Mistakes, Incompetence, and a Cover-up: President Obama and the Tragedy in Libya

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By Rick Santorum

The violent attack on the American Ambassador and other American personnel in Benghazi, Libya, by radical Islamists brought American foreign policy jarringly back to the forefront of our consciousness. Regrettably, this tragedy serves as a grim reminder of the kind of enemy we still face in radical Islam.

As you will recall when Osama bin Laden was justly killed by brave American soldiers, the Obama Administration immediately leaked all kinds of details about the operation and the role of senior officials, including the president in particular.

Now nearly seven weeks after the violent attack on our consulate in Libya, we have learned the Obama Administration knew about the nature of the attack within hours of it occurring. The lack of adequate security (particularly in the light of the 11th Anniversary of September 11 and the attack and desecration of our Embassy in Cairo that same day) was a mistake which needs to be thoroughly investigated.

This week we learned through news reports that emails reveal the White House was advised a mere two hours after the attacks in Libya that a terrorist organization, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility.  It was terrorism, of course, but President Obama did not want to acknowledge that. 

The idea that the president and senior officials knew the nature of the attack, and yet repeatedly laid the blame at the feet of an online video clip rather than radical Islamic attackers is dishonest and an increasingly apparent offensive cover-up.

If this was intended in any way to distract the American people from a major real-time failure of leadership — as it increasingly appears — the president and senior officials should be held responsible. All relevant information should be released within the next week and prior to the election to clear the full record.

The failure to immediately unleash all American assets in the region, including fighter aircraft to deter the attackers and aid those under attack and in harms way for an extended period of time, would clearly be incompetence; a tragic example of leading from behind with deadly consequences.

Over the past four years, Barack Obama has shown repeated bad judgment on matters of foreign policy — consequential matters that voters, especially in light of the events of this week, need to carefully consider before pulling the lever this November.

The debate now before us is good for America. In it, two very different world views will be on display. To the left we will have President Obama’s record of failings, and to the right we will have Mitt Romney’s promised word.

Since Mr. Obama took office, the basic tenets of the Commander in Chief’s foreign policy seemingly have been to apologize, appease, and neglect. And because of this, we are less respected, less admired, and more vulnerable than ever. The continued attacks on our missions are a cold splash of water to remind us of this fact.

So where have the president’s policies left us vulnerable?

Let’s start with the Iranian Regime. Iran is the primary sponsor of anti-Americanism and terrorism in the world today and a growing nuclear threat.

The Obama administration continues to talk tough but the Iranian Regime is four years closer to a nuclear weapon that would directly threaten Israel and America. Iran’s sphere of influence and sponsorship of terrorism continues to expand and foment anti-American hate and violence throughout the Middle East, including now Egypt, and in some cases, in the Americas as well.

The soft stance on Iran and the failure to confront this regime’s growing threat, has caused a severe deterioration in the relationship with Israel, our primary ally in the region, to the point where the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can barely stand to be in the same room together. The open hostility between the two undermines a key relationship the U.S. relies on in that region of the world and provides strength to our enemies.

In Egypt, as the Islamist regime consolidated power, America not only stood by in the name of promoting democracy, but actually pledged to forgive a billion dollars of foreign debt the Egyptians owe us. This new regime not only is outwardly hostile to the West but is oppressing women and its own minority populations, the Christian and Coptic communities. Its hostility to freedom of speech and religion is anathema to everything the U.S. stands for, yet we have tolerated this behavior.

And let’s not forget Syria. Syria, where our policy seems to boil down to just hope for the best, our failure to confront the situation and find a solution has led to a civil war on the verge of genocide, a bloody suppression, and complete instability in a volatile part of the world. Instead of sending a message of strength and support for human rights and freedom, the president sent an ambassador in an attempt to appease.

As we enter the final stretch of the election season, in a debate dominated by economic issues, Americans need to remember that none of those debates matter if we can’t defend our citizens and the homeland. Americans need to provide President Obama a different form of “flexibility” on Election Day; we need new leadership that we can trust to stand for freedom.

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commented 2012-11-08 12:50:15 -0500 · Flag
At what point, when everything is brought to light, do Republicans begin impeachment proceedings for all the lies and coverup that resulted in American deaths!?!?
commented 2012-11-06 12:50:37 -0500 · Flag
Just got back from the Polls, and I voted for Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan! They will turn America around! Pray for their SUCCESS!
commented 2012-11-03 11:54:29 -0400 · Flag
I agree with both Mason Jefferson and Linda Gonzales Atkinson, below. I will take it further by saying I have links on my Twitter page that connect the dots to the idea that the White House actually made the video, although I’m not sure why except to promote their pro-Arab agenda and to work with George Soros and the Muslim Brotherhood in causing unrest in the Middle East. Why else would they have kept mentioning the video even though they knew it was being used to fan the flames? To use “Freedom of Speech” was a ruse because, as lawyers and high government officials, they must know that the Constitution already contains a disclaimer for inflammatory speech and commercial applications, and they claim the video is a commercial movie trailer. I would even go so far as to say that someone should subpoena Google/Youtube to find out if the video was monetized, and follow the money trail to who is getting paid. Oh, they have been transparent alright. The problem is no one in his or her right mind can conceive of the possibility that our own government could be so sinister as to concoct a scheme so twisted and traitorous. Maybe they thought the demonstrations would be peaceful and no one would get hurt. If so, they have no idea how treacherous these terrorists can be, and I just hope we can get the entire deluded bunch of them out of the White House in one fell swope by voting them out and then making sure they don’t ever get another chance to betray America and our allies. To go to my Twitter page: @TruthisaTreat
commented 2012-10-28 13:51:23 -0400 · Flag
4 AMERiCANS MURDERED IN LiBYA ???????

MAN ARRESTED FOR MAKiNG COMEDY MUSLiM FiLM
THE PRODUCER WAS ARRESTED
AND HELD RESPONSiBLE
FOR THE ViOLENT UPRiSING OF THE PROTESTERS
WHO ATTACKED THE EMBACY..
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS, THE WORD iS OUT. LOL !
FiLMED ON NATiONAL TELEViSiON
LAST NIGHT
THE 2ND PRESiDENTiAL DEBATE.
65 MiLLiON ViEWERS
CONFIRMED ON NATIONAL TELEVISION.
THERE WHERE NO PROTESTS OR PROTESTERS. ??
SO, IT WAS A TERRORiST ATTACK !
ACKNOWLEDGED BY O-BOMB TO THE NATioN,
14 DAYS OR TWO WEEKS LATER,
AFTER TELLING THE STORY OR LIE OF
AN OUT OF CONTROL VIOLENT LIBYAN PROTEST.
SO THE QUESTIONS ARE MY FRIENDS:

1. WHY WERE ALL NATIONAL NEWS STATIONS
BROADCASTING THE ARREST OF THE MAN RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE CREATION OF THE COMEDY MUSLIM FILM.?
WAS THAT ARREST ACTED OUT.
THE MAN COVERING HIS FACE??
WHO WAS SHOVED IN A COP CAR

2. WHY WERE WE TOLD FOR OVER TWO WEEKS THAT IT
WAS PROTESTERS THAT GOT ViOLENTLY OUT OF CONTROL ..??

3. WERE THE FILMS OF THE PROTESTERS ACTED OUT
OR FROM PREViOS FOOTAGE..??

4. HOW MANY OTHER TYPES
OF SITUATIONS HAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,
BEEN TOLD ORANGE WiG LiES ABOUT..??

5. WAS THIS A PLOY OR SCARE TO SHOW THAT PROTESTING
IN LARGE NUMBERS CAN BECOME VIOLENT AND THAT IT
WOULD EASE THE CREATION OF LAWS TO DIS ALLOW PROTESTING
IN LARGE NUMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES..??
BECAUSE A LARGE PROTEST COULD BECOME VIOLENT.??
commented 2012-10-28 00:51:12 -0400 · Flag
I have been wanting to email you for a long time, with my concerns for this wonderful country. I have researched this president for several months. Make no mistake, he knows exactly what he is doing. I believe he should be held for treason, period. I read another article that indirectly he supplied this group with the arms, etc to do exactly what they did – murdered our Americans. I agree with Mr. Woods. The whole administration should be held accountable for their terrible acts of decision. I believe Obama (sorry I am disrespectful, but he doesn’t deserve mine. He has no conscience and he is a liar. I just can’t believe our fellow Americans just don’t get it. I am scared for fear of the lack of medicare for my husband and me. And nothing he does, makes sense. And I’m angry because not one person or official has challenged him and held him accountable for what he does and has broken his oath so many times, thrown the Constitution in the garbage. He respects no one except himself. He is ignoring Libya because he is supporting the Muslim leaders in these countries – USA is in trouble. Poor James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Ben Franklin who provided our treasure, the Constitution, which I taught to my 5th-graders and participated in WE THE PEOPLE. After this incident in Libya, I believe everything I have read is true – he is incompetent to serve in this position – he knows nothing except Marxism and wants to be dictator. I am sad about the citizens who also are not using their senses and still want to vote for this man. Thanks for your email on this – I follow FoX News every day. I appreciate your patriot voice for us all. I pray for our country every day and pray people will vote with their senses, not the party. God bless you.