I am almost starting to feel uncomfortable for President Obama. He is trying to deal with the fallout from his policies in the Middle East and the debacle in Libya that resulted in the death of Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Almost, but not quite. From the beginning, it was clear the Obama administration really didn’t have its head in the game. It started with the asinine statement released by the embassy that condemned the video that purportedly caused the protests, while not condemning the protests themselves. It moved from there to the revelation that they were not telling the truth about what they knew about the attacks in Libya. It’s embarrassing that Americans had to learn their President wasn’t being completely honest with them from sources other than the American media.
Honestly, how much longer do we have to listen to Obama and his administration minions fumble and bumble around on the attacks in the Middle East and North Africa? I am beginning to wonder if the right hand is communicating with the left hand. Yesterday, we had Jay Carney finally admitting the attacks in Libya were probably coordinated, instead of spontaneous, but President Obama evidently didn’t get that memo. He still says the protests are all the result of the video. He even goes as far as to say they are natural.
(The Daily Caller) President Barack Obama said he thinks Muslim protests against Western criticism of Islam are “natural.”
“The natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests,” Obama said during an hour-long town-hall interview on the Spanish-language Univision channel.
If these Muslim protests are so natural, why is it that Christians didn’t riot in the streets when a crucifix was placed in a bottle of urine and labeled as art? I’m just saying….. Furthermore, President Obama refused to answer a simple question at the same Univision form last night. One would think it was a simple question, but one would be wrong.
(Hot Air) Why wasn’t your administration better prepared to secure America’s embassies on September 11th? The response, true to form, is nearly six minutes of meandering about how it’s important to stay engaged in the Middle East, how the Mohammed movie is “offensive” but shouldn’t be a pretext for violence, how he’s decimated Al Qaeda’s leadership, etc etc etc — everything except an answer to the question that was asked. The closest he gets is insisting that they redoubled their security efforts afterward, which is super but not much of a consolation to Chris Stevens, I’d imagine. And if you’re thinking maybe he’ll address this at length later, go watch the video of Ben LaBolt that Guy Benson’s posted. For obvious reasons, the Foreign Policy President will not be speaking about this particular foreign-policy “achievement.”
One of the main themes Barack Obama campaigned on in 2008 was accountability. Time after time, he blasted President George W. Bush for his supposed “lack of transparency”. His administration would be the most open and transparent administration in modern times, or so we were led to believe. At the risk of sounding completely crass and unforgiving, where is that transparency now? Why does the Obama administration continue beating around the bush, instead of telling the American people what they knew about the attacks in Libya and when they knew it? Why does President Obama not just answer the question of why the security in our embassies was so lax? Why does he continue making excuses for the protests, instead of standing up for freedom of speech in America?
I am sure it has not occurred to him, or he is too narcissistic to admit it, but the policies Obama has followed in the Middle East have failed. They are truly a debacle in progress, yet he continues to double down on them. Obama insists he is following the right path. He doesn’t seem to understand that is only going to make things worse. Failure compounded only results in greater failure and that doesn’t help America, no matter who is President.