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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Western Editorial Sampler: Death in Libya. Politics in the U.S. ...

Death in Libya: Romney chooses opportunism — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

There are two conclusions to be drawn from the despicable attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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The first is that these were coordinated military operations by terrorists, conducted under the cover of spontaneous demonstrations responding to an obscure movie trailer on YouTube that profanes the Prophet Muhammed and Islam. It is a reminder that the United States must be constantly on guard against such perfidy, particularly at diplomatic outposts and especially on anniversaries of 9/11.

The second is that toxic politics at home have sunk into such an abyss that Mitt Romney apparently felt obliged to criticize statements coming from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, and from President Obama, at the height of a diplomatic crisis. It is a sad example of a candidate choosing opportunism over statesmanship and scripted campaign talking points over thoughtful, careful language. That his statements didn’t make much sense is almost beside the point. ...

‘We are still in shock’ — Libyan journalists on this week’s attack — Larry Wilson | Los Angeles News Group

Effective diplomacy can greatly reduce the need for expensive defense measures — Deseret News Editorial

Why are we there? — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

Deadly enemies of free speech — Denver Post Editorial

The U.S. embassy may have erred in trying to calm extremists, but Romney’s reaction was out of line.

It’s a complex world, and Mr. Romney thinks that’s a distraction — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

Libya tragedy is no place for politics — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

A diplomat dies, Romney plays politics — Sacramento Bee Editorial

Tragic American losses show security lapses — Kansas City Star Editorial

Benghazi attackers deserve swift punishment; filmmaker deserves condemnation — Seattle Times Editorial

Libya response must be swift but smart — San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

In the smoke of an attack, Romney blows some more — 200 wiseguy words | The Oregonian

And, a voice in the wilderness:

Romney was right — Rich Lowry | The National Review/Salt Lake Tribune

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