First up, is a small error on the part of the Romney campaign staff. According to Americablog, the Romney campaign issued a press release on Mitt Romney's statement regarding the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt and U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Within the statement, the word "embassy" was used three times--especially with the phrase "the attack on our embassy at Benghazi, Libya." The capitol of Libya is actually Tripoli, where the U.S. embassy is located. The terrorist attacks took place at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. According to John Aravosis, "Any first year international relations student knows that our diplomatic offices in the capital are "embassies," and our offices in cities that are not the capital are "consulates." Mitt Romney never caught the error. He just simply read through the statement:
I went back into my previous post, and I also made the mistake as well. It is a dumb mistake that possibly any ordinary American can make. However, I am a small blogger, and I am not running for the Oval Office--Mitt Romney is running. I can probably understand Mitt Romney not knowing the difference, or even caring about the difference, and just reading through the script. But I would expect that someone on the Romney campaign staff would know the difference, and make sure that the correction was made. Did any Romney campaign staffer with foreign policy experience, or credentials, even proofread the statement? Is there even anyone on the Romney campaign that even has foreign policy knowledge or experience? Or do the top Romney foreign policy advisers feel it is demeaning for them to proofread press releases in the wake of an American foreign policy crisis? Because if you think about it, this is a crisis that a president will be confronted with, and the Romney campaign is showing just how screwed up they are in dealing with this crisis. You can also bet that the Obama campaign is not making such a juvenile mistake as we're seeing with Mitt Romney. So this dumb mistake really shows an incredible level of incompetence that Mitt Romney has in running his own presidential campaign. Do we really want this level of incompetence in the White House?
However, there is an even worst fallout from the Romney campaign that has taken place in the wake of this crisis. Throughout his press conference, Mitt Romney had the unfortunate habit of smirking. Daily Kos' Jed Lewison caught these smirks here, here, and here, while Americablog's John Aravosis catalogs 15 different images of Mitt Romney's smirks. Here are a couple of photos for your viewing pleasure:
Finally, here is a photo of Mitt Romney walking away from the podium, after his press conference, with another smirk. This photo was taken by Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak: