US ambassador killed in consulate attack in Libya
TRIPOLI, Libya -- The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.A US Embassy under assault in a North African nation while the US President does nothing; a crappy US economy and soaring gas prices... It's beginning to look a lot like Carter here. A pity we have Romney instead of Reagan, though...
Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. He was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.
Here's the thing. We don't want the president condemning the attacks. We want a battleship parked right offshore and a few 16" shells lobbed into the square for effect. The US Embassy is US soil - this was a blatant act of war - and without the Libyan government rounding up those responsible, they are tacitly condoning these actions.
Sharp, decisive action would mean a lot at this time in that area. Waffling, bowing and scraping, and ultimately doing nothing except making a lot of noise will only make things worse. Our tepid response to the bombing of the Cole had to have influenced the decision to go through with the 9/11 attacks - if we do not respond to this brazen assault on US soil, we will see another attack in the next 5 years. If not sooner.
This is one of those occasions where the President has to lead, President Obama. You need to make decisions - hard ones; possibly unpopular with certain parts of your base - for the good of the nation. Appearing weak and indecisive in the face of raw, naked aggression is not the image of the US we want to project - although it certainly seems fitting with what we've seen from the rest of your presidency.
I think the single biggest problem I have with Obama is that he is increasingly making me want to vote for Romney...
That is all.