Skip to comments.Media and Democrats Try to Make Obama's Foreign Policy Disaster About Mitt Romney (long article)
Posted on 09/12/2012 2:05:56 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: So let me tell you what's happening out there, folks. I'm gonna give you a timeline here in just a second. I'm gonna tell you things that you probably don't know about what's happening in the Middle East, and I'm gonna tell you why it's happening and why idiots are wrong about why it's happening. But what really is going on, is there is a coordinated effort by the media, in coordination with the White House, to turn this story... what is this about? I'm trying to be calm, cool, collected, reserved, professional. We're in the midst of a disaster.
This is a full-fledged foreign policy disaster from the moment the embassy in Cairo put that statement out yesterday, before any of this happened, it's the most amazing thing. It is a pre-apology. I'll read it to you in just a second. What they're trying to do is make all of this about Romney. We're in the midst of a genuine... second term of Jimmy Carter, anybody? 1979, anybody? We're in the middle of an absolute disaster, a foreign policy disaster. And there's a coordinated effort to make it about Romney and whether or not he should speak; whether he should say anything about it; whether or not it's presidential for Romney. We're only supposed to have one president at times like this. Well, we don't have one, unless Romney speaks up, and that's the sad reality.
Here's the general time frame. Our embassy in Cairo issued an apology preemptively on behalf of private US citizens and whatever they might say. They did this on 9/11. I want to read to you the statement.
"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," except for the Catholic Church when it comes to abortion, and then the US government doesn't give a rat's rear end. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
Now, what is that about? Well, it turns out it's about two things. Now, remember, this statement was issued before anything had happened. Nothing has happened yet. It was their 9/11 statement, from the embassy in Cairo. Well, there are two things going on. You're not gonna believe this. The first is that some guy is making a movie about the prophet Mohammed that is unflattering, and he's using his First Amendment free speech rights to do it. People have seen trailers of the movie, it is what it is. It's apparently highly offensive. So this statement is put out to cover for that and to criticize that American for doing this. They didn't name him. They didn't identify what project, but that's one of the two that they're upset about. So our embassy in Cairo puts out a statement condemning Americans who would utilize and use their First Amendment rights, their free speech rights to say something to make a movie, to apologize to Muslims in advance for it.
The second thing -- get this. There are also people who believe that the Reverend Terry Jones is to blame for this, the preacher in Gainesville, Florida, who at one time threatened to burn the Koran and was talked out of it. There are actually people who believe that this happened yesterday because of an American preacher and whatever he says, thinks, or has alluded to perhaps doing involving Islam. Now, what does that mean? That means that we are to accept the notion that any criticism of this religion justifiably makes these people nuts, and they attack our embassy, and then they kill our ambassador, and it's his fault. It's not theirs. It's not the militant Islamists' fault. No, no, they're sitting there minding their own business, 9/11, they don't even remember what the significance of the date is. They hear about the movie. They hear about the preacher and they go nuts in our embassy. And we're supposed to believe this?
This is your administration, folks. This is what they believe, and this is what embassy Cairo means when they say: "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." That is a condemnation of Americans. Misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims, thereby justifying for all intents and purposes whatever actions Muslims with hurt feelings take after this. The fact of the matter is that this would have happened on 9/11 -- I'm convinced this was gonna happen anyway, it doesn't matter about the movie, it doesn't matter about Terry Jones. I don't think this was about the movie at all. I don't think this was about Terry Jones at all, and I'm shocked that there are reasonable Americans who want to lay blame for this on Americans and thereby accept the notion that there are Americans abusing free speech rights and therefore Embassy Cairo is justified in this embarrassing statement that they put out.
So they put the statement out, and what's that supposed to do? It's supposed to mollify, and it's supposed to mollify the militant Islamist and keep them at bay and say, "Look, it's 9/11, and we understand." Meanwhile, these people are outside our embassy shouting, "We're all Osama's, Obama. There are millions of Osama's, Obama." They weren't talking about the guy making the movie, and they weren't talking about Terry Jones. So that's the first thing that happened, that statement goes up. Apologizing in advance for private US citizens exercising their free speech. Then the protests intensify into attacks on our embassy in Cairo and our consulate in Benghazi, in Libya.
Romney speaks up and calls the Cairo embassy response disgraceful. We then discover that there are murders that have taken place of Americans in Benghazi, including the ambassador. After that happens, the Obama administration disavows the Cairo embassy statement that I just read you. And after that, the Obama campaign sent one of their flacks out to shame Romney for politicizing what happened at the embassy in Libya, thereby getting the ball rolling on this whole idea that Romney ought to shut up. That Romney shouldn't be talking about this. That Romney jumped the gun. That Romney used the death of Americans as a campaign aid and violated this... you've heard this before, this sacred "political ends at the water's edge."
