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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justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/24/12 - 01:53 pm
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60 Minutes

Anybody who watched this "news" show could clearly see the bias of a typical lamestream media outlet. In this case CBS who is arguably the biggest of President Obama's lapdogs.

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TParty 09/24/12 - 01:59 pm
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I missed the 60 Mins

I missed the 60 Mins yesterday- how was it bias last night?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/24/12 - 02:02 pm
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Long answer

You would need to watch it. Safe to say, Steve Croft was very easy on the Prez.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 02:10 pm
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Well it seems I need to speak

Well it seems I need to speak in simplier terms for someone. TParty, evidently you read but didn't understand my post at 10:01. The Obama State Department who released the statement is the Embassy of the United States in Cairo. Whether I or others view it as an apology, and you and others do not, isn't really the issue here. As for timeline being wrong, I believe I have included this statement, the one Mrs. Clinton made, and the one Obama made, so why are you only harping on this one by the Embassy? Can't make your point on the other two so use the one you think you can (just because it was made before the attack).

And again, I was going to ignore the apology comment but evidently you must be waiting on my response, so here is a juvenile explanation. My apology wasn't for your preceived incorrect estimate in my timeline, my apology was if I hurt your delicate feelings.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 02:17 pm
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TParty, since you seem to

TParty, since you seem to know and understand it all, maybe you can answer this question that everyone seems to be avoiding.

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?

OJP
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OJP 09/24/12 - 02:38 pm
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@InChristLove:

Why dance around your error regarding the timeline? It's pretty clear:

"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???"

*That* statement is the statement released by the embassy BEFORE the attack.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 03:04 pm
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"Why dance around your error

"Why dance around your error regarding the timeline?"

OJP, no dancing going on here because no error made. The statement made by the Embassy, was made Before and again After the attack so either timeline you wish to use is fine with me, it is still an apology in my view....and the view of others.

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OJP 09/24/12 - 03:31 pm
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@InChristLove:

Before and after? Do you have a source for the statement being re-issued after the attack? Or are you considering the first release some sort of ongoing release (which hilariously means it has been reissued an infinite number of times!)?

In my opinion, it reads as an apology only to those looking to score political points. Objectively, it is not an apology. Do you have an unbiased source labeling it an apology?

Edit: Nevermind, my apologies InChristLove. It was reissued that evening after the attack. Regardless, the Obama Administration disavowed the statement by the embassy, so its content is not that relevant.

The relevant statement is from Sec. Clinton, and you have to do some pretty amazing word flips to turn her statement into an apology:

"I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation.

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide."

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 04:12 pm
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http://www.theatlantic.com/po

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/heres-a-timeline-of-...

OJP: Original message by Embassy sent at 5:53am on 9/11/12, then again message is reposted at 6:30pm (after the attack) but this tweet is later deleted (I wonder why?)

In my opinion, the statement reads as an apology (even though it doesn't have the word "sorry" as some require to have in it to be considered an apology) and I do believe I'm looking at it objectively. If you seriously believe there are any unbiasted sources for either side, then you have a deeper issue than whether you are objective or not.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 04:30 pm
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Thank you for your

Thank you for your acknowledgment OJP that I wasn't just speaking in the wind here....although it appears you are making excuses to save face. I still find it troubling that it took the Obama Administration 16 hours to disavow the US Embassy statement. So maybe Gov. Romneys statement is not so misguided since the admininistration failed to correct or double down the embassy staff statement some 13 hours later.

The Cairo Embassy deletes six tweets, including the one about "abuse" of free speech, one about hurting Muslims feelings, and the one tripling down on the initial statement (7:00PM). They do not delete two unobjectionable tweets which were at the heart of the morning press release. The latter of these echoes Hillary's statement about religious tolerance. The Embassy has effectively scrubbed the offending statements while retaining a portion which the Secretary has embraced.

Part of Clinton's speach: " The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. "

I'm sorry but I find this rather hypocritical and false, but then that's just my personal opinion.

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carcraft 09/24/12 - 07:01 pm
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Gotta Love the left-The

Gotta Love the left-The Ambassador to Libya was killed in a TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE US EMBASSY ON 9-11 and the Obama administration lies about it. The Libyan government warned the US embassy personnel 3 days before the attack. The result of the attack on Libyan Embassy is the Ambassador and three other Americans dead and the compound in Ruins. CIA assets and capabilities suffered severe damage because of the Embassy attack. The Embassy personnel in Egypt were warned three days before the Demonstrations in Egypt. The Embassy personnel did NOTHING! Riots and demonstrations against America are found in many countries with strong Muslim factions from Indonesia to Egypt to Greece to Pakistan. The Response of Liberals to questions about this is, you have the time line wrong, it wasn’t an apology (we are wrong to exercise our freedom of speech sure sounds like an apology). But one of the more pressing problems coming out of this is my spelling... get a grip... Nope doesn’t matter that the Obama administration lied. Doesn’t matter that Obama characterized the death of 4 Americans as speed bumps. It is all about the ACES time line and my spelling!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/24/12 - 09:48 pm
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Thanks carcraft......finally

Thanks carcraft......finally someone without blinders on!

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