First, a show of hands; who ever had the slightest confidence the Arab Spring was a grassroots movement that would lead to the growth of democracy in the Mideast?
Okay, even the most casual observer could forecast the outcome we see streaming on the internet and on our television screens. Common sense and a minimum grasp of history and international politics provided the insight to confirm what should be obvious: Islamic fanatics would soon shed the cloak of moderation and revert to their core goal of jihad.
If we could figure it out, why not the Obama administration?
We’re already hearing from the administration’s apologists, and the explanation goes something like this: “We had and still have great hopes for the spread of democracy in the Mideast. We’ll not be discouraged by a few radicals among millions of peace-loving Muslims who are rightfully offended by a disgusting and offensive film and Koran-burning pastor.”
Since the president has yet to define his stance, one must assume he agrees with this thinking. His words are couched in the vagaries of ‘diplomatic speak;’ his intentions ambiguous. His words and body language reflect no outrage nor does he seem to take serious offense at the death of four Americans.
The president and Ms. Clinton’s tepid statements, almost a day after the initial incident, did little to inspire Americans, and, certainly, did not strike fear into the hearts of the animals who would kill us. Proof positive: I awaken this morning to see further riots in Egypt and Libya, and new attacks and unrest in Yemen and Tunisia.
Obama then flies off to Las Vegas to raise money and spends a couple of minutes at the beginning of his speech to address the issue…kinda.
This administration’s Arab Spring initiative is a disaster, little more than a flourish of high-minded rhetoric backed by not a sliver of logic or rationale; false expectations created by a denial of reality. More astute observers waited painfully for the inevitable outcome, and now it is upon us.
In addition to the verification of a failed policy, what else have we learned the last few days?
First, an appeasement mentality permeates this administration. At the first sign of trouble, the “we’re really sorry to have offended you” knee-jerk reactions blossomed like daffodils with the first warm spell. The unfortunate State Department underlings who issued the initial apologetic statements in Cairo have already been thrown under the bus. The bus will back up and run them over several more times in coming days.
The administration’s first public pronouncements attacked Romney before condemning the embassy attacks.
Appeasement infiltrates tactics. Four Americans are dead and four (as of now) embassies attacked; did we fire one shot in defense? Are our Marines prohibited from firing? Are they even allowed ammunition?
And, the leftists and their lapdog media…what do we see and hear from them? The media eviscerates Romney, focused on his comments and when he made them. Virtually no attention was paid to the actual attacks, just, as we now know, a carefully choreographed media effort to create its own conventional wisdom and, then, reinforce it by asking the same question six times. The president answered no questions.
As for the Islamic fanatics’ highly regarded sensitivities, we are learning the supposed igniters of the ‘spontaneous‘ demonstrations, the offending film and Koran-burning pastor, were ruses. The embassy attacks are well planned and highly coordinated.
Yet, that doesn’t stop MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle from suggesting the Department of Justice launch an investigation of the pastor as a possible ‘accessory before or after the fact’ related to the four Americans’ deaths. Obviously, Barnicle believes the pastor’s First Amendment rights are irrelevant if his statements offend the Islamic radicals.
Back to the question posed in the title of this commentary…ineptitude, negligence or worse? Yes, to all the above.
But, fret not. Our bold, Osama bin Laden-killing president will launch a few camel-killing cruise missiles. All will be well; everything is okay.
graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Rodney authored “Leading Your Business to the Next Level,” a non-fiction business book in 2005.
“Powers Not Delegated” is Rodney’s first foray into fiction; the book meshes his knowledge of history, business and current events to produce a relevant and plausible tale of domestic and international intrigue.
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Rodney lives in Atlanta. His passions include hiking, photography, history, reading, and, of course, University of Georgia football.