Middle East Spirals Out of Control

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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The bankrupt instincts of an Obama administration determined to find moral equivalence between America’s enemies and friends have been thoroughly illuminated. Within a 48-hour period — beginning on the commemoration of the worst domestic attack in our nation’s history — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was snubbed, and President Obama, besotted by the notion that the Islamist-dominated uprisings in the Middle East constituted an “Arab Spring,” has has reaped a self-inflicted whirlwind for his myopia: our embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen have been attacked and an ambassador and three members of his staff have been murdered.

As always, Islamists have their “rationale” for perpetrating murderous violence. This time it is allegedly a film titled “Innocence of Muslims.” In truth, the film was not responsible for igniting the latest violence, especially the apparently well-coordinated and well-planned murder of Christopher Stevens and his staff members in Benghazi, which is looking more and more like a premeditated terrorist attack. The film was nothing more than a convenient diversion used to obscure the real Islamist agenda: re-inflaming anti-American passions beginning on the eleventh commemoration of 9/11.

Sadly, administration officials equally attuned to the siren song of moral and cultural equivalency were only too willing to assist that agenda. Such assistance began early, when the American embassy in Cairo issued an apology for the film prior to the attack there:

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.

Even if one could find some kind of justification for that misguided statement, such as an effort to defuse a potential attack, one is hard-pressed to comprehend a tweet sent by the embassy during that attack. “Sorry, but neither breaches of our compound or angry messages will dissuade us from defending freedom of speech AND criticizing bigotry,” it read. And then there was this tweet. “This morning’s condemnation (issued before protest began) still stands. As does our condemnation of unjustified breach of the Embassy.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially jumped on the appeasement bandwagon was well. “We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” she said in response to the storming of America’s embassy in Egypt. Yet the murders in Libya were a bridge too far–sort of. While condemning “in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi,” Mrs. Clinton still felt compelled to note the that the “United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” before finally concluding that there “is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

Yes there is. It is the attempt to elevate the actions of an Israeli-American property developer and an incendiary preacher operating on the margins of American society into something that requires an official government apology, in order to placate Islamic mobs who will never be placated.

Apparently someone in the White House recognized the political downside of such appeasement. The embassy apology was disavowed by the Obama administration. “The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” an administration official told Politico. Just as telling, several of the embassy’s tweets were subsequently deleted, perhaps in the hope that a mainstream media with its own agenda of aiding and abetting this president whenever possible, would focus its energies somewhere else.

The administration needn’t have worried. Despite a timeline published by Breitbart.com revealing when the tweets occurred, the 16 hours it took the Obama administration to disavow them, and a statement made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney condemning the attacks and the administration’s initial response–itself held for two hours before being released–the media was more than willing to carry the president’s water.

The New York Post’s John Podhoretz best describes their pathetic attempt to make Romney and his “intemperate” statement the focus of this foreign policy debacle. “Apparently, it is the view of much of the mainstream media and foreign-policy establishment that discussing these horrific events in the course of the presidential campaign is monstrous,” writes Podhoretz. He then explains the motive. “This was an effort–not entirely conscious–to make it illegitimate for Romney to criticize the president’s foreign policy at a moment when foreign policy has suddenly taken center stage…That is not what The Most High (the media) want–a debate. What they want is for Obama to be re-elected. And they’ll use the tools at their disposal to achieve their aim.”

Apparently one of those tools was inadvertently discovered, courtesy of an open mic, at Romney’s press conference Wednesday morning. CBS’s Jan Crawford and NPR’s Ari Shapiro were caught on tape coordinating their line of questioning–specifically focusing on the “intemperate” nature of Romney’s statement. Reporters often work together in such fashion, but it is telling that their focus has nothing to do with what America’s policy responses to such attacks should be, but whether or not Romney’s statement was ill-timed and/or ill-advised. And lest anyone think those two were an anomaly, CNN’s Don Lemon continued focusing on the Romney “gaffe” theme Wednesday afternoon. Richard Williamson, the Romney campaign’s foreign policy adviser, got to the essence of the media’s agenda in response. “[Y]ou want to talk about a process issue,” Williamson lectured Lemon. “Because the White House doesn’t want to talk about substance. It wants to talk about process.”

Here’s “process.” On September 10th, in an eerily prescient column when viewed retrospectively, Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen revealed that the “Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization,” examined the president’s schedule. They discovered that “during his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his [Presidential Daily Brief] just 536 times–or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent–falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.”

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  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Pray please tell us when was the Islamic ME under control…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      At the end of WWI.

