I think it’s fair to say that President Obama must be in some serious trouble if even the liberal mainstream media isn’t buying his lame narrative.
Jake Tapper, of ABC’s “This Week,” interviewed United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice yesterday and startled her with questions that demanded answers. He asked,
“Look at this map, if you would. There have been protests around the world over the last several days. And President Obama pledged to repair America’s relationships with the Muslim world. Why does the U.S. seem so impotent? And why is the U.S. even less popular today in some of these Muslim and Arab countries than it was four years ago?”
Rice’s spin began immediately as she rebutted,
“Jake, we’re not impotent. We’re not even less popular, to challenge that assessment. I don’t know on what basis you make that judgment.”
Listen, some things are open to interpretation, but some matters of fact need to be stipulated. We are experiencing anti-American “protests” of varying severity in 33 countries. Embassies in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen have been invaded and our embassy in Libya was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades before our ambassador and three other officials were brutally murdered.
Since the attacks, our government has apologized for the insensitivity towards Islam by hunting down the filmmaker the Obama Administration has scapegoated, thanked the Libyan President for his “help,” refused to cut off military aid to Egypt and attempted to turn the discussion in every possible way that would allow our president to not have to respond to these attacks. So, in what way could any reasonable person categorize our relationship with the Muslim world as anything but “impotent?”
I’ve been laboring under the assumption that the Obama Administration was both weak on foreign policy and would be willing to throw the Bill of Rights under the bus if need be, but who would have thought that the Obama Administration could create a disaster from weak foreign policy while simultaneously trampling free speech? That, my friends, is a special kind of multitasking.
Laughably, Rice made the situation worse by attempting to scapegoat the YouTube video,
“It’s actually the opposite. First of all, let’s be clear what transpired here. What happened this week in Cairo, in Benghazi, in many other parts of the region, was a direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the US government had nothing to do with, which we have made clear is reprehensible and disgusting. We have also been very clear in saying that there is no excuse for violence. We have condemned it in the strongest possible terms.”
Sure, it’s a direct result of the video. Some idiot made a poor-quality short film and put it on the internet, and simultaneous, coordinated attacks on our embassies have everything to do with that. It has nothing to do with failed foreign policy by this administration that fostered instability in the region. It has nothing to do with factions of Al Qaeda continuing on the same path they have been on for 20 years. No, the problem is an offensive YouTube video that makes first-year film school projects look like Citizen Cane. Get real…
The attacks on our embassies are anything but spontaneous protests that got out of hand. As even Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf has agreed that the attack on the embassy in Libya was premeditated and coordinated, I sincerely doubt the Obama Administration will be able to ride this crisis out by sticking to their increasingly improbable narrative. As John McCain pointed out, “Most people don’t bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to a demonstration.”
How much longer is this administration and state department going to try and sell us this nonsense about violence in the Middle East being the result of a video? How much longer will they continue to apologize for American ideals of free speech while persecuting the filmmaker? And even if this violence were as a result of a YouTube video, does that really change the fact that our embassies are under attack and America is being disrespected as we shell out money we don’t have to countries that spit in our face?
When even ABC News isn’t buying the narrative, the jig is up.