Political Commentary Post-Libya


When I saw that politics was one of the potential choices for our blog-search, I was immediately moved to browse reactions to the recent tragedy in Libya. For those unaware of recent events, following the airing of a scene from an offensive anti-Muslim film in Cairo, unrest erupted in the Middle East, culminating in the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Libya and the deaths of four American diplomats, including American Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. These tragic events were followed by statements from both President Obama, and Governor Romney. Romney lambasted the President for supposedly sympathizing with the attackers- an unfortunate stance, seeing as how it just wasn’t true. Prior to the attack, the U.S. Embassy released a statement condemning the anti-Muslim film. Prior to the attacks. In the wake of the killings, the embassy and the President condemned the attackers in the harshest possible terms.

The blog post that I found provides a timeline more accurate than what I have written above, and then follows with a scathing critique of Romney’s actions. However, my interest in the blog was not motivated by the criticisms against Romney, nor do I wish to get into a political debate on our class blog. Rather, the part of this author’s blog post that I found most compelling was at the end, where he suggested a different way that Romney could have handled the situation. The author states that, rather than condemning the President, Romney could have stood by Obama, casting aside politics in the face of such tragedy. Romney is not alone in such combative behavior- Obama took the opportunity to criticize his opponents actions, rather than focusing on the terrible incident that had occurred.

I think that it is a terrible commentary on our society, that something awful occurs, our politicians first instinct is to criticize the way that their opponent responds, rather than focusing on the event itself. Their petty bickering takes attention away from the real tragedy. We discussed ethics and morals in class, questions of right and wrong. I wonder if today’s politicians ever consider the moral path to take in situations such as these. My guess would be no.

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6 thoughts on “Political Commentary Post-Libya

    • This video is the ‘critical’ part of Obama’s response to Romney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oE_01YOcBY

      I was attempting to highlight that both sides used the event for political gain, but if getting political is encouraged…I think that Obama’s little blurb here pales in comparison to Romney’s thoughtless, unresearched comments.

  1. I’m really happy that you chose to write about this…I was actually watching the news this morning briefly and saw snippets of this story. The portions that I saw were just talking about the unrest/attacks and showing footage. It’s really interesting that you found a blog that brings the political factor into this. You’re right- an event such as this deserves everyone’s concern and compassion. It should not have been used as ammunition for political advances. In terms of getting political, I think that Romney was completely in the wrong for making such a tragic event for all of America about him and his political agenda. To be clear, I also think that Obama should have reacted differently. I think his reaction would have been more effective if he had something along the lines of “Shame on you, Mitt Romney, for taking advantage of this catastrophic event in American history for your own personal political agenda. Now is a time when we, as a country, must come together, not divide ourselves over politics”.

  2. I also think it is great you have covered it. I know it has been buried a bit in the news lately but it is an important global event. It is disappointing that politics have to become involved in a situation like this. It is simply wrong and goes directly against what the moment was about.

  3. It’s crazy to think that one amateur film has caused so much harm, and I agree with you all that Romney shouldn’t have turned the situation into a political move. Another thing that’s been bothering me about this is that people have heard this story and blamed it on Obama’s “weak foreign policy,” when in actuality the cause of this tragedy had nothing to do with Obama’s policies specifically. It’s frustrating to me that politics in our nation have become so polarized and that the two major parties are constantly playing the blame game.

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