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September 24, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 24, 2012

Poor planning aided attackers

Since when does our government have the right to decide who of our dedicated American personnel is an expendable human?

Any of us who sat watching live video stream of two U.S. embassies in two Middle East countries being simultaneously attacked by rebel jihadists already concluded these attacks — together — had to have been pre-planned.

Any of us who heard the report that just two black ops guards and two tazer-carrying Libyan soldiers were all the security present at that house-like diplomatic outpost quickly recognized the administration had seriously underestimated that sociopolitical climate.

Any of us who heard Libya’s president state he spoke by phone to our president for an hour three days beforehand regarding intelligence of the planned attack and warning help was needed to repel it now knows for sure that a cheaply made Muslim-insulting video is by far not the whole story.

No matter what the White House and its press corps puts out, the loss of those four lives to jihadists must be due to either tremendous indifference to human cost versus enforced resistance or to tremendous ineptness in assessing the harm the radical element could do.  

Our nation’s people have been outraged over Russia’s capture of a U.S. spy plane pilot, over Hanoi’s capture of American soldiers, over pastors and missionaries held hostage elsewhere by radical elements. Four good Americans were just killed. Where is the mind of America today?

In simple terms, we put a U.S. representation into a potentially explosive environment in a building — not a compound — with just two armed guards. We were warned three days ahead but did nothing. Our president was asked directly by their president by phone for supportive crowd control but did nothing. For days after, the White House continued to call the result “spontaneous” and to blame a short, badly made, insultingly radical e-film for the two synchronized consulate attacks that cost four valuable American lives. What’s wrong with this picture?

If, with its wait-and-pacify stand, our White House was a school kid and Muslim radicals the school bullies, it would get beat up daily. There’s a distinct difference between being a peace advocate and a doormat, between wimpy and silently strong. It seems gone are the days when America discouraged conflict by planning ahead, implementing safeguards and appearing strong.

Maybe our president sees our national strength as he told David Letterman about the national debt, “We don’t have to worry about that in the short term.” If our economy keeps on its current downslide, we won’t be able to afford to do elsewise. Should Barrack Obama win the presidency in November, exactly who will he blame for the mess that the prior term left him?

Rest in God’s peace, Chris Stevens and company.

— Jim Muciarelli

Rosedale

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