To the Shores of Tripoli
Benghazi isn't quite Tripoli, but the shores are the same.
We now have boots on the ground in Libya as Marines are being deployed. Rightfully so. An attack on an embassy is considered an attack on that county's soil. So, on 9/11/2012, eleven years past the NYC attacks, we are sending Marines to Libya.
And if the metrics for sending Marines holds true, Marines might very well be sent to Egypt to defend our embassy there. Historically, these are very troublesome actions.
The murder of our ambassador certainly pushed the Egyptian activities off the front page.
What it should also do is place Obama's foreign policy shortfalls on that same front page. Where indeed are the Foreign policy achievements of the Obama administration?
One might ask, How is that Arab Spring going? Tunisia, Algeria, et al are feeling the breeze.
The disregard for the War Powers Act in the Libyan affair is still bothersome. The mere " notification" of Congressional leaders by Obama as opposed to the required "consultation" with Congressional leaders, prior to deploying US military forces in situations where there is no immediate threat to the country, still echoes within this entire episode.
Secretary of State Clinton said that wherever our diplomats moved about Libya, they were heralded and warmly received. This seems to be a glaring contrast to the realities of the past few days. You mean they didn't yell "Monica, Monica" per your Egypt visit?
Nature abhors a vacuum and the one created in Libya will be filled. By whom seems to be the question. Will it be with the adoring crowds Hillary reports, or the bad guys with the AK 47s?
As for Egypt, we are in a box, one constructed by the Camp David accord. For we are bound to send money to both Egypt and Israel under that agreement. Perhaps there should have been an escape clause. For now that the Muslim Brotherhood controls roughly 40% of the Egyptian government, we find ourselves funding those of a different ilk than a Sadat or Mubarak. This is bothersome for some, but a delight for one of Obama's acolytes, Van Jones. One wonders how it registers with Barack. Tough to imagine they are of different opinions.
It is remarkable that Obama scurried over to Cairo to deliver a speech in June of 09. He insisted on the Muslim Brotherhood being invited. They have some visited the White House. And now we are sending them money. Remarkable indeed.