Our feckless president

We all recall how Michael Moore mercilessly savaged George Bush because, when the first reports about the 9/11 terrorist attacks began, Bush was reading a story book to small children, and chose not to run screaming out of the room.  Fast-forward eleven years and we have a president who boasts that he’s better than everybody at doing anything.  Apparently he’s now decided to one-up Bush’s insouciance in the face of imminent disaster.

Yesterday was not a good day for America.  First, it was the eleventh anniversary of the most deadly attack ever launched against U.S. soil.  More than 3,000 American civilians died, horribly, over the course of a few hours, and they did so at the hands of people in thrall to radical Islam.  Obama celebrated this anniversary by campaigning, talking music with a pimp with a limp, and by sending a nice message to the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery.  Feckless.

Moving on from past tragedy to imminent disaster, radical Islamists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.  The Embassy responded before the attack by apologizing explicitly for Free Speech and doubled-down on that apology after the attack.  Hillary Clinton — Obama’s highest State Department official — reiterated the spineless apology.  The administration has tried now to walk back the statement, claiming that it didn’t authorize it (something that rings untrue in light of Hillary’s conduct) but the damage is done:

But the damage control being performed in Washington isn’t enough to put the administration’s stand in a positive light. If the initial apology resonated around the world it was because it was very much in line with the tone of moral equivalence that was the keynote of President Obama’s speech to the Arab world given in Cairo in June 2009. Having set forth a credo that balanced understanding for grievances against U.S. policies with a desire to conciliate its critics rather than to forthrightly defend America and its allies, the president cannot now be surprised when the instinct of U.S. representatives abroad, and especially those in Cairo, is to apologize first and to be resolute later.


The news of what happened in Egypt was swiftly followed by a report that “rebels” had stormed the American embassy in Benghazi, killing one person.  It only got worse.  We learned today that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others were deliberately murdered — Christopher by alleged “suffocation,” and the three others by gun shots.  The murderers than did the usual Arab thing of dragging the Ambassador’s body through the streets.  Honestly, they’re so primitive out there that, if it wasn’t for the Koran’s dietary proscriptions, I suspect they would have gone all Aztec or Druid and eaten his heart.

Obama’s response was swift:  He’s heading for Vegas.  He did take time out from his busy campaign season this morning, however, to make a short statement.  Considering that he used this statement to jettison the First Amendment, maybe it would have been better if he’d just kept quiet and gotten on the Vegas plane.

Romney, incidentally, gave a speech in favor of Free Speech.  He clearly understands that yesterday’s events are not the pathetic Arab have-nots standing up against the arrogant and cruel American haves.  Instead, what we saw yesterday was the latest outbreak in a war between the backwards, repressed, bloodthirsty world and American exceptionalism, a doctrine founded on individual freedom, which is inextricably intertwined with Free Speech.

Maybe it’s no wonder that Obama was caught flat-footed.  He’s been so busy with campaigns and phone calls to rock stations and TV appearances that he hasn’t had any time for security briefings in the last week.  Yet more evidence, as if we need it, that Obama’s priorities are all about . . . Obama.  Feckless wretch.

Obama didn’t do any better in his dealings with Israel’s existential nightmare — a nuclear Iran.  The first reports were that Obama refused to speak to Netanhayu at all.  Fear not, Obama fans.  This doesn’t mean he’s too busy to do the really important stuff, such as making an appearance on David Letterman’s show.

When the uproar became too great to tolerate, Obama announced that he spoke on the phone for one hour with Netanyahu.  Think about that:  Israel, America’s only stable, democratic ally in the Middle East is facing a potential nuclear holocaust, and Obama is able to carve out a single hour from his busy schedule of shmoozing and begging for money.  As Roger Simon asks, how can Jews continue to ally themselves with Obama and Democrat party?

Obama is the most feckless president in American history, especially when it comes to the Middle East.  Or maybe he’s not feckless at all.  Worse, maybe this is part of a grand plan and ideology.


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  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    I can’t believe the Cairo Embassy’s first announcement of the danger was a Tweet or computer apology to Egypt. Washington, DC has direct lines by several technologies to every embassy. There is no way Wash DC was not aware of the deteriorating situation in Cairo.

    And the same goes for the Benghazi Consulate. Hillary Clinton even said this a.m. that Amb Stevens had returned to the embassy from his home during the rioting and was accosted and killed before he got into the embassy. Somebody had to have called him. Surely, their are procedures for such dangerous activities involving notification of the State Dept among the top two or three steps. 

    The film that apparently was used to ignite the ignorant passions can be seen at:  http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ 

    Sorry, Book, to use your blog to plug my own, but the film should be seen so folks can make informed decisions for themselves. I did the same with the Muhammad cartoons in 2006.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    No worries, Indigo Red. You’re correct when you say that the video is very poorly made, but that has nothing to do with anything. The problem isn’t with the video, it’s with Islam, the world’s most insecure religion. It’s this insecurity, this nagging sense that it’s an inferior religious product, that renders Islam incapable of taking any criticism.

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    Thank you, Book.

    I must disagree that the film’s “poorly made” quality has nothing to do with anything. Before I found the film, I was reading about it and like most everyone commenting, I began to have a vision that it was a high quality, Hollywood type movie.

    In fact, one media article mentioned “Passion of the Christ” and “The Ten Commandments” as other films about religious leaders as equivalent films. Recognition of the poor production value helps to remove “Life of Muhammad” from the popular movie sphere, that deep pocket infidel financiers had nothing to do with the film. And not even with such grand wealth at its command, would the US government make something as crappy as this film.

    The pathetic film was made like my late uncle made family movies in the backyard, parks, and lakes during outings and picnics. “LofM” is nothing like a Hollywood type movie and it’s important to know that.

    I’ve written about Islam since 2004, and got tired of making the same arguments with each new brain dead Liberal. I mostly leave that to others now. If I were religious, I would be making the case that Islam is the Anti-Christ, not an individual of a future time, but right now and for the past 1400+ years. In fact, I have done just that and many have agreed.

  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    “This morning, the White House announced that Obama will continue with today’s campaign schedule. He leaves this afternoon for Vegas, to attend a fundraiser for his reelection.”
    News item, 12 September 2012
    “You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.”
    Obama speech, February 2009
    “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. It’s time your government did the same.”
    Obama speech, February 2010

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Democrats have been two faced liars for decades now. It hasn’t stopped them yet. Probably because nobody has killed them for it yet.