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.