- Posted October 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ignoring Won't Make Security Lapses Go Away
The Administration of President Barack Obama seems intent on either presenting the wrong information for political gain or totally ignoring the failure of providing adequate security to diplomatic missions throughout the world. This has been glaringly obvious from the murder of our ambassador and 3 other members of the diplomatic corps in Benghazi, Libya on September 11.
First we are offered the wrong information, which Congresswoman and Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claims does not mean it is false, that the murders were a result of reaction to a despicable anti-Islam video. That assertion has been debunked over and over.
Then we are told that some extremists, not terrorist or anyone aligned with Al Qaeda, took advantage of a protest against the video to make their move and kill our citizens. When it becomes evident that this is a clear act of terrorism with a group loosely aligned or sympathizing with Al Qaeda, the Administration, even the President, refuse to call the muderous rampage what it was...a planned terrorist attack.
By accident in yesterday's hearing by State Department officials, including Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy, we learn that there was a highly trained CIA rapid deployment force in an adjacent building who did nothing while our diplomatic mission in Benghazi was over-run and our citizens were killed.
Then today, Stephanie Cutter, a high official in the Obama re-election campaign and former member of the White House staff has the gall to say that the lack of security, the ineptitude in handling the safety of our diplomats, the killing of Americans in Libya is a political issue only because Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have made it political.
Since when has stark failure on the part of an Administration in defending and protecting Americans in foreign countries, not to mention members of the diplomatic corps, not been a political issue and no concern to the American people and of the Congress?
Ignoring the words - terrorism, terrorists, act of terror, war on terror - does not make the reality go away. Rhetoric does not work when American lives are in jeopardy.
This is a clear failure on the part of the President and his Administration. The chief duty of any president is protecting the citizens of the United States of America no matter where they may be and even more so in diplomatic missions which are considered sovereign soil of the US under international law. The primary duty of the federal government is defense. And in this situation, the President failed to protect.
What is even more egregious is learning that requests for more security, for more personnel and ability to carry live ammo and defend what is US sovereign soil and US citizens were met with "No's" by the Administration. Rather we learn that instead of fulfilling the federal government's primary duty of defense, the Administration was trying to turn over its responsibility to the local, host government to provide the needed protection.
This President and this Administration are failing in fulfilling the primary duty under the Constitution which is defense. You cannot hand off that constitutional responsibility to a foreign government. It is your responsibility, Mr. President, and your Administration.
From the Cornfield, spin it all you like, but it was on your watch, Mr. President, as the facts come out, where failure on your part or your Administration to adequately protect US citizens, our citizens, including our ambassador, were murdered.
For once take responsibility and let the buck stop where it rightly belongs, with you, Mr. President.