Obama’s miscalculation on Benghazi is worrisome and dangerous

Barack Obama likes to tout his foreign policy skills on the campaign trail, but the mess in Libya shows that he is ill prepared to handle a major international crisis. Photo: http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/

CHARLOTTEOctober 27, 2012 – Much has been said and written about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi on September 11, but little has been resolved.

Key among the countless questions that have been asked is why it took so long to admit that the siege was an act of terrorism rather than random mob violence? To go the extremes the White House has taken to deny there was a major foreign policy snafu appears to indicate there is something far more sinister behind the attack.

Given the fact that the events in Libya, and throughout the Middle East for that matter, unfolded at the height of a presidential campaign would seem to indicate the logical course of action would have been to get it over with as quickly as possible. What strategic political advantage could be gained by pretending it was not a terrorist attack?

President Obama does nothing without considering the political implications first. That is a given. So there must have been some determination that led the president and his advisors to conclude the wisest course of action was to blame an obscure YouTube video for the tragedy.

Certainly Obama’s failure to respond in a timely manner combined with his woeful lack of leadership and insidious attempts at looking “cool under fire” have only added to the truth that the president doesn’t have a clue when it comes to international affairs.

If anything, the events of the past six weeks have highlighted Obama’s Islamic leanings and his disdain for Israel.

In three well written articles focusing on the subject of Libya and President Obama’s inadequacies at understanding or, at the very least, handling the situation in a presidential manner, we get valuable insights into the seemingly never ending war on terrorism.

On October 18th, Douglas J. Feith and Seth Cropsey wrote “A Foreign Policy Failure to Acknowledge the Obvious” in the Wall Street Journal.

Feith and Cropsey wrote, “The administration’s first response—to blame an American video, not Islamist terrorists—reflected strategic misjudgments. First is the refusal to accept that the terrorism threat is part of a larger problem of Islamist extremism. And second is the belief that terrorism is spawned not by religious fanaticism but by grievances about social, economic and other problems for which America bears fault.”

The last twelve words in the above sentence are essentially the same campaign message Obama has been delivering at home for months.

The WSJ story continues, “The way to defeat the terrorists, according to President Obama, isn’t to counter extremist Islamist ideology but to focus on how the United States, through its actions and delinquencies—its supposed excessive support for Israel, for example, and failure to provide more economic aid—is to blame for the hatred that spawns terrorism.”

Writing in National Review on October 27, Andy McCarthy expands the Wall Street Journal story with an article titled “The Real Foreign-Policy Failure: A response to Doug Feith and Seth Cropsey”

Says McCarthy, “Muslims must accept that, in America and the West, it is not Islam but our traditions — especially the separation of church and state — that set the parameters of religious liberty. This way, Islam, the religion, is protected, but Islamic supremacism, the totalitarian ideology, is not. The latter undeniably draws on Islamic scripture, but it is categorically akin to Communism or National Socialism, not to religious creeds.”

Then came further clarification by Jihad Watch publisher, Robert Spencer, on Saturday, October 27th when he added, “A distinction does indeed need to be made in American law between Islam as a religion and Islam as a political system that is authoritarian, supremacist, and at variance with our Constitutional principles and freedoms in numerous ways. But it is off the mark to say that “the real cause is ideology, not religion,” and that “Islamist terror is not fueled by Muslim zealousness for Islam’s religious tenets — for instance, ‘the oneness of Allah.’” A moment’s glance at the names of jihad terror groups around the world shows that it is precisely zealousness for Islam’s religious tenets that fuels jihad terrorism.”

Later Spencer sums up the trilogy of articles in a single paragraph which is a critical message to every American seeking to comprehend the driving force behind radical Islam. Spencer writes, “The key that McCarthy misses here is that the distinction between the religious and political realms is a Western realm that has no foundation in traditional Islam. These groups are fighting for political and religious goals simultaneously, and see no difference, much less opposition, between the two.  One principal reason why the problem of identifying our foe properly has proven to be so intractable is that the religious and the political in Islam are completely intertwined and not separable in any organic way found within Islam itself. This, too, has to recognized before there can be any real progress made in public policy on this issue.”

Whether we are willing to accept it or not, Barack Obama’s upbringing and background throughout his life have given him powerful leanings toward an ideology we do not accept or tolerate in this country.

Given four more years under such a philosophy is the very reason why this election is so different from any other in history. It is not about parties, political differences or even the personalities of two candidates. It is about the very survival of our nation as we know it.


Also Read: A Call to Congress: “Investigate the Benghazi Cover-up”




Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to Switzerland, France and Italy for groups of 12 or more. Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others. As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.




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