The Obama Justice Department has now released the name of the film-maker who produced the film that we are being led to believe* sparked the attacks against American embassies which began two days ago. What a cowardly act. How dare they endanger this man's life by exposing his name and location.
By doing so, they have endangered, not only the producer himself, but in identify him as "a Coptic Christian," they have placed an added concern to the already embattled Coptic Christians living in Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations.
Fox did it first, releasing the name of the former Navy SEAL who wrote the book on the bin Laden raid. In doing so, they knowingly endangered the life of the author and his entire family . . . simply to get a scoop . . . it was unconscionable and inexcusable. The pathetic response from Fox? "Well it would have come out anyway."
It is inconceivable that anyone could be so irresponsible and uncaring as to intentionally endanger the life of a fellow citizen just to get noticed. Fox News was and deserved to be excoriated for this negligent and endangering action.
Two wrongs, however don't make a right and as bad as what Fox News did is, it pales in comparison to what the Obama Administration has now done.
Fox is a private entity and has no obligation beyond what's legally required to protect people, (although one would wish they held themselves to a higher standard than they have so far), but Eric Holder's Department of Justice is part of our federal government. It has a constitutional obligation to protect the lives of all who dwell within her borders, whether they are citizens of these United States or not. For them to reveal the name of a private individual in a desperate attempt to assuage the anger of rioting Muslims is beyond wrong, it is criminal.
The Obama Administration has been wrong on the Middle East soup-to-nuts and their response to this whole business has been apologetic, timid, muddled and ineffectual. One thing is obvious, in they're confusion, the paramount thing in their minds is not protecting American lives or mounting an effective response to these acts, it is preserving Obama's reelection chances.
Instead showing outrage and anger at the murder of four American diplomats by angry mobs of demonstrators, instead of being outraged at the lack of protection given our diplomatic missions by these host nations, instead of confronting the issue and demonstrating a little leadership, they issue apology after apology to the attackers for our inherent right to freedom of speech. Instead of celebrating the fact and defending the rights every American, they apologize for the fact that we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Hillary's statement, in part said:
“. . .Now, I know it is hard for some people to understand why the United States cannot or does not just prevent these kinds of reprehensible videos from ever seeing the light of day (I would note that in today's world, with today's technologies, that is virtually impossible), but even if it were possible, our country does have a long tradition of free expression which is enshrined in our constitution and our law and we do not stop individual citizens from expressing their views no matter how distasteful they may be,"Hilary saying essentially, "I'm sorry that we can't force our citizens to be silent . . ." Her whole tone is apologetic. As I said before, it is possible to condemn what someone says without apologizing for the fact that they exercised a right the government has no power to curtail.
“America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation, and as you know, we are home to people of all religions [Muslims included]. To us — to me, personally this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and provoke rage.”
Why didn't she say something like:
"In America we respect and celebrate the rights of every citizen to express his or her opinion and to exercise their religious freedoms however they choose and reject any calls to reign in that freedom. The right of every citizen in America to express their opinion--no matter how objectionable we may find that opinion--lies at the core of every American's soul.This is a cowardly administration, cowardly and incompetent as any administration run by liberals must be.
That liberty is the foundation of our nation's existence. It is what makes America the bastion of freedom and liberty it is.
This film and the comments of individuals surrounding it represent the individual opinions of those people and do not reflect what the majority of Americans think or believe. We may disagree with them and what they say--as we do emphatically in this case--but we defend to the death their right to say it."
The truth is, this isn't about some film, it isn't about Mitt Romney attacking the President, and it isn't even about our individual rights, it is about the complete failure of the Obama Administrations Middle East agenda. It is about incompetence, it is about a failure of leadership.
It is what happens when you put an academic in charge of a real-world situation. Indecision, defensiveness, apology, vanity and spinelessness will be the inevitable result--whether the problem is economic or geo-political, there is no substitute for real world experience.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!
*NOTE: As I originally speculated, there is growing evidence that these attacks were in retaliation for the drone attacks we have been conducting in Afghanistan, Yemen and other locations. The infamous "film" may have been nothing more than a red-herring, an excuse to camouflage the true cause. More and more it appears that al Qaeda was behind the attack in Benghazi and may have instigated other attacks by stirring up unrest.