The Big Debate Shaping Up Over Foreign Policy
October 5, 2012
At the presidential debate on Wednesday night, Governor Romney revealed President Obama’s tired rhetoric for what it is: a weak attempt to mask a record of failure.
But the first signs that the President’s luck was about to change didn’t come with Governor Romney’s excellent performance on Wednesday — they came in that morning’s New York Times.
As a left-wing president, you know you’re in trouble when you’ve lost liberal columnist, Maureen Dowd, on national security.
On op-ed page of Wednesday’s Times, Dowd alleged that “The Obama administration sidestepped Al Qaeda ties in the case of the Libyan attack to perpetuate the narrative that the president had decimated Al Qaeda when Osama bin Laden was killed, and to preclude allegations that they were asleep at the switch on the anniversary of 9/11. Better to blame it all on a spontaneous protest to an anti-Islam video on YouTube.”
In fact, fallout from the Obama administration’s response to the crisis in the Middle East may be only just beginning. The more we learn about what actually happened surrounding the attacks of September 12, 2012, the more the administration’s response looks nakedly political.
We now know that the administration realized within 24 hours that the assault which killed our ambassador and three other Americans was almost certainly a terrorist attack linked to Al Qaeda. As an American intelligence official told Yahoo News, “’In this case, the intel has been spot-on from the beginning’… American intelligence reached the conclusion that the assault on the consulate was terrorism ‘on Day One’ and ‘the Brits, the French, Italians all said the same thing … within 48 hours.’”
Twenty four hours. That would be right around the time President Obama began cracking jokes at his Las Vegas fundraiser.
Inexplicably, the administration spent more than a week trying to convince the public that the attack in Benghazi was actually a protest of an obscure anti-Islamic movie that simply got out of hand.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was amazingly determined to drive the idea that “the cause of the unrest was a video,” as he told questioners repeatedly. Our U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, went on the Sunday shows to repeat this bizarre yarn, long after the administration apparently knew it was false.
The same day, Libyan National Congress President Mohamd Magariaf told interviewers that the version of events the administration was pushing publicly was “completely unfounded and preposterous.”
But Carney continued to insist the attacks were a response to the cartoonish video until September 20, when the administration abruptly shifted and said it was “self-evident” that the attack was a terrorist incident.
We know now that, as Fox News reported, “There was no major protest in Benghazi before the deadly attack which killed four Americans.”
For the full timeline we’ve put together of the Obama administration’s dishonesty about what happened in Libya, click here.
The administration’s unwillingness to level with the American people about vital matters of national security raises very serious questions. If, for political reasons, our leaders willfully deceived us about an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist attack that killed American citizens, not only is it utterly shameful but it proves they are unfit to guarantee our safety.
Meanwhile, as it ignored the implications of the Libya attack, the administration announced its intention to send another half-billion dollars in foreign aid to Egypt, where on September 11 our embassy was breached, our flag torn down, and an Islamist banner raised.
This is a country whose Prime Minister was asked the other week on the BBC if he thought the U.S. should modify its laws to prevent people from insulting Islam, and he said, “We have to do all it takes to stop [insults] from happening. I’m calling on them to take the necessary measures to ensure insulting billions of people, one-and-a-half billion people and their beliefs, does not happen and people pay for what they do and at the same time make sure that the reflections of the true Egyptian and Muslims is well in the Western media.”
Thus while attempting to diminish an Al Qaeda-linked attack on our consulate in Libya, the Obama administration is funding a government whose leaders advocate shredding the first amendment of the American Constitution.
And what did Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, have to say to the New York Times about America’s generous aid to Egypt?”
Far from it: “Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region.”
Since 1946, American taxpayers have sent more than $70 billion to Egypt.
Since 2001, we have sent $18 billion. This year, we will send another $1 billion.
To purchase, they tell us, ‘their dislike, if not their hatred.’
It’s time to stop sending the money of hardworking American taxpayers to governments who would destroy our free speech and who are telling us our money has done more harm than good. And it’s time to elect a president here at home who tells us the truth about our national security.