Foreign policy follies

While Obama fails, media insist on pouncing on Romney

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U.S. embassies are attacked while the president sleeps. His mission in Cairo sends out an apologetic statement on an anti-Muhammad movie – a statement which the White House, itself, later rebukes. The president continues on with a campaign trip to Vegas. There are reports our embassies were forewarned of the attacks.

So the crack American news media do the only thing they can do: They attack Mitt Romney.

Come again? And they claimed Romney is the one who was trying to make political hay from all this? What the heck are they doing if not trying to influence the election in the president’s favor?

And what did they savage Romney for? For disparaging a Cairo embassy press release that essentially apologized for the nutty Muhammad movie and threw the First Amendment under the bus – the same statement that, again, the Obama White House has also disavowed.

Wow, you really got Romney on that one. Not!

Let’s be crystal clear: This isn’t about Mitt Romney, as much as the media want to make you think that. It is an Obama administration public relations disaster – at best. Information from a British newspaper alleges the disaster may have involved catastrophic intelligence and security failures as well.

Don’t you think the government’s actual failings are a bit more newsworthy (which used to mean “important”) than a trumped-up controversy over a legitimate bit of criticism from the opposition?

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” the Obama administration, itself, said in retracting its embassy’s statement.

“So the White House can walk away from its own diplomats, but Mr. Romney can’t criticize them?” The Wall Street Journal asked.

Correct. At least as far as the American media are concerned. They’re more worried about an assertive Romney candidacy than a weak Obama administration and its foreign policy follies. They’re not much interested, for example, in whether Mr. Obama’s support of the “Arab spring” was a historical miscalculation that has only emboldened radicals in the Mideast and made the region more unstable.

The European media aren’t as timid in confronting the important truths of this debacle.

“U.S. President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy is in ruins,” writes Die Welt newspaper in Germany. “Like no president before him, he tried to win over the Arab world. After some initial hesitation, he came out clearly on the side of the democratic revolutions. … In this context, he must accept the fact that he has snubbed old close allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian military. And now parts of the freed societies are turning against the country which helped bring them into being. Anti-Americanism in the Arab world has even increased to levels greater than in the Bush era. It’s a bitter outcome for Obama. ...

“Washington has provided the image of a distracted superpower in the process of decline to the societies there. This image of weakness is being exploited by Salafists and al-Qaida, who are active in North Africa from Somalia to Mali.

“For a superpower, it is not enough just to want to be loved. You have to scare the bad guys to keep them in check.”

You won’t see such weighty issues explored in many of the American news media. They’re too busy worrying about how Mr. Romney looks – and how Mr. Obama comes out on election day.

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carcraft
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carcraft 09/24/12 - 05:25 am
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The New York Times, my least

The New York Times, my least favorite newspaper, has a front page story that this is a major loss for the CIA in Libya and an intelligence disaster. With every bit of evidence pointing to the fact that this was a well-planned attack Obama spokesperson Ambassador Rice continued to lie to the American people. It was not until congressional testimony was given that the Obama Administration admitted it was a terrorist attack. The President of Libya spoke on Sept 14th and said this was a terrorist attack yet Rice was still trying to sell the White House line that it was a Demonstration that got out of control on Sept16 news shows. So despite the Death of Ambassador Steven and the New York Times report that this is a major CIA loss, demonstrations against America from London to Paris, across North Africa into Pakistan and even into Indonesia what does President Obama have to say? In one of the greatest understatements since Custer said "what Indians?" President Obama said it was a "speed bump"! I also want to remind people in the midst of this that one small silver lining appeared that is a testimony to Ambassador Steven. Libyans were the people who tried to get Steven medical help after the terrorist attack. The Libyan people attack the compound of the militias that are felt to be responsible for the attack and are demanding the disarming of the militias in Libya!

Techfan
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Techfan 09/24/12 - 04:28 am
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Could you imagine the venom

Could you imagine the venom the AC would spew if Gore had hit the airwaves trashing Bush 2 hours after the 9/11 attacks?

carcraft
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carcraft 09/24/12 - 05:28 am
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ultrarnr, Other than spelling

ultrarnr, Other than spelling what did I get wrong? I corrected Ambassador Steven spelling in my intial comment on the editorial! Thank you for pointing that out.

Pal
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Pal 09/24/12 - 06:30 am
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@ ultrarnr

You misspelled "diligence."

