The Final Carterization Of Barack Obama
Obama heralded the so-called "Arab Spring." And, like the Iranian revolution in 1979, it's not turning out so well for the US.
The violence comes at the outset of a fall campaign which Obama is trying to press his foreign policy experience, but Libya will provide a difficult test as Obama has to sort out the warring factions, stabilize the regime and and hunt down the killers.
Officials from the Pentagon and State Department officials were scrambling late Wednesday to deal with a host of immediate challenges: Speeding Marines and anti-terror teams to the region, shipping off vulnerable diplomatic personnel from locations in Libya to Europe, and deploying the FBI to investigate the groups that may have plotted what increasingly appeared to be organized assaults in Benghazi and Cairo.
If they fail, a tragedy could be cast as a leadership breakdown, especially in the increasing political pressure of the fall election. And the hawks were circling, ready to use Obama’s response as another part of the ongoing efforts to paint him as another Jimmy Carter.
“I’ve said for three-and-a-half years the president doesn’t care about national security. He doesn’t think the world is terribly threatening,” former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, a Romney adviser, said Wednesday during an appearance on WMAL, a Washington D.C. conservative talk radio station.
“I think a weak reaction, a failure to demonstrate American power and resolve, will help see this stretch throughout the region… I come back to Tehran in 1979, that if we’re not careful here, we’re going to see a repetition of that crisis which of course was a major factor contributing to the destruction of the Jimmy Carter administration,” Bolton added.