A reason to be angry: the apologist-in-chief

I have something in common with the Muslim protesters rioting around the world. We’re both mad at President Obama.

However, they’re mad because of America’s right to free speech, and I’m mad because of his administration’s mishandling of the ugliness that has spread across the Middle East in the past few weeks.

As has been widely publicized, on September 11, eleven years after the tragic World Trade Center attacks, the security of the U.S.embassies in Libya and Cairo was breached – due to passion-fueled protests in reaction to a 14-minute anti-Islam YouTube film.

Or maybe it was a premeditated attack. The Obama administration can’t seem to make up its collective mind.

Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told us first that, “Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated similar statements.

This statement was made despite the fact that the President of Libya, Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, said he had “no doubt” the attacks were premeditated.

Now the White House seems to have flip-flopped, and informs us that the brutal attack, in which our ambassador to Libya was not only murdered but also raped, was in fact premeditated.

Of course, the administration only admitted this after information surfaced that showed terrorists walking towards the embassy with Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG’s). You know, just another day of protesting with RPG’s!

But despite this confusion about whether or not the events in Libya could indeed be classified as a terrorist attack, at least the President issued a strong, sternly-worded statement shortly after learning about the tragedy. Unfortunately, that strong statement was directed not at the perpetrators of this atrocity but against his political opponent Mitt Romney.

After the Cairo Embassy and Obama administration apologized multiple times for “offending Muslims” with absolutely no condemnation of terrorism, the leader of the free world’s response after an American ambassador was murdered, for the first time in more than 30 years, was to condemn Romney’s condemnation of terrorism and mismanagement by the Obama administration.

Yes, the day after the brutal murders of U.S. consulate staff and an ambassador, Barack Obama told CBS news, “There’s a broader lesson to be learned here: Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later, and as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that.”

That’s the broader lesson to be learned here?

Call me crazy, but I didn’t realize that “shooting first and aiming later” applied to an understandable condemnation of an administration that apologizes for radical Jihadists who storm our embassies, burn our flags and fire RPG’s at American diplomats.

In Bangladesh, protesters burn Israeli and American flags in response to YouTube film on September 14, 2012.

Sadly, it doesn’t end there.

Obama did not think it important to hold any type of official press conference on the crisis (at least until later), to take a strong stand against America’s enemies and show support for the American lives lost. But in all fairness, he did have more pressing matters to attend to on September 11. After all, he had to guest star on a late night comedy program! Yes, Obama chose to go on Letterman again the night his ambassador was murdered.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has been pushing President Obama for a united approach on Iran, visited New York for the U.N. General Assembly and allegedly planned to meet with President Obama September 11. President Obama, however, was too busy to meet with PM Netanyahu because despite being in the same city (New York) – well, I mean, he had Letterman!

But wait, there’s more.

After his Letterman taping, the President finally got around to discussing the crisis.

Oh wait, no he didn’t.

Instead, he attended a fundraiser at the 40/40 club with Beyonce and Jay-Z where he raised 4 million dollars for his reelection campaign. All the same day his ambassador was dragged through the streets of Benghazi. How’s that for chutzpah?

If you’re not upset with Barack Obama and his administration for their mismanagement of the Libya terrorist attacks, you should be. There are so many things wrong with this balagan that it’s difficult to find a place to begin. The lies, the political correctness, the disrespect of allies, the apologies – it’s appalling.

With anti-American, flag-burning, violent protests in India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Malaysia and more, let’s hope not only for the sake of America, or for the sake of Israel, but for the sake of the world, that apologist-in-chief Barack Obama is not re-elected.


About the Author
Emily Schrader is a writer and political consultant originally from Los Angeles, California. She made aliyah in 2015 and works for a nonprofit organization in Jerusalem. Emily has a BA from the University of Southern California and MA from Tel Aviv University. She has previously written for many different publications including The Weekly Standard, The Jerusalem Post, and more.