Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Where Does the Benghazi Buck Stop?

Either the Obama administration is/attempting covering up, what happened, what they knew and when they knew it in regards to Benghazi or it is gross incompetence on the part of Clinton, Obama and his administration for events the disaster in Benghazi.  Let’s assume, for a minute, that there is no cover up, that the President had no idea of what was going on in Benghazi, that he wasn’t aware there was a credible threat to the Benghazi Embassy, or that Ambassador Stevens had requested additional security he, and that United States citizens, whose safety the State Department and the President were directly responsible for, needed based on credible threats, and that those citizens were left without adequate protection on 9/11/12, the one day out of the year with the highest risk of terrorist attack.  What you have left is gross incompetence. 




The responsibilities of Secretary of State that Hillary Clinton failed to do adequately:

  • Serves as the President's principal adviser on U.S. foreign policy;
  • Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;
  • Advises the President on the appointment of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other diplomatic representatives;
  • Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries;
  • Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
  • Informs the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;
  • Administers the Department of State;
  • Supervises the Foreign Service of the United States.


Clinton says the buck stops with her, but does it?  While Hillary Clinton is certainly responsible for the failure to protect our citizens in Benghazi, does President Obama bear any of the responsibility?  The answer is yes, here’s why:


The head of any organization has to delegate work to others.  This is what happened in The State Department(then called Department of Foreign Affairs) was created in 1789.  The department was created to alleviate work for the President. The head of the State Department, the Secretary of State, reports directly to the President.



It is the responsibility of the head of any organization who delegates responsibilities to others to make sure they are performing their responsibilities satisfactorily. Mrs. Clinton admits she did not do this. Are Mrs. Clinton’s failures also Obama’s failures?

In the hierarchy of the United States Government, The State Department, specifically, the head of the State Department, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is directly responsible to the President of the United States. 


What responsibility does Obama hold? Obama, being the one ultimately responsible for what occurs underneath him, is responsible for the following:


Not maintaining adequate communication between himself and his appointee Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  President Obama failed at ensuring he received information on the conditions in Benghazi.  He should have been aware that the staff did not have adequate protection and that they had requested additional protection.  The fact that that information did not, presumably, reach him does not exempt him from blame.  It is his responsibility to make certain that those he delegates report to him and give him that information.  The breakdown in communication lies squarely on his shoulders as the person the Secretary of State reports to.


If I knew there was increased risk for violence on 9/11, President Obama knew it too.  That was why security and risk were discussed, at great length by the Obama Administration/State Department in the days leading up to 9/11.  Heightened awareness leading up to 9/11 has occurred every year since 2002.  To claim ignorance of this fact would be gross negligence on Obama’s part.  Being that it was the anniversary of 9/11 and a greater risk of violence toward the United States, the President should have known this and kept on top of things and ensure that our citizens were safe on 9/11.  He failed to do that.


Claiming ignorance is not an excuse, it is proof of failed leadership and gross incompetency.  The buck stops with Obama. 



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jewish Obama Supporters: Ignorant or Turning a Blind Eye?

As we begin the final drive toward the election November 6, 2012 citizens will be scrutinizing both candidates. There are many topics that will be discussed, particularly in the debates about the economy, jobs etc. and I hope that relations with Israel and the Middle East will be part of these discussions. We can look at both candidates and see what their records show their Israel and the Middle East policies and connections.

In July of 2011 I wrote in 'Obama and American Jews' movement from Left to Right' that Obama was pushing Jews away from him because he wants to crush, squeeze and minimize Israel and repress the Jewish people. 
There should be a mass exodus of Jews away from Obama. It's happening, but its a slow trickle, not a flood. Some Jews are still hanging on to Obama, either they are ignorant or they are purposefully turning a blind eye to these facts:

These are "Perilous Times" for Israel and for the Middle East.

Mitt Romney met with Prime Minister Netanyahu when Romney was in Israel over the summer,

"You've been a friend of mine and a strong friend of the state of Israel" Binyamin Netanyahu to Mitt Romney.

Romney couldn't imagine saying no to meeting with Netanyahu yet, this is just what Obama did when Netanyahu was in the United States last week.  Netanyahu requested a meeting with Obama and Obama declined stating that he was too busy to meet, yet Obama's schedule for the day in question shows that he had nothing scheduled after 2:10pm.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even CNN's Anderson Cooper called out Obama for not meeting with Netanyahu:

Even more alarming are Obama's policies and handling of relations with Israel and the Middle East.  This video covers the topic from the viewpoint of a liberal Jewish woman, Irina, who voted for Obama in 2008, and who is shocked by the path Obama has taken.  She is one of the many Jews who is being driven away from Obama, by Obama and toward Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney in his OpEd "A New Course for the Middle East" lays out his plans which include 'restoring our credibility with Iran... It mean placing no daylight between the United States and Israel." Unlike Obama who considers the attacks on the Embassy in Libya 'bumps in the road' and Iran's threat of nuclear weapons as 'noise.'  Romney on the other hand does not trivialize current events and says "They are major issues that put our security at risk."

For our country, Israel is our closest and only Democratic ally in the Middle East.  Israel is a country that the United States can rely on.  With so much uncertainty in the Middle East, so many countries and groups within the Middle East out to destroy the United States and the things that we believe in and hold so dear, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that we need a dependable ally in the Middle East.  Israel is that ally, an ally which Obama clearly shuns.

For Jews, Israel is important, but why?  Rabbi Jonina Pritzker explains "The Jewish connection and attachment to the Land of Israel is as old as the Jewish people, and our people’s love for the land of Israel is expressed every day, throughout our prayers and practices."  Obama wished to sever the connection of American Jews to Israel.  It is shameful that many liberal Jews will sacrifice Israel to get... what?  What could be so important that a Jew would sacrifice Israel for?  Obama?  What has Obama done that is worthy of turning your back on Israel?  Obama's record in this country is disastrous, is he worth sacrificing Israel for?  

Many Jews are seeing the daylight is showing through the rift Obama has created between the United States and Israel.  Lets hope many more will see the light that illuminates Obama's anti-Israel views.