The Libya Effect

Let’s first take a moment to recognize Christopher Stevens, our late Ambassador to Libya. He was killed when the U.S. Consulate was attacked in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Steven’s is widely known for his role in the U.S. involvement of coalition support of the recent rebellion which toppled the Gaddafi regime. Steven’s was an American patriot and will be remembered for his dedicated service to the spread of American democratic values.

This unfortunate event will be a defining moment for the presidential campaign and will set the course for the next phase of American diplomacy in the Middle East. In recent remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she stated, “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding the world can be”. This admission only further explains a comprehensive lack of effective regional Middle Eastern doctrine. The Obama administration is at a perilous fork in the road. On one hand, the security of American foreign assets has been breached, bringing a need for decisive action requiring a change in the administrations “laissez faire” policy approach. On the other hand it is only to be expected that a sitting democratic president does not want to enter into conflict 2 months before an election. The question becomes how President Obama can allow the slaughter of innocent Syrian people, the development of a nuclear Iran, alienation of our Israeli allies, and the resurgence of anti-American rhetoric in Egypt. There is only one answer that fits the puzzle, President Obama must believe that because his predecessors were unable to solve the peace process and effectively spread American capitalistic values in Islamic fundamentalist societies, the only option left would be to befriend those who despise the entire existence of western civilization in its entirety. After 4 year of an Obama presidency we are left with Islamic fundamentalist who now have the audacity to believe that they can openly attack American and allied interests without recourse because our president wants to undermine the security of the American people only to gain favor of those who accept benevolence and return hatred.

 

Christopher Stevens
U.S. Ambassador to Libya
RIP April 1960 – September 2012

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