Rich Galen and Paul Begala discuss how the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is playing out in U.S. politics and the Obama administration's relationship with Israel.
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It is not just Romney's response that was not appropriate, it is the whole Republican stance on Muslims. It is not long ago that Michelle Bachmann and several others wrote very objectionable letters asking for inquiries into several people and accusing them of trying to infiltrate Islam into the White House. It was absurd. It was a far right Christian pastor from Florida who burned the Quaran and caused the death of many soldiers. It was a Conservative blogger who initiated the hateful "mosque at Ground Zero" controversy which was actually a community centre two blocks from Ground Zero. The issue was fanned by the media and caused a lot of unnecessary hatred and political divide. This hateful film made by a Coptic Christian with help from an anti-Muslim speaker and supported by the crazy Florida pastor is another in a long line of events that is causing terrible harm to peace at home and abroad. The deaths, riots and destruction fall aquarely on their shoulder. When will it end?. The Republican rhetoric is very scary and their comments about Iran sound very similar to those made during the run up to the Iraq war. Their bowing down to the PM of Israel is very troubling. He should be spending his time in peace talks with Palestine and come up with a fair two state solution. He may be using Iran as a diversion from taking part on any kind of compromise. The PM should realize that Israel is not the centre of the universe and is actually a thorne in the side of any kind of peace in the whole region. He seems to be a bully who wants things his own way and thinks he can tell other countries what to do. At least Pres. Obama has the intellect and resolve to stay firm and run his country without unwanted outside advice. It is becoming more and more clear that a Romney presidency would follow too many of the Bush era economical and foreign affairs policies. That is terrifying.
This man is correct and you cannot defend wrong policies of Obama. One has to be honest and listen to what Obama said in Cairo in 2009 and use correct logic that is essential in understanding world politics now. You may be a good lawyer but not a correct president at this time for this country.
Even if someone warned the US of possible hostilities in Libya, we would have to confirm the source and whether it was a credible threat before pulling soldiers from one place and sending them to Libya possibly reducing security in other locations. Unfortunately, due to the sharp cutbacks in military personnel to steamline and take the military to the absolute minimal force needed to meet just the basic security requirements, increasing security prescense at a moments notice would be difficult if not impossible without a reserve force large enough to safely and easily send support to any and all security warnings whether confirmed or not. When I was cut from the military, the person I worked with went from doing three peoples jobs to doing four. It is probably tougher to make mission now with even more cutbacks since I left 20 years ago.
It is sad that both Jews and Muslims love to criticize Obama. That is what happens to peace brokers. People like leaders to be like Genghis Khan or Alexander the great. Peace brokers like Gandhi and Obama are viewed as weak leaders.