Monday, September 17, 2012

More foreign policy missteps from Democrats

A little earlier today--just before 2:00 est--I caught a few minutes of America Live with Megyn Kelly (by the way, nice looking outfit, Megyn!). She had on a couple of guests: Brad Blakeman, a member of the Bush administration, and Dick Harpootlian, Chairman of the Democratic Party for the State of South Carolina. They were discussing the Administration's attempt to insist the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens was all about a nothing YouTube video. Ms. Kelly noted recent reports from the Libyan government indicating that the attack was planned and executed by an al Qaeda-linked group, that it had nothing to do with the video and everything to do with 9-11 in particular and anti-Americanism in general:
[Libyan President] Megarif says that over the past few months, foreigners took advantage of the security vacuum and flowed into the country from Mali and Algeria. I ask if this attack was over an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world. He shakes his head.

"The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous," he says. "We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate"...

Megarif claims evidence shows that some elements of Ansar al-Sharia, an extremist group in eastern Benghazi, were used as tools by foreign citizens with ties to al-Qaida to attack the consulate and threaten Libya's stability.
In response to all of this, Harpootlian sought to defend the Administration's claims that the attack was merely an outgrowth of the protests, that it wasn't pre-meditated at all. In doing so, he questioned the information coming from the Libyan government, saying (starting at around 7:39):
"Of course we are hearing from Libyan intelligence, which I may suggest is a contradiction in terms."

Wow. What an idiot. Let's be clear on this: a high-ranking member of the Democratic Party, the President's Party, just went on national television and essentially called all Libyans stupid. And he smiled when he did it, he thought he was being funny.

Of course, the real idea he was pushing via that moronic comment was that Libyan intelligence--in the sense of intelligence agencies--is not trustworthy. But that's not very smart, either. Because, while Libya is not technically an ally like Egypt is an ally, the Obama Administration has been actively promoting the new Libyan government, ever since it came to power in 2011. Indeed, since that moment U.S. dollars have been pouring into Libya, as this report shows (see the table on page 7).

So first, Obama publicly says Egypt is no ally--even though it is--and now another Democrat calls the Libyans fools on live TV. Great diplomatic skills, guys. Regardless of how one might personally feel about the U.S. supporting nations like Egypt and Libya--ground zeroes for the so-called Arab Spring--watching our leaders undermine their own policy is just painful. And embarrassing.

But it gets even worse. For the "Libyan intelligence" being mocked by this particular Democrat is the same intelligence being cited by the Left in reports critical of the Bush Administration. Got that? For Democrats, Libyan intel is no good, is inherently untrustworthy...except when it can be used against Bush or Republicans.

Cheers, all.

1 comment:

  1. Obama doesn't want to come off as ineffective against global terrorism, which would be the case if these attacks were coordinated and pre-planned (as they were)...seems obvious to me.