Recognizing their value and respecting our differences will foster dialogue and bring everyone closer together. Far from apologizing for American values, the diplomats in Egypt were faithfully upholding them. That they exemplified such tolerance and civility under such difficult circumstances should be celebrated, not criticized.
If Mitt Romney can’t see that, he shouldn’t be running for president. And if he did recognize this and criticized it anyway, it’s a particularly craven way to try to win the job.