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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Alternative Universe of Barack Obama

The Alternative Universe of Barack Obama“We are either a united people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.” — George Washington, letter to James Madison, 1785.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice blanketed the TV airways Sunday to reinforce the Obama administration’s position that the deadly violence at American outposts across the Middle East last week was the result of an anti-Muslim video — delivering her message on four morning talk shows.

"What sparked the violence was a very hateful video on the Internet," Rice said on "Fox News Sunday. "It was a reaction to a video that had nothing to do with the United States."

She also repeated the administration’s message that the attacks, which started Tuesday in Egypt and spread to more the 20 U.S. posts in the region, were “spontaneous,” not planned or timed for the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

In a statement of total contradiction to Ms. Rice and the Obama administration’s constant blathering about a YouTube video being responsible for the murder of our Libyan Ambassador Libyan President el-Megarif blamed Al Qaeda in 'preplanned' attack on US consulate. In an interview with NPR and reported by Fox News el-Megarif stated:

"The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a pre-calculated, pre-planned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate."

The reason, as I see it, for this contradiction is that the Obama administration is covering its ineptness and irresponsibility for allowing the attacks to happen. Every responsible intelligence agency in the world has analyzed videos and reports of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and came to the same conclusions that el-Megarif stated. Yet the Obama administration wants to stick to its spin the video was responsible and Romney was irresponsible in his remarks last week.

The bloody attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya that left four480x600 American public servants, including a U.S. ambassador dead, have sparked international outrage and controversy. Islamists claim that the catalyst for the riots was the release of an American movie critical to Islam, but there is a more sinister motivation at play for these bloody acts of aggression than meets the eye.

The film, to experts, only served as a “convenient excuse” for Islamists — particularly Salafists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood — to escalate tensions to a fever pitch in the hopes of achieving their ultimate goal: To make “slandering” Islam unlawful on an international level.

CNN ran a report last week that stated:

“Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.

Jamal Mabrouk, a member of the February 17th Brigade, told CNN that he and a battalion commander had a meeting about the economy and security.

He said they told the diplomats that the security situation wasn't good for international business.

"The situation is frightening, it scares us," Mabrouk said they told the U.S. officials. He did not say how they responded.

Mabrouk said it was not the first time he has warned foreigners about the worsening security situation in the face of the growing presence of armed jihadist groups in the Benghazi area.

According to one of the Libyan security guards who was stationed at one of the gates armed with only a radio, the assault began simultaneously from three directions.

Heavy machine guns and rocket -propelled grenades were used, according to the guard. He said masked men threatened to kill him at gunpoint for 'protecting the infidels. He declined to appear on camera for fear of repercussions.”

This irresponsibility for the safety and security of our foreign embassies and consulates is not new. Prior to 1998 the attack on our embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and attack that killed 212 people killed, and wounded and estimated 4,000, our ambassador, Prudence Bushnell warned the State Department and Madeline Albright, the then Secretary of State, that the embassy in Nairobi was vulnerable to attacks.

For over a year, she complained about security conditions to her superiors in Washington. In spite of Bushnell's request for a new building, a State Department evaluation team concluded that a renovation would suffice. Bushnell's fears proved to be well founded when on August 7, 1998 a car bomb was detonated next to the embassy by al-Qaeda agents.

At the time of the bombing, Bushnell was attending a meeting with the Kenyan Trade Minister Hon. Joseph J. Kamotho in the Cooperative Bank Building next to the embassy. She was knocked unconscious by the blast and badly cut by flying glass. Upon regaining consciousness a few minutes later, Bushnell was evacuated to a nearby hotel where she received medical treatment and began overseeing rescue operations. Ultimately, 12 embassy staff were killed along with the 212 Kenyans. Additionally, another car bomb exploded simultaneously in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 11 and wounding 85.

Kirsten Powers, a Fox News contributor writes in a recent opinion piece, “President Obama, “Stop blaming the victim for Mideast violence:

“Disgusting and reprehensible." said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Truly abhorrent," an outraged White House official told an international conference. Were they talking about the murder of four Americans in Libya? Or perhaps the hoisting of an Islamist flag over the U.S. Embassy in Cairo?

