It looks like Spring is over and the nuclear winter may be approaching. Seems to be the beginning of the end of the Obama Doctrine, which has been a failure in many ways, culminating with the deaths of 4 Americans. A very somber day indeed, coincidentally (but maybe not as we are coming to find out), the exact same date as the most violent and deadly attack on America soil.
The ongoing events in Egypt seem hauntingly familiar. The images are frightening. Hundreds of protestors stampeding the US Embassy at all hours of the day and night, burning the American Flag. It brings back chilling memories of another place, another time in the very same Middle East. We can only hope that events do not play out in a similar manner. Now it appears that the unrest has spread to Yemen. Libya, Egypt and Yemen, 3 countries that were proclaimed to have a new beginning; the Arab Spring hailed as a new era in US diplomatic relations, achieved with a “leading from behind” strategy. Well, the lesson learned now is that leading from behind seems to result in a kick in the behind.
And where is our Commander-in-Chief? Architect of the famous “Leading from Behind” doctrine. Why, he was whooping it up at a fundraiser in Las Vegas. Noooooooooo – can’t put the campaign on hold due to the "inconvenience" going on in the Middle East.
Excuse us for having an international incident while you are trying to campaign.
It is also interesting how this coincides with the report in the Washington Post:
President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.
The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent.
And all the while Barack is touting his Foreign Policy experience when he could not even be bothered to attend meetings 60% of the time.
Another issue that this has revealed is control. Who is minding the American agenda? Obviously, the embassy in Cairo felt autonomous enough to issue this ill-fated statement on September 11:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
Wow. Barack distanced himself from that like a hot potato. Unfortunately, it was too late. That statement was issued on 9/11 Midday EST.
Shortly before 7 p.m. ET Tuesday: Wire services report that one American official was killed in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The Romney statement came out at 10:25 PM 9/11, after the formal announcement from Hillary Clinton. The embargo was lifted for immediate distribution.
Tuesday 10:10 p.m.: Mitt Romney’s campaign emails reporters a statement, embargoed for midnight. “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” the Republican presidential candidate said. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
Barack did nothing on the Cairo statement until 11:04 PM, almost a full 12 hours after the statement was issued by the Embassy:
11:04 p.m.: The White House distances itself from the Cairo embassy’s original statement, telling ABC News, “no one in Washington approved that statement before it was released and it doesn’t reflect the views of the U.S. government.”
Even more alarming is the fact that the State Department was clueless about an impending attack. They indicated that there was “no credible information” regarding any attack timed for 9/11. (This is now coming under scrutiny as there are certain reports that indicate the Administration might have received some indication at least 48 hours before the events in Libya.)
We are witnessing the implosion of the Obama Doctrine folks. The only way to fix this is in your hands in November.