International Affairs

Speak softly and carry a big 9-iron

Officials in the Obama administration were warned of a possible or
imminent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, given specific warning 48
hours in advance of the planned attacks on the anniversary of 9/11,
according to the UK Independent newspaper, and were warned on Sept. 4 of possible attacks on U.S. interests in the region, according to the Jerusalem Post.

We now know that while President Obama was
campaigning in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 4, and was mugging for the cameras
and getting lifted off the ground in a bear hug on the campaign trail
in California on Sept. 9 — the dates both warnings came — he was also
skipping at least six of his daily security briefings (now claiming to
have read them, but declining in-person, face-to-face briefings), and
did not even inform Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and other officials of the
threat or put them on high alert in any way, shape or form.

Stevens and several of his colleagues are dead as a result.

{mosads}In fact, Obama has played hooky and missed more than half of his daily security briefings. In contrast, his predecessor, President George W. Bush, missed almost none. It’s noteworthy that Obama has broken records for rounds of golf played — again, hitting the links far more than his predecessor, despite 23 million of his fellow countrymen looking for work, $16 trillion in debt and the growing deadly threat to Americans worldwide happening right under his nose.

We also now know that Obama’s hand-picked ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, might be responsible for the reprehensible instruction to leave U.S. Embassy security unarmed in one of the most dangerous places on Earth, on the anniversary of the deadliest attack on the United States of America since Pearl Harbor. We do not know if President Obama was aware, or if he was aware but simply didn’t care or understand how dangerous this move was, not only to our embassies, but to all of us, as we see from today’s unfolding global attacks on the United States.

American diplomats and civilians are under attack, not just throughout the Middle East, but across the globe, including threats inside our own borders. President Obama’s weakness — a weakness so blatant one could almost conclude it is intentional — has placed us all in grave danger.

Stevens and his colleagues were sitting ducks, due to Obama’s inexcusable failures. Now Americans are out-and-out targets for assassins and terrorist attacks worldwide.
The mainstream media has bent over backward to protect President Obama and promote him for his reelection. But the stakes are much higher now than any of us dreamed possible mere days ago. We need a competent president but don’t have one. Can we at least, please, have competent journalism as our last defense?

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