October 25, 2012
Modern technology is wonderful. It amazes me that I can sit down and send a message to someone anywhere in the world for free and receive an answer immediately. Letters used to take weeks, months, sometimes years to cross oceans, but today the same information is transmitted instantaneously and free.
But technology has its downside as well, and President Barack Hussein Obama is learning about the problems with electronic communication. The problem is that people can go back and find the records.
Obama tried to blame the whole Benghazi confusion on the State Department and the intelligence community. It simply was not believable that during and after the attack the State Department and the intelligence community believed that the attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration. Four people were killed in the attack but everyone else survived, plus there were the surveillance videos.
Obama clearly was doing his best to push this entire controversy past Nov. 6 because after Nov. 6 it won't matter whether he got an email from Ambassador Chris Stevens the day before the attack demanding more security, or a text message during the attack describing the well-organized planned attack that was taking place.
The truth is that Obama knew that it was an organized planned attack, but it doesn't fit in with the worldview that he is trying to sell to the American people that the US has defeated al Qaeda and the world is a safer place because of President Obama. The truth didn't fit in with his message, so he changed the story that he told to the American people and now he has been caught. It may change someone's vote to know that the president deliberately misled the American people to better his chance of getting reelected.
But that doesn't seem nearly as bad as describing four deaths as "not optimal," as Obama did when he was interviewed by comedian Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. In fact it might be a good rule to consider – not to discuss serious matters on a comedy show. Stewart and Obama may find a lot of humor in four Americans being killed because the president refused to provide them with proper security, but most people in this country don't find death humorous.
And it is cruel to the families of those who were murdered to show them so little respect that the president of the United States went on a comedy show and traded barbs about the deaths of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. They were men who died in the service of their country and died in the service of their president. A comedy show is not the place to talk about men who sacrificed their lives for this country.
But then this a president who sends form letters to the mothers of soldiers who were killed when he sent them into battle. President George Walker Bush often handwrote notes to the families of those killed; Obama sends them a form letter.
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Most Republicans seem to have wanted Mitt Romney to go after Obama on the failure of US policy in Libya and the resulting deaths of four Americans. The first question of the debate about Libya seemed like a perfect opportunity, but Romney didn't take the bait.
Romney could have also gone after Obama when Obama said that his most important job as president was to "keep the American people safe and that is what I have done."
I wanted Romney to say, "That didn't work out too well for Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty in Libya. And according to one of the stories that you are telling about those events you didn't even have any idea what happened to them for two weeks and it took you three weeks to get the FBI to the site to investigate. "
But the Romney team figures they are ahead at this point. The public pollsters show Romney in the lead nationally and in some of the key states. But when the books are written about the campaign, I think those first-hand accounts will reveal that the campaign polling clearly had Romney out in front and pulling away at this point. The Romney campaign is acting like it has more votes than it needs and it just has to make sure it doesn't lose too much ground.
The polls that the public sees just aren't that good. Proof of that is that they still have North Carolina in the "leaning Romney" category. Barring some last minute surprise that will cause even hardcore Republicans to vote for Obama there is no way that Obama can win North Carolina. So any poll that doesn't put North Carolina solidly in the Romney camp, and I haven't seen one that does, is automatically suspect.
If the Romney team doesn't see itself ahead at this point then his final debate performance doesn't make much sense. But if he is ahead then it makes all the sense in the world, because if he is ahead then he just doesn't want to mess anything up.
The idea was to go out and run time off the clock while making sure that the other team didn't score. So Romney was just playing defense. He wasn't trying to score points and he didn't care if Obama gained some yards as long as he didn't complete a long pass that would put him in scoring position. Romney was perfectly content to let Obama gain three or four yards running the ball up the middle and that is what he did.
Judging from the campaigns, not only does Romney think he is ahead, Obama is convinced that Romney has won and is running around the country like a madman attacking Romney, trying to make something happen.
And Obama has to attack Romney; he has no other viable campaign. Obama can't run on his record and he has a big problem if he presents a great plan to bring the country's economy back around because then the question is, Why aren't you doing this now? Why do you have to wait to get reelected?"
He is, however, for the first time presenting a plan for his next four years. So with two weeks to go in the presidential campaign the Obama team has actually come up with something they are willing to write down on paper and give to people about what Obama plans to do if reelected. Of course, what he plans to do is exactly what he has been doing. Golf on Sundays. Nice vacations three or four times a year, and a lot of travel. Oh, and blame everything on Bush and the Republicans in Congress.
If Obama could bring peace to the Middle East why wouldn't he do it now? Why would he have to be reelected to do something worthwhile? The man has been president for four years and has accomplished little if anything. Even Obama, as arrogant as he is, doesn't try to run on his own record. He just says that Bush left the country in more of a mess than he thought.
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One of the biggest lies of the debate was when Obama talked about Israel being "our greatest ally in the region." Obama refused to even meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he was in the US this fall. Obama said it didn't fit into his schedule, but during the same time he managed to find time for David Letterman and a lot of campaigning, which indicates his priorities. ...continued on page 2