The Andrew Sullivan’s of the world want you to believe this is some sort of horrendous international incident that blogs and news outlets on the right are furiously trying to bury.
London’s security preparations had been called into question in comments by Republican candidate Romney, who is in London to attend the opening ceremony on Friday.
Romney said several issues in the build-up to the Games had been “disconcerting”, focusing on a fiasco involving private security contractor G4S which has failed to provide the number of private guards it had promised.
“The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials — that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” he told NBC News on Wednesday.
It was “hard to know just how well it will turn out”, Romney added.
With this from ten days ago:
By the way I could have picked from any of several thousands of other articles about the G4S fiasco. Two weeks ago it was all over cable news and the internet.
In a parliamentary hearing broadcast live in Britain, the chief executive of the G4S acknowledged Tuesday that his company’s failure to hire enough Olympic security guards has turned into a nationwide embarrassment. It also has pushed the company from the big stage to a big loss — one that might be felt long after the Summer Olympics that start July 27 and end Aug. 12.
Britain’s government will deploy an additional 3,500 servicemen at the games after G4S failed to recruit all of the 10,400 private security guards it had promised that would protect 100 Olympic-related venues. Extra police officers have also been called in to help.
G4S chief executive Nick Buckles made a groveling apology as he was questioned by angry British lawmakers.
“It’s a humiliating shambles for the country, isn’t it?” asked Labour lawmaker David Winnick.
“I cannot disagree with you,” Buckles said.
Oh no, Mitt Romney was candid and truthful in his comments about the London Olympics this week and was commenting as someone who had previously organized an Olympic Games. Stop the presses…
For die-hard Obama supporters I guess I can see how something like truth would make them feel uneasy; their world turned upside down.