The eleventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11th will be remembered not only as the day Muslims in Egypt and Libya stormed our embassies and consulates but for our sad, pathetic, weak and apologetic response to it as so well illustrated this morning by Ross Kaminsky.
For those of us who are old enough to remember, it is reminscient of what happened at the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979. While no hostages were taken there were fatalities including our Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. For those of you not old enough to remember, this could be our future and if we don’t want this to be our future then the time to change things would be now.
Well, so much for President Obama’s Muslim outreach which he embarked upon in earnest in Cairo in June 2009:
I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one basd on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
If a low budget film by a fringe Florida pastor carries more weight in the Muslim world than the words and deeds of the President of the United States then that tells me not only the emptiness of President Obama’s words and deeds but it also tells me these efforts to engage the Muslim world are a monumental waste of time.
The irony in all of this is that Egyptians and Libyans would have not been able to elect new governments without President Obama especially in Libya due to our participation in NATO efforts to dispose of Colonel Qaddafi. The Egyptians and Libyans aren’t exactly full of gratitude to the United States for ridding them of their despots.
As for Mitt Romney, he must pound on this relentlessly and vigorously. He has less than eight weeks to convince Americans that Barack Obama has been incomplete, incompetent and incapable of acting in our interests both at home and abroad. Our very lives depend on it.
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