White House Losing All Credibility on Foreign Policy

Yesterday’s headlines were all over the map on this, and yet I get the impression this is viewed as a minor story by the main stream media.

Despite claims to the contrary early on, and President Obama’s reticence to use the actual words, Hillary Clinton and Jay Carney both admitted yesterday that what happened in Libya was a terrorist attack, not just a protest gone wrong. Meanwhile questions are arising about what the White House knew and when, and whether this was about a hack job of a movie at all.

CNBC asks “Did White House Lie About Libya Attacks?” The answer appears to be yes.

Here’s a link to the video of an interview the House Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, and the text of the related article:

Larry Kudlow is hearing from his beltway sources that the President may have put politics ahead of national security in the wake of the Libya attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Kudlow, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and other skeptics charge the administration deceived the nation when it said the attacks had not been planned in advance.

Those same skeptics say the administration via UN Ambassador Susan Rice deliberately downplayed events in Libya to preserve Obama’s image as the President who had won the war on terror by killing Osama Bin Laden.

“They sent (Susan Rice) out for political reasons,” said King on The Kudlow Report. “The Obama administration wants people to believe that the war against terror is over.”

In other words, if the White House admitted Libya was a terror attack – it would have called the campaign message into question – something Democratic strategists didn’t want to do.

Instead, the GOP says the administration shifted attention to a movie that depicted Islam’s prophet Muhammad in an unflattering light – a movie that sparked protests in Egypt – knowing that was not the catalyst.

“They wanted people to believe the violence was caused by a few malcontents,” King explained, but it was actually something much more sinister.

“They don’t want the appearance that Al Qaeda has come back but the truth is Al Qaeda has never gone away,” said King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

“I see this as nothing short of a cover up,” added Larry Kudlow.

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton shares the sentiment.

“The administration could have said from the beginning, ‘We don’t know all the facts, and therefore, we’re not ruling out any potential explanation,'” said Bolton in a published interview.

“But that’s not what they did. They came down in the midst of great uncertainty and said it was spontaneous. It was not terrorism.”

Now, however, as reported in the Examiner, the White House is quietly admitting that yes, it’s “self-evident” this was a terrorist attack. And they expect this change in tone to go unnoticed. As reported in the Examiner:

“You know what else is self-evident? That the Obama administration is full of liars,” Twitchy said Thursday.

“For a week, they lied to the American people and blamed a movie, condemning free speech time and time again, for the murder of four Americans in Libya and for embassy attacks across the globe,” Twitchy added.

CBS reported Thursday morning that witnesses said “there was never an anti-American protest outside of the consulate [in Benghazi, Libya]. Instead, they say, it came under planned attack. That is in direct contradiction to the administration’s account of the incident.”

The CBS report also said “that the public won’t get a detailed account of what happened until after the election.”

[emphasis added]

Here’s that CBS report:

A major question is whether the film had anything whatsoever to do with the attack, or if it was a White House distraction from the beginning.

In a Boston Herald op ed entitled “How the Truth Hurts Hence White House Avoids it,” Michael Graham says Jay Carney’s explanation of events doesn’t pass his “teenage son” test.

In other words, if you imagined your teenage son giving you the same story, would you believe him?

So I look Carney in the eye and I think to myself: “Let me see if I’ve got this straight: A group of men armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades just happens to gather outside our consulate for a “spontaneous” protest, they just happen to organize a successful two-wave attack on the compound and, by sheer coincidence, someone inside lets them know where Ambassador Christopher Stevens is hiding. Oh, and all this happened on the anniversary of 9/11 and you’re telling me it wasn’t a planned attack?”

Does this pass the “teenage son” test for you? Graham says he’d send Carney “to his room.”

The remainder of the piece is also excellent:

Of course the Obama administration’s story was bogus. The Libyans said so, a member of the administration’s own counter-terrorism office said so and, most important, your good sense said so.

Which is why nobody’s surprised to learn that, far from the “movie-review-gone-horribly-wrong” scenario from the White House, we now know there had been warnings of an attack for days, Ambassador Stevens openly worried about his safety and it appears a former Gitmo detainee and al-Qaida member was directly involved.

In fact CBS News reports that witnesses say there was no anti-American protest that day at all. None. Just a coordinated attack against an American target by a terrorist group on 9/11.

