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Archived: EDITORIAL: Americans Stand Together In a Crisis: Seems Romney Missed that Lesson

There was a time in the United States when an extreme crisis, such as the killing of a U.S. diplomat, would cause Americans to stand together as a solid force against an enemy.

So we are greatly surprised that former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney would so quickly choose to weaken that symbolic wall of national defense by criticizing President Obama and the State Department for what he sees as an inadequate response to the killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his staff in Libya.

We are not criticizing Gov. Romney because he is a Republican, but because his comments were shortsighted and ill-advised. If the situation was reversed and he was president and Obama a presidential candidate who did the same thing, it would be Obama receiving this rebuke.

The U.S. has embassies and personnel manning those embassies all around the world. To so quickly tell the world he disagrees with President Obama’s actions sends a message to those intent on attacking America and Americans that even in this moment of crisis, we are not united. It is particularly troubling message coming on the heels of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks on American soil.

Tell us, how do his words and action strengthen the safety of America’s embassies, and Americans living in other countries? None of us is privy to what was going on, or what was being negotiated behind the scenes to insure the safety of all those acting on behalf of this county.

Do not get us wrong, there is much to be criticized about the U.S.’s foreign policy, but there is something to be said for timing and context, not to mention statesmanship.

We think Gov. Romney needs to go back in history to learn how Americans of every party, religion and other persuasions have stood together in times of crisis.

Actually, he doesn’t have to go back very far, just 11 years to September 11, 2001.