Tell the Democrats that during the war in Iraq. Politics ends at the water's edge? Except, see, that's not what happened. Cairo puts out this statement that I just read to you, and once the media gets hold of that and starts reporting it, somebody has to speak up. It is outrageous. It's disgraceful. It's exactly what Romney said. So, to review: On 9/11, our embassy is attacked. A press release is issued before the attack apologizing for a private citizen exercising his free speech in our own country.
After the embassy is attacked, the State Department spokeswoman essentially endorsed the earlier release but they disavowed it first. They said it stands. Actually what happened was Embassy Cairo issues that statement; Washington disavows it. Embassy Cairo tweets: No, it still stands. )The operative part of our statement being about embarrassed over what Americans are doing to hurt the feelings of Muslims, that still stands.) Throughout all of yesterday and last night -- throughout all of it -- Obama has said nothing.
Throughout all of this, the president of the United States hasn't said anything. Our Libyan consulate is hit. Four are murdered there, including our ambassador. Obama doesn't say anything about it until about 11 o'clock Eastern time this morning. And the media is totally obsessed with what Romney's doing, and how Romney is wrong and Romney jumped the gun. They say, "There's only one president, and Romney isn't it." Folks, I remember the campaign of 1980.
I remember Ronald Reagan hitting Jimmy Carter, who was the sitting president, every day for his incompetence involving the Iranian hostage crisis! Politics stopping at the water's edge, my foot! All that's happening here is that the people on the left understand that we're dealing... Isn't it funny that nobody cares about foreign policy? Remember, that wasn't a big deal in this campaign? And even if it is a big deal, Obama's the clear, clear superior leader. It would just make more people vote for Obama.
"He's just a whiz at foreign policy. He's made the world love us!" Obama gave us this! Obama gave us the Arab Spring, which has turned into what happened yesterday. Obama praised it, sanctioned it. He even tried to claim that they came about because of him. The Arab Spring and the Brotherhood were using the same tactics he used in his '08 campaign. He, at one time, was trying to make it sound like there was solidarity between him and these "democratic freedom fighters," the Muslim Brotherhood.
We're dealing with Islamist supremacists, and they are the mainstream. They are not the fringe, these people that killed the ambassador yesterday. And, by the way, they were let in. You may not know this. You can't get into an American embassy. There are Marines. There are local police. You can't get over the wall, rip down the flag, and set it afire unless somebody lets you in. That's a question I have: Who let them in?
They were on the grounds. I've got the news reports. They were on the grounds, over the wall of our embassy, for a significant period of time loitering around. They weren't trying to get into the actual embassy, but they were on the grounds, the compound. How? They had to be let in, or it is perhaps that they just weren't stopped. I don't want to convey the impression that somebody opened a door for them. They went over the wall, but nobody stopped them.
They were able to get to the flag, rip it down, try to set it on fire, and raise the Al-Qaeda flag. That just doesn't happen. Now, if you move over to Libya, when that happens, there is a procedure in place to transfer the ambassador and his high-level aides to a different location for his safety and security, which happened. CBS (no less than CBS) is reporting the following. Brace yourselves. "Libyan officials moved our ambassador to a secure location and then told the mob where they took him," and that's how the mob knew where he was.
That's how the mob knew where to go to kill our ambassador, because the Libyan officials who moved him to the secure place (according to CBS), then told the mob where he was. Then to add insult to injury, we have to listen this morning -- honest to God folks -- to Mrs. Clinton and Obama praise the Libyans for trying to save our ambassador. These pictures that you've seen with the ambassador upside-down, half naked, being carried over somebody's shoulder?
We're told, "Yeah, our friends in Libya were taking him to the hospital." They paraded our ambassador around! Taking him to the hospital? How stupid do they think we are? And, meanwhile, all of this is about Romney. They're trying to do to Romney here exactly what they did when he went to Europe for the Olympics and then over to Poland. They tried to make that trip into one giant gaffe after gaffe after gaffe.
Their success with the lies about Romney's disastrous trip has given them the courage to try it again with this latest lie. Not one of the protesters, not one of the rioters was shot. Only Americans end up being shot. How does that happen? Do you think this woulda happened on 9/11, 2002? Do you think this would have happened on 9/11, 2007? Do you think it woulda happened on 9/11, 2009? It was probably more likely then. Obama was only in office for barely a year.
But, folks, we're in the middle here of a full-fledged disaster.
I'm not surprised that a failed administration would try to divert all of this to Romney and steer everybody to, "He shouldn't be speaking. That's not very nice. In a presidential campaign, politics ends at the water's edge. Who does he think he is? He has no business speaking." They're worried because he looked presidential. He also took questions, which Obama didn't. But Obama took questions which bugs them. Then, lo and behold, you go to Fox and you find the predictable people on our side saying, "Really he doesn't know. He shouldn't be speaking. You know, it's just one president and one voice, and Romney isn't it, and he shouldn't have spoken."
