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September 14th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Romney adviser: 'There was evidence of what was going to happen in Egypt a week or so' ago

Anti-American protests continued to flare up in countries around the world overnight, and U.S. embassies are bracing for more violence as the day progresses.

Amb. Richard Williamson, Romney campaign senior foreign policy adviser, responds to how the Obama administration is handling the situation on Starting Point this morning.

"I think what we're seeing in Yemen and Egypt and Libya is turmoil that's very disturbing, that crowds U.S. interests and, frankly, is part of a pattern where they see less resolve and strength of the United States," Williamson says.

Regarding the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya, Williamson says that "there are things that can and should have been done" by the government to prevent the violence against the embassy.

"We should have learned the lessons of the Baltics, of Timor Leste, of Sierra Leone, and that is we go in to help during reconciliation and reconstruction. The administration chose not to do that," Williamson explains. "Second, 9/11 is 9/11. It's not a surprise that this is a day where bad things might happen and it's disturbing to get some reports of intelligence that may have not been followed up."

When pressed to explain how Mitt Romney would have handled the various protests differently, Williamson explains that while Obama "cut assistance to democracy and civil society groups in Egypt dramatically when he came into office," Romney would "be more active, trying to work with civil society and reform movements so we would be partners in this evolution."


Filed under: Barack Obama • Middle East • Mitt Romney • Obama administration
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  1. Taciana

    Huntsman got the endorsement of South Carolina's bigsegt paper "The State", and I bet they are embarassed. What is interesting is in the actual endorsement itself, it only listed Romney and Huntsman as the 2 best candidates running, saying Huntsman is the better of the two. I guess that means they are switching their endorsement to Romney......wwoooohoooooooooo!!!!!I'm not surprised Huntsman is stepping down, I am surprised that he is endorsing Romney, given his jealousy of him. I guess God does soften the hearts of man.....GO MITT!!!

    November 10, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. JohnDavis

    The Romney people must be following their leader's example: just making stuff up as they open their mouths.
    ""We should have learned the lessons of the Baltics, of Timor Leste, of Sierra Leone, and that is we go in to help during reconciliation and reconstruction. The administration chose not to do that," Williamson explains."

    Aside from confusing the Baltics with the Balkans, and failing to acknowledge that the people killed were "there" helping to construct a democracy and bridge the reconciliation, these Romney advisers just make stuff up.

    CNN should just "cut the microphone" the minute any of these guys start to tell a lie, and break for commercial, never inviting them back to speak again. This former Bush staffer, WIlliamson is almost as disgusting as Romney himself.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. srsly?

    The Baltics? Sweden? Estonia? Latvia? Lithuania?
    It's kind of disappointing that a senior foreign policy adviser to a presidential candidate mixed up the Baltics and the Balkans. Sounds like the right person for the job! Next we'll be withdrawing non-existent troops from Argentina instead of bringing back our soldiers in Afghanistan.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JohnDavis

      Yes, the level of ignorance among senior policy advisers is astounding, especially when we find out they served that most brilliant of all Presidents, GWB!!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Rodrigo

    What happened in the Baltics? A reasoned political transition from ex-soviet states to members of the EU?

    September 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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