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    Obama leads from behind as violence in Middle East escalates

    Obama leads from behind as violence in Middle East escalates

    Violence continues to erupt across the Middle East and North Africa today following the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya on September 11 that killed the ambassador and three others Americans. An interactive map of the violence is available from National Journal detailing where and what is occurring.

    In a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there was “no actionable intelligence” in advance about the attack on Libya, and refused to comment on whether U.S. relations with the Muslim world have improved since Obama took office.

    Carney was questioned over whether the White House had asked YouTube to pull the anti-Islam film, blocked by google, that the media has been fixating on as the reason for the Middle East violence. Carney said that they asked YouTube to review the video to see if it violated their policies. YouTube had already said earlier this week that it did not violate any policies.

    President Obama’s “lead from behind” strategy in the wake of an attack on U.S. soil continues despite conflicting information about whether the attack on the embassy was coordinated in advance. According to the State Department website, “any attack on an embassy is considered an attack on the country it represents.”

    And yet, the official Obama twitter feed today was focused on Olympics and Beyonce and Jay Z:

    Paul Ryan gave a speech to the Values Voter summit today where he said that Obama is “skilled at striking heroic poses against imaginary adversaries.” America was attacked this week, enough about Beyonce and Jay-Z, President Obama.


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    I hope Netanyahu wins that contest to attend the Jay-Z Fundraiser. That’s the only way he’ll have any discussions with the President.

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    Henry Hawkins | September 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Bunky has got him some reelection panic goin’ on right ’bout now, ah’d say. He was already in trouble a-fore all th’ gaffes n’ missteps addressin’ these here embassy attacks, cain’t git hisse’f ‘bove 47% when an incumbint needs ‘im at least 50% an’ it ought t’ be 55% fer comfort. Now one o’ ‘is per-ceeved strengths – forn palsy – is on display as clumsy an’ amateurish, blind t’ effects or optics, an’ th’ apparent collapse of ‘is en-tar middle east plan. Cain’t golf or basketball fer shit. What’s ‘e got left? Ah doan know either, an’ it’s makin’ Bunky commit unforced errors at a remarkable pace. Cain’t-cha jes’ imagine all th’ tight-lipped little ‘discussions’ goin’ on as we speak ‘tween Axelrod, Jarret, Ploufe, Michelle, an’ th’ good folks back at headquarters in Chicago?

    Hee hee. It’s a rollercoaster ride when the election means so very, very much, ain’t it? Reminds me of following my favorite team through the NCAAs or playoffs – belly-rolling ups and downs, despair followed by jubilation by despair, ever cycling. I’m watching my political enemies face plant, rise, and face plant again. I can take no joy, for people are dying. Unable to change what has happened, I can only hope that what it reveals about Obama leads to his ouster.

    The Fast & Furious body count is over 300 and counting. The 9/11/12 uprisings body count is 4 and may very well rise.
    I sincerely hope America comes to understand we have a president whose incompetency is getting Americans killed.

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