Today America suffered a great loss following a day of sacred remembrance! Most critically, we suffered the tragic loss of life in Libya, and we mourn with those who lost their loved ones, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staff. We offer our condolences and prayers for solace to the family members of those who have suffered this difficult loss. Today America mourns!
Yesterday’s remembrance and today’s tragedy are reminders that we are in the midst of significant turmoil, tumult and commotion in the world. Even so, it is difficult to measure the anger and outrage so many feel when our freedoms and principles are threatened, and lives are lost by radical Islamic thuggery. The disrespect and irrationality of these immoral thugs is difficult to fathom and comprehend, especially when as Americans we value and treasure life and human dignity so significantly. Needless to say, this is a difficult time for the world, and for America. I am grateful for who we are and what we stand for – now if we just had a leader in our President that stood resolute for these same principles.
After waking to the headlines this morning and seeking for some measure and understanding, I reflected back to Condi Rice’s recent speech at the Republican Convention in Tampa. Therein she speaks of leadership and a wanting definition of where America stands. She further speaks of the global turmoil and challenges we have and continue to face, and the critical need for wisdom and leadership on the global stage. She points out that if America doesn’t lead, someone else will. Today we have witnessed the consequences of absent leadership in Washington. The Arab Spring, as noted by Governor Romney is turning into the Arab Winter.
Therefore, I simply ask the question, ‘Where is our President?‘ At a time that demands great leadership in our nation and on the world stage, Mr. Obama is absent! At a time when our outrage and condemnation should be expressed in no uncertain terms, Mr. Obama and the State Department gave utterance to understanding the radical Islamic outrage over derisive comments against Mohammed. Clearly they indicated that such isn’t an excuse, but to give utterance to offense is not leadership, it is capitulation. At a time when our friend and ally in the Middle East, Israel, is under serious threat and their Prime Minister seeks an audience with our President, he is too busy to meet and is unwilling to make it the needed priority it is! And yet, Mr. Obama has time to visit with David Letterman in lieu of the Prime Minister; he has time to campaign in Nevada and Colorado on the very day we have suffered such a great loss in Libya; where are you Mr. President? And, do you really care about what matters? Or, are you too interested in the power, the prestige and the celebrity of the Presidency and your re-election?
The distinct and different responses below from Governor Romney to the attacks and breach of our Egyptian Embassy, and President Obama’s response to the tragedy in Libya are clear and indicative of one committed to leadership and the other committed to apology and capitulation. Leading from behind is one thing, the abandonment of leadership is something completely different. Barack Obama claims he is steeped in foreign policy experience and capacity and that Governor Romney is lacking in such. Foreign Policy experience isn’t a matter of time in office or miles traveled, or even visits with foreign leaders, it is a matter of principled engagement and leadership – and to this point, Mr. Obama has not met any measure of what is required. In fact, his absence of leadership has made the world more caustic, more dangerous, and more unstable. His ‘flexibility’ and deference to Putin, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, radical islamists and others has placed the world on a precarious pinnacle.
Governor Romney’s Response:
Barack Obama’s Response:
We have suffered too much at the hands of Barack Obama. Our economy has struggled for four years, burdened by untenable debt and the absence of leadership in the White House. Instead of dealing with the cards he was dealt at the outset of his Presidency, Mr. Obama left the country to enjoy his celebrity tour of Europe and the Middle East. He abdicated his responsibility in deference to the allure and accolades of the world – he even basked in his Nobel Peace Prize. Further, his lack of leadership during the Arab Spring is now coming home to roost. We are now experiencing a more unstable Middle East, and when our key ally in the region seeks counsel as Iran goes nuclear, he abdicates for Letterman. As much as I would like to think Mr. Obama is absent capacity in leadership, I struggle feeling that this is his agenda – to create and enable chaos with an ultimate aim to undermine America’s exceptionalism and standing in the world!
May America wake up and restore our future on November 6th by electing a man whose love for country, freedom and liberty trumps all things personal; a man whose sense of duty enveloped in capacity, leadership, competence and commitment rises to the nation’s demand; a man whose willingness to serve has been expressed in a life lived in American values and principles; a man who has been prepared for this moment, America’s defining moment! God Bless this great land and the people of America, that they will choose wisely this November.