by Daniel Gardner
President Obama is the least experienced chief executive ever voted into the White House. Without a doubt he is the least vetted candidate to run for the office. Journalists are still discovering aspects of his life and views that surprise many.
In a 2007 interview with New Hampshire Public Radio, candidate Obama said, "The day I'm inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently … If I'm reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I've lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view … then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer."
President Obama may want "the world" to have confidence that HE is listening to them, but how much safer are Americans today? The week of the eleventh anniversary of 911 Islamic terrorists across more than 22 mainly Muslim nations rioted and attacked American embassies, burned American flags, and ultimately killed four American officials including our ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. Yet somehow, these riots appear to have surprised President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton.
President Obama's foreign policy particularly in regard to Muslim nations has been characterized by critics at home as well as allies abroad as "disengagement." Obama has abandoned traditional policies of involvement with and in these nations in favor of a policy of viewing himself as the charismatic leader who can calm tensions with speeches and meetings. Perhaps that explains the administration's universal denial that Muslims' rioting against America is not about Obama's policies, but was sparked by a 14-minute YouTube video.
It's incredulous to believe such a movie by itself could launch massive protests against America across the globe, and yet that's the case everyone in the Obama administration has made to date. Moreover, from President Obama to Secretary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Rice, and White House Spokesman Carney, all insist the spontaneous explosion of violent attacks and protests against American embassies, interests and personnel overseas is NOT due to American policies. "It's not our fault," they seem to be saying.
The events of 911 week have shifted focus from our economy to foreign policy, neither of which paints Obama in a good light. Our economy is in shambles with rising prices, stagnant wages, and record job losses three years after we came out of the recession - "that's not our fault!" - and Islamic extremists are whipping up anti-American riots and violence around the globe unveiling failed foreign policies that had promised to "ultimately make us safer."
President Obama has been in charge of America for nearly four years, but has refused to accept responsibility or accountability for our slumping economy or foreign policy failures. He has, however, tried to shift the blame for all our woes, and in the case of anti-American riots across the Muslim world he's blaming a 14-minute YouTube video? Seriously?
When our world is staggering on the edge of economic collapse and is being threatened by Islamic extremists vowing to kill Americans, we need a leader who won't resort to blame games when bad things happen, but will respond with real answers and policies grounded in All-American principles.