Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Something's Missing from the Obama Statement on the Murder of our Ambassador

Here is the statement by Obama on the murder of our Ambassador and other embassy personnel:

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.

I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.

On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya's transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.

The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward.

Notice there is zero mention of any attempt to bring the perpetrators to justice.  Sure there is talk of increasing our security at our diplomatic posts across the globe (why this wasn't done before 9/11 I don't know) but what about an actual forceful response to this act of war on the United States?  He makes America look so impotent it's sickening and by doing so he is encouraging more attacks.


  1. The purpose of condemning the video is to calm tensions, to help ensure the safety of others. Have Obama's drone attacks not reassured you that he is sufficiently bloodthirsty? Would his behaviour in that and in the killing of Osama not suggest that he will pursue a police action in this one without the necessity for childish talk of revenge?
    (Have you forgotten that Bush came out against the cartoons from Denmark?)
    The purpose of the video was to offend Muslims, and nothing else. Wether it was the direct cause of the attacks may not be clear, but it can't help our relations with the Arab world. Do you think the Muslims who support the United States will be pleased by the video? Free speech remains a right, but it's also the right of all of us, including the President, to condemn the video.
    You're calling for Obama to use language like Bush chose. "We're going to get the folks who did this.' (Can anyone forget the bizarre falseness of "folks" in that context?) "We're going to smoke 'em out." More false language intended to evoke a western sherrif. Three years later Bush was saying "I don't really think about Osama any more," obviously to fend off those complaining he had failed to "smoke him out."
    In these instances Obama has clearly spoken softly and carried a big stick. Why then, are you focussed on his language? Is it because you're determined never to support him under any circumstances? You're as bad as the supposed "liberals" who wanted the war in Iraq to fail because it would shame Bush.
    You claim you wan't to stop the world going to hell. Nonsense. You want to spew, and much of what you spew is clearly hatred, which is not a useful lens for looking at the world's problems. Grow up.

  2. I thought you guys hated Bush, how is "Bush did it" a defense? I don't agree with what he did either. You'll note he was a notably weaker President on both the domestic and international stage in the 2nd term.

    I dont see why we have to apologize or condemn anything. They are the ones who violated international law by invading our sovereign territory which is our embassy. They should be apologizing, not us. This is like blaming the rape victim for wearing a miniskirt. "Oh sure she had a right but she should have known some men would want to rape her", that is essentially the equivalent of what you are saying.

    Is it too much to ask for a President who would actually stand up for America and American ideals? Enough of this impotence (as Palin said, he needs to grow a bigger stick) which only encourages more attacks on us.

  3. You haven't adressed one thing I've said here except the Bush remark. Who is "you guys?" I simply point out that even a President like Bush, with his cowboy language, knows enough not to taunt or deprecate people of other faiths.Obama has not apologized, he's simply made it clear that he does not agree with those who despise the Muslim religion. He condemns the attack, and I'm sure he will pursue justice, as he invariably has. He has been far more vigorous in pursuit of terrorists than the right-winger who preceeded him. Again, what do want- violent angry language, or action?
    I will stop trying to have a dialogue though- that you can praise Palin's remark shows that you're not really capable of civilized debate. To me it's a shame. As I wrote before I don't know any people who hold your beliefs, although I know many cynical conservatives who only really want lower taxes, and convince themselves they buy the rest of the right-wing line for that reason.

    1. When did I say the President should taunt or deprecate people of other faiths? I just want him to stand up for America and our freedoms. Btw, there were actually 4 responses to this by the government.

      1. The Cairo Embassy only blamed the film producers with no mention of the invasion
      2. Hillary Clinton's statement started out attacking the film and only then mentioned how violence can never be justified.
      3. The first Obama statement was stronger, was upset by the violence, denounced the film but then made no mention about freedom of speech or even bringing the perpetrators to justice
      4. The Obama press conference (with no questions allowed) finally did talk about how the perpetrators should be brought to justice but then didnt talk about freedom of speech.

      How can it take 4 tries for our government to get it right and then still not get it right. Romney's statement didn't taunt the Muslims but did stand up for our freedoms. It was exactly the statement that I would have wanted from a President.