Editorial: U.S. can't pull back in Mideast turmoil

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Updated: September 13, 2012 - 8:19 PM

Cutting aid would weaken security and embolden extremists.

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ljfromminSep. 13, 12 9:17 PM

As I have said before, how ironic that our 1st Amendment is now most threatened by the American press.

hrearden57Sep. 13, 12 9:30 PM

I thought Arab Spring was 0bama's great foreign policy accomplishment. Maybe not.

fiveofusSep. 13, 1210:20 PM

In the face of Muslim aggression, Obama is worried about hurting the feeling of the aggressors. Just checked my watch: time for a new president.

jd55604Sep. 13, 1210:55 PM

We need to leave these countries alone and stop all of this neo-con nation building nonsense. Perhaps the U.S. could finally start to politically ignore countries that are run amok with gangs of religious zealots by not sending them military hardware and filling their airspace with bomb laden drones.

justthetruthSep. 13, 1211:00 PM

Islamic extremists frequently accuse the West of not understanding their religion and culture. It is becoming evident that we understand them better than they understand us or want to. Most Arab countries practice censorship, religious intolerance and enforce government repression far greater than anything in the "western" culture.

goferfanzSep. 14, 1212:14 AM

Yes, what a tired media meme that Romney shouldn't call out this President's massive incompetence. How about some media criticism of the unending failures of this administration, especially if they had warnings this could occur on 911 anniversary? Our media has really, truly "jumped the shark" in making this story's focus on Romney instead of Owebama's long list of domestic and foreign policy failures, starting foremost with his Afghan surge quagmire. American journalism is dead, especially when video is readily available of 2008 candidate Obama appearing on Larry King -->ripping into the President and the war policies after the Afghan camp was overrun and our troops massacred. Journalism is all but gone in America when a Dem candidate was heralded for exploiting a 2008 tragedy and a GOP candidate is attacked now. It is SO obvious,especially with the laughable CBS/NPR open mike fiasco.

omnipresentSep. 14, 12 3:13 AM

"In the face of Muslim aggression, Obama is worried about hurting the feeling of the aggressors."*****This total mischaracterization is straight out of Rove's playbook. Nothing could be further from the truth.

whallingSep. 14, 12 7:06 AM

Obama is an amateur and it showed again in the Egypt and Libya episodes. His middle east policies of apology, appeasement, weakness and sending money have failed miserably. Then he steps back and tries to blame a movie for inciting the attackers, however, we know now the attack was a well planned and executed effort relate to 9/11 with the movie a convenient cover. Focus on Obama's policies for a moment in the following countries and you will see they smack of amateurism - Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria, among others. Obama spoke so glowingly earlier about the Arab spring when he should have understood that what is happening is the Muslim Brotherhood is on track to ruling the entire middle east.

whallingSep. 14, 12 7:13 AM

Minnesota Congressman Ellison appeared on the O'Reilly show last night to discuss the attacks on our embassies. O'Reilly said it was terrible for people of Egypt and Libya, Muslim nations, to attack our embassies. Ellison responded, there are a billion Muslims and not all are bad. O'Reilly said Obama's policies with Muslim nations are not working and cited Pakistan, Iran, Libya, Egypt and Yemen as examples. Ellison said, oh yeah, what about Malaysia and Indonesian, they are not our enemies. Ellison made some other attempts to make Muslims actions appear justified but could not make any strong points to support his view. He only argued one side, that is, don't blame Muslims. Ellison did not once express regret or sadness for the slain embassy employees or never once condemned the actions of Libya or Egypt governments for not protecting the American embassy. This was so disappointing to see Ellison take the other side from America. Who is this guy? Who does he represent?

drichmnSep. 14, 12 9:17 AM

McCain, Lieberman, and Graham all said that we shouldn't stop aid. And McCain said Obama was right in his characterization of Egypt as neither an enemy nor an ally. Please tell me how this statement from the US Embassy in Egypt is an apology or an attack on the First Amendment in any way? "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others." This editorial is correct in stating that with freedom of speech comes responsibility. That's why there are laws against inciting violence.


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