When President Obama loses his re-election bid, inshallah, he should run to become the Secretary General of the U.N. After all, the U.N. has a tendency to make excuses for why no one could lift a finger to help people who're being attacked.
Make no mistake about it. On September 11, 2012, the President abandoned Americans in Cairo, Egypt and Benghazi, Libya.
Make no mistake about it, the only reason the U.S. Embassy personnel in Cairo did not end up being dragged through the streets like Staff Sergeant William D. Cleveland, Jr. was because they were in a well-fortified building. As the crowd penetrated into the compound, and raised the flag of al-Qaida, there would have been no way to stop them from massacring everyone inside had they been able to gain access.
The Americans in Cairo could expect no help.
Just like the Americans in Benghazi.
As you hear about these attacks, it is important to keep in mind that the attacks in Benghazi took hours.
No, it might not have been possible to save anyone's lives. But, why would no one try?
Could a few low level passes by a couple of F18s have said to the bandits
the U.S. is here?
Could a rapid reaction force not have been deployed to the consulate the very next day to secure the compound, and say out loud
You may have caught us unprepared, but we're here now, let's see what you've got!
Sometimes, these things take an executive decision because career oriented commanders will try to avoid making decisions that might later land them in hot water with civilian authorities.
The world is a dangerous place.
Neither a stupid YouTube clip nor the President of the U.S. are responsible for the actions of blood-thirsty savages. But, the President of the U.S. has the responsibility to stand for and protect American values and make sure no one for a second thinks that they can take on the U.S. and come out victorious.
Well, President Obama failed to do so in Benghazi.
This is bigger than the man. President Clinton's chicken-like actions in Somalia and Bosnia set the stage for later attacks on the U.S.
Just like Clinton's belated intervention in reaction to Kosovo where the U.S. ended up bombing Serbian civilians and the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade from a great distance, President Obama's overriding concern in Libya has been to avoid taking any real responsibility.
Just like then, it looks like the blame will be placed on the intelligence services.
What good is an executive if he cannot be held to account for the consequences of the choices made by his administration?
The attacks on September 11, 2012 and the following days and the current administration's reaction to them has shown the bad guys all around the world that when attacked, the U.S. will hide and ask for mercy.
That is not the image you want in a dangerous world.