Let’s kick this off with one to the jewels. I found Obama working on his foreign policy in Libya:
For America has a video out that caught my eye after seeing Jimmy Carter himself correct our feckless leader about Egypt:
Now, be sure you’re sitting down for this story:
Two days after an act of war was committed against the United States in both Egypt and Libya, on sovereign American territory, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the Ben Franklin Room in Washington, D.C., celebrating the end of Ramadan (Eid Mubarak). With her was Ali Sulaiman Aujali, Libya’s Ambassador to the United States, who resigned from that position under Gadhafi in early 2011 but became Libya’s Ambassador to the U.S. again in August of that year.
Here is how Clinton began her speech, via the State Department website:
Good evening, and although I am many weeks overdue in saying it: Eid Mubarak. No matter how belated we are honoring Eid and the end of Ramadan, this is a cherished tradition here at the State Department. And I would like to thank all of you for being here, including the many members of the Diplomatic Corps.
Tonight, our gathering is more somber than any of us would like. This comes during sad and difficult days for the State Department family. We lost four Americans. They were good and brave men. They were committed to the cause of building a brighter future for the people of Libya. And we condemn the violence in the strongest terms, the violence against our posts in Benghazi, in Egypt, and now in Yemen.
The Libyan ambassador is with us tonight, and I want to take a moment to thank him for the support that his government and the Libyan people have shown to the United States in this tragedy, particularly the outpouring of feelings of grief and loss because of the killing of our ambassador.
Ambassador Aujali, would you mind saying a few words?
IBD lays it out the failures of this President and his Smart Diplomacy, here’s the partial list, but go read the whole thing:
The list of policy failures in the Mideast over the past four years is a long one:
• Iran’s continued development of nuclear weapons capability, as detailed recently by the International Atomic Energy Agency, as we do nothing.
• Continued funding of Egypt to the tune of $1.5 billion in aid a year, along with generous support given to the terrorist-supporting Palestinian government on the West Bank and the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.
• The retreats from still-unstable Afghanistan, pulling 23,000 troops out of the country even as its political situation deteriorates and despite saying in 2008 that Afghanistan “has to be … the central front on our battle against terrorism.”
• The open hostility of former ally Pakistan, where we can’t even get a supposedly “friendly” regime to release the doctor who helped us locate and take out Osama bin Laden.
• The sudden abandonment of Iraq, after all we’ve done there to stabilize it, leaving that country to the tender mercies of its menacing neighbor, Iran.
Bare Naked Islam is keeping track of the Anti-American Muslim outrage as it has spread to almost every continent now. I’d add one to the list there: Australia. BNL has several images up but this one made me rather angry:
I am not by any means a supporter of Barack Hussein Obama, but I would not wish him harm either and that’s an effigy of our President. WTF. They burned one in Afghanistan. Kind of makes Carney and the rest of the White House spinners look like a pack of jackasses over their collective statement that these protests are not aimed at the United States. I’d say under any other President that it would be on like Donkey Kong, but we know full well this President won’t be doing squat, save using his beloved drones, arresting their own snitches or trying to suppress free speech on YouTube. Obama is too busy leading from behind, as usual.
It’s our fault though.
These people are savages. These Muslims we’re seeing going berserk right now didn’t need a film to set them off. That was an excuse. They will use anything as an excuse in order to push Islamic domination across the globe and silence free speech — and this administration with its apologies just aided them. Think that’s an exaggeration? I wish it were. It is this simple: they hate the West; in particular they hate America. Nothing we do or don’t do is of any consequence. Our very way of life is an affront to them. Compared to these raving lunatics wreaking murder and destruction across the Middle East and beyond, Obama has skin thicker than an elephant.
I feel a tirade coming on, but I’ll defer to Nice Deb’s post:
Now that the perimeter of the US embassy in Yemen has been stormed by men wielding sticks, knives, and hurling rocks, how will the White House lower the bar yet again for American humility? Maybe another apology. It is not enough to pass blame for a region on fire by pointing to a YouTube video. In fact, we’ve been reminded in the press conference by Hillary that only a few bad people are involved. Really, have you seen the newsreels? They understandably maimed and murdered because a few Americans were insulting of Mohamed? Now it’s other embassies from western nations being attacked including Britain and Germany. Is that because of an American made trailer on YouTube? The apology must be morphed in a global religious tolerance oration from the Teleprompter.
There is a choice this election, as the Democratic campaign likes to frame it, preferring not to be a referendum election based on past performance and a near view into the future on what current policies will produce in the foreign arena and domestic economics. The two separate paths seem not just divided but more like a T intersection; Left or Right. And you better look both ways before you get onto the path or you might be run down by people racing from the left path and heading full speed past the intersection on down the Right path. Apologies and foreign aide for friendship or respect through strength. Now that’s choice. We don’t have to look back any farther than Ronald Regan to see why voters chose him over Carter in not unsimilar situations. If you are a fence sitter independent there is not much middle ground left that the candidates share. So let Obama make the apology and let Romney speak out on strength and help define the choice.
Mr Nice Deb
Mr. Nice Deb – thank you.
By the way, as I was wrapping up this post, an email update popped into it with this headline:
I guess Bare Naked Islam can update their post to include ALL continents now.