Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ready, Shoot, Aim

“Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”President Obama, September 12, 2012, reacting to criticism

“I don't think that we would consider them an ally” – President Obama, September 12, 2012, speaking of Egypt--a Major Non-NATO U.S. ally since 1989

President Obama has proven yet again that he is incapable of seeing any fault in himself. He never begins with the “man in the mirror;” there is always someone else to blame.

The battered former president Bush has been forgotten, for the moment. Obama now is bristling at the temerity of his presidential campaign opponent for the high crime and misdemeanor of voicing an opinion on an international crisis. The president is especially annoyed because, well, Romney has the better case.

Here’s the statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo:

"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others." 
And here’s what Mitt Romney said in response:

“I think it’s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values,” Romney said. “The statement was akin to an apology, and I think was a severe miscalculation.”

Romney’s statement was strong, concise, and reflective of perhaps most Americans’ frame of mind. He sounded presidential to me. I find it ironic that Romney is continually criticized in the press for not being “bold” enough, yet when he stands up promptly to defend American rights in the midst of an international crisis involving the United States, he is pounced on for his “gaffe.”

Excuse me, but this man is running for president. I, for one, would like to hear his stance on a matter of such critical importance. I’ll wager most voters would, too

The president seems more focused on skewering Romney for daring to voice an opposing opinion than on protecting Americans in increasingly hostile nations. Nor was the president inclined to cancel his campaign fundraising appearances in the wake of the attacks on American lives and sovereign soil in foreign lands on the anniversary of September 11. I find Obama's breezy attitude toward this dangerous and growing crisis appalling.

Can you imagine the media outrage if George W. Bush was jetting off to a Las Vegas fundraiser after a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans had been murdered as foreign protestors swarmed our embassy and consulate in two foreign countries? In such a scenario, I think the NY Times might have run out of both paper and ink.

So to use one of the president’s many tired clichés, “Make no mistake”—American voters will get no help from Obama’s loyal troops in the MSM, who are wholly dedicated to keeping their guy in office, the public’s right to know be damned. Americans need to be clear on where their presidential candidates stand. I’ll take a statement on foreign affairs from Romney any time—especially when what he says makes perfect sense according to our history, identity, and ideals.

We’re only 54 days away from making the second biggest mistake in our nation’s history. I’m hopeful that the majority of American voters, unlike the current president, are smart enough to self-correct.