But sometimes we love our teenagers so much we’re willing to turn a blind eye to their misbehavior, hoping the reality isn’t true. Is that what’s happening between the press and the White House? If so that’s starting to unravel, as Graham says, like with our teenagers, sometimes we need to use tough love and go with our gut:

Watching the violence spreading across the Middle East, did you ever buy the “this has nothing to do with Obama administration policy, it’s just a movie” line? Of course not. The White House could send 100 people out to spin, but you’d know the truth.

And that’s the point: you knew. Just like you know when your kid claims he spent the night at his friend’s house, or doesn’t know why there’s a bottle of vodka missing from the liquor cabinet — you knew.

The next 46 days will be filled with claims, counter-claims, statistics and polls. You’ll hear more excuses from the Obama campaign about the current mess they’ve created than from a teenager who blew off a term paper.

This election year, more than any other I’ve ever seen, you need to ignore it all and go with your gut. You’ll make the right call in November.

[Emphasis added]

In perhaps the most blistering commentary of both the White House and the media, Charles Krauthammer told Fox that the press is suppressing the collapse of Obama’s policy.

Here’s the transcript:

Charles Krauthammer: I think this is a scandal at many levels. Obviously, the level of on the ground what happened in Libya. The lack of warning, the lack of intelligence, the lack of communication, the lack of response in and of itself is going to be a scandal as the details are coming out. The second level was already mentioned, [unintelligible] in effect of the administration went out and ridiculously sends out a U.S. ambassador to the U.N., probably the next Secretary of State if Obama is re-elected, and is telling the nation with a straight face that it was a spontaneous demonstration and it wasn’t a terrorist attack, which a 9-year-old could tell was not so.

They stuck with the story. Day after day, the president himself today refuses to say the obvious. On the same day his Secretary of State says of course it’s a terrorist attack.

Carney today, I think, said of course it’s a terrorist attack. It looks like incompetence. But actually, I think there’s a method here and the idea is you want to pretend it’s something else, hope it goes away. And the reason that the administration understands but it won’t say that this really is a symbol of the collapse of the policy that Obama initiated of accommodation and apology in the Muslim world. He had attributed all the ills, all the anti-Americanism to the Bush invasion, to the torture and the degradation of the previous administration. All of that is over and yet we have the worst explosion of anti-Americanism in memory.

And this is a collapse of the policy they can’t admit, they have to pretend isn’t happening and the press is collaborating and suppressing. Either it doesn’t understand or it doesn’t want to harm Obama.

Krauthammer had his own op ed Thursday in the Washington Post as well, in which he laid out the case that Obama’s Middle East policy is a failure. He reminds his readers that Obama tried to “re-set” relations with the Muslim world in Cairo in 2009.

It’s now three years since the Cairo speech. Look around. The Islamic world is convulsed with an explosion of anti-Americanism. From Tunisia to Lebanon, American schools, businesses and diplomatic facilities set ablaze. A U.S. ambassador and three others murdered in Benghazi. The black flag of Salafism, of which al-Qaeda is a prominent element, raised over our embassies in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Sudan.

The administration, staggered and confused, blames it all on a 14-minute trailer for a film no one has seen and may not even exist.

What else can it say? Admit that its doctrinal premises were supremely naive and its policies deeply corrosive to American influence?

“It’s time,” declared Obama to wild applause of his convention, “to do some nation-building right here at home.” He’d already announced a strategic pivot from the Middle East to the Pacific. Made possible because “the tide of war is receding.”

Nonsense. From the massacres in Nigeria to the charnel house that is Syria, violence has, if anything, increased. What is receding is Obama’s America.

It’s as axiomatic in statecraft as in physics: Nature abhors a vacuum. Islamists rush in to fill the space and declare their ascendancy. America’s friends are bereft, confused, paralyzed.

Islamists rise across North Africa from Mali to Egypt. Iran repeatedly defies U.S. demands on nuclear enrichment, then, as a measure of its contempt for what America thinks, openly admits that its Revolutionary Guards are deployed in Syria. Russia, after arming Assad, warns America to stay out, while the secretary of state delivers vapid lectures about Assad “meeting” his international “obligations.” The Gulf states beg America to act on Iran; Obama strains mightily to restrain . . . Israel.