TParty
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TParty 09/24/12 - 07:37 am
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"They’re not much interested,

"They’re not much interested, for example, in whether Mr. Obama’s support of the “Arab spring” was a historical miscalculation that has only emboldened radicals in the Mideast and made the region more unstable."

Is the ACES now supporting dictators? Is ACES against a nation being a land of the free? Does the ACES hate the President so much, they are seriously supporting dictators of the Middle East? Well... I guess partisan hatred is strong around here, I'm not surprised.

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Little Lamb 09/24/12 - 08:01 am
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Imagine

Techfan posted:

Could you imagine the venom the AC would spew if Gore had hit the airwaves trashing Bush 2 hours after the 9/11 attacks?

Well, if Bush had issued a statement apologizing to Bin Laden after the attacks, Gore would be correct in trashing Bush.

TParty
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TParty 09/24/12 - 08:05 am
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Obama did not apologize, I

Obama did not apologize, I seriously don't understand this false line people are taking.

But since Bush was brought up- he was a man who only after 6 months after 9/11 said he doesn't much think or care about bin Laden. It's not an apology, but apathy- which is even worse.

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faithson 09/24/12 - 09:18 am
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political gaffe

the blind leading the blind, and when it is all over and the loser's are cleaning up their mess, they will still be 'blaming' someone or something for their own incompetence, only to continue the drum of victimization at the hands of 'others', never to learn from their own failings... 1st; mittens wasn't going to politicize 9/11, 2nd; after the initial statement, he came out the next morning, after the magnitude of the violence was known, to double down. 3rd; thinking he had an advantage, he showed no principle in continuing. 4th; Mittens is being driven by a far right hawkish group who really believe America can use it's military and diplomatic power to 'MAKE' other countries bend to our demands. If you like what the military industrial complex has created in America and it's influence on foreign policy, mittens is definitely your man. only with one caveat, 500 dollar a barrel oil, war against Iran, hate oh the hate for another American military intervention against another muslim country...

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rmwhitley 09/24/12 - 09:39 am
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Innuendo, bullying
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and a total lack of grasp of foreign policy. That about sums up the democratic party. The leftist sheep on this comment posting apparently are so blinded by their hatred of Goerge W. Bush that they can't see what a disaster sits ( with feet propped up on the desk ) in the Oval Office. God help you when you rouse from your slumber and find the damage you have wrought is beyond salvage.

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OJP 09/24/12 - 09:44 am
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ACES flups the facts in the first two sentences.

"U.S. embassies are attacked while the president sleeps. His mission in Cairo sends out an apologetic statement on an anti-Muhammad movie – a statement which the White House, itself, later rebukes."

The embassy's statement was issued before the attacks, not after.

OJP
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OJP 09/24/12 - 09:45 am
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@Little Lamb

Well that didn't happen here either, so...

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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 10:01 am
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Here you go TParty, maybe

Here you go TParty, maybe this will help...

Read it for yourself:

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.

"That was the statement of the Obama State Department...AFTER the attack on our embassy and burning of our flag. No wonder the Obama administration tried to hide this tweet by deleting it after the fact.

Right now, President Obama’s media suck-ups are trying to change the facts of this story by repeatedly mis-reporting them, or by burying facts like the tweet above. "

Can you continue to say Obama didn't appologize???

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Jon Lester 09/24/12 - 10:13 am
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You want Netanyahu running US foreign policy?

Romney has basically promised exactly that, despite the obvious impact that war with Iran would have on energy prices.

OJP
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OJP 09/24/12 - 10:26 am
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@InChristLove

Your timeline is inaccurate just as is the ACES'. This statement - from the U.S. embassy, not the State Department - was issued BEFORE, not AFTER, the attacks.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/09/12/us/politics/libya-statemen...

Obama did not apologize, according to the facts.

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RMSHEFF 09/24/12 - 11:10 am
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We are witnessing, once

We are witnessing, once again, the failure of Progressive liberalism in every arena it is tried...but we seem not to learn!

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rmwhitley 09/24/12 - 11:18 am
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Now, now, now
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boys and girls. If you believe anything from the mouths of abc, cbs, cnn, cnbc, msnbc, nbc, new york times, washington post, huffington post and aol you, out of "fairness", need to give the National Enquirer, the Globe and other reputable "news" organizations a fair shake. Their reporting is on a par with those organizations listed above.

swcohen
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swcohen 09/24/12 - 11:57 am
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Uh Oh! Sounds like the

Uh Oh! Sounds like the foreign policy experts at the Chronicle want to start a fresh war. Get the US taxpayers to shell out another trillion dollars, make the rubble bounce in some as-yet uninvaded third world cesspool. Yep, that'd show 'em that we're the boss.

