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Romney’s comments raise doubts about his foreign-policy savvy

ON TUESDAY NIGHT, after the first reports that an American consular official had been killed by Libyan protesters, inflamed by an anti-Muslim video on YouTube, Mitt Romney issued a fateful statement: “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

A chorus of critics, including some conservatives, has since condemned the Republican presidential nominee for launching a political attack in the midst of a crisis. And Romney’s timing was, indeed, terrible. But his statement was offensive on many other levels.

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