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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Romney, Mitt - photo by Gage SkidmoreMitt Romney’s recent attacks on President Barack Obama have started us wondering how many different kinds of liars there are. On September 11th, the US embassy in Cairo learned that a video mocking Mohamed had been produced in this country and was circulating globally, inflaming anti-American sentiment in Egypt. The video was being promoted by pastor Terry Jones, the same egocentric religious bigot who asserted his free-speech rights by threatening to burn 200 Korans in an anti-Muslim ceremony.

So the American embassy in Cairo issued this statement:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – 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.

That’s the statement that Mitt Romney says is an apology.  The statement was posted online by the embassy, the people on the spot who knew best what was happening, and wasn’t  passed on by people  in Washington. It was an attempt by our people in Cairo to cool the situation on the ground in Cairo. (more…)

More Notes

Tim Carmody, in his excellent piece, "How Haiti Became Poor", notes that President Trump's racist policies and vulgar language have sullied the word "shithole" which used to be one of the all-time great swear words. He's right. It's another terrible power this careless President wields.