Apparently Mitt Romney didn’t get the memo. The mainstream media in the United States has implemented a “No Critique Zone” when it comes to the Obama Administration’s foreign policy decisions.
Romney violated the “No Critique Zone” when he criticized the Obama Administration for its handling of the hostilities against the U.S. Embassy in Egypt on the eleventh anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on America.
Eleven years after 19 al-Qaeda terrorists killed thousands of innocent American civilians, America was attacked again September 11th. In Egypt, the al-Qaeda flag replaced the stars and stripes over the U.S. embassy in Cairo. In Libya, the U.S. Ambassador was murdered along with three other U.S. diplomats.
Instead of the news media examining the Obama Administration’s foreign policy decisions that led up to Tuesday’s horrific events, the media chose to pummel Mitt Romney for critiquing the Obama Administration in the midst of a foreign policy crisis.
There is no doubt that Romney’s response to the protests in Egypt and Libya could have been handled better, but the media’s criticism goes way beyond that. If it was wrong for Romney to take issue with the Obama Administration with a press release late Tuesday evening, then why is the President campaigning for re-election in the midst of this crisis the following day?
Romney has every right to be critical of Obama’s foreign policy decisions in the Middle East, and it’s a tragedy that the news media isn’t examining the Obama foreign policy that led to a US Ambassador being murdered for the first time since 1979 in Afghanistan. If Romney is at fault of anything, it’s that his campaign focused its criticism on an insignificant press release instead of the Obama Administration’s policy towards both countries.
In March of 2011, President Obama sided with rebel forces that opposed Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi. Even though it would be wrong to call Qaddafi an ally of the United States, he did make meaningful steps to normalize relations with the United States during the Bush Administration.
President Obama’s backing of the anti-Qaddafi rebels in the spring of 2011 was done despite not knowing who or what would replace him. The same was the case in Egypt, where President Obama called the uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a “peaceful revolution.”
President Obama also pledged America’s continued support to the county saying, “Throughout this process, the United States will continue to extend the hand of partnership and friendship to Egypt.” On Wednesday night in an interview with Telemundo, the President refused to call Egypt an ally, a clear departure from his 2011 statement.
Conservatives have been critical of the President’s willingness to support uprisings in Egypt and Libya while refusing to get involved in the 2009 Green Revolution in Iran. It is a sign of a confusing and unclear foreign policy that Mitt Romney has every right to question on the campaign trail.
It’s also amazing that while the media is outraged over Romney’s criticism of Obama, they where silent over the constant “Osama Bin Laden is dead” chants at Obama rallies and at the Democrat National Convention. Never mind that this is same news media that was aghast when President George W. Bush used the term “Axis of Evil” to describe Iran, Iraq, and North Korea during the 2002 State of the Union address.
It’s not inconceivable that Vice President Biden campaigning around the country yelling, “Bin Laden in dead and General Motors is alive,” could be antagonizing militant Islamist in the Middle East. Yet, the press is obsessed about Mitt Romney.
The media also has overlooked how cocky and arrogant President Obama was during his speech at the Democrat National Convention. President Obama mocked Mitt Romney while talking about foreign policy by calling him naive and unprepared to lead American during turbulent times.
Obama ripped Romney saying, “After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy – and not al Qaeda – unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp.” His words shocked me, not because of the point he was trying to make, but because you never know when a foreign policy crisis could arise.
After seeing the al Qaeda flag flying over the U.S. Embassy in Egypt on Tuesday, it is Obama who should be grilled about who our allies are, not Romney. Romney has also not been caught on tape whispering into the ear of the Russian President, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Americans want their president to exude confidence and strength, while also being thoughtful and respectful. Romney may have not risen to that standard on Tuesday, but neither has President Obama in his first term in office. Unfortunately, the news media seems either uninterested or incapable of having a serious conversation about Obama’s foreign policy as it relates the recent attacks on America.
Moving forward, Romney would be well served to focus on the entirety of Obama’s foreign policy decisions in the Middle East and Libya, not just the recent statements from an embassy worker. Obama has no one to blame except himself for the mess he finds himself in today. Yet, somehow the Obama Administration has convinced the media that the real problem is his political opponent. How pathetic.
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