsin, the seven-term congressman focused less on policy and more on the tragedy itself.
“The attacks on our diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya and the loss of four American lives including our Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens – this is outrageous,” Ryan said in De Pere, Wis. “Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and I would just like to ask at this moment that we join together in a moment of silence in memory of them.”
While at both events, Ryan promised the crowd here that a Romney-Ryan foreign policy would follow the “peace thru strength” doctrine, the event seemed to coincide with rhetoric Mitt Romney used towards Obama Wednesday morning.
Speaking at a press conference in Jacksonville, Fla. early Wednesday, Romney said the president "demonstrated a lack of clarity as to foreign policy” regarding the attacks.
“It’s their administration that spoke,” Romney told reporters at a press conference in Florida. “The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth but also for the words that come from his ambassadors, from his administration, from his embassies, from his State Department. They clearly sent mixed messages to the world.”
Ryan’s GOP ticket mate, presidential nominee Mitt Romney, harshly criticized the president for not taking a harder line against the mobs that attacked the diplomatic missions in Cairo and Benghazi. In Libya, the violence left four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens dead.
The only thing the White House can take pride in is that Hillary Clinton sounded the right notes on Tuesday night and again in the speech she gave today. I think Hillary should have been president, yes. But I really think that now. She could do all the work -- which she doesn't mind doing -- and Barack could have been Secretary of State and you know he'd love the travel and the new press and people.
9-11 was this week, yesterday in fact. I didn't note it, I'm always busy and never even noticing half the things I should in the day. Yesterday's big focus was on the Really Rosie books. My daughter's into them since she saw the cartoon. And if you're into a book, or thinking of it, don't tell Elaine. She loves books and will get it for you immediately. No sooner had our daughter said she wanted to look at those books then, boom, Elaine had them.
So that was my big non-news thing yesterday, reading the Really Rosie books with my daughter.
But yesterday was 9-11. And Bill Van Auken had a good piece as usual:
In Washington, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivered banal and hypocritical speeches outside the Pentagon, where 125 died. Obama extolled the victims of the 9/11 attacks, declaring that “through their sacrifice, they helped us make the America we are today—an America that has emerged even stronger.”
By what measure is America stronger? Elsewhere in his speech, Obama suggested that “when the history books are written,” 9/11’s legacy will be a country that has become “safer” and “more united than ever before.”
His is an America that can be conjured up only in empty rhetoric, far from the real country that is gripped by profound crisis, with tens of millions unable to find work, and where the divisions between the financial oligarchy that he represents and the working people who make up the vast majority of the population have never been starker.
As for the history books, their first task is to explain the events of September 11 themselves, which over a decade later remain shrouded in mystery and cover-up. In what ostensibly was the most catastrophic intelligence failure in US history, no one in the US intelligence/military apparatus or in the Bush and Clinton administrations has ever been held accountable.
Now Leigh Ann's doing a paper for college and she's got to figure out the best TV sitcoms. She e-mailed me about it and this is my favorite episode of any sitcom that aired in the 70s. I think that show's hilarious any way but I love that episode. I never saw it until about the third or fourth time Ava and C.I. wrote about it at Third (the episode's title is "Today I Am A Ma'am" -- I won't tell you the name of the show tonight).
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"