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Obama’s Middle East Policy – A Debacle in Progress

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 clObamaear 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.

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

15 comments to Obama’s Middle East Policy – A Debacle in Progress

  • To me none of this adds up. The administration clearly had a storyline they were going to stick to at the beginning of this thing. Then facts came out which suggest contradict the administration so they’ve scrambled to change the story.

    I think they know what happened and are covering it up. The whole situation doesn’t make any sense. Why was Stevens in Benghazi without any security? That’s the key to all of this because if we figure out why he’s in one of the most dangerous cities in the world without any security we’ll understand why he was killed.

    Egypt may be a little more transparent. My guess is that the Embassy attack was a demonstration by the Muslim Brotherhood trying to get the Blind Sheik released. This silly video had nothing to do with any of this, though it provided an excuse and cover for what’s really going on. What happened a couple weeks ago simply doesn’t make sense, at least the story we’re being told doesn’t make sense.

    • There is a lot in this story that doesn’t make sense. I suspect you are right, in that the Egyptian protests were just that, protests. The film was the excuse that was used to justify the protests. The Libyan attacks that killed Ambassador Stevens is an entirely different story. We aren’t getting the whole story and aren’t likely to, unless someone leaks the details.

  • Raymond V Banner

    It has been my own view for quite a period of time that getting involved in Muslim countries affairs should in most cases be avoided. I am not a Libertarian and my opinion is not formed by Libertarian ideology but on some general observations. In most cases I think it is better to allow the Muslim nations to fight among themselves.

    Around the time of the Jimmy Carter presidency the Shah of Iran (supreme ruler of that nation) was undermined by the United States government. But his departure was replaced by a militant Islamic dictatorship. Iran has been a thorn in the world since then. I thought that Obama, and also some Republicans including John McCain, were wrong in getting behind the “Arab Spring” protests in Muslim nations earlier this year. It seemed obvious to me and others that this so-called democracy movement was a propaganda cover for the intended take over of these nations by militant Islam. Islam historically has not produced democracy or a republican representative government. While dictatorships in Muslim countries by more secular Muslims might not be desirable, they have been preferable to the United States and other Western nations and Israel than militant Islamic rulers.

    It has seemed obvious to many conservatives, especially Christian conservatives, that Obama, in common with many on the Left, has show more affinity with Islam than he has with Christianity. With many on the Left I think this affinity comes because of a hatred against historic and Biblical Christianity and because of the totalitarian spirit that Islam and the Left share, despite their cultural differences. Did Obama’s strong support of the Arab Spring movement come about because of his spiritual and political blindness as to the reality of the situation? Or did he have a more sinister aim in mind? Whatever the answer to these questions, it is evident that Obama and his administration has been carrying out a deceptive propaganda program in the midst of the riots in the Middle East.

    • Excellent observations, Raymond. And accurate, in my opinion. If there is one thing the Muslim countries have proven, it is that they are going to fight someone. If we are not involved in their affairs, the fight will be among themselves, and that’s just fine with me. I am convinced that little or no good can come of our involvement in the Middle East. I do recognize we need to support Israel, but that should be the extent of our involvement.

  • Obama will alter his story only slightly. To admit the truth would be to amit that his policies in that part of the world failed. That is not going to happen with this narsicist. He has never been able to admit an error or take responsibility for his actions.

  • Dragonconservative

    Liked the part about accountability, Larry. It’s true. All I heard in 2008 was “hope and change,” “accountability,” and “transparency.” I haven’t seen one bit of any of them. At this point, I’ve heard “we inherited it from Bush” or other such ridiculous nonsense. When is Obama going to get it together and admit that he failed? I’m thoroughly sick of excuses at this point.

    I’m highly critical of the left in general, but not just because of differences in ideological thought. Many on the left are primarily concerned with fitting their own ideology, regardless of results. Look at the two big highlights (in the loosest sense of the word) of Obama’s presidency: the stimulus package and Obamacare.

    The stimulus was intended by the Democrats to be a spending spree of taxpayer dollars in order to jump-start the economy. And I would say that the stimulus has been an abject failure. It failed to stimulate the private sector in any way possible. It failed to cut unemployment down to five percent, something Obama had promised it would do. Instead, the benefits, if any, were severely outweighed by the costs.

    Let’s take a look at Obamacare. All I see there is a violation of a constitutional right, as well as a huge blow to small businesses, many of whom will not be able to pay a tax of two thousand dollars per worker. It’s ridiculous, but the loons on the left champion it because it fits their ideology of wealth redistribution.