Have you people ever heard of Ronald Reagan?
RUSH: Here's the CBS story, so there is no doubt about this: "Military officials told CBS News an anti-terrorism team of U.S. Marines was being deployed to Libya to help secure US interests in the country following the attack. The State Department said, however, that no Americans were remaining at the facility in Benghazi. State officials would not confirm how many Americans were evacuated, or to where.
"Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a US-made film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the US consulate in Benghazi. He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building, deemed safer, after the initial wave of protests at the consulate.
"According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack." So our friends in Libya followed procedure and removed our ambassador to the prearranged security location -- the second building, away from where the primary attack was taking place -- and then they told the mob where they took him.
The mob went and they killed him.
And today we had to listen to Mrs. Clinton (I've got the audio coming up) and the president of the United States praise the Libyans for trying to carry our ambassador to the hospital. I don't know if you've seen any pictures of our ambassador being carried, but I've never seen somebody carried upside-down, over the shoulder, half naked to the hospital. It's an amazing thing. Oh, and, meanwhile, folks, remember: It's all about whether Romney jumped the gun today by even talking about it.
I think the democrat media are trying to pressure Romney into suspending his campaign just like McCain idiotically did.
This is no time for politcs, the country needs to come together, bla bla bla bla.
Good ol' leftist agitprop from the leftwing news media.
People are seeing what the media is. The media is no longer about giving the true stories and reporting facts, the media has become nothing more than Obama henchmen who will protect this man til their last dying breath. Obama can say whatever he wants and do whatever he wants and the media instead of REPORTING the TRUTH will deflect attention to someone else(Bush, Romney, Palin, etc) because if Obama goes down, so do they and they KNOW IT
“I’m not the President; Obama is. If I was, this wouldn’t have been allowed to happen.”
It’s real, real simple.
Words just fail...
This is only the tip of the iceberg. This occurred in Benghazi. That’s a consulate; not the embassy. I read two conflicting stories why Stevens was there. One, for some event. The other, to help secure the consulate. If the second is true then the embassy was aware of the danger. In fact, one of the killed was online (this is from another thread) and mentioned that they saw members of the “police” taking photos of their location. He preceded this remark with the statement “If we’re still alive tonight...”.
CNN, Fox, other affiliates, have already gone live with the story of these being coordinated attacks. Hillary has come out with a statement about (to paraphrase) “How could anyone believe this would happen”. Obama makes a deadpan statement this morning condemning the Libyan attack yet saying nothing about the Cairo attack. Then trots off to Las Vegas for a fundraising event.
What we really need to start asking is, who knew of this and when? Were we warned in advance? If so, why weren’t further security measures taken? Why wasn’t security beefed up (at minimum) by American forces instead of relying on local security? Or, why weren’t the embassies and consulates evacuated? Why hasn’t Obama attended a national security briefing over the past week? If we did know in advance, did we accept it, or did we reject it? Even with Obama’s abhorrence for security meetings, did anyone in the administration forcefully try to get him involved. Get Hillary involved? Hillary’s statements sure point toward ignorance beforehand.
Romney needs to stand his ground. Republicans need to begin asking tough questions. They also need to stop shooting themselves in a circular firing squad, and get behind Romney. If they can’t, then they damn well need to shut up. But we really need to get to the bottom of this.
Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Hillary has got to go! They killed an American Ambassador. Does anyone know what “Ambassador” means? He’s a representative of us! I know this is harsh, but Obama is a dupe and a fool and now he’s proven to be a dangerous dupe and fool. Americans are dying because of Democrat incompetence. The media is evidently OK with Americans dying as long as Democrats cause it.
I wonder when the Ambassador died, did the thugs say, “We Came, We Saw, He Died.”
NROs Trinko destroys the press on this. Here are just a few of the questions asked by real journalists.
1. Reporter brings up that Romney had a toughly worded statement last night, and asks, Do you regret the tone at all given what we know now?
2. Do you think, though, coming so soon after the events really had unfolded over night was appropriate, to be weighing in on this as this crisis was unfolding in real time? Follow-up: What did the White House do wrong then, Gov. Romney, if they put out a statement saying they disagreed with it?
3. The world is watching. Isnt this itself a mixed signal when you criticize the administration at a time that Americans are being killed? Shouldnt politics stop for this?
My answer to the third one:
People DIED, Obama LIED.
“What we really need to start asking is, who knew of this and when? Were we warned in advance? If so, why werent further security measures taken? Why wasnt security beefed up (at minimum) by American forces instead of relying on local security? Or, why werent the embassies and consulates evacuated? Why hasnt Obama attended a national security briefing over the past week? If we did know in advance, did we accept it, or did we reject it?”