  • dodo

    Today is the day of friday prayers of hatred, grievance, murder and incitement to violence. More proof that islam is not a true religion but a made up fascist political movement that hides behind pseudo religious doubletalke

    • Mr. Polly

      Good description of Zionism.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Ridiculous.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbyandPeg1976 @BobbyandPeg1976

    Islam is not a religion but a hatefull ideology that will kill us all.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Islam is a religion. And the favorite religion of atheists, socialists and other self destructive malcontents.

      Islamists claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion. Drawing new adherents from prisons, mental hospitals.

      See the sneaker bomber richard reid, jose padilla, underwear bomber, lauren boothe.

  • Schlomotion

    The authors are not in agreement as to whether the Nakoula Basseley video has anything to do with the embassy attacks. Frontpage is trying to proceed along both courses, one where it is and one where it isn't to see which one pans out gold. Three things are certain, however: Nobody gets to criticize the protected offspring of Norman Podhoretz, the Morsi/Obama meeting has to be scuttled at all costs, and everyone must pay for excluding Benjamin Netanyahu from his seat at the right hand of the President where he likes to bite the fingers that feed him.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Shariamotion,

      Happy Eternal Nakba!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The authors are not in agreement as to whether the Nakoula Basseley video has anything to do with the embassy attacks. Frontpage is trying to proceed along both courses, one where it is and one where it isn't to see which one pans out gold."

      They ARE in agreement that it was involved as a pretext.

      "Three things are certain, however: Nobody gets to criticize the protected offspring of Norman Podhoretz"

      Or riots ensue?

      "the Morsi/Obama meeting has to be scuttled at all costs"

      Why?

      "and everyone must pay for excluding Benjamin Netanyahu from his seat at the right hand of the President"

      Illustrating once again that you don't get it at all.

    • Frank.

      Ignore this idiot, he'll still be spouting politically correct liberal drivel even and the islamist sword is decending to his neck.

  • Nomadic100

    The "clash of civilizations" is clearly underway.

    • BS77

      It is not a clash of civilizations….it is a clash against civilization.

  • LindaRivera

    Western leaders have imported many millions of these perpetually rabidly angry, perpetually rabidly violent people into our Western countries. The violence is coming to a country, city, town near you soon.

  • watsa46

    China and Russia will love to deal with such a weak president. We also should accept, if I am correct, that had Clinton given the order to kill OBL in Sudan, Sept 11 2001 may not have happened. But Pr. O starts the history with Bush!
    Americans are poor in history and geography.

  • Sunbeam

    These people never learn to exercise self-control and restraint. They are easily provoke even at the slightest provocation it doesn't need to call for. It's been a way of life to them. There's a motive behind all this. It is to show to the world how strong they are, and how united they were as Muslims. When one call for the destruction, the whole mob will come running down to geared its teeth and vent its anger without consulting reason and conscience for their behavior. The wildness of it all had led them to commit grievous sin beyond recognition. And this is terrible.

  • reflecting 1a

    The Americn Empire has no clothes.

  • Sunbeam

    To have these people in the Government admin is to asked for trouble, knowing them and what they stand for. It not only risks the Constitutions but the sovereignty of the nation as a whole. If there should be any time America wakes up it is now. New legislation concerning the law of the land must be drawn up quickly. Sharia law must never be imposed upon this land. Strictly no compromising even when hard pressed. You do not want the United States of America ended up like England and Europe, do you? Press for state and religion to be separated worldwide, including Islam. If this can be achieve, we stand a better chance of a more democratic liberal world which I am sure everybody would be happy about. Everybody desires to be free. It might be difficult initially but with persistent and hard work, it might pave the way.

    • jemaasjr

      Why be modest with your half way measures, there is nothing wrong with the Middle East that could not be fixed with a couple dozen nuclear warheads.

      • Sunbeam

        If every measures failed, then this will be the last resort by nuclear warheads. It would be good.

  • chowching259

    Throwing rocks toward the sky in order to hit Muhammad would result in severe punishment. But in America anger aimed at Allah and his servant Muhammad is permitted, even throwing rocks at their homes in the clouds.

  • chowching259

    Drones will soon replace guards as protectors of embassies. A stay at home mom using a desktop monitor will be able to fire a missile at violent protestors. No longer is military communication centers needed, mothers while nursing their young can press a button sending a mob of Mujahedin to paradise.

    • jemaasjr

      >>mothers while nursing their young can press a button sending a mob of Mujahedin to paradise. – Actually I think you are about half way out of your mind, but I love the imagery. Your writing seems to be a kind of stream of consciousness narrative. I wonder if you would be good at fiction writing with your kind of free form imagination.