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?