At the last presidential debate, the discourse got tangled up on what President Obama said in a brief speech following the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans – including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Actually, what Obama said (or didn’t say) really doesn’t matter. Obama’s policy in Libya, and the Middle East generally, has been a disaster – rife with incompetence and dishonesty. A few critical points.
The United States should not have gotten involved in the Libyan Civil War. In 2011, a civil war broke out between Libyan rebels in Benghazi, and the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, based in Tripoli. The Obama administration allied itself with the rebels, and bombed the living daylights out of Gaddafi’s forces – at a cost of more than $800 million. Now it turns out that many of the “democracy protestors” supported by the administration were, in fact, anti-American, pro-Al Qaeda jihadists. Why didn’t the Obama administration have this information before it took sides in the civil war? Or did the administration simply ignore inconvenient facts?
Lack of security on 9/11. September 11 always will be a perilous date for Americans in dangerous places. But after President Obama has repeatedly spiked the ball about killing Osama bin Laden, this year was particularly threatening
And yet Ambassador Stevens was hung out to dry with no security in Benghazi. How could this be? There has been no explanation from the Obama administration. It seems their priorities were elsewhere.
Lack of response. Within hours, if not minutes, of the attack, a United States tactical strike should have been launched against the Benghazi murderers. Overwhelming force should be have been used to crush the militias, then raid their buildings for intelligence information. Instead, Obama gave a speech, promised an investigation, and flew to Vegas for a fundraiser.
The video. Within 24 hours, the Obama administration knew that the Benghazi attack was the work of an organized militia, and the four American deaths resulted from inadequate security. Rather than come clean, the administration spent the next 14 days blaming the attack on a previously unknown You Tube video that had been posted months earlier. This was the big lie – a brazen attempt to deceive the American people.
The apologize for America tour. Obama should have called the Libya attack and other Middle East protests what they were – disgraceful displays of anti-American hatred. Instead, Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were busy cutting television commercials, apologizing for America and the anti-Mohammed You Tube video. It’s almost like Obama believes Jeremiah Wright’s infamous line about the 9/11 World Trade Center attack – Libya was “America’s chickens coming home to roost.”
Minimizing the Libya attack. Obama just can’t seem to shake the fantasy that he is the hero of the Muslim world. So, he makes every effort to minimize the Libya attack. First, it was “just a bump in the round.” This weekend on the Jon Stewart show, Obama said the deaths were “not optimal.”
“A bump in the road?!” “Not optimal?!” I wonder if that’s how the families of these fallen heros feel about their deaths?
Party in Vegas. And this is the absolute worst of all. When the details of the attack became known, Obama should have a declared a campaign hiatus of at least 48-hours. Under the circumstances, I’m sure Mitt Romney would have agreed to stop his campaign activities. But whatever Romney decided to do should not have made a difference. The president’s first priority is to protect American interests as the commander in chief.
President Obama had to chose between American security in the Middle East, and a campaign fundraiser. After a short speech in the Rose Garden, Obama was off to Vegas. National security vs. Obama’s reelection? On this point, Obama’s priorities are clear.
Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPtqiRmDo3Q