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October 09, 2012

Obama Weighs Libyan Face-saving, or Something [krakatoa]

More whispers that Obama is working out the details for a counter-strike on Libya, D-movie protesters, the terrorist dogs that assassinated our consulate staff in Benghazi.

To this I say:

Good foreign policy is not reacting slowly and indecisively to the murder of Americans by our enemies, and should never accept one iota of a terrorist's reasoning for violence.

It would be good if Romney & Ryan would get ahead of any operations ordered by Obama and frame this correctly as a limp response to a tragedy that was easily predicted --strike that -- that actually had been predicted by all accounts. A response that started with a failure to firmly reject any limitations on our first amendment, and that misled the American people for 9 days before finally admitting the nature of the attacks.

Going after our enemies when they strike us should be a given and should be expected by the American people of their leaders.

What also is expected by us is that our leaders are providing security for us, especially when we are in an area known to be dangerous. If a president is willing to throw consulate staff to the wolves despite all indications that added security was needed, what other areas should the American people be concerned about?

This was not a failure in intelligence. It was not a failure in military or security strategy. It was a failure in fundamental security policy. The kind of policy that puts America's best in harms way with Rules of Engagement that tie our hands in deference to the sensibilities of the most barbarous religious sect the world has seen since the middle ages.

This was a direct failure by Obama and his state department. Any action in response to it is too little, too late, and will be seen by our enemies as the political posturing of a paper tiger rather than the decisive and determined retribution of a woken giant.

Retaliatory operations aimed at "justice" for our fallen should not be the measure of a president's foreign policy chops. The American people expect the bar to be set far higher, especially post 9/11.

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