Romney: ‘An Apology for American Values is Never the Right Course’

From Human Events:

Mitt Romney held a press conference to discuss the situation in Egypt and Libya on Wednesday morning. The press corps was remarkably hostile, basically treating Romney’s early, forceful statement on the matter – delivered during a night of confused Administration bungles and total Obama silence – as if it were some sort of mistake, which he needed to clarify or apologize for. Romney was not in any mood for apologies.

Romney called the attacks on both the Cairo embassy and Benghazi consulate “outrageous and disgusting,” and said “it breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people, who have served during their lives in the cause of freedom, in the cause of freedom, and justice, and honor… we mourn their loss, and join together in prayer that the spirit of the Almighty might comfort the families of those who have been so brutally slain.”

“America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and our embassies,” Romney declared.  “We will defend, also, our Constitutional rights of speech, assembly, and religion.  We have confidence in our cause, and in America.  We respect our Constitution.  We stand for the principles our Constitution protects.  We encourage other nations to understand and respect the principles of our Constitution, because we recognize that these principles are the ultimate source of freedom for individuals around the world.”

It was the Obama Administration’s pained difficulty in expressing and defending these principles that led Romney to speak up last night.  “I believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement expressing sympathy with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt, instead of condemning their actions,” he said.

Addressing the weird developing narrative among Obama’s media supporters that he was somehow in error for speaking up too quickly, Romney said, “It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values.”

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