Obama foreign policy: “Tweet softly, … and carry a big Apology”

In light of yesterday’s attacks on our American Embassy in Cairo, I’ve been going through the web looking for the whole story of what happened. The best overall treatment of this, so far, has been on Commentary Magazine.

Although it’s a well-respected site, I’m not sure how many of y’all read ‘Commentary’; if you don’t, you really should. The following two posts should be proof enough of that statement.

These are from late last night (9/11) & early this morning (9/12), and the first one is from Jonathan Tobin:

Today a mob numbering in the hundreds stormed the Cairo embassy on the pretext of being upset about the alleged appearance on YouTube of a film made by Egyptian-American that is derogatory to Islam. The mob scaled the wall of the embassy, entered the courtyard and tore down and burned the U.S. flag that flew over the diplomatic enclave and raised in its place a black Islamic banner that is associated with al-Qaeda. 

In response to this outrage, this is the statement issued by the United States in Egypt:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy.

Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

No mention was made to the invasion of the embassy or the insult to the symbol of the United States that is as dear to Americans than Islam is to Egyptians. Rather than making it clear that this breach of diplomatic immunity and common decency requires the apology of the Egyptian government and the punishment of those responsible, the Obama administration bowed and apologized.

Americans do respect all faiths and religious believers including Islam. But we also respect freedom of speech and that gives the person who made the offending film — a member of the Egyptian Coptic faith that has suffered bitter persecution and violence at the hands of the Muslim majority — the right to say what he likes whether the Egyptians like it or not.

More to the point, it is not the business of the State Department, the Cairo Embassy or any American official to apologize for or to in any engage in the controversy over this film, let alone issue a statement that appears to rationalize a violent assault on a U.S. embassy on the 9/11 anniversary.

The Embassy statement also was released on TWITTER yesterday, but then was quietly taken back down later that day. So, to (very) loosely paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, this would be: “Tweet softly, …and carry a big Apology”.

On a side note, Charles Krauthammer had a very similar take as Tobin’s, although he said it a bit more bluntly:


All last night and into today, the news continued to flow out of Egypt. Thus, Tobin revisited the subject very early this morning:

The Obama administration is attempting to walk back the damage done by the apology issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for criticisms of Islam made by American citizens. In the wake of condemnations of the embassy’s shocking statement, which seemed to justify the violence that was directed at the United States, administration officials have now said the apology was not vetted by Washington.

Responding perhaps to Mitt Romney’s outrage about the apology, last night Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued her own statement in which she also condemned critics of Islam but added, “There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” But with the attacks on posts in both Libya and Cairo now having left four Americans dead and with anti-U.S. rioters acting with impunity, the problem here is bigger than one retracted apology.

But the damage control being performed in Washington isn’t enough to put the administration’s stand in a positive light. If the initial apology resonated around the world it was because it was very much in line with the tone of moral equivalence that was the keynote of President Obama’s speech to the Arab world given in Cairo in June 2009.

Having set forth a credo that balanced understanding for grievances against U.S. policies with a desire to conciliate its critics rather than to forthrightly defend America and its allies, the president cannot now be surprised when the instinct of U.S. representatives abroad, and especially those in Cairo, is to apologize first and to be resolute later.

The problem with the Obama administration’s attitude toward the Arab world is that a stance of moral equivalence that posed a false symmetry between the Holocaust and Palestinian grievances against Israel or of an Iranian nuclear threat and past complaints about America’s conduct in the Middle East invites the outrages we witnessed yesterday.

The assault on Americans on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks illustrates the deep-seated paranoia and intolerance on the part of Muslims and Arabs. Theirs is a worldview in which their sensibilities must be guarded at all times and places, but that those of Americans and Jews can be abused with impunity.


The evidence that the Obama administration was weak-kneed (at best) on foreign policy has been evident for years. And we can’t forget the repeated, blatant hostility to our allies, including this recent gem:

“In a highly unusual rebuff to a close ally, the White House said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would not meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a U.S. visit later this month, as tensions escalated over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.”

Great strategy, guys: Tell our allies to take a hike, and then apologize to the Arab whack-jobs who are killing us ’cause their feelings were hurt.

Oh, yeah: THAT’s gonna work for us.

Does anyone still want to tell me that this administration has even the faintest of ideas what the heck they’re doing? Because if this is all part of some well-oiled, intricate foreign policy plan, I’m reeeeally curious as to just how this can result in our being better off, or somehow more secure as a country.

‘Course, that’s likely just me being paranoid. Isn’t it?


UPDATE #1: No Record of Intelligence Briefings for Obama in the week before the Embassy Attacks.

Yeah, and what do the Networks want to discuss? If Romney spoke out of turn.

I’m beyond disgusted.

