A REALLY BAD WEEK FOR THE U.S.
.... bringing nothing, but uncertainty.
This week, the two incidents that should not have happened, the attack on the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt; and the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya, have interrupted a campaign for the 2012 presidential election that was running a normal course.
The national polls have placed President Barack Obama in front of his Republican Party opponent, Mitt Romney, by 5 or 6% points, after the two conventions by the two main parties, and was worrisome for the Republican camp.
Then, there were those two attacks that the Republican candidate could use to make up for lost ground in the campaign, but he took the wrong turn in being critical of Obama and not of the attackers. In other words, he would rather use that opportunity to criticize Obama's foreign policy instead.
However, his criticism was far too early, even before the actual scaling of the embassy wall by radical Islamists took place in Cairo, or the setting of fire to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Both incidents have emerged from a video that went viral, and depicting Islam's controversial leader, Muhammad, as a fraud and a charlatan.
That (criticism) has become a foot in the mouth for Romney, as many prominent people have come out to vilify him as an opportunists by using a situation that called for unity among Americans than divisiveness.
Others have said that he was doing the right thing; but all the same, his action or reaction to the crises in those two countries, Egypt and Libya, has now become a political albatross around his (Romney's) neck; yet, that was not what Americans were delightful of.
They were rather reminiscing on a similar crisis that had occurred some thirty years ago, when the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, was taken over by revolutionary students and held the diplomats there hostage.
At that time, the two candidates for the 1980 presidential election, president Jimmy Carter and Gov. Ronald Reagan, were "united" to get the hostages out, and also to calm the situation, or stopping it from getting out of hand.
The two men were very careful with what they said in their individual statements; and although, the crisis would result in favor of Reagan for him to win the election and become president, the hostages were all accounted for in the end, without any of them, all 52 diplomats, being killed.
Americans would not be happier, if Obama and Romney would set politics aside, until the ongoing attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and around the world would stop, for the 2012 presidential election to be conducted in a peaceful manner.
Whatever that was said on the campaign trail must be in good taste, for the sake of unity in the country; though, the fact remained that both camps had their eyes on the White House; but even so, what was more important would be how a compromise could be reached between the U.S. government and those countries that have been affected by the Islamic issue, to bring it to a close.
Vitriolic assertions by either the Obama or Romney camp would not be necessary; and that any criticism should be toned down, so as not to inflame the crisis any farther. The two campaigns owed that to the country as a whole; as it has been a week of turmoil for all Americans.