Is Obama Having His Jimmy Carter Moment?

News about the terrorist acts in Egypt and Libya are hard to keep up with. We’re learning more of the horror every hour. It seems that all that this administration and his supporters in the media can do is apologize for the United States and blame America for the assaults. We’ve seen this before.

Jimmy Carter’s presidency was defined by the word “malaise.” It was a succinct summary of all that went wrong. But if there was one event that expressed the utter failure of Carter’s four years in office; it was the capture of the United States Embassy in Iran and the taking of hostages for 444 days. A failed ill-conceived rescue mission didn’t help.

“[S]ome political analysts believe the crisis was a major reason for U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s defeat in the November 1980 presidential election.”

To add insult to injury, as President Ronald Reagan was being sworn in, the hostages were leaving Iran by plane. The Iranians were afraid of what Ronald Reagan might do.

Reagan’s handling of PATCO, the air traffic controllers union, may have contributed to the fall of the former Soviet Union. The striking controllers thought there was no way that Reagan would fire the union workers. In 1981, Reagan “gave them a deadline, and he stuck to it. He replaced every worker who failed to be on the job on the deadline day. He broke the union. The voters were happy to see it go.”

This decisiveness on the part of Reagan shook up the Kremlin, and the rest is history. Reagan came across as a no nonsense political leader who was willing to risk the ire of public service unions across the country. The Communist leadership knew how powerful unions were in 1980, and Reagan still took them on. The Communists respected boldness and feared decisive leadership.

Now we come to the 11th anniversary of the attacks by radical Muslims on our country. Reuters reports that “The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed in an attack on the Benghazi consulate and a safe house refuge.” Incidents like this are only blood in the water for Muslim extremists.

All that Hillary Clinton could say was the attack was done by a “small and savage group” not the government or people of Libya. Until the people and the government step in to stop the radicals, they’re all culpable. When will the so-called moderates speak up and march in the streets against the crazies?

The attack of an embassy is an attack on the nation that the embassy represents. It’s as if a part of American soil had been transported to a foreign nation. To attack an embassy is to attack America. It’s an act of war. In fact, a reporter asked the President if the incidents were acts of war. All the reporter got was silence and the president’s back as he walked back into the White House with Secretary of State Clinton.

This incident and others like it have happened after President Obama traveled to Egypt in 2008 and gave what was touted as a speech for the ages. Finally, things would be different between the Muslim world and the United States. Not a chance. The newly established Muslim Brotherhood perceives the United States to be weak and submissive.

And what was the supposed catalyst for the attacks in Egypt and Libya?

“A movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday. A Libyan security official reported an American was shot to death as protesters burned the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and in Cairo, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy walls and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.”

These radicals don’t need a reason. They only need to know that whatever reason they give the media will end up blaming the United States.

Did you notice how our State Department wrote that it’s wrong “to hurt the religious beliefs of others”? I’m amazed how sensitive our government is to the religious sensibilities of Muslims who want to destroy us while it continually attacks peaceful Christians in the United States.

You may recall that when President Obama spoke at Georgetown University, he ordered that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he delivered his speech.



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Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • mrsgunnut10

    I know that Carter wasn’t much of a President, but just by comparing Obamass’s Presidency to Carters Presidency, it is a definite insult to Carter. Carter was a Christian, even though he admitted he lusted and thought about other women in his mind, at least he did tell the truth (about most things) , I guess. Have you noticed how all these women that hug and kiss Obamass, at his “fund Raiser’s”, mold their bodies to his in the embrace?? Michelle should be getting jealous by now, unless she has been told to shut up by her Muslim Husband. That Right Hand Woman Jarrett , may be the one Michelle should be watching though, after all she is right there in the White House where all of the nooks and crannies are that “Slick Willie” set up and used once in a while. Just one person’s thoughts – but it is possible. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

  • dmttbt

    The next war will not be like the other wars. it will be here. It will be on our streets with our own people not know the bad from the good.
    Why in the world would the unions embrace communisim and turn their back on capitolisim?? Do people actually believe that everyone will be equal and no body will be above the others? Has anyone noticed how thing go in the countries that have had communisim? How stupid can people be. Ther never has been and never will be a situation where all are equal. Some people have more than others and presumably that is because the worked for it. I saw where two black gentlemen are going around on a mission to equalize everyone. they want to start with a minimum wage between $16 and $20. If everyone had a million dollars everyone would be the same, meaning no matter how hard I worked or didn’t we would get the same thing. The theory of relativity is that some have more than others and to what degree that is is what supposedly setts us apart in the system.

  • Don Cauley

    Well the Muslims held a prayer session in a New York City park but complained that someone had scattered bacon in it. i thought it would have been a good time for Christians to stand up and hold a payer session in the same park and watch what would happen. What’s good for one is good for all.

  • Bull57

    Obama is a fuc..n scumb bag. If this S.O.B. is elected again we deserve what we get, WHAT A FUC..N COUNTRY THAT COULD ELECT THIS P.O.S.!!!!

  • Randy K

    Jimmy Carter MOMENT!? This imbeciles’ entire public life has been one gigantic Jimma’ Cawta RERUN in HD, 3D holographic IMAX format! The ONE person on this planet who should be truly grateful to the executive treasonist is Jimma Cawta. He finally has someone to pass the “worst president in American history” medal off to.

  • Rocco

    Carter was just a bumbling idiot. Obama has over 30 years of expeience from the Middle East and our own 9/11, so he is much more culpable than Carter. It’s not hard to connect the dots – Obama is pro Muslim Brotherhood. Anyone with a brain knew that Arab Spring would end up in the hands of radical Islamists. And why did he give $1.6billion to this evil group?
    Where was he when the anti theocracy movement in Iraq rose to change their regime? Probably playing golf…or looking for another emplty chair.
    We must stop all frieogn aid to the Middle East…or anywhere fo rthat matter – we’re broke.

  • pogo532

    Barry knows as much about foreign policy as a pig knows about Sunday. You take one look at this bleeding heart liberal and you realize he’d be a whole lot happier managing a Taco Bell somewhere. Probably be alot more successful too.

  • kelly s

    Johnny: Its is bad.
    Ed: How bad is it?
    Johnny : It is so bad that Obama has even destroyed the one thing Carter did right.
    Ed: Whats that?
    Johnny: Carter was the one guy that got the Israelis and Egyptians to settle for peace, and now even that has been screwed up.

  • Victor Magilke

    Its true that Jimmy Carter was inept as a president, but I will take him ten times over Obama. At least Jimmy was a decent man and a Christian.

    • Mudpuppy

      I almost agree. I remember Carter. But given his activities and statements in recent years, I question his decency and Christianity. He should have stayed out of politics and stuck with building houses.

      • Victor Magilke

        I knew Jimmy Carter. I even went to his Governors Ball. He was a decent guy and a Christian. We just didn’t agree on many of his liberal political policies.
        I would vote for Stalin or Putin over Barack Obama.