George Will: Romney could not have prevented embassy attacks

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, September 16, 2012 18:18 EDT
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The Romney campaign wants voters to believe that if Mitt Romney were president, U.S. embassies across the Middle East would not have come under attack last week.

Asked if that’s correct on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, conservative political columnist George Will had a simple answer: “No.”

In admitting as much, Will stakes out a position opposite the Romney campaign and most neoconservative politicians in the Republican Party, who’ve jumped on the Romney campaign’s push to blame President Barack Obama for the deaths of four U.S. embassy workers in Libya. Even former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has echoed the allegation that Obama projects “weakness,” which somehow contributed to the attack.

That angle, Will did not abide.

“The great superstition of American politics concerns presidential power and during a presidential year that reaches an apogee and it becomes national narcissism: Anything that happens anywhere in the world, we caused or we could cure with a tweak of presidential rhetoric,” he said.

This video is from ABC’s “This Week,” broadcast Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, as snipped by Mediaite.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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