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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

That damned Apology

What's Mallard raving about today?

President Obama

He should have said something more like this:

The United States condemns, in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. 


CW in LA said...

Well, there you have it: By rejecting all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, the prez has shown himself to be a Mooslim appeaser.

Denigrating is what Brews & pals are all about, after all.

Frank Stone said...

Bruce, you forgot to add a little footnote reading, "Yes, he actually said this!" Oh -- but that would be a lie, wouldn't it? And we all know that you would never, ever premise one of your strips on a lie.

DiR said...

Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
Also, freedom of speech does not cover libel, or speech that can cause direct harm (see, yelling fire in a crowded room).
So violating your parole, and making some stupid little movie, the only point of which is to stir shit up and cause trouble, isn't free speech; It's being a toolbag who's inciting violence.

Kip W [Muffaroo] said...

What you fail to consider is that Obama says that, and then because of the way their brains are wired, Republicans actually hear him say, "I'm tho thorry, Mithter Terroritht! I juth want to coddle you, and keep Mitt Womney fwom huwting you!"

They see the written transcripts that way, too. They're like stage magicians who specialize in fooling only themselves.

Randy Winn said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how Romney and Obama handle this in the debates.
When your foreign policy experience includes dodging the draft, insulting your British hosts, telling donors that you're going to ignore the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and hiding your money in Swiss banks ... you've got nothing left but to lie.

Randy Winn said...

A few facts for Brews Tinshley to ponder:

"There are two primary funding accounts for embassy security. The first is the Worldwide Security Protection (WSP) account, which supports staffing, core functions of the worldwide local guard program, high threat protection needs, security technology, armored vehicles, and facility protection.

The second is the Worldwide Security Upgrades portion of the Embassy Security, Construction and Maintenance (ESCM) account, which funds maintenance, support, construction, and security upgrades to State Department facilities around the world.

In the previous two Fiscal Years—2011 and 2012—House Republicans have voted to cut the Administration’s requests for these two embassy security budget accounts by approximately $459 million. For Fiscal Year 2011, House Republicans cut the Administration’s requests by more than $127 million. Specifically, the Administration requested $1.56 billion for WSP and $824 million for ESCM, but House Republicans reduced these to $1.461 billion for WSP and $796 million for ESCM.

More significantly, for Fiscal Year 2012, House Republicans cut the Administration’s
request for these two accounts by more than $330 million. The Administration requested $1.7 billion for WSP and $938 million for ESCM, but House Republicans reduced these to $1.56 billion for WSP and $755 million for ESCM.

Due to relatively small increases by the Senate before the bills were passed, the final
amounts enacted by Congress for these two accounts were $2.29 billion for Fiscal Year 2011 and $2.37 billion for Fiscal Year 2012, for a total of $4.66 billion. This was $88.25 million higher Department of State, Congressional Budget Justification Volume 1: Department of State Operations Fiscal Year 2013 (Feb. 13, 2012) (online at

In contrast, for Fiscal Year 2010, the last year an appropriation was passed while
Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, Congress funded these two embassy security accounts at $2.43 billion—higher than in Fiscal Years 2011 or 2012—with $1.586 billion for WSP and $847.3 million for ESCM.