Mitt Romney has criticized the Obama administration’s craven response to today’s embassy attacks:
I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. 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.
Meanwhile an Obama administration official told Politico that,
the statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government.
Which raises the question, How? Are we to presume that U.S. embassies are now autonomous? The press release went up on the official embassy website, and the tweets were sent from a verified account. Since that time, the embassy has doubled down on its position. Who is in charge around here?