Embassy in Yemen Attacked, Egypt “No Longer An Ally”, Embassy Deletes Tweets, Media continues to focus on Romney
Another day, another terrorist attack. Excuse me, man made disaster according to this administration. This from the same administration that won’t call it a “war on terrorism” but has no problem accusing the GOP of a ‘war on women. But I digress.
Today, there was more violence in the Middle East as the protests moved to the US Embassy in Yemen. Apparently, the strongly worded responses from the State Department and White House yesterday didn’t deter today’s violence. Shocker. According to reports, the mob occupied the outer compound, removed and burned the American flag and then replaced it with an Al Qaeda flag. Unlike yesterday however, this protest was broken up by Yemen police/security forces and the Yemen Government quickly condemned the attacks.
Thank you Yemen for protecting our Embassy and taking accountability.
In an alternate universe, the press continues to rip Romney apart for him condemning a statement the White House later condemned. Yes, you read that right. One headline I saw actually said; “Romney has a mess to clean up on Libya”. I must have been asleep a VERY long time last night and President Romney is in charge. If not, to what mess are they referring? The one PRESIDENT OBAMA created in Egypt and Libya maybe?
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey:
Who lost Egypt? Barack Obama. His administration waited eight whole days when those demonstrations erupted to demand Mubarak’s ouster, and then insisted on immediate elections — even though the only opposition organized well enough at that point in time for elections was the radical Muslim Brotherhood. In both Egypt and even more in Libya — where Obama applied military force to dislodge and topple Moammar Qaddafi — the White House left power vacuums that allowed the most radical elements to seize control. Critics of Obama’s policies in both regards warned of this very outcome eighteen months ago, to no avail.
Despite not taking questions from the Press, Obama actually admitted he has lost Egypt as an Ally yesterday. This is a huge admission, one not even MSNBC could overlook:
CHUCK TODD: I just want to get your first reaction, before you give me a report, of the President saying Egypt was not an ally or an enemy.
RICAHED ENGEL: Yeah, I almost had to sit down when I heard that. For the last forty years, the United States has had two main allies in the Middle East — Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the other ally in the Middle East being Israel. For the President to come out and say, well, he’s not exactly sure if Egypt is an ally any more but it’s not an enemy, that is a significant change in the perspective of Washington toward this country, the biggest country in the Arab world. It makes one wonder, well, was it worth it? Was it worth supporting the Arab Spring, supporting the demonstrations here in Tahrir Square, when now in Tahrir Square there are clashes going on behind me right in front of the US embassy?
Maybe if the press had been doing their jobs all along, this wouldn’t come as such a surprise. Recall yesterday Romney took several (coordinated) questions asking about ‘his gaffe’ from the day before. Did he regret his mistake. Only one question even touched on the issues of the day. The real issues. Romney was exactly right, we don’t apologize for our values and we protect our own. Let’s have a foreign policy debate. Smart diplomacy isn’t look so bright these days.
Meanwhile, Nobama took ZERO questions from the press before heading out to campaign in Vegas, because that is what you do as Commander-in-Chief when your Embassies are being attacked. He did take time to do a hard hitting interview with Telemnudo. If the press were TRULY doing its job, maybe the President would be forced to answer questions like the ones posed by Fred Eckert on American Thinker:
“Mr. President, in light of what we have just witnessed in Egypt and Libya, do you still stand by your statement in your June, 2009, Cairo speech that ‘Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance'”?
“You weren’t asked back then, but could you give us some specific examples of the words and deeds by which Islam has demonstrated its religious tolerance”?
“You also said in your Cairo speech, ‘I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.’ Do you think the events in Egypt and Libra on the anniversary of 9/11 might indicate that Muslims are not appreciative of your efforts on their behalf? You have never said that you also consider it a responsibility of the President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Christianity and Judaism – why not?”
“Is it possible that the sort of things these Muslim goons did in Cairo and Benghazi might contribute to what you call negative stereotypes about Islam?”
Another question that comes to mind: “In your acceptance speech you mocked Governor Romney as being ‘new’ to foreign policy. In light of what appear to be serious foreign policy failures in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iran under your watch, do you stand by the assertion you made during the 2008 campaign that your having lived in Indonesia between the ages of six and ten should count for foreign policy experience?”