Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nails It

'Bummer 'bout the ambassador.'
I have been attempting to express my incredulity at this president and the situation we find ourselves in. Then there is this by Mark Steyn:
When it comes to a flailing, blundering superpower, I am generally wary of ascribing to malevolence what is more often sheer stupidity and incompetence. For example, we're told that, because the consulate in Benghazi was designated as an "interim facility," it did not warrant the level of security and protection that, say, an embassy in Scandinavia would have. This seems all too plausible – that security decisions are made not by individual human judgment but according to whichever rule-book sub-clause at the Federal Agency of Bureaucratic Facilities Regulation it happens to fall under. However, the very next day the embassy in Yemen, which is a permanent facility, was also overrun, as was the embassy in Tunisia the day after. Look, these are tough crowds, as the president might say at Caesar's Palace. But we spend more money on these joints than anybody else, and they're as easy to overrun as the Belgian Consulate.

As I say, I'm inclined to be generous, and put some of this down to the natural torpor and ineptitude of government. But Hillary Clinton and Gen. Martin Dempsey are guilty of something worse, in the Secretary of State's weirdly obsessive remarks about an obscure film supposedly disrespectful of Mohammed and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs' telephone call to a private citizen, asking him if he could please ease up on the old Islamophobia.

Forget the free-speech arguments. In this case, as Secretary Clinton and Gen. Dempsey well know, the film has even less to do with anything than did the Danish cartoons or the schoolteacher's teddy bear or any of the other innumerable grievances of Islam. The 400-strong assault force in Benghazi showed up with RPGs and mortars: that's not a spontaneous movie protest; that's an act of war, and better planned and executed than the dying superpower's response to it. Secretary Clinton and Gen. Dempsey are, to put it mildly, misleading the American people when they suggest otherwise.
Steyn nails the demented spinning of wheels that make up this administration and its response to world threats.  Read the whole thing.


  1. And the press expect us to believe that the President is solemn and thoughtful, while Mitt Romney is a dangerous foreign policy dunderhead.

    Yeah, right.

  2. Not only was it common sense to secure these embassies in dangerous countries, the intelligence services of Egypt and Libya are saying that they passed along specific warnings of credible threats for 9/11 to American authorities, weeks in advance--at least. Even if the temporary facilities in Libya couldn't be secured, they could be evacuated and the sensitive materials (like names of co-operating Libyans) removed temporarily. The whole story being put out by this administration is hogwash, and the media would have been hounding Bush or any Republican President 24/7, rightfully, if this had occurred under their watch. And the bit about the attackers being amateur "peaceful" protesters is laughable. According to witnesses, the first mortar rounds hit their targets--something that even experienced Arab fighters like the Northern Alliance couldn't pull off. No fooling around--long, short, left, right. Using "police" to bring the perpetrators to justice, like Hillary, Gore, and other Democrats wanted to do after the original 9/11, is just a continuation of the same insanity. You can investigate a crime if you don't have control of the crime scene and you can't assure the safety of the investigators in the field, much less have the authority and the ability to find witnesses and suspects and bring them in for questioning safely. Plus you require the absolute co-operation of the local authorities, something you could have never had in Afghanistan under the Taliban and you won't have here given what passes for a government under the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood or the Libyan counterpart. It's all political theater to the assholes sitting in power in the US now. Time to cancel their run.

    P.S. Our government can't be straight about anything. Reports from the field that the marines were ordered not to carry ammunition for their weapons at the time of the Egyptian attacks are dismissed disingenuously--by saying they they are now issued ammo or confusing the subject by bringing Libya into the discussion. And the lap-dog Media laps it up and tells folks that everything is cool--nothing to see here. Not one inkling to investigate further or file Freedom Of Information requests for the embassy documents or directives. That is left for internet blogs like Breitbart. And those are less likely to see a response given the lack of legal resources of such concerns and the financial resources to secure them and pursue the matter. Nice. Besides a change in Administration, this country needs an enema that cleans out the media, education, and all other fecal matter clogging up the works.