Maybe it wouldn't, but it'd sure sell some newspapers, huh guys?

TParty
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TParty 09/24/12 - 12:05 pm
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@ICL

Yeah- that's not an apology. And your timeline is wrong. Where does Obama say sorry? Anyone?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 12:27 pm
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OJP, twist how you

OJP, twist how you like.....

Whether it was the staff in Cairo who initially apologized, Hillary Clinton who apologized first and then condemn the violence, or the President himself....., His administration apologized for the attack on our country. When Romney spoke in Florida, he was careful to say that the administration “was wrong to stand by” it’s original pre-attack apology and you can word it however you like...Obama and His administration apologize to the very people who attacked our country and that just shows how low this president truly is.

TParty
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TParty 09/24/12 - 12:29 pm
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@ICL

Twist it how you like, but where does anyone apologize? Where does Obama, or anyone else say "sorry, we apologize"?

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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 12:31 pm
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TParty, I'm sure you are not

TParty, I'm sure you are not so uninformed to realize you can say an apology without saying the words "I'm sorry". Even a 5 year old knows that. If I hurt your feelings, I didn't mean to.....that's my apology. (See how easy it is)

TParty
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TParty 09/24/12 - 12:34 pm
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There is no apology. If you

There is no apology. If you take it as one, that's on you. People asking for respect is not an apology.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 12:48 pm
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Well that response was real

Well that response was real mature TParty.....

I fail to see where respect was asked for in the President's speach. I find it odd that respect would be asked for from a group of terrorist that just attacked and killed 4 Americans.....do you seriously think respect is on their minds?

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Doug Duncan 09/24/12 - 12:56 pm
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Media Bias

Face the facts! The liberal left and mainline media are mutually co-dependent. The mainline media gathers the info produced by the liberal left and recites it to the masses as if independent, unbiased reporting has occurred. Nothing could be further than the truth. Fortunately there are pockets of resistance, like the Augusta Chronicle.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 12:58 pm
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The real issue in all of this

The real issue in all of this is not whether Romeny spoke too soon, or if in your view the President apologized or not but the real issue is:

Did the Obama team intentionally lie to voters for a week about what it knew, and did the deaths of four Americans result, in part, from defective security and preparation at the Benghazi consulate?

The deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya on Sept. 11 was preceded by a succession of security lapses and misjudgments, compounded by fog-of-battle decisions, that raise questions about whether the scope of the tragedy could have been contained.

U.S. officials issued alerts and ordered security precautions in neighboring Egypt ahead of protests and violence on Sept. 11, but largely overlooked the possibility of trouble at other diplomatic postings in the region.

The State Department chose to maintain only limited security in Benghazi, Libya, despite months of sporadic attacks there on U.S. and other Western missions

There is ample evidence that the Obama administration screwed up. That is the real issue here.

TParty
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TParty 09/24/12 - 12:59 pm
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It was before the people were

It was before the people were killed when the embassy released the statement calling for respect- as an attempt to cool tensions. Your timeline is still wrong, but it's okay. I accept your apology, ICL.

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faithson 09/24/12 - 01:06 pm
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fair and balanced

Doug, so u are of a mind that faux, rush and their ilk are really giving the American public an unbiased view on world events ? love to sell you some swamp land in FL if you really believe that the mittens network is 'fair and balanced'.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 01:32 pm
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TParty, the statement the

TParty, the statement the embassy released before the Americans were killed was not a call for respect, it was an apology for rights we Americans have (whether we agree with the movie or not), along with Mrs. Clinton's (although I understand you don't see it as such because the word "sorry" isn't listed) and by our President, although he is a master as playing with words and I can see where you could be misled into thinking this wasn't an apology. Some are not wise enough to read between the lines but I assure you, those who attacked us are.

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TParty 09/24/12 - 01:42 pm
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What was the statement, ICL?

What was the statement, ICL? In your 10:01 post, you say "That was the statement of the Obama State Department...AFTER the attack on our embassy and burning of our flag", and I read that statement, and it's not an apology. And the timeline is also wrong- but maybe there is something else you are talking about that is an apology. So what is the apology statement? Things like "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" is not an apology.

And again, I accept your apology as you correct your timeline on this manner.

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Gary Ross 09/24/12 - 01:49 pm
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So...

Now that everyone agrees it was an attack, what are we going to do about it and when?

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