Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Why Are We Not Stomping Private Pyle's Guts Out?

Um... WTF, over?

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.

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.
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...

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.

19 comments:

JD Rush said...

Yeah, seems like Obama just doesn't give a damn and is mailing it in on some days.

TheMinuteman said...

Actually if Obama is reelected I expect another hostage situation like during the Carter years again.

Jay G said...

From the looks of what happened in Libya, I don't think they'll bother with hostages.

They'll just start beheading.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Some caveats, Jay. Some of the latest news stories say that there was an effort to stop the Attack by some of the Libyans. And the Attacking Force was in the Hundreds, heavily Armed. Think of a Battalion. And there's evidence emerging that this was an Organized event from Al-Queda Sympathizers.

But I also see that the Anointed One's Foreign Policy has become like Rumsfeld's. That is, if we support an effort to overthrow an Evil Dictator, why, then the People will LOVE Obama, er... the United States, and it'll be just like Paris in 1944, where the Flowers showered our Troops and the Women were throwing themselves at the Americans.

But the reality is, half the time you get is a Mess like Iraq or Yugoslavia whenever the Dictator is Overthrown. And Libya has become the Balkans, with Tribal factions, Khadaffi Hold Outs, etc.

But Hey! Not to Worry! Hillary's right there to handle that phone call at 3 in the Morning!

Or is it 3 in the Afternoon? Hard to tell, since she's been on a World Tour Partying like she was a 60's Jet Setter for the last 3 years.

Wolfman said...

Its things like this that encourage bellicose nations to continue to attack. It is quite possible our Afganistan response, and the subsequent Iraq war, have set us up for increased hostilities. Those actions were intended to be decisive, but were not. They were/are protracted conflicts, influenced by our altruistic nature. The latest conflicts are convincing the rest of the globe we are unwilling to act in decisive manner, which negates our massive military advantage. If it were not for our tremendous domestic arms pool, I am quite certain our home front would be under fire today. They cant beat us at home (yet) but our unwillingness to bring to bear our full strength means they CAN, and DO, beat us afield.

Stretch said...

Obama is the Arabic word for Carter.

Armed Texan said...

I believe the Marines have a tune they can hum while landing in Libya (again).

Anonymous said...

Hey did BHO promise them Abrams tanks the other day?

With friends like these....

Gerry

Roger said...

There are no coincidences.
The Muslims are rioting and causing trouble under the flag of al Qaeda. al Qaeda gets its money and arms from Iran. Israel is preparing to attack Iran & attempting to get the US to support this attack. The Iranians don't want the US to back up Israel, thus they incite their (easily stirred up) allies to raise some hell and to scare our weak president into backing away from any action, including support of Israel.
At this point, every president in history is rolling over in his grave in disgust at the disgraceful behavior of the Obammunist.

Texas Sean said...

As a former Marine, proud American and damn it!, just a logical human being, I demand some action on this! Email and phone call to the White House to follow.

SUERTE said...

I am totaly ashamed of the White House for not responding with military on this issue. I deem them cowards.

Dr. Feelgood said...

A minor quibble, the US Embassy is sovereign American soil, but that is located in Tripoli. The Consulate in Benghazi is still Libya. Doesn't make it any less serious an act, but I strive for accuracy.

The Embassy in Egypt, however, was also breached and our flag was replaced by an AQ flag on 9/11.

Libya and Egypt are the garden beds of the arab spring. The green shoots of rebellion bloomed with the installment of Islamist sympathizers to high levels of government. Now we're begining to see the fruit, and as we predicted it is rotten to the core.

I'm personally in favor of sending it all to the compost heap.

George said...

If I recall correctly, didn't Osama say that the day he realized that the US could be defeated was when our soldiers bodies were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu and nothing was done?

wolfwalker said...

"We want a battleship parked right offshore and a few 16" shells lobbed into the square for effect."

Sadly, we ain't got none of those n'more. Biggest gun carried by any modern USN ship is the 5-inch Mark 45 lightweight naval gun. With all them smart weapons, who needs a dumb ol' cannon anyway?

The USN's decision to completely abolish heavy guns in the late 1950s is on a par with the Royal Air Force's decision about the same time that manned aircraft were obsolete. I mean, I know the things are big and clumsy to manufacture, but dammit there are times when you need the heavy iron.

harp1034 said...

Sad to say all the battleships are out of service. They could be upgraded and still wreck havoc.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Jay, you called it -- Obama is making Romney look good by comparison, and not just to you.

Reagan is seen as great in hindsight. in 1980, we mostly knew that he was a successful Republican governor of a very liberal state, and that he was a darn sight better than the incumbent. (Sound familiar?) That comparison, in part, was what caused the American hostages in Iran to be released the same day Reagan took the Presidential oath; they were used to Carter, and as such they were afraid of Reagan.

To the enemies of America, Obama is the gift that keeps on giving. They'll have reason to be afraid of Romney.

Yes, America deserves a strong immediate response to the atrocities in Libya and Egypt, and Obama won't provide one. (He doesn't even see that there are millions of votes to be bought by doing so.) But he's making it easier for Romney to present the image of a tough, strong America; the bar is now pretty low.

One last thought. We heard a lot, during the previous administration, about how "Bush lied and people died". Now we're hearing about how Obama didn't read the intelligence reports that could have predicted these events... and quite possibly could have saved Ambassador Stevens' life. Will he answer for that to Stevens' family? Probably not, but he bloody well should.

Patrick said...

Jay, I'm curious - is there any response to this situation that would make you vote for Obama in November? The idea that you can petition your elected representative to act on your behalf relies on your willingness to support them, after all...

I'm in Australia and don't have a meaningful voice in what'll happen in November, but I'd love to hear some readers' thoughts..?

Cormac said...

I'm still not voting *for Romney!
I'm voting *AGAINST* Obama, and Romney is the guy with the best odds of beating him.

I long for the day that I can honestly vote for a presidential candidate...It hasn't happened yet.

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