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Background music of appeasement gave both Obama and Carter murdered diplomats.
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And on September 11, 2012 — just as on February 14, 1979 — the policy of appeasement and weakness that caught up with Jimmy Carter finally caught up with Barack Obama.
In 1979 that foreign policy resulted in the death of Spike Dubs. In 2012, the Ambassador who wound up murdered was Chris Stevens.
What was Carter’s answer when he finally faced off with Ronald Reagan in 1980? Carter and his allies tried to paint Reagan as a not very smart warmonger. A dangerous man.
But perhaps with Spike Dubs on his mind, five days after the Ambassador’s murder Reagan grimly told an audience in Ohio:
I’m beginning to wonder if the symbol of the United States pretty soon isn’t going to be an ambassador with a flag under his arm climbing into the escape helicopter.
This is now the exact same tactic of the Obama campaign with Mitt Romney. With the Obama foreign policy disintegrating, they are trying to paint Romney as a not very smart guy and a warmonger.
Just like Jimmy Carter, a dead Ambassador has become a symbol of Obama’s failed foreign policy.
And there is a reason for it.
That reason? The Obama foreign policy is being conducted exactly like the Carter foreign policy. The Carter Apology Tour, from a speech about the “inordinate fear of communism” to slapping the wrists of the Soviets over the death of Ambassador Dubs to the Iranian hostage crisis, sent a message and produced results, all of them bad. Or, as Romney said last night about the Obama foreign policy in words that echoed the sentiments of Reagan about Carter’s foreign policy: “I don’t see our influence growing around the world — I see our influence receding.”
To the background appeasement music of Neville Chamberlain’s tapping umbrella.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?