No. For that they stuck to diplomatic speak. For the president, the harshest language was: "I strongly condemn the outrageous attack." For Clinton it was that the US is heartbroken and she condemned "this senseless act of violence." But "disgusting and reprehensible" and "truly abhorrent " were reserved for an amateurish and silly film by someone nobody has ever heard of.

In fact, what is "disgusting and reprehensible" is that there are people in the world who think they are justified in attacking and killing people because someone hurt their feelings or offended their sensibilities. The US government should not act as a validator or enabler of this upside down worldview, which is exactly what the Obama administration has done repeatedly as they have responded to these abhorrent attacks against the United States.

I have defended the Obama administration against the complaints from the right that they have run an "apology tour" in the Middle East because I believe the US should admit when we make mistakes, such as the accidental burning of Korans. But what we shouldn't do is affirm the wrongheaded view that people should be protected from the free speech of others.

Worse, our leaders shouldn't let our enemies know that when they kill our people and attack our embassies that the US Government will act like a battered wife making excuses for her psychotic husband. Wake up: we weren't attacked because of a movie made by an American. We were attacked because there are crazy religious fanatics who hate the United States. We didn't ask for it.

Egypt's President Morsi reportedly asked Obama "to put an end to such behavior"—presumably freedom, constitutional rights and the like -- as it led to the making of, in his eyes, the offensive movie.

Obama has no legal recourse but our president seems to be acquiescing to Morsi’s request by trying to silence the movie-maker through verbal intimidation, including a call from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dempsey who asked Pastor Terry Jones to withdraw his support for the film. Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the FBI was dispatched to Hollywood to uncover the identity of the filmmaker. (Don't they have real terrorists to catch? I'll be looking for the administration's condemnations next for the selling of the DVD of “The Da Vinci Code,” the blockbuster American movie that claims Jesus had sex with Mary Magdalene.)

Team Obama’s unseemly groveling to violent extremists has been cloaked in a newfound concern on the left for respecting religious sensibilities. Tuesday, a liberal professor argued in USA Today that the maker of the Mohammed film should be arrested.

Worse, our leaders shouldn't let our enemies know that when they kill our people and attack our embassies that the US Government will act like a battered wife making excuses for her psychotic husband. Wake up: we weren't attacked because of a movie made by an American. We were attacked because there are crazy religious fanatics who hate the United States. We didn't ask for it.

Egypt's President Morsi reportedly asked Obama "to put an end to such behavior"—presumably freedom, constitutional rights and the like -- as it led to the making of, in his eyes, the offensive movie.

Apparently our foreign policy is now being run by Dr. Phil. Someone needs to explain to the White House that our Constitution protects freedom of religion from government interference, not the protection from people who say mean, critical or offensive things about one's religion.

But if this is truly their new position, then they have a lot to be outraged about right here at home. Remember Amanda Marcotte, one of the left's top bloggers and a columnist for the left-wing Guardian who chose last Easter -- the holiest day of the Christian calendar -- to chime "Happy Jeebus Day"? She once asked: "What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit? [Answer]: You’d have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology."

Then there was the tweet last year by Bill Maher about Tim Tebow during a particularly bad game: "Wow, Jesus just f----- #Tim Tebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is Tebowing, saying to Hitler "Hey, Buffalo's killing them." This was so offensive that President Obama's PAC still managed to take a million dollars from this man to help finance his reelection.

If Christians had burned down Maher's house in response, would the administration put out a statement condemning the violence but pointing out that he should have respected the religious beliefs of others?

Of course not. Nor would anyone want that.

But that is what the administration keeps doing with their responses to the attacks in the Middle East. The condemnations are paired in with claims about respecting religious beliefs, which is implicit sympathy for the claims of some of the attackers and rioters.

It’s time for the Obama administration to stop blaming the victim.”

While I am in total agreement with Ms. Powers, a centrist Democrat, I don’t think she went quite far enough in her criticism of Obama and his administration.

