9:27 am in 9/11, Amassador Stevens, Editorials, election 2012, Gaddafi regime, gail collins, islamic rebels, jihad, john christopher, mainstream media, mitt romney, nato allies, political correctness, prophet muhammad, radical islam, talking points memo, U.S. Constitution by mrcurmudgeon
By Mr. Curmudgeon:
President Obama has certainly stepped in it where Libya is concerned. He and our NATO allies inserted themselves in the middle of Libya’s civil war, between the Gaddafi regime – which suspended its nuclear program fearing what the administration of George W. Bush might do – and Islamic rebels with known ties to al Qaeda.
Obama sided with the rebels.
Condemn the terrorist though he may, Obama owns them. The Arab Spring will forever be associated with him and the feckless “international community” on whose behalf he surrendered American interests – and lives.
A Libyan jihadist splinter group is responsible for attacking America’s diplomatic mission in Benghazi and with killing U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, dragging his battered and lifeless body through the city’s filthy streets.
The pretext for the killing was a 13-minute video posted on Youtube that was critical of the Prophet Muhammad.
The president’s supporters were quick to issue a condemnation – not of the killers of Ambassador Stevens but GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s support for the First Amendment right of Americans’ to criticize radical Islam.
One media tactic was to quibble over the timeline of Romney’s statement. According to the website Talking Points Memo, “The embassy’s condemnation of an anti-Muslim film was issued before the compound in Egypt was breached and before an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya killed four people … That order of events directly undercuts Romney’s statement.”
Hardly. If anything, it can be construed that the embassy’s quickness to condemn American free-speech in favor of political correctness encouraged the attacks that followed.
Gail Collins at the New York Times was incensed that Romney refused to stand by and allow the president’s colossal foreign policy blunder to pass unnoticed. “It isn’t clear how the [anti-Islamic] movie, the protests in Egypt and the murders of four American diplomats in Libya fit together. That’s the job of intelligence experts. We’re stuck with the task of evaluating Mitt Romney, who went for a cheap attack at a time when any calm, mature adult would have waited and opted for at least a brief show of national unity.”
The last real show of “national unity” was in the days following the attacks on 9/11. Thanks to Obama, the United States is allied with two Arab Spring governments with ties to organizations like the one that attacked us 11 years ago. As if to emphasize that point, two American embassy buildings were assaulted on the anniversary of 9/11 in Egypt and Libya this week. This would hardly put Americans in a “rally ‘round the president” mood.
Collins and the rest of her colleagues at the Times, however, couldn’t be happier with the outcome – they were big promoters of Spring Time for Jihad. And like their president, they own them.
Meanwhile, a blogger at the left-wing website the Daily Kos got to the nub of what irks the left about Romney, “I mean seriously. Americans are DEAD. And in response to the Cairo Embassy correctly pointing out that it is not the policy of America, or the American Government, to go around insulting people’s religions – Romney basically shot back and said ‘Yes, it IS!’”
Even Fox News host Bill O’Reilly picked up on this point, “If I’m trying to defuse a situation,” said O’Reilly, “if I’m trying to prevent violence that could take American lives … So, I say to the militants, “Hey, look, this [anti-Islamic video] is wrong,’ I concentrate on that. That’s where I’m coming from.”
“No,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, Fox New strategic analyst, “The embassy’s job is to represent the United States of America. The embassy’s job would have been to say, ‘Look, under the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, we have something called free speech,” and that’s it. The embassy … our State Department and the White House, elevated political correctness and appeasement above our Constitution, and I think that’s a fundamental problem.”
Leave it to a military man to survey the battlefield and claim the strategic high ground. Obama, his supporters, which includes the press, have a “fundamental problem.” Given a choice between standing for freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution or political correctness, they choose the latter, and by default, sharia law.
Romney, on the other hand, chooses the United States Constitution and the right of every American to speak freely and unafraid. He reminded the world that Americans don’t need the permission of their government to say what is on their minds, and that protecting American rights is the first duty of our government.
The Obama administration, on the other hand, believes American free speech threatens the Arab Spring. And the president urges Americans to censor themselves so as not to disturb the delicate sensibilities of his new jihadist allies.
The Colonel is right. That is a “fundamental problem.”