We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you think I was angry yesterday…then stand by for today. Let’s connect the dots in close to real time. Reasonably, President Bush took aggressive action against the Afghan and Iraqi regimes that sponsored terrorism against the US and its allies, although – along with every intelligence service – in major error believing that Iraq’s WMDs were more and more able. At the same time, reasonably, President Bush exerted himself to inform Americans to separate believers in Islam from radical Islamists.
That latter distinction is still valid. However, experience has demonstrated that the radical Islamists have grasped power in country after country while the voices or efforts of moderates have been inadequate or squelched by both the radical Islamists and by much of the Western media making increasingly tenuous excuses for the radicals.
Cap that off with an Obama administration, from the president himself to his appointed minions in the highest levels at the State Department, apologizing for supposed US sins, as claimed by radical Islamists, and otherwise stubbornly pursuing fairy tale wishes that catering to radicals will transform them into moderates and allies.
This same Obama administration failed to negotiate a reasonable timetable and process for reducing our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan while directing our military to leave more quickly. This has increased instability in those two countries in which Americans have sacrificed, persuaded fence-sitters to lean or go into the radical Isalamist camps, and encouraged bolder defiance from Maliki and Karzai of US and Western interests.
With all that and more background, the attacks yesterday on the US Embassy in Cairo and the US Consulate in Benghazi should come as little surprise. It should also come as little surprise that the response by the Obama administration was so initially apologetic -- and little better in its walk-back -- to the attackers instead of calling them out as thugs and demanding apologies from the Egyptian and Libyan governments for standing by. It should come as little surprise when there are more attacks on US Embassies and Consulates in the MidEast. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which has seized almost all power in Egypt, calls for more nationwide demonstrations this Friday. There are strong signs that Islamists in other Arab countries are stampeding in that path.
Apologists for extremism, abroad, in the White House or media, will continue to twist themselves into putrid pretzels of pusillanimity, and the media play along, with the most prominent prime perpetrator of press cover-up, the New York Times, even being so craven to keep yesterday’s outrages off its front page.
Presidential contender Mitt Romney, while pointedly criticizing the weak Obama response, needs to go much further, and quickly, to demonstrate how his administration would put spine back in the deboned eagle of the past four years. MidEast expert Michael Rubin lays out a program. That’s more and better than these offenses just being bantered and battered about without purposeful action.
It’s past time to return the proud and mighty eagle to prominence, talons bared, and let our enemies stand by for a thrashing wherever and whenever we decide. No longer can they be allowed so much initiative to incite without serious consequence, expecting the US to just whimper from the Oval Office.
There are more than enough imans that have said there is no such thing as moderate Islam. But it seems there are many Christians and Jews that do not want to believe them. No wonder everyone is surprised every time shit happens.
I put CNN on this morning, becuase I wanted to check out something besides my usual Fox. CNN's reporting was entirely devoted to how Romney's response was irresponsible, jumped the gun, etc. Honestly, CNN deserves to go bankrupt.
Yes, the attempts to cover over Obama's failings here (Breitbart reported this morning that Obama attended no intelligence briefings last week, for instance), combined with the coordinated lamestream media attack on Romney, are truly infuriating. Romney said nothing unreasonable or out of line, and yet the press went into attack mode because he dared to question Obama's lousy foreign policy record.
A great quote from Glenn Reynolds, likening MSM with Islamic jihadists: "Dead Ambassador dragged through streets, MSM furious at Romney criticism of Obama. The media regards Obama with the devotion that Islamists grant to the Koran. Any criticism and they’re out for blood." So from now on, no more media journalists. It's media jihadists.
There are reports there had been a number of warnings an attack on the US embassy in Benghazi was imminent. That may have increased concern about the lack of security at the building being used as temporary housing for the embassy, but apparently nothing was done to remedy the problem. I'm waiting for the Z-guy to criticize Obama for disregarding those warnings in the same way with 20/20 hindsight he criticized Bush over 9/11, but I won't hold my breath.
Point, Benghazi was a consulate, not an embassy. Whole different level of protection. Second, the lack of real information is staggering. Were there two US Marines killed? Were they the Ambassador's traveling detail or were they sent after the trouble started and he was in Benghazi with only locally hired guards or State Dept. security? Before we dive deep into analysis don't we need to know (in fact) what happened?
I always discount anything written or said in the media for at least 72 hours when these things happen.
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." WSC.
" Dead Ambassador dragged through streets "...
When the truth finally gets sorted out, are the photos being published on the front pages today going to be labeled; a. Attempt to rescue American Ambassador... or b. Dead American Ambassador dragged through the streets in victory by Islamists ?
"....President Bush exerted himself to inform Americans to separate believers in Islam from radical Islamists.... That latter distinction is still valid".
I don't agree. I think you will find your "non radicals" are fence sitters waiting to see which way the wind blows. If the radicals are seen to be on top, I suggest there will be a whole lot of me too, me too going on.
In any case we can be thankful they don't drink - one can only imagine their behaviour after taking in a skinful of Old Jihadi.
Don't worry, stay calm. Zachriel, who obvisouly must have higher level business elsewhere, will be along shortly to educate us all on our mis-perceptions, and why we need withhold recriminations until our President has performed his unicorn rainbow hope change magic to make the hurt all better.
I'd fricking nuke the whole damn place were it up to me. Who needs it. Robots can recover the oil.