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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Mitt Romney’s prevention of the embassy attacks, if Obama had been like Clinton and more [AM Briefing]

Top Romney adviser faults Obama for murder of U.S. ambassador, claims Romney would have prevented attack. (ThinkProgress)

Politico’s Arena asks: Could Mitt Romney have prevented the embassy attacks? (Politico)

Misplaced blame for the embassy attacks: “It’s interesting to see such committed liberals in lockstep agreement with the Islamist government in Egypt, which implored the U.S. government to take legal action against the filmmakers. Interestingly, not even the Muslim Brotherhood–controlled Egyptian government demanded these men be tried for murder,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

Brookings’ Robert Kagan on what to do with Libya and Egypt: “A handful of Republicans pushed Wednesday to cut off aid to Libya and Egypt. Fortunately, most Republicans and Democrats in Congress reject the idea. In Libya, the government is largely secular and pro-American. It is also weak and unable to preserve order against the many forces — from remnants of the Gaddafi era to radical Islamic militants — that challenge its authority. Cutting off support isn’t the answer. If anything, we should be increasing assistance, especially security assistance, to help Libyans make their country safer, for themselves and us.

The bigger and more important challenge is Egypt. The attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo were not carried out by or at the instigation of the elected Egyptian government. As The Post’s David Ignatius rightly points out, many of the protesters who stormed the compound Tuesday oppose the current government. But that government’s failure to protect the embassy, a core international obligation, and President Mohamed Morsi’s failure to condemn the attacks are worrisome.” (Washington Post)

“If Obama had been more like Clinton, he might have ameliorated some of the tough rhetoric used against him by many business leaders and nabobs of the financial industry whose businesses, and fortunes, he saved. He might have put more onus on Republican leaders who undercut him at every turn, even before he was inaugurated, to explain their intransigence. Such an approach certainly would have cheered a lot of people who loved those communications with Clinton but who have had none of it with Obama (me among them). But it would not necessarily have made Obama’s presidency less contentious or his accomplishments more robust,” writes AEI’s Norm Ornstein. (Washington Post)

Heritage’s Michael Franc turns to the Pew Research survey to explain the change at the DNC on God and Jerusalem. (National Review)

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