Obama: Sacked consulate and dead ambassador “bumps in the road”

posted at 10:01 am on September 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The next of a few problematic statements from Barack Obama’s 60 Minutes interview comes to us from The Weekly Standard, which catches Obama in an least an unfortunate bit of phraseology.  Steve Kroft asks Obama whether the attacks on American embassies around the Muslim world, and especially in Libya and Egypt following Obama’s military and diplomatic interventions, had changed his mind about the Arab Spring.  Obama gives a you-gotta-break-a-few-eggs-to-make-an-omelette response that’s pretty inappropriate, considering the outcome in Benghazi:

Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. The question presumes that somehow we could have stopped this wave of change. I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights– a notion that– people have- to be able to– participate– in– their own governance. But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because– you know, in a lot of these places– the one organizing principle– has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government. There are strains of extremism, and anti-Americanism, and anti-Western sentiment. And you know can be tapped into by demagogues. There will probably be some times where we bump up against some of these countries and have strong disagreements, but I do think that over the long term, we are more likely to get a Middle East and North Africa that is more peaceful, more prosperous and more aligned with our interests.

In the longer answer, Obama says that he didn’t have much choice in the matter — but that’s not true at all.  Obama actively pushed Hosni Mubarak to give up power a mere eight days after protests started in Tahrir Square, even though the government hadn’t done anything to suppress them.  Obama made the decision to bomb Libya and depose Moammar Qaddafi militarily, which had the unfortunate and totally predictable consequence of allowing al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist terror networks (Ansar al-Sharia, especially) carte blanche to operate in the eastern part of the country.  In both countries, Obama allowed critical power vacuums to arise that could only be filled by radical groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and these terror networks.

The violence isn’t a mere “bump in the road,” and neither are the rise of these groups to power.  They are going to be national-security concerns for the next several decades.  That’s the outcome we wanted to avoid, and the one reason why we allied ourselves with Mubarak and ended up in an arms-length relationship with Qaddafi.  The assassination of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the sacking of the Benghazi consulate weren’t “bumps in the road,” either, unless one thinks that kind of thing is normal even between diplomatic antagonists.

Finally, listen to Obama explain about how democratization trumped American security concerns in the region and the calculus of our alliances.  With that in mind, care to guess what the Saudis might be thinking?  I’d guess that they’re recalculating their own alliances to avoid becoming “bumps” in Obama’s road.


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Finally,..the Libyan government has a handle on things.:)

a capella on September 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Yep, and already discussed on HA over the weekend, a government sponsored propaganda demonstration and obviously LYING claim they have attacked militia offices.

Only our rabidly stupid liberal media (and Fox News also falls into this group lately) can provide the links and state that Libyan “people” are against militias.

A good number of these “peace lovers” would be dead by now if they even came close to a militia office. And yet not even a claim of lost lives in the “attack”.

USSR lives!

riddick on September 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Bump in the road? And they say Romney has a problem with words.

Terrye on September 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Pantload…

Seven Percent Solution on September 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Rico Suave.

juanito on September 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

This.

cableguy615 on September 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

He is a cold blooded hate America, hate the freedom and liberty of our Constitution, red commie Democrat.

What else do you expect from him, he is what he is grow up, defend yourselves.

Time runs thin,
Your running thin,
Fear binds you,
Fight or die.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM

“bumps in the road”!!!..Obie has to GO..:)

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Finally, listen to Obama explain about how democratization trumped American security concerns in the region and the calculus of our alliances.

I didn’t watch the video, this guy makes me want to vomit.

But if he did talk about “democratization”, this so-called Constitutional scholar seems to forget that we live in a REPUBLIC.

Danny on September 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

He’s got that look on his face that even if he looses the election…

… He’s not going anywhere.

Seven Percent Solution on September 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Seven Percent Solution,

Correct, he if he does not win in Nov. will run next time as the cult of commie Democrats can not and will not exclude him they are one he and these other commie clones.

Notwithstanding what they do, “We should not be just passive bumps in hir road”, we should be “speed bumps” and or traffic cops and give him a speeding our lives away ticket back home to his island and more dope smoking and cracking.

Here is an example of his and the commie Democrat Party EPA death cult thinking. They do not want progress, they want U.S. back into the 1800′s and walking to work or horse back.

http://www.smw.ch/content/smw-2012-13579/
Swiss Medical Weekly, May 12, 2012

The medical experiments at North Carolina U. by EPA, seems all they are sad about is not being able to test more this awful way.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Sorry, type to fast.

http://www.smw.ch/content/smw-2012-13597/

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

in a lot of these places– the one organizing principle– has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government.

The bump in the road part of the quote is not as problematic as the fact that he infers that government should be in charge of all of society. Think about it. Whilst some here are harping on the Islam part of the equation, it is much more revealing that he thinks religion should be controlled by the government. He essentially views the problem through a Marxist lens. Religion is tolerable only insofar as it isn’t “out of governmental control.” This is the same stance that he has vis a vis the HHS Obamacare mandates. It is only a difference of degree and not kind and he has the same attitude towards religion here: it isn’t controlled by government, and therefore is problematic.

Of course I have issues with Islam both as a religious system (I believe it to be a Christian heresy) and as a political ideology (it promotes violence and abuse). Nevertheless, I don’t believe any religious system needs to be “controlled completely by the government.” Obama does.

theblackcommenter on September 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I promise you; history is going to look back and condemn us for not doing something about this asshat much, much sooner.

Midas on September 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Bump in the road? And they say Romney has a problem with words.

Terrye on September 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I’m sure Americans serving overseas are gratified to learn, their deaths are just speed bumps to the “Won’s” greatness and future sainthoodt..

and this sorru sack of schit is a God to some people.. I’m really ashamed one of our two parties has become a cult.. a Stalinist, death to truth cult of Obama worship…

It’s hard not to just spit when I hear his name.

mark81150 on September 24, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I actually favor sober fact based assessments of things.

verbaluce on September 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

….I don’t think so!…vibrator has no batteries!

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM

there are going to be bumps in the road because– you know, in a lot of these places– the one organizing principle– has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government.

Is he living on another planet?

This sounds like he wants Sharia law in place in these areas. He admits that Islam is behind the Arab Spring, it is the “organizing principle”. And it hasn’t been controlled completely by the government.

So, without saying it, he’s saying the government either does need to control Islam in those areas or Islam needs to control the government. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Either way you look at it, he believes in an Islamic government rule.

Islamism and democracy can NEVER work hand in hand. You can’t claim to be for both, because they’re contradictory.

ButterflyDragon on September 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM

He does believe in sharia, and he has shown that he sides with the muslims. What’s interesting is his Freudian slip: He admits that the one commonality where there have been “bumps in the road” is islam.

Kyle_Reese on September 25, 2012 at 4:44 AM

My take.

kingsjester on September 25, 2012 at 7:06 AM

anybody notice that *thump-thump* sound of bodies under-the-bus ?? http://bit.ly/SiBti3

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CaveatEmpty on September 25, 2012 at 7:11 AM

What else would expect from someone who’s dad grew up in a grass hut with flies and a dirt floor and used his hands instead of TP?

acyl72 on September 25, 2012 at 7:18 AM

He also views the American people as bumps in his road to communism.
We are bumps to him, people.

Badger40 on September 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

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