Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Embassy attacks highlight Obama's weaknesses

Obama's big reaction to the attacks on U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt, and the murder of four Americans: We promise a full and thorough investigation.

That's hardly a comfort. Career diplomat J. Christopher Stevens' body, after all, was reportedly dragged through the streets of Libya. And now the latest news -- which comes in conflict with initial reports that the embassy stormings were sparked by a California filmmaker's negative portrayal of Muhammed -- is that al Qaeda actually plotted the attacks. Obama, meanwhile, is "working with the Libyan government to bring to justice" the attackers, according to statements he made at a press conference.

Kind of soft, if you ask me.

Even Libya's response seems stronger:

"I do condemn the cowardly act of attacking the US consulate and the killing of Mr Stevens and the other diplomats," Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur said on his Twitter account. "Amb. Stevens was a friend of Libya and we are shocked at the attacks on the U.S. consulate." Abushagur said in a subsequent tweet: "I condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms. This is an attack on America, Libya and free people everywhere."

Remember, attacks on embassies can be viewed at worst, as acts of war and at best, as warlike actions. In light of that, Obama's promise to work with Libya rings particularly weak.

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