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Top Headline Comments 9-17-12 | Main | Some Perspective On Civilization From Victor Davis Hanson
September 17, 2012

Obama Signals US Weakness To Terrorists

The President Rewards The Murderers Of Our Ambassador

When bad guys kill a US Ambassador, the American response should be tough and decisive. There need to be consequences to abusing the trust we show the host country by having an embassy there.

Not only wasn't the attack in Libya about a movie, but even if it was, the American response to mayhem and murder should be the same. If these fanatics are so removed from civilization that they will rape and murder over an insulting film, that is all the more reason to fight them and deny them any power over us whatsoever.

At the very least, we should withdraw our financial aid to the host country! And we should absolutely not, ever, accede to whatever their demands or wishes are.

Instead, President Obama and his administration officials dithered, apologized, blamed an inflammatory youtube video, went to a fundraiser, and took calls. And had the video maker arrested under sketchy pretext.

This is a test of our leadership. The terrorists are watching this. And so are America's other enemies. President Barack Obama has sent a terrible signal of weakness that puts the safety of ALL Americans- especially those abroad- at risk.

If Americans blame our own right to free speech when foreign fanatics murder us, and we agree to domestically enforce Islamic anti-blasphemy laws to make these killers happy (as if they could ever be satisfied), then what else can they get us to do by killing our citizens?

And we need not write up a list- the enemy is doing that right now. They'll let us know what they want, now that they know how easily their desires can be purchased with our own blood.

The shortsightedness of this President's weak reaction cannot be overstated.

Dear Lord, they don't even have to keep hostages anymore, apparently! The enemy need not waste the food and water. Outright murder, the crudest and easiest course, will do. It is mind-boggling that President Obama thinks that after the hostages are dead is the best time to accede to terrorist demands.

We are so craven and cowardly now, that we tremble in the face of these mighty Islamist warriors. "Please don't kill us! We'll do whatever you say! Am I breathing too loudly! Forgive me!"

Is this what our brave military men and women have been toiling and dying for, all these years? To have our rights summarily pulled away in the end, this way?

This is a travesty. Innocent people are going to be haunted by the actions of this president, for many years to come.

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