IMCITIZEN SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 3:56 PM
Not too long after Navy Seals filled Osama bin Laden with lead, Pakistan identified, captured and tossed a key U.S. intelligence source into the slammer for some 30 years. Outraged that an intelligence source to America was outed and being mistreated, the Republican party, select Democrats and most of the U. S. citizenry made it known the government should do something. The Obama administration, perhaps responsible for the agent’s identity being exposed, did nothing. As best anybody knows, the agent, a doctor, still sits in a cement cell.
Now, a member of the Pakistan government, the same government that tossed the good doctor in jail, has issued a $100,000 reward for the killing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the producer of the amateurish film supposedly at the heart of the recent anti-American demonstrations. Further, Pakistan Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour (pictured), who issued the reward, will pay for the assassination with his own money because he deems it a “noble cause.”
Is the Railway Minister sinister? Clearly. Is he a raving lunatic? Perhaps.
It is true that film-maker Nakoula is no saint and his dirty past will slowly come to light. But Nakoula’s past is irrelevant. Also irrelevant is the sinister Minister’s beliefs, state of mind and motivations. Encouraging murder is illegal. Bilour, as a government official, has actually issued a bounty on an American. This is — and always must be — completely unacceptable.
Will Obama stop campaigning long enough to repudiate this? Will he stand tall and tell the world with conviction that enough is enough, that America believes in free speech and that he, as President of the United States, is prepared to defend that principle? In short, will he do his job?
Sadly, his record says he won’t. He has yet to talk tough at the microphone even when an ambassador and others were killed and American assets were being burned. Rather, Obama decided to play the good little progressive and condemned the video. There was no speech or statement directed at the protestors or the radical attackers telling them to stop or else. No line in the sand. He will set a deadline to withdraw troops and announce it to the world but this pathetic president won’t publicly draw a line in the sand against those attacking America. His behavior is disgraceful.
As a candidate, Obama told the nation that upon his election relations between America and Islam would change for the better. The “be our friend” approach he adopted, symbolized by his “apology tour” is, sadly, one of many of Obama’s skewed personal perspectives and a sad example of the flawed liberal-progressive political philosophy.
The reality is, since his election relations with Islam have not improved. A poll released a couple of weeks back by PewGlobal.com support this fact. So do the multi-country demonstrations highlighted by the Libya consulate terror attack that ended with four killed. And a fair assessment of Obama’s outlook must also include the FortHood tragedy — regardless of the ridiculous government label of “workplace violence” — that culminated in 13 people killed and 29 others wounded at a military base on U.S. soil. Finally, toss in all the less publicized bombings as well as the attacks that were stopped by intelligence agencies.
The evidence is clear that labeling terror attacks as “not terror attacks” has not stopped terror attacks. Nor has Obama’s apologies for America’s supposed bad behavior. Nor has the outrageous and extremely dangerous Obama practice of granting Muslim Brotherhood members access to government departments and personnel.
Obama’s domestic policies have crippled America here at home. Outside our borders, the adolescent and faulty liberal-progressive foreign policy of “we can all be friends” has culminated in the middle east set a blaze, attacks on American diplomats and destruction of American property. Iran is close to obtaining nukes and the entire world — particularly Israel — is waiting for Obama to do something about it. And now a member of a foreign government has issued a call to assassinate an American citizen.
The Left will argue that Obama works the phone and that we don’t know what he has been communicating behind the scenes. This point may — or may not — be true. What is true is that not making public statements is amateurish governing. Americans and the world need to know where Obama stands. Will he protect free speech? Will he protect American embassies? Public proclamations are an integral part of governing. Not all protesters are highly motivated soldiers. Most are common folk capitalizing on opportunity to be destructive. Warnings conveyed with conviction can stop some of these bad behaviors or alter illicit plans. Everyone knows a burglar, to avoid a bite, will skip a home with a barking dog.
So, enough with the apologies. They have not worked. It is time Obama, Hillary Clinton and our government did some barking — and if necessary — some biting.