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Opinion: How Libya Will Affect the 2012 Election

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 05:41 PM

Update: It was first incorrectly reported by the media that a Sam Bacile who claimed to be an Israeli/American California real estate developer who posted a 13-minute clip of “The Innocence of Muslims" It is now thought that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian, with a criminal record was behind the offensive  film.

The clip served as the spark for violence in Libya, which resulted in the U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others being killed after protesters attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. There are many ramifications to this story but let me briefly comment on the 2012 election ripple effect.

The Republicans have been all along criticizing the Obama administration for “leading from behind” and not having a strong enough policy in the Middle East. They have been pounding Obama because they allege:

  1. he’s not supportive enough of Israel
  2. he’s too hands-off in Syria
  3. he was too hands-on in getting the U.S. involved in Libya

Now with the tragedy of Benghazi new opportunities have opened up for follow up attacks on the White House. While 9/11 was off-limits for campaign politics, the murder of Stevens and his staff was not.

After the video became a flashpoint, the US embassy in Cairo tried to calm growing protests, releasing a statement saying, “The United States condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

In response, Mitt Romney issued a statement that read, “I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi." It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

I must say that I can understand the double standard with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo anxious to calm local religious and cultural fires over the desecration of the Prophet that were becoming dangerous and the need, and also for the United States to issue the strongest possible statement of condemnation. It’s probably too far to go as Rush Limbaugh did that Obama hates America and his policy is to make Americans feel the retribution for decades of abuse and oppression of people in these countries. That’s what he said. But, it is true that Obama seeks a softer conciliation with Islam and these countries of the Middle East when these things happen.

Playing off the story that Obama had rebuffed an offer to meet by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Romney also struck a political hit in Jewish-voter rich Florida saying, "I stand with our friends in Israel. I stand with our allies. I stand strong with our allies. I can't ever imagine if the prime minister of Israel asked to meet with me, I can't imagine ever saying no. There are friends, they're our closest allies in the Middle East."

Wow, how unlucky can the Democrats be on the Israeli issue? First they blow it by removing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State from their platform at the convention and Obama has to scramble and put that and God back in the document. And now these two fracases – angry and heavily armed Muslims in Libya and a snub (later denied by the White House) of Israel’s leader as he comes to New York for the UN meetings.

The entire GOP spin machine was deployed the morning when the Libyan killings were reported and their “analysis” of the situation was eerily uniform. It consisted of coherent attacks by Newt Gingrich, against the Hillary Clinton/Obama policies in that region of the world in effect blaming Obama for the attacks.

What I don’t understand is why our intelligence services are not taking out web sites that contain material that may be a threat to national security. After all, they know everything anyone in the U.S. is doing so maybe some preemptive work in the future would be desirable. They could even get a secret warrant for that. That would have saved the lives of many people in Libya just as doing due diligence with intelligence on potential terrorist plots hopefully saves lives every day.

Literally overnight, the entire discussion of election 2012 veered from “it’s the economy, stupid” to foreign policy and the Middle East.

 

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Comments [8]

trerey

Obama went to war without a vote how to handle Lybia illegally back dooring it just like always supplying amo to these radicals that killed Stevens.Hilary was the one who put Stevens on Cargo ship to Lybia. By Obama
approval.While anyone has information of all CIA security missions and doings. Knew Stevens was going there for 911.
Rham said it. Out of a bad thing use it to your benefit.The whole thing was set up after this for no free speech they used and put in our faces thought up by Vallerie Jarrett-Hilary-Obama. UN wants to make a resolution we have to sign to take away our right for free speech. It was said today. Just like Fast and Furious. To take guns away from us all.Hillary by UN she signs who appointed Stevens. CIA
knew it was dangerous been warned days before. They left Stevens with these
radicals alone on 911 without giving him any protection. Where is security when you make a ambassador a representitive for Lybia National Transition Council in a region of terror left to fort for himself on 911. The uprisers had this planned. Hillary knows this. Clintons did subprimes-abortion-deregulated banks-never jailed Bin Laden when they called him that day he only called Monica on his phone serve. Yes Bin Laden left for Afghanistan he lost the chance. But you all blame Bush for 911. You are all crazy. 6 months in office Bin Laden does 911. OMG he should be jailed and also remember the 140 terrorist criminals and fugitves he pardoned when he left office.Just like Obama the worst criminally went to war with no congress vote to plan it, gave them amunition helping the rebels wrongly. Horror mess. Now the whole middleeast is burning. Thank You Obama you back door sneak who did cocaine illgally behind closed doors and forged birth certificate does our governemnt the same way. Oust him now Nov 6