Sovereign U.S. territory is breached and U.S. interests are burned. And what is the official response? One administration denunciation after another — of a movie trailer! A request to Google to “review” the trailer’s presence on YouTube. And a sheriff’s deputies’ midnight “voluntary interview” with the suspected filmmaker. This in the land of the First Amendment.

What else can Obama do? At their convention, Democrats endlessly congratulated themselves on their one foreign policy success: killing Osama bin Laden. A week later, the Salafist flag flies over four American embassies, even as the mob chants, “Obama, Obama, there are still a billion Osamas.”

A foreign policy in epic collapse. And, by the way, Vladimir Putin just expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from Russia. Another thank you from another recipient of another grand Obama “reset.”

Krauthammer’s not alone in questioning the media, either. Others are asking where the media was to ask these questions after the attack? Jack Kelly:

That night, the networks devoted 20 times the broadcast minutes to criticisms of Mr. Romney than to criticisms of how the administration has handled the crisis. It was much the same on the morning shows Thursday. …

At that news conference Wednesday morning, Jan Crawford of CBS and Ari Shapiro of NPR were caught on an open mike plotting how to ensure it would focus on the timing of Mr. Romney’s criticism rather than on its substance.

Most in the “mainstream” media are now de facto extensions of the Obama campaign. More people are noticing. “I think you guys are suck-ups,” a woman told reporters covering a Romney rally in Virginia on Thursday.

As frightening as it is that there are such problems in the Middle East, and that the media treats Obama like its wayward teenage son, perhaps more scandalous is the appearance, if not the reality, that the Obama administration is buying good press coverage by giving the scoop to the press over the U.S. Congress. In an article on The Hill yesterday, Alexander Bolton reported:

Senate Republicans are furious the Obama administration rebuffed their attempts to learn details of the Benghazi attack, only to give the coveted information to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal…

Senators say they were rebuffed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they pressed for more information about the attack that killed U.S. envoy Christopher Stephens in Libya.

“That is the most useless, worthless briefing I have attended in a long time,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters after the closed-door session.

GOP lawmakers were incensed to find many of the details they tried to learn Thursday were in a front-page article in The Times the following morning. …

Republicans have grown increasingly frustrated with the Obama administration’s cozy relationship with the press.

Some think the media has given Obama favorable coverage. …

Republicans led by McCain have complained loudly this year that Obama’s senior advisors have tried to generate favorable stories by leaking classified information to reporters.

And there are more accusations that the press isn’t doing its job. In an op end entitled “Media Cover for Obama’s Failures,” Steve Huntley of the Chicago Sun Times, after outlining how the press is declining to report just how bad the economy is under Obama, moves on to foreign policy:

The news is no better on foreign policy. Even the administration is backing away from U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s farcical claim that the wave of anti-American riots were a spontaneous reaction to an obscure Internet video. And Obama’s “reset” with Russia is faring no better than his outreach to the Muslim world. Moscow kicked out the U.S. Agency for International Development, which promotes democracy and human rights, claiming it meddles in Russian politics.

From the American kitchen table to the U.S. business environment to the unemployment line to the Arab street to Russian diplomacy, Obama’s policies have been a failure. Who wants four more years of that?

Amen, brother. Like his domestic policies, President Obama’s foreign policy is beginning to unravel. This level of incompetence and hide the ball politics is unacceptable and President Obama should be shown the door. His policies are dangerous, and the only questions left are whether the press will cover it and whether the American people will see what’s really happening before the election. Re-tweet to make sure they do.

UPDATE: Not sure how I missed this one: Breitbart reports Obama’s blaming it on the movie is putting lives in danger.

In case you haven’t heard, and if you count on the corrupt media for information you probably haven’t, Pakistan — you know, our ally Pakistan? — has exploded in a rage that has already cost 17 lives. Moreover, Pakistan — you know our ally Pakistan? — called for this day of protest by giving the country the day off to take it to the streets.

And now it makes sense that much of this rage might actually be over the movie. But how many tens of millions of Muslims didn’t know about the film before our government and media poured every ounce of publicity they had into scapegoating it?

How would things look today if the media and White House reported the Libyan story honestly — reported what they knew when they knew it? Could it be that things might look a little calmer had the American government not ginned up the biggest publicity in the world to create their “Emmanuel Goldstein?”

