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Friday, September 14, 2012

Everything Changed On September 11

Jonathan S. Tobin:
Obama’s Terror Touchdown Dance is Over

Yesterday, when most of the mainstream media busied themselves pounding Mitt Romney for having the chutzpah to denounce the initial apology for American freedom of speech issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo, they were missing a much more important story. As Islamist attacks on the U.S. escalated throughout the Middle East, it became apparent that the Obama administration’s recent bout of back slapping celebration over its foreign and defense policy was completely unjustified. Not only were the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department sleeping while terrorist forces plotted a full-scale assault on our mission in Benghazi, Libya but other al Qaeda operatives were at work throughout the region plotting mischief.

As the New York Times reports today, the assault on the U.S. embassy in Sana, Yemen was apparently fomented by one Abdul Majid al-Zandani, whom they describe as, “a onetime mentor to Osama bin Laden” and someone who, “was named a ‘specially designated global terrorist’ by the United States Treasury Department in 2004.” Would it be considered in bad taste to ask why, if the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policy is such a raging success, such a person is still on the loose? Equally interesting is the answer to the question of how it is that in Libya, a country where American influence is supposed to be currently strong, this administration found itself surprised by the appearance of armed foes. Though Democrats spent the last week furiously patting themselves on the back for having such a tough and successful leader at the helm, it appears that not only is the country just as unpopular in the Middle East as it was when George W. Bush was president, but that the security situation there may be rapidly unraveling. Though no one in Washington is allowed to say the phrase “war on terror” anymore, it appears that Islamists have no trouble in continuing their war on America.

These events in Libya, Egypt and Yemen may be just the tip of the Islamist iceberg. We now know that the kerfuffle over a trailer for an anti-Muslim movie was merely a cover for attacks on American targets in the Middle East by an al-Qaeda movement that is, despite the death of Osama bin Laden, very much alive and well. As the Times relates, U.S. forces continue to try to battle al-Qaeda. Earlier this week, one of the group’s top operatives in Yemen was killed by a U.S. drone strike. But not all of America’s security problems can be solved with remote control bombs.

Rather than this topic being a source of strength for President Obama, the embarrassing and tragic events of the past few days show it to be a weakness. This is a president who came into office desperate to ingratiate himself with the Arab and Muslim worlds, but who has discovered that a policy of engagement with Islamists has utterly failed. [link]
"This is a president who came into office desperate to ingratiate himself with the Arab and Muslim worlds, but who has discovered that a policy of engagement with Islamists has utterly failed."

Utterly failed.

As Obama Would Have You Believe

"Honey, you didn't build that."

Makes every bit as much sense as his rant did.

This Is Rich

First, I want you to think back to the days when Americans were fighting and dying in Iraq, and every Democrat was - every day - doing his damnest to turn American attitudes against Bush and "his war." They were relentless.  To the point of declaring - according to a leading Democrat Senator at the time - that our troops were Nazis.

Fast forward to September 11 of this year when Mitt Romney castigated the numskull who wrote that veiled apology that came out of our Cairo embassy.  (A castigation that Obama later in the day - in effect - signed off on.)

From the comments to this weblog yesterday, we were treated with this, from an apparent Obama supporter:
On the afternoon of September 11th, all Americans united behind our President as he responded to this ongoing and rapidly expanding situation. The President was in the midst of getting the story, putting together a plan of action, and initiating efforts to determine next steps. All logical steps where partisan sniping had no place.

At the same point in time during this current international crises, Romney elected to try and make political hay.

That action demonstrates that Romney isn't interested in our nation. He's interested only in getting elected.

And that makes him unfit for office.

Any bets on whether the anonymous author of that critique of Romney's carefully worded admonition was as bitter toward Reid and Durbin (see "Nazi" comment above) and Pelosi and Kerry and ... yes, Barack Obama when brave Americans were dying in Baghdad every day?

You can just bet he/she was.

How odd how the moral outrage can be turned on and off.

Dereliction of Duty

Report: U.S. consulate in Benghazi had no Marine protection

Selective Heartbreak

This is touching:

Obamas 'heartbroken' over Libya deaths

And the 1,449 U.S. deaths in Afghanistan since he took charge of the military?


Are those the ones who get the xeroxed form letter?

Like It Was HIS Money Or Something

I wonder if our really smart President ever gets a clue when he says things like this:

"When I decide to stand up for foreign aid, it’s not just about strengthening alliances or promoting democratic values, it’s also about the Biblical call to care for the least of these, for the poor for those at the margins of our society."

I think that must be from Leviticus (23:22):
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Confiscate the harvests of others.  Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
Or not.