Sep. 26 2012 03:42 PM

And one more thing: These protests getting out of hand are NOT..I repeat, are NOT President Obama's fault! Nor has he added fuel to the fire in how he is handling the situation! The situation would have gotten as it is, no matter what! So all of you hungry republicans and romney supporters, GET OVER YOURSELVES and come to your senses, and for once start doing something to HELP your country and show pride, if you even know the meaning of the word 'pride'. I have every confidence that our President has the intelligence and skills to deal with this crisis. And I intend to work for his interests, rather than against them. That's all.

Sep. 14 2012 11:00 PM

I am truly saddened and angered at the disrespect Americans have shown to our President Obama, especially at a time of crisis, when we should all be coming together. Shame on you republicans and many others. Some of the trash I've seen on facebook, etc, it is disgusting.

Sep. 14 2012 10:40 PM

Simply put. Americans have disrespected the President for almost 4 years now. I'm not surpised that we are being attacked by other countries. They are just following suit. For example, if my 12 year old has a friend staying over on the weekends, and the friend continually sees my 12 yr old disrespecting me, then it's just a matter of time before the guest begins disrespecting me as well. (Another theory; Perhaps this entire crisis was orchestrated quite some time ago, by some hungry republicans anxious to take office. I don't think they care at what cost, or how many american lives would be lost as a result. Sadly, it seems to be back-firing on them a bit.)

Sep. 14 2012 10:28 PM
Jason

I'm not so worried how this affects the Presidential race, I'm wondering what was the motivations behind this Sam Basile to create the video/movie in the first place. There have been reports that this was not a real movie by some of the cast and that the dialogue they spoke had nothing to do with what was dubbed over in Arabic. There were also news reports that this Sam Basile was not Israeli/American but Egyptian. I have no idea if this is true but it seems this was a coordinated effort, which in a post-9/11 world points to terrorism. I think this guy need to be brought in by the FBI and asked about his involvments with the Egypt and Libya. Now to actually answer the political question, I hope it sinks Romney's Campaign and I hope he loses more states than he would have had he kept his mouth shut and listened for once.

Sep. 13 2012 03:58 PM
Deep Space

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Sep. 13 2012 09:07 AM
listener

"What I don’t understand is why our intelligence services are not taking out web sites that contain material that may be a threat to national security".

"..entire discussion of election 2012 veered from “it’s the economy, stupid”.......to it's the stupid....stupid.

Fault free speech, fault the "entire GOP spin machine", but don't fault this administration's policy in Libya or the those marauders in Libya who ordered this atrocious act of war.

The same US Constitution that secures the First Amendment also obligates a President to share power with the US Congress which was not done with the intervention into Libya by President Obama.

Since we are suddenly so interested in not offending religious beliefs, the same First Amendment also protects the rights of Catholic institutions in regards to forbidding birth control which is an example of another violation of the Constitution by this administration.

Sep. 12 2012 07:03 PM
Rohinton Irani

Hey Wilard....Let me be BLUNT! : YOU ARE NOT The PRESIDENT of The UNITED STATES!

(and after this F**K Up! )....YOU NEVER WILL BE!

Someone NEEDS to SIT YOUR ARROGANT/IGNORANT @SS Down! And give YOU a Crash Course on Political PROTOCOL 101!

When an Incident like THIS! happens....YOU let the PRESIDENT SPEAK FIRST! ( or the Sec. of State! ).

I know YOU'RE in a campaign, but if YOU don't have ENOUGH DAMM SENSE to at least know THIS MUCH?

Then what in the Hell are YOU Running for in the First Place!

I mean not ONLY was it Dis-RESPECTFUL! You Prick! But you're ALSO a FLAT OUT F**KING LIAR!

You have the DAMM NERVE to say The PRESIDENT is RESPONSIBLE for EVERY WORD that comes from ANY, and EVERYONE'S Mouth, in his Administration?


Really? Are YOU a F**KING Crazy Person?

I mean I would EXPECT this from a TYPICAL T.E.A. baging LUNATIC! in your Party (sic).

But YOU! Idiot.....thought would have ENOUGH SENSE to let the President Address the incident FIRST! and then YOU can Spout YOUR LIES & BULLS**T!

Keep it up...Mitt....and 4 MORE YEARS!

Sep. 12 2012 06:53 PM

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