The “two minute hate” has now extended to weeks and dozens of countries. The State Department’s disgraceful Pakistani commercial denouncing the film hasn’t just failed to quell violence, it’s probably worsened it.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is an attorney for venture capitalists and their portfolio companies by day, husband and father of three teenage boys by night. He’s an avid supporter of Mitt Romney for president and, as a graduate of Brigham Young University, a BYU football and basketball fan. Paul also enjoys competing in triathlons. Because he’s in the “Clydesdale” (over 200 lb.) class, he has even had podium finishes from time to time. Paul also has the distinction of being a big enough U2 fan to be willing to travel to Dublin to see them in their native environment.

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Paul Johnson is an attorney for venture capitalists and their portfolio companies by day, husband and father of three teenage boys by night. He's an avid supporter of Mitt Romney for president and, as a graduate of Brigham Young University, a BYU football and basketball fan. Paul also enjoys competing in triathlons. Because he's in the "Clydesdale" (over 200 lb.) class, he has even had podium finishes from time to time. Paul also has the distinction of being a big enough U2 fan to be willing to travel to Dublin to see them in their native environment.
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11 Responses to White House Losing All Credibility on Foreign Policy

  1. we must stand srtong now againgst the threat that will get more involved with our military hang in there and we will not fail come the election. says:

    we hope that the democrats will not lie abiout their liberal agendas in domestic policiy such as finances.

  2. G Hugh says:

    Your demonizing (as filth) the “For All” promotion is too hilarious. It reads like a great Obama promo. It might be good to have someone with less bias/myopia to check what you post..to see that it’s benefit to your man..not OUR MAN.
    Can’t wait to watch the debates..

    Seattle WA

  3. Victor Lundquist says:

    G Hugh?? Huh?

    Paul: OUTSTANDING post! The second part of your opening sentence:

    “and yet I get the impression this is viewed as a minor story by the main stream media.”

    Obviously, this is true. The MSM is obviously in the bag for Obama…It is frankly obscene. Here is one more example to add to the many you provided Paul. The largest American aviation loss during wartime since Vietnam happened this last week in which over $200 million in aircraft were destroyed and where was the media on that one? A colonel was killed in the Taliban attack. Here is the shocking story:


    The MSM is protecting Obama during this election cycle; there is no question about it. It is obscene.

    Outstanding Paul. This needs to get out to as many people as possible. I will promote it to everyone I know right now.

  4. AfricanforRomney says:

    I bet the national Enquirer has a better credible story on Obama’s failed foreign policy than the US media. You’ve to watch BBC, al jazera english to learn the truth what’s going on domestic and int’l. I asked myself, who’s these media outlets bosses? How they get measure their performance? Com’n, we’re talking about the national security, US diplomats. I mean these are not a GOP guards. I feel like i’m living in a true Banana Republic.

    Susan Rice = Rwanda genoiced cheerleader in Clinton admin= let Bin laden leave from Sudan voluntarily= Unitedcorrupted Nation “ambassador” = Obama political mouthpiece. I thought her position supposed to be apolitical. right?

    Hillary=pathological liar=Bogus, misleading account of events in Bosnia sniper attack at the airport=a Yankee fan= “no information” that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was on an al-Qaeda hit list despite his alleged fears of an attack= and then yes, a terriorst attack.

    Incompetent Obama=Cluleless=Obama lied, people died!

    We deserve the TRUTH!

  5. Cathy says:

    We are dealing with a very corrupt Whitehouse and very corrupt liberal main stream media that are being paid off by George Soros. We all have to search out the answers ourselves and expose this corruption. Thanks to many of the posters here and bloggers, we can unearth and expose some of the deception, but it will be up to everybody to do their part and speak up. We are in a battle of good vs evil and we will win.
    Tell everyone you know and don’t know to vote for Gov. Romney or our free America will be just something our kids will read about in the history books…if they are allowed to know about it.

  6. Maggie says:

    This totally out of context, but I have to ask. Can someone please tell me why in the world I don’t see any Romney adds on tv? I see lots and lots of O adds but not Romney. What are they waiting for?

  7. Annette S says:

    Sorry off subject..
    Maggie…I think it depends on the state you’re in. For example…I don’t think the Romney campaign wants to spend a lot of money in states that they cannot win like California. A lot of the posters on Race 4 2012 are real poll and voting demographics junkies. They know all about polling and the Romney campaign strategy. They can answer your question.

