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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/26/2012

The (continuing) education of Barack Obama

Hope and change didn’t get President Obama much here at home, and the humility that he promised to project overseas to win over our enemies and make amends for that bully George W. Bush doesn't appear to have worked any better. Yesterday at the United Nations the president gave a great tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens that was well done in every way. I wish I could say the same for the rest of his U.N. speech.

A lot of what the president said in his speech to the General Assembly was fine — it just wasn't applicable to the real world.  No one in the Middle East — or the rest of the world for that matter — is listening. No one cares what he says. America and President Obama don't have much influence. We have lost the Arab Spring. Pluralistic reformers didn't win; Islamists won.

One thing that everyone should have heard in the president's speech is that justice is coming to those who killed our fellow citizens in Benghazi. The president broadcasted the justification for an armed attack in retribution for the killing of Stevens and the other Americans. Yet in the same speech, the president made clear that the United States would leave any country that did not protect us. 

Note to the president: The United States doesn’t have a presence in Middle Eastern capitals to please Middle Eastern regimes.  We are there to protect and promote American interests.  It’s incredible that the president doesn’t know this and that he would actually broadcast to the world that if a mob pushes us around, we will leave.   

Good grief, we’re America.  We shouldn’t whine to other countries that we will leave if they don't protect us; we should let them know that if they don't provide security, we will stay and we will protect ourselves, and see how the mob likes that. At least Obama sounded like a president when he was laying the predicate for the October not-so-surprise attack. 

As Ed Rollins, my old boss in the Reagan White House, used to say, “When in trouble, make some rubble.”  The October non-surprise is perfect for Obama. It will be the biggest distraction yet of a campaign that is dependent on distractions. The attack will dominate the media for days, it will receive full bipartisan support, and the timing appears to be perfect. There is no way a good attack on the murderous terrorists in Libya would be worth less than three to five points in the polls.

Just think, Obama came into office promising humility, understanding and a gentle approach, yet the final act of his term looks like it will be a grand stroke of violent payback.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 09/26/2012

 
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