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September 14, 2012 6:52 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Well, this dangerous day has ended in the Middle East with “only” a few more deaths, and “protests” that were for the most part relatively small and visibly factional. The many regional problems that we were suddenly forced to notice will not, of course, go away.

Here are some final news items of the day and week:

* Juan Cole convincingly argues Obama tough-talked Morsi into condemnations of anti-American violence.

* Obama addresses monthly volunteer conference call as participation spikes, notes GOP money advantage.

* At TAP, Paul Waldman notes Romney campaign’s “strength” rap represents return of what Yglesias called “Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics.”

* FDL’s David Dayen reports CFPB earning rep as “fearsome regulator,” just as predicted by John Gravois at Washington Monthly.

* At College Guide, Max Ehrenfreund reports on the Kalamazoo Promise of free state college tuition.

* County judge in Wisconsin strikes down Scott Walker’s collective bargaining bill. State will appeal.

And in non-political news:

* CNN’s “Fear and Greed” Index of investor psychology shows big tilt to Greed.

The iMac seems to be as tired as I am, getting uncharacteristically temperamental. Time to shut down. Ben Jacobs will be back in tomorrow for Guest Blogging Duty. Please treat him well.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Disqualifying on September 14, 2012 8:50 PM:

    One wonders if Romney isn't exhibiting cognitive issues----after all his hoopdido and critiques over the statements from the embassy and from the administration--On ABC today, he absolutely says almost identical remarks. It is practically orwellian.

    Embassy in Egypt:

    "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims ó as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."

    Romney on ABC:

    MITT ROMNEY: Well, I havenít seen the film. I donít intend to see it. I you know, I think itís dispiriting sometimes to see some of the awful things people say. And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldnít do it. Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but itís not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film.

    GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Weíve seen General Martin Dempsey call Pastor Jones to say, ďPlease donít promote this film.Ē You think thatís a good idea?

    MITT ROMNEY: I think the whole film is a terrible idea. I think him making it, promoting it showing it is disrespectful to people of other faiths. I donít think that should happen. I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment- the good judgment- not to be- not to offend other peoplesí faiths. Itís a very bad thing, I think, this guyís doing"

  • nonheroicvet on September 15, 2012 8:42 AM:

    Mitt Romney advocates a path to prosperity that includes giving away our revenues. While it has a nice St Francis air, it seems a bit odd coming from a Mormon gazillionaire.

  • Disqualifying on September 15, 2012 9:27 AM:

    Both Romney and Ryan are out acting like foreign policy experts, fanning the flames for politial expediency, and it is such a joke.
    It is quite ironic that Ryan himself, for example, on 10/20/11 said "the death of Libyan President Gadafi was the end to a sad chapter of a brutal dictator."

    I agree with Rezla Aslan of the Council on Foreign Relations that it is *insane* to say that Romney as president would have done better than President Obama.

    In fact, Mr. Rezla, an expert, praised the president's statements and moves in dealing with a delicate balance in events this week.
    And indicated that Bibi Netanyahu has inserted himself in our politics (demanding a U.S. redline for an attack on Iran.)
    P.S.--Romney says his redline is the same as President Obama's!)
    Yet Romney is implying the president is weak.
    Lies Lies Lies.

    We see Romney sent out Marathon Man Paul Ryan with a marathon of campaign stump deceptions, i.e., calling our military weak.
    The "defense cuts" of which Ryan speaks are ones he VOTED for, and they have not yet taken place....

    Plus, Mr. Walk-Back himself, Mitt Romney, lacks specifics on what he would do differently, AND does not clarify his positions-ever.
    We only know Romney's purpose, which is to discredit a sitting president.
    We are not seeing Romney/Ryan's actual foreign policy ideas--we are seeing them campaign and make up stuff.

  • j on September 15, 2012 9:40 AM:

    As the wife of a disabled vietnam veteran, who has agent orange related disability, and who has lost many friends who were former vietnam vets and who died from agent orange diseases, now I find that Monsanto (the maker of the deadly agent orange) was a client of Romney (Nation
    magazine) I now have a fiercer determination to work for Obama's re-election.
    The more I read, the more I find out about Romney's destructive agenda all in the cause of his enrichment.