If the president was a Republican and not Obama, these would be the questions: Who lost Egypt? What did we do wrong in our security arrangements?
Heads would be ready to roll for this tragedy and travesty. It should NOT have happened. And the media would pin this on GOP incompetence.
What just happened in effect was a Katrina in foreign policy. A disaster. And the President response was weak and late.
Instead, we get this scary Pravda-esque dissent-suppression call ... nobody is supposed to say anything about the President while a foreign policy disaster happens on Obama’s watch. We are supposed to wait to see what he says, even if he’s late and rudderless.
Romney led, Obama followed. and the media cannot abide that, so they are making Romney’s correct and excellent statement a ‘mistake’ that they will try to force him to back down on.
Meanwhile, they miss the real story.
This tragic attack is blowback for support of islamicist radicals in the guise of the ‘Arab spring’.
The Obama administration incited and engaged in a war in Libya in a ‘democracy in mid east’ neo-Wilsonian policy. The ambassador just killed was the man who worked with militants to make it happen. It is ironic that he helped the extremists who probably ended up killing him. but we knew going in that the extremists in Libya were the guys who went to Iraq to kill Americans during the Iraq war. They are Al Qaeda sympathizers.
And they returned to their true form in the attack yesterday.
So you have to ask yourself: Why did Obama feed the hand that bites us?
Well, at least one question was answered. A Marine spokesperson has acknowledged there was no Marine contingent at the consulate.
I figured when it happened they would pin it right on something R/R said. The less likely or, to their vocal support of Israel.
Come on, everybody, can’t you all see that Romney is even worse than 0bama? I mean, 0bama will only have four more years, but Romney could have eight. The country can survive 0bama, but it can’t possibly handle eight years of Romney!!
BOYCOTT ROMNEY, THE GREATER EVIL!!!!
There is a reason the Obama protection agency in the News Media is busy spinning this on a movie no one has ever heard of. The mobs in the ME arent chanting about this movie, they are chanting 1 billion Osamas.
This is a reaction to Obama bragging 21 times last week about killing Osama
Both are Traitor Losers who hate America!
Jimmy Carter's presidency was doomed by the Iranian hostage crisis after the US embassy in Tehran was stormed by Islamist extremists following the Iranian revolution.
A year after the 52 Americans were taken hostage, Carter lost the 1980 election. The hostages were released just as President Ronald Reagan, who defeated Carter, was sworn in.
Thanks to RushIsMyTeddyBear and Focault's Pendulum and for finding these morphing graphic art realities!
They don't want his optics to be Reaganesque re: Iran Hostage. That's all there is to it.
Serious LACK of seriousness about security there. And a lot of signs that trouble was brewing (prior attacks, AQ video, etc). This is the kind “at dawn we slept” stuff that lefties raked Bush over the coals with. In fact the NYTimes was doing it just days ago about original 9/11.
Check this out:
“Go figure that a jihadist group that had targeted the consulate before might try something on 9/11, just as the leader of Al Qaeda was putting out a message eulogizing one of AQs Libyan capos. The signs were there; one of the Marines at the consulate apparently even saw Libyan security taking photos of the compound beforehand. What did the State Department do to prepare? Why are Marines only being sent now, after the fact, to beef up security? Why was there no evacuation plan in place? Why, apparently, didnt Obama attend any of his daily intel briefings this week with the anniversary of 9/11 bearing down? Why did his campaign move more quickly to condemn Romney for his statement than the White House did to condemn the mob activity in Cairo and Benghazi? Why do these questions only seem to get asked of presidents from the party disfavored by the concern trolls we call reporters?”
The sarc tag is done with an “/s”.
It wasn’t a Marine at the consulate who mentioned “police” taking photos of their location. It was the victim Sean (can’t recall his last name) who posted that. He was a well known “gamer” on a game site and made the post to them. His last post went something like this “Well if we don’t die tonight...I saw one of their ‘police’ taking photos of us”. That was from an earlier thread. Another earlier thread confirmed, from the Marines themselves, there were no Marines on site.
All your questions are excellent and need answers. We’re only 24 hours into this. I suspect over the next several days people in high places will begin asking their own questions. It’s unavoidable. There’s just too much that doesn’t make sense. This is a big one. Monumental. Things like picking on Romney, movies that inflame the rabble and such, just can’t compete with the enormity of this debacle. And I think we, here, can be part of the forefront of those questions.
The media will do a white wash so the best hope is to get some congresscritters with the stones to ask the tough questions and demand answers.
And in Cairo, the Marines at the embassy there were not issued nor allowed to have live ammunition.
I had meetings this morning, then delivering Meals on Wheels. I didn’t learn about this until I arrived home. How disgusting, that we don’t arm our forces properly. No, not disgusting, criminal. Charges should be brought.