reply to post by detachedindividual
It's a good thing to be passionate about important issues. Sometimes I find my passion is carrying me away, and slowing my thinking process. Is
there a possibility you're experiencing the same thing? Let me tell you what I have in mind.
I find it OFFENSIVE that Romney has the balls to use this as a political tool. . . .The man should STFU and stop making himself look like a
total and utter tard.
An attack on US soil, killing Americans, on 9/11, and you want him to STFU? Wouldn't that make him look out of touch
and uncaring? (Insert joke here.) People have been asking him for something about his foreign policy, and he's not supposed to talk about it?
Just a small reminder, the article gives the words of Mr. Williamson, a Romney foreign policy advisor. If we hold hold Romney accountable for them,
surely it's appropriate for Obama to be held responsible for the words of his ambassadors.
But leaving that aside, allow me to return to your statements for a moment.
his have been generally accepted to be DANGEROUS, if not
Isolationist? Surely you meant some other word. Ron Paul is isolationist, they believe in withdrawing the military from most
of the world and in having minimal dealings with foreign countries.
who has made blunders to insult numerous countries - making such statements
I have heard of two cases where some claimed he made
blunders. One was over British security at the olympics and one about the Palestinians and their development. Have you others? Even if they were
blunders, they are certainly much smaller than Obama's multiple insults to Britain and Israel.
This is a minority of religious idiots being whipped up into a religious rage by their own dictators.
So, it's government policy to
inflame people and set them to destroying and killing others? Wouldn't those governments be overthrown by "the vast majority" in those countries?
And are they ashamed and embarassed? Are there pro-American marches or proclamations? Are "the vast majority" of Imams and citizens condemning the
protests? Or, is it a carefully worded note of "regret" from some government office?
But, back to the article and Obama's foreign policy. Certainly a legitimate subject of debate in an election year.
The attacks Tuesday on two U.S. diplomatic posts were directly related to "the loss of American leadership and prestige throughout the Middle
East because of the Obama administration's failed policies in that region,"
I think his position is reasonable enough to be discussed. Loss of
American leadership and prestige" is not really that controversial. The "directly related" should be examined, though.
"The events in Egypt and Libya show the failure of the Egyptian and Libyan governments to uphold their obligations to keep our diplomatic
missions safe and secure and the regard in which the United States is held under President Obama in these two countries," he said. "It's all part
of a broader scheme of the president's failure to be an effective leader for U.S. interests in the Middle East."
Certainly the security
failure is unquestionable. The loss of regard is mentioned above, but again, I think that could be discussed.
The Obama administration has
failed to develop, much less communicate, a coherent or consistent approach to protecting American interests throughout the Arab Spring, Williamson
If they have, I don't know what it is, and I don't think the world does either.
In Egypt, the Obama administration stood by Mubarak for too long, thereby alienating the revolutionaries and reducing U.S. capacity to influence
the new government, Williamson argued. In Libya, the administration "led from behind" and was dragged into intervening by Britain and France, he
said, and then failed to follow up sufficiently to support their transition to a stable democracy.
Many Americans said the same thing, at the
time those events were occuring.
He also criticized Obama for not meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu while the Israeli prime minister is visiting the
United States for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly.
That's also a pretty common complaint. There should be some explanation for it
onther than "I just can't clear my schedule. It's packed full with important stuff, and I have to do what they tell me, I have no say."
In all, while I think I can understand your feelings, there were issues brought up that deserve serious, thoughtful discussion.