    • There has been zero accountability from the Obama administration. Let them claim otherwise all they want, it just isn’t true.

      In regards to his policies, they have failed. One only has to look around to see and understand how badly they have failed. And all he seems to be able to offer for a second term is more of the same? No thanks.

  • Steve Dennis

    We are now seeing the results of Obama’s Middle East policy and it isn’t pretty to say the least. Many of us feared this would be the result of the Arab Spring and sadly we were right. What is even more appalling is what appears to be his uncaring attitude now that the Middle East is ablaze. Why isn’t he forcefully speaking out against this violence? Is it because he doesn’t want to draw attention to his failures?

    • Good point, Steve. Obama can’t afford to draw attention to his failed policies. He is treading on thin ice to begin with. If Americans start to realize just how badly he has failed, they will vote him out in a landslide.

    • Laurie

      Really? Do educate me on the difference in results of Obama’s policies vs George W Bush’s- results. What we may very well be looking at is a small, intractable force that cannot be swayed. But except for semantics, what really is different? I do remember the days when Middle East policy success was judged by the attacks on our own soil. We can start there.

      But let’s go further. Let’s go to the Israeli/Palestine issue. Many conservatives love to say that the Jewish state is less than protected under Obama, and I don’t know that you’re one of them. What I would like an discussion on is Romney’s tip on how he would view that conflict:

      “So what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem….and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

      THAT’S a foreign policy you’d accept? Concession to any hope of peace, a plan to “kick the ball down field” and “hope”???

      Forget Obama, who I accept and understand you don’t support: THIS is the attitude towards peace for Israelis that you want to support from Romney?

      • I think Mitt Romney understands the Israeli/Palestinian issue more than you give him credit for. I would go so far as to say he recognizes the reality of the conflict, that there may never be complete and total peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

        I agree with him that if the Palestinians really wanted peace, it could have been achieved. The only way they seem to be serious about peace is if it comes at Israel’s expense. If there is one thing Israel is not going to budge on, it is their security. If they feel it they are threatened, they will not oblige their enemies by simply going along to get along. Given the past history of the region, with its obvious hatred of Israel, I can’t blame them one iota for that.

        Again, I say Mitt Romney recognizes the reality of the issue. He realizes not much is going to change, until there is a change of attitude from the Palestinians, and their supporters, towards Israel.

        As for the relationship between Obama and Israel, I do feel they aren’t one of his higher priorities. I’m not sure that means they are less than protected, simply because they have never been a nation to sit back and let another nation take care of their security. If that means attacking Iran to keep them from acquiring a nuclear weapon, I think they will act according to their own security and their own time frame, not ours. They have proven they can do an admirable job of taking care of themselves and I don’t think that has changed.

  • bill

    our country was birthed by a few men with an opinion; that all men were born free, and deserving the protection of their lives and the pursuit of property through law enacted by a representative government. the ‘pursuit of property/happiness epiphany opened the door to free enterprise/capitalism and the result became ‘self-evident’; a country with the largest gdp and more importantly, the greatest military.

    to bring this to a salient point i’d venture that all america has left to bargain with is force; and this administration has chosen to let it stand down. kudos to mr. jackson for raising the issue and to the commentors for querying the inconsistencies in the account of mr. stevens death; but all p.c. talk aside, he was sacrificed along with the seals in the ‘safe-house’ to appease and encourage the militants, and to provide a means to further neutralize the first amendment. to focus on the minutia of traditional politic in these times just plays into the narrative of the incumbent; even prominent republicans are critical of mr. romney’s statements on the matter.

    as much as the upcoming election is a re-play of the reagan/carter situation we shouldn’t delude ourselves. the economy and foreign policy are similar but the electorate has changed dramatically; most folks now are dis-engaged and do not feel compelled to sustain (with their vote and conscience) the representative republic that was this country’s saving grace. power is the ultimate control and money (vis~a~vis our now transnational corporations) provides the military force/protection behind it’s doctrine.

    watch for ms. clinton to lead in 2016; her’s was the only consistent voice through this recent kerfuffle…b

    • Glad to see you back, Bill. It’s been a while since we saw you here at Political Realities.

      You have made some excellent, but sad observations about the current political situation in our country. The electorate we have today is much different than the electorate that elected Ronald Reagan by such a landslide. That fact may very well give Barack Obama another four years to do his “magic” and is a sad commentary on the condition of our country and how fair we have fallen.


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