Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy Exposes His Double Standard

 Let me get this straight. A little more than a year ago, after successfully killing the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, President Obama and virtually all the talking heads of both his campaign and his  administration, proclaimed that he had made the courageous decision to authorize the use of deadly force by U.S. Navy Seals, to kill Osama Bin Laden. He gave credit to the seals as any president would, and he celebrated not only the operations that completed the action, but his own role in it. He made it clear that it was he who was responsible. He stated, 

“Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

 The president was swift to celebrate it and since that time, we’ve been told by all sorts of media hacks, as well as the Vice President himself, that this is an example of Obama’s leadership. We’ve even told repeatedly, that “Osama is dead and GM is alive”, thanks to Obama. A very catchy line, to be sure. 

 Fast forward to September 11, 2012. An esteemed American ambassador and three other American diplomatic and security staff are murdered brutally in Benghazi. For the next five weeks we’re told over and over again, by State Dept., CIA, and the President’s most trusted mouthpieces, about the “facts” of the event. Well, we now know the facts. Among them, it’s evident that the State Dept. has been sidestepping and dodging cause and effect, and responsibility on this for weeks. The crowning moment comes last week, when Joe Biden lies to the American people during the VP debate, telling us that “we didn’t know about any requests for security”. This act apparently, finally forced the hand of the administration and yesterday, Sec Of State Clinton finally takes responsibility. She told CNN that she and she alone make the calls on security and diplomatic actions.  

 And herein we find the horrendous stench of duplicity that is so evident in Barrack Obama’s leadership. A foreign policy victory—the assassination of Bin Laden, is quickly celebrated as a fabulous success. A foreign policy blunder—the failure to respond to Chris Steven’s request for security, and his subsequent murder, unparalleled in recent memory, and the president allows his most respected cabinet member to throw herself fully and completely under the bus. Let me be clear that it’s not just the administration’s failures to protect staff overseas, it’s their undeniable blundering ever since–to divert blame, and to avoid any actual scrutiny for what may have occurred, that has so many perturbed and disappointed.

 But such is the double standard of the Obama presidency. Perhaps this is what Mitt Romney means by “leading from behind”. Out front when you look good. Hide behind Hillary Clinton when you’ve screwed up. It will be fascinating to watch tonight, when Mr. Romney gives the president an opportunity to stand up, be the man, and own this failure, the way great leaders do. I’m not betting on it, however. He’ll offer some platitude and suggest that he or “my administration” could have done things differently, perhaps, but there’ll be no true effort to stand with his team, to actually lead on this. You will not hear him state that “I should have ordered the Ambassador to leave Benghazi”, or “I should have assured that my state department had provided adequate military security for the Ambassador.” That won’t happen, and if we’re really lucky, we might even hear him blame George Bush.

3 Responses to “Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy Exposes His Double Standard”

  1. Crystalf
    October 16, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    Let’s not forget that the order to “get” bin Laden was purposefully unclear and all responsibility and accountability was left with Admiral McRaven. If things had gone badly in the raid for bin Laden, McRaven would have surely been thrown under the bus (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/04/26/Get-bin-laden-memo-CYA) Typical Obama: all glory is his if things go right, but things go wrong, look for someone to blame.

  2. David
    October 16, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Outstanding post, Mr. Knecht. Great analysis, Obama & duplicity; who’d of thought it possible.

    Obama is actually the antithesis of a leader. Great leaders, when things go well, direct the spotlight to others on the team and call attention to their roll in the success. When things go wrong, a leader will man up and take responsibility. The last thing a leader does is persuade someone else to fall on their sword at the very last second. What a slug.

  3. October 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks David. I concur that what sets great leaders apart is how they respond to crises, and we’ve seen again, that the President doesn’t understand that.

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