Friday, September 21, 2012

Obama Finally Calls Terror Attacks Terror

Obama Finally Calls Terror Attacks Terror
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 21, 2012

So it only took the Obama administration 10 days to figure out what anyone with a beating heart and a pulse already knew: that the assault on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, was a terrorist attack.

Hello? McFly? Anyone home?

Upon hearing of the terrorist attack on the embassy where radical Muslim extremists murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Air Force veteran Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, Obama was reticent to call the attacks a coordinated terrorist effort.

First there was the apology from Obama for an anti-Muslim film produced by an independent source that, as it turned out had nothing to do with the attack on the US embassy in Cairo, Egypt, also a September 11 terror strike perpetrated by radical Muslim extremists.

Then Obama expressed shock that such attacks would take place. Look at a calendar, Mr. Obama – it’s September 11. If you are shocked perhaps you should stay in Washington, attend your intelligence hearings once in a while and you wouldn’t be shocked by an attack that was practically telegraphed.

Prior to the terrorist assaults on the embassies in Benghazi and Cairo, Obama had only attended 47 percent of his own intelligence hearings. But that was overlooked by a liberal media so entrenched in the world of getting Obama reelected. Instead, the media focused its attention on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who immediately called the uprisings at the embassies what they were – terrorist attacks. However, for his accuracy, criticism of Obama for coming late to the realization, and his presidential behavior, Romney was vilified by a media that continues to present one-sided, biased reports masquerading as real news.

US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice also refused to acknowledge the obvious, instead calling the terrorist attacks “spontaneous, not premeditated.” How obtuse can this administration be?

US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said “the Obama administration is finally waking up to the reality that the attack on the US consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack to coincide with 9/11.”

“This was not a coincidence that it happened on the anniversary of September 11, that there are people out there who want to kill Americans and we have to confront our enemies. That’s what this administration is never willing to do,” said Ros-Lehtinen, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. (

While the administration continued burying its head in the sand, suggesting there was no evidence these were terrorist attacks, US Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said “based on the briefings that I have had, I come to the opposite conclusion. I just don’t think people come to protests equipped with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) and other heavy weapons.” (

Taking it one step further, US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) simply called Obama “dead wrong.”

Obama has all but abdicated his role as Commander in Chief in favor of becoming Entertainer in Chief – spending his time with rapper Jay Z, singer Beyoncé and appearing on David Letterman’s late night talk show instead of doing his job in Washington, DC, or meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was once again shunned by Obama. Obama continues to fiddle while American embassies burn.

In fact, where was Obama on September 11 and 12? Campaigning and fund-raising in Nevada and Colorado instead of returning to the White House immediately upon learning of the terrorist strikes. Obama continues to operate sans a sense of urgency.

The United States has a so-called leader who, upon taking office, declared that change would come to the Middle East, the Arab world and the Muslim world. Is this the change Obama meant? Attacks on US embassies or on Americans directly in Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen within the last two weeks are probably not what Obama bargained for during his naïve claims.

It is clear Obama is over his head in the White House, and no amount of posturing, placating or appeasing will change the climate overseas. Appeasement didn’t work in 1938 for British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, and it is not working in 2012 for Barack Obama.

Change is what is needed, and hopefully it will come November 6 when Obama is fired from his first real job and replaced with Mitt Romney who will take the job of president of the United States seriously.

May the deaths of the ambassador and his colleagues not have been in vain and may their memories always be for a Blessing.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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