First is the refusal of the President to sit down once again with Netanyahu to discuss the options regarding Iran. We don't seem to grasp how nervous Israel is over how close the Iranians are to making their first nuclear weapon. If we sat as close as they do perhaps we would. After all, they don't like us any better than they like the Israelis. But no. I just don't think the President has the stomach for anything as complex and difficult as making a decision.
Second is the attack on the embassy in Cairo, the destruction of our flag and the raising of the al Qaeda flag in its place in protest to a video on You Tube supposedly insulting Mohammad. We've been through this before. Are we handling it correctly? Each time a pastor in Florida with a minuscule congregation seems to be at the heart of it. Our officials plead with him to stop because it puts our people at great risk.
It is his right, by our laws, to say what he wishes. Perhaps we ought to do as Karzai has so often done. Demand an apology for their behavior rather than apologizing for ours! I'm not saying its right or in good taste or anything positive - but we do have free speech. They want us to respect them, their religion, their prophet. Should we not expect, no, demand, the same in return? Freedom has its untidy consequences. Would you rather be without it?
Third is the attack and murder of consulate personnel in Benghazi. This was no mob angry over a video. This was deliberate, called for and well planned revenge for taking out one of theirs. This is an act of war. Not a declaration, an act. The war has been going on for years and is escalating, not winding down. It's moving beyond the borders within which we've been fighting. That makes it worse, not better. It is not the time for platitudes. It is not the time to apologize for some nut's insensitivity to religion. It is the time to admit to exactly what's happening. We are at war. When are we going to fight it to win it?
It is time to get some backbone. No more leading from behind or ignoring what's going on under our nose. If we're going to maintain a presence in countries who have shown time and again we're not welcome, then we'd better set some conditions. One, as a diplomatic guest in said countries it is the responsibility of those governments to protect our people and property. It happened neither in Egypt nor Libya.
We pour billions of dollars into those countries and their brethren. Tell them if they don't live up to their responsibilities, the open wallet will close. Then close it. They don't believe we will. Will we?
It is time for this administration to admit sweet talk and extended time lines, or no time lines, don't work in our favor but in the enemies.
I think you'd find Mr. Netanyahu would agree with that.
It is time to pay attention to what's happening in the middle east. They've chosen the anniversary of their greatest success against us, 9/11, to ramp up activity. I don't expect to see a change in how the current administration handles such situations. Feigned outrage from the Secretary of State then nothing.
Will this be the time it's different? Will al Qaeda decide to quit toying with us and do some real damage? Is killing our soldiers getting boring because it's so easy? Now they'll try for ambassadors and our civilian personnel because it takes some creative planning and coordination?
It's time to quit parsing words. War is terror. We've been purposely attacked. Tsk tsk, we're sorry if we've offended you no longer cuts it.