UPDATE #2: Allen West: “Apologizing in Egypt is rewarding Bad Behavior

West is speaking from a ton of experience. Wish we had more like him.

18 responses to “Obama foreign policy: “Tweet softly, … and carry a big Apology”

  1. You elect a political hack/street organizer and this is what you get. His is a shining example of Theory vs Reality, and the devastating outcome of NO EXPERIENCE.

    Remember when “Middle Class” Joe Biden was touted in his selection as Veep on the basis of his “tremendous foreign policy experience”. What a joke. (I think he’s still counting how many letters are in the word J-O-B-S)

    From Iran to Afghanistan to Israel to Northern Africa, this administration has been a complete debacle.

    Arab Spring (supposed democratic uprising) = terrorist growth.
    Iran = nuclear weapons
    Israel = “go back to your 1968 borders”

    And the list goes on. This man MUST be voted out of office.

  2. Radical Islamists will never understand, or show respect for, the US Constitution and our First Amendment rights of free speech and religious freedom. If we start apologizing for hurting the feelings of people in other countries, then where will it end? We are being held hostage to the world’s real or perceived grievances. This has to stop… or America as a world leader is lost.

  3. I believe that these radical Islamists should be left alone in the world. If they want to kill each other in their own countries, then let them. The more of them that die by their own hands, the less of them that are left to cause more pain and suffering in this country. Thank God that we have not gotten involved in the conflict in Syria. They are Muslims fighting against Muslims…let them fight it out and determine which group will prevail. It is not worth the pain of losing even one more American life to save any Muslims…..since Muslims feel that we are nothing but Infidels anyway. I think that there are many Americans who feel the same way.

    • Hi, WireMom!
      My only disagreement with that thought, although it makes good sense in one respect, is that one of Radical Islam’s primary, animating desires is to ….kill us.
      Unless and until the entire world comes to follow Islam, these folks (the whack-jobs) won’t rest. They won’t stop.

      So, as much as I’d LOVE to agree to simply let them play in their own little sandbox and just kill each other…it’s not quite that simple. I wish it were.

      Thanks so much for the comment, WM.
      We’re delighted to have you here!

  4. The act of the apology is the problem here, we shouldn’t be apologizing for someones right to free speech. It can be offensive, to you, to me or anyone else but it’s our right as human beings. Obama shouldn’t be just saying we are going to track these people down but threatening pulling aid from all these countries. Threaten to stop trading with them and so on, my question is why the embassy wasn’t already fully supported with marines considering what’s going on over there?

    I would agree that we don’t want to get involved in another conflict but defending Americans at the embassy is something we must do.

  5. Recent news reports are seeming to indicate that the “apology” was actually drafted BEFORE the attack in anticipation of such a reaction from the release of the “film”. Intel reports warned of the attack which is why the Ambassador was MOVED from the premise, yet SOMEHOW his location was divulged.

    This is a foreign policy NIGHTMARE for Obama, Hillary, and the State Department. So, what do they do today? Attack Romney for speaking out. Think about it for a second, ok?, and let me know what irony you see in that.

  6. Yeah, I linked it in an UPDATE at the bottom, Pgh.
    Chuck Todd is gonna want to eat those words someday.

    I need a new term for the media. What comes after “hopelessly biased”, “In the tank” and “having no shame”?

  7. It appears, once again, his muslim upbringing is being exposed.

    • I tried to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, RP. When Obama won in 2008, I WISHED and HOPED that I was wrong, and that so many of my friends were right about him.

      Now, I just want him gone. Yesterday. Please.

      • I was keeping up with who and what this man is and realized he was a Marxist and would be an uncontrollable disaster. This is the REASON Limbaugh said, “I hope he fails”…. we knew what is real agenda was – as much destruction as possible. He’s about succeeded. Hope you get to see “2016 – Obamas America:”.

        • Re: ‘2016’: Hoping to go this weekend. FYI: I recently re-viewed “FahrenHYPE 9/11”. If you haven’t had a chance to ever see it, grab it. Completely worth your time.

          And yes, I knew what and who Obama was, too. Been a Rush 24/7 subscriber for years. And like Rush, I too wanted him to “fail”, …IF his agenda was what I feared.
          It was, and is.

          Obama has been more destructive than a hundred plagues of locusts.
          He. Must. Go.

  8. Democracolytes: Those who follow whatever Obama and the party says, no matter the cost, like junkies in line for their next rock of crack.

  9. You said it. This is exactly what I had been thinking when I heard Obama and Clinton issue those abject apologies. They made me wonder if they really represent the American people, because I think that most Americans were hurt and angered by the senselessness of what happened in Libya on Tuesday night.

  10. Feels like 1979 all over again!

  11. Pingback: EXPOSED: Obama’s lack of leadership experience | Two Heads are Better Than One

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