Obama needs to stick to this narrative of blaming free speech and Mitt Romney. He has an election coming up in 50 days and does not want to have his miserable, Islamic biased foreign policy to become an issue. He needs to have someone to blame for his failures to concentrate on intelligence briefings

Jeff Emanuel points out in his article in Red States:

“Marc Thiessen provides a shocker in his Washington Post column: the day after America’s embassy in Cairo was assaulted and the consulate in Benghazi, Libya fell victim to an armed attack that killed four, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the president once again skipped his intelligence briefing, choosing instead to fly off to Las Vegas to fundraise while the world continued to burn.

This after being inexcusably unprepared for, and unaware of the threat of, violent protests and, in the case of Libya, a terrorist attack against the official representatives of the United States of America in two North African nations. Since those attacks, protests have taken place in Yemen, Tunisia, and Kuwait, with State Department warnings having been issued for several more countries.

Also since those attacks, President Obama has criticized Mitt Romney for “shooting first and aiming later” by speaking about international situation – a statement that is doubly galling considering the fact that Obama himself, rather than learn about facts and threats, blew off his own intel briefing to go fundraise in Las Vegas.

Thiessen writes in the Washington Post:

According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli. The president was scheduled to hold the intelligence meeting at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, the day after the attacks, but it was canceled so that he could comfort grieving employees at the State Department — as well he should. But instead of rescheduling the intelligence briefing for later in the day, Obama apparently chose to skip it altogether and attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign. One day after a terrorist attack.”

Obama loves to chuck and jive his way through domestic policy when he talks about jobs, green energy, government investments, sharing the wealth, fairness, and blaming Bush, but when it comes to foreign policy and national security he is more than incompetent, he is downright dangerous. His big smile and catchy phrases don’t work with people who want to kill us. The only thing that these radical Islamists understand is superior force and will, something Obama knows nothing about.

When I was a kid, a popular TV show (and earlier a radio one) was You Are There, the theme of which was bringing the viewer into re-enacted historic events to better learn about them.

Watching the Middle East doings this week with any degree of care, news consumers can see quite clearly how mendacious officials, media and our enemies have created a false storyline about the uprisings in Cairo and Libya which, among other things have resulted in the murder of an Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his aides, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods and the loss of very important security information in Libya. (See this link is to the UK's Daily Mail because the US press coverage has come nowhere near as detailed or accurate as this. The attacks didn't even make it to the front page of the New York Times.)

These incidents mark the start of a serious further destabilization of a600x3812 (1) strategically significant part of the world. By last Friday, other Western Embassies had been attacked in the Sudan, there was a bomb threat by Al Qaeda at the University of Texas and the US Embassy in Tunisia was being sacked, and they are burning classified documents in Beirut. In fact, a Google map of the entire world shows how extensive the demonstrations are, many of which haven't been reported here.

You can read a more detailed account of Obama’s fairytale view of the Middle East as posted by Clarice Feldman in American Thinker by clicking here.

Jeffery Lord writes in American Spector about the influence of the State Department's Deputy Chief of staff and aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin:

“We quoted a letter to the Inspector General of the State Department from Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann that said:

For example, according to "The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within," a product of the Center for Security Policy (, the Department's Deputy Chief of staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members -- her late father, her mother and her brother -- connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.

Now… today… the United States is in a crisis precisely because of a series of blunders in both Egypt and Libya. Is any of this related to any private policy advice Huma Abedin gave her Secretary of State boss? We don't know.”


And the results?

Four dead Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. And right this minute mobs are swarming the streets of Cairo. Cairo. Where "the most sophisticated" President gave that famous speech in 2009 that he was so certain would somehow make Islamic radicals turn into not-Islamic-radicals. Instead? The Muslim Brotherhood is now running the country. Something that Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Andrew McCarthy and others have spent time aplenty warning about.”

Obama, his minions, and the mainstream media owe the American People the truth. As William Shakespeare said in his play Richard III; “Now is the winter of our discontent.” While it may not be winter yet, it is the season and the discontent of radical Islam is lighting the fires all over the Middle East and our Commander-in Chief, like Nero, is electing to play his fiddle to the tune of chuck and jive or as the bard said; “The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”

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