  8. Annette S says:

    Liberals and the media ridiculed the rhetoric of George Bush and characterized the Bush administration as having a bully foreign policy style. They claimed going into Iraq was creating terrorist, inflaming them and causing them to multiply. We heard the constant drum beat of the body count and stories of collateral damage by the media. This type of news reporting stopped with the Obama administration. But Obama’s apologies and neutral rhetoric has done nothing to ease terrorism in the Middle East.

    Obama and the liberal view is to blame a so called corrupt and insensitive US foreign policy, but it is the corrupt ideology of Islamic extremism that is the problem. Now Obama wants people to believe that the “war is receding”. He wants everyone to believe that Al Qaeda has been defeated…after all he killed Osama Bin Laden. I don’t know if this due to Obama’s naive foreign policy or an illusion that he is trying to keep alive until after the election. But with the uprisings from Tunisia to Lebanon, Obama will have a hard time with that narrative.

    In reality the war on terror rages on. It will not go away with the death of any one man or taking the fight to any one country. The different terrorist organizations network and work in concert together. They are all anti-America and anti-Israel. As long as Middle East Countries give sanctuary and sponsor terrorist, terrorism will not go away. As long as terrorist have a place to go, they can continue to establish training camps and move their agenda forward. Iran sponsors terror and fights wars by proxy. We are along ways off from ending the war on terror.

  9. Joan C. says:

    We must turn off the channels that are promoting Obama.
    Everything. They are helping him take us down. I repeat this every day. WE ARE INTO THE NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTION. We must stop this movement toward Socialism. If we don’t we will go down just like Greece. I cancel newspapers that are bias also. You might as well be donating to the Obama campaign. Put your money where your mouth is. Turn off or CANCEL anything and everything that promotes an agenda that you think will hurt this country. I marched in Washington with the Tea Party. I met many older veterans who really understand what freedom means and how much we have already sacrificed for our freedom. Now we have a group trying to change us behind our backs. In Secret! We are at war and don’t know it yet. We are not even aware of many things that are happening now, that will forever change us. Stand Up America. Get Mitt elected.

  10. Gary Alan Chidester says:

    Obama’s record has been so deceitful, it’s like finding out that your spouse is secretly working for the K.G.B., and your whole marriage is a sham. So lets talk specifics. Obama blames all his problems on Bush. Obama promised to cut the National Debt in half by the end of his ‘first’ term as President. That would mean the National Debt would be at 5.3 Trillion Dollars. But did that happen? Oh, no! On the contrary, Obama raised the debt to over 16 Trillion in less than 4 years. That is nearly 11 Trillion higher than promised. We will soon be reaching ‘Critical Mass’ where our entire monetary system will collapse. That number is between 18.75 Trillion and 19 Trillion. How long, in the first year of Obama’s second term, will this happen? (So let’s imagine…) The American Dollar will become worthless. No Social Security checks. No welfare checks. No food stamps. No gas. No food. Riots in the streets. Martial law. All 401Ks dissolved. All guns removed from citizens… those protesting will become ‘Enemies of the State’! Prison camps will be set up all across the country. Gangs will systematically go door-to-door stealing stored food by home owners. Mass executions become the norm. News blackout. Total chaos! Major cities nuked. America is no longer a ‘threat’ to the New World Order. … … … Hind Sight has 20/20 vision. Open your eyes… NOW, America… before it is too late! Don’t be swayed by the Smooth Talk of a misguided Party, that puts you on the ”Bandwagon to Destruction”. Our inevitable monetary collapse is moving ‘Forward’ at warp speed… almost as if it’s being choreographed. We need a President who knows how to stop this madness. So in November, vote with the precept that you’re trying to Save America, not bury it.

  11. Allen says:

    Obama’s policies are to blame for our terrible economy, and if allowed to continue in two years it is going to be a lot worse, ” bring this up” . Pull no punches, be bold, be conservative” We did’nt build this, and We did’nt build that , ” You did’nt build this ” Obama’s way of telling hard working Americans, they did nothing. Bring up Bill Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, ( show Wrights video ). Bernadine Dorn, all three being socialist- Communists. Obamas policies to the Arab - Musslim world are consistently those of Appeasement and Apologies. Jay Sekulow head of ACLJ reported tonight 16 teens were gunned down at a birthday party in a house in Juarez, Mexico with weapons form operations Fast & Furious .
    Go for it>>>>