The recent violent attacks on American embassies in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen are repugnant and inexcusable. Our Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats were brutally killed. Yet, President Obama is the one apologizing on America’s behalf over an amateur YouTube film that portrays prophet Mohammed negatively. This makes America seem weak and only serves to embolden our enemies while justifying their actions.
Our reputation as a strong country has been tainted. And anti-American attacks are spreading even further around the Middle East because of it. It’s no coincidence the initial assaults took place on one of the most tragic days in American history – September 11th. It is said that the riots were spurred by the YouTube video. However, it was posted months ago. So these were not spontaneous acts, they were planned. The film is merely a smoke screen for Islam extremists.
Senator John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “Most people don’t bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to a demonstration. That was an act of terror. And for anyone to disagree with that fundamental fact, I think, is really ignoring the facts…and they used pretty good tactics: indirect fire, direct fire, and obviously they were successful.” Even Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, said Sunday he believed the attack was premeditated.
It’s become the new precedent set by the Obama administration to apologize for America. In fact, President Obama apologized to Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, for the inadvertent burning of Qurans at a NATO base a few months ago. These books included notations allegedly written by detainees exchanging messages to comrades outside the prison, according to the Huffington Post. Therefore, the Qurans were not used in the way they were intended – for prayer and worship. They were instead used as a vehicle for terrorist activity. Why were Muslims angry with American soldiers who accidentally burned these books, instead of the terrorists who deliberately defaced them?
This hurt America’s prestige overseas and endangered the lives of U.S. servicemen and diplomats in the Middle East.
America should be outraged and saddened that we were attacked again on September 11th. Yet, all the Obama administration can talk about is Romney’s supposed political jab. But Romney was correct when he said; “When our grounds are being attacked, and being breached, that the first response of the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation. And apology for America’s values is never the right course,” coming down on the Obama administration for “sympathizing with those who waged the attacks.”
Security should have been heightened for our diplomats in the Middle East on September 11th. Instead the State Department ordered the marines stationed outside the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to carry rifles without ammunition. Were their unarmed rifles assumed to look scary enough to thwart violence? They weren’t, and innocent lives were lost.
President Obama interest and effort in forming a “new beginning” with the Arab world, as said in his 2010 Cairo speech, has only hurt us. He has pushed to be the understanding and sympathetic president. But it has backfired. America is more unpopular in the Arab world now than before he took office. A new survey carried out by international polling firm YouGov in August shows that the number of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa who said they don’t trust America was more than double the number of respondents who said they do.
What is President Obama’s foreign policy for America? To apologize and sympathize? Where do we stand in the Arab world? Why do we give nearly 2 billion dollars in aid to Egypt every year? So rebels can chant “Death to America” while burning down our embassies and killing our people?
It took two days for the new Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsey, to apologize over the deaths of Americans. It took only hours for President Obama to apologize over a film.
It’s time for America to stand up for our values and condemn the actions of Islam extremists. Apologies are not working. We need a different approach. America needs a clear and firm foreign policy.