Rightbloggers on Foreign Affairs: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
But last week was a busy one in that regard, and gave us a good look at what the brethren believe about international affairs. In brief, it is that the White House is both reckless and overcautious; that it has been ever since the Soviets took over the Democratic Party in the 1930s; that our War against Al Qaeda will not be successful unless we aggressively promote it as a Third World War, complete with nuclear weapons; and Benghazi Impeach skreee.
Last week Obama closed several U.S. embassies in and around the Middle East in anticipation of Al Qaeda strikes. You might think rightbloggers would approve -- after all, rightbloggers talk about Benghazi every day, several times a day, and surely don't want another such fatal security lapse. Plus there's the old saw about politics stopping at the water's edge -- ha ha, okay, we're kidding.
Anyways, notwithstanding that the embassies are now starting to reopen with all hands safe and sound, rightbloggers found the closures an outrage, either because they were too defensive, or because they weren't defensive enough, depending on their mood-swings.
While admitting "such preemptive measures are no doubt sober and judicious," Victor Davis Hanson nonetheless thought the closings proved terrorists "increasingly do not seem to fear U.S. retaliation for any planned assaults. Instead, al-Qaeda franchises expect Americans to adopt their new pill-bug mode of shutting down and curling up until danger passes." Then the terrorists all laugh at us from their ratholes, and dream of the day when they can walk the streets without being blown up by our drones.
"President Obama and his administration continue to project foreign policy weakness around the world by announcing the temporary closure of U.S. embassies around the world," dudgeoned Javier Manjarres at The Shark Tank. "...moves like this embolden terrorists... This the kind of thinking that terrorists exploited when they attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi." Quite the opposite, actually, security-wise, but Benghazi Benghazi, also Benghazi. "Obama Shuts Down Embassies as CIA Works Hard to Cover Up the True Story of Benghazi," bank-shot Rush Limbaugh.
When The Daily Beast reported that the closures were inspired by an intercepted Al Qaeda conference call, Elliot Bakker at Western Journalism declared "the leaks... came straight from the White House to bolster President Obama's 'tough guy' image." How'd he know? For one thing, because the Beast cited "three [anonymous] U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence... suggesting the leak came from the President's close advisors." Among rightbloggers, the trustworthiness of the MSM ebbs and flows depending on its usefulness as an assumption -- as was seen a few sentences later, when Bakker said that the Obama agents chose the "undeniably liberal platform" of The Beast because it was "a news organization that they knew would accept the White House version of what happened, rather than ask the tough questions that such revelations raise." Bakker had his chance but, alas, asked no such questions, instead reiterating that Obama was leaking like a sieve and "we are less safe because of the thoughtless way in which the information has been released."
"[Eli] Lake points out that al Qaeda thought its conference calls were secure, but now that the Obama administration is disclosing that we're listening in on them, the terrorists will stop using them," claimed Bryan Preston of PJ Media. "Ditto the courier that we've disclosed intercepting. So we've jeopardized a potential gold mine of intelligence." Now that they've been tipped off that their enemies actually spy on them, Al Qaeda operatives will soon stop communicating altogether, and that'll show us.
On the other hand, Angelo Codevilla suggested that that any overheard enemy conversations were useless: "The terrorists who have bitten us have not chattered, while those who chatter do not bite," he wrote. "...the US government is up against serious people. Unfortunately, it gives proof of unseriousness." Furthermore, Codevilla was sure the terrorists were feeding us "disinformation" in order to spur our "self-discrediting reactions" -- which leads us to wonder why they didn't leak information suggesting that in order to keep the embassies safe U.S. officials had to walk around with their underwear on their heads; that'd be really self-discrediting.
We don't know how we missed this one earlier.
"Regime Leaked the Intercept of Al-Qaeda's Conference Call to Make Obama Look Good," said Rush Limbaugh. "I have never seen the United States so disrespected and held in such contempt. America was once synonymous with freedom. The U.S. under Obama is the laughingstock of the world," said noted international policy analyst Pamela Geller at WorldNetDaily.
Inevitably, Some Guy at RedState accused Obama of making the whole thing up, calling the alleged danger a "Potemkin Embassy Threat." "The only evidence proffered in defense of this ridiculous exercise at playing Chicken Little is the word of the Administration," he huffed, and Some Guy was not inclined to accept it. The "much more simple" explanation, he said, was that the President sought to "put an end to this rising tide of concern about civil liberties" that rightbloggers have recently and suddenly adopted regarding NSA.
Some Guy wasn't the only one. "Al-Qaida Plot Distraction Is Too Well-Timed For Obama," editorialized Investor's Business Daily, who added the "impending terrorist mega-attack looks suspiciously gift-wrapped and well-timed. For one thing, if we're on the eve of a possible '9/11 junior,' what on earth is the president of the U.S. doing going on the Tonight Show for the umpteenth time?"
(Speaking of Obama on Leno, we should note these observances: "Obama lied on Leno, where's the outrage?... I'm tired of living in the pro-Obama, anti-facts Twilight Zone that has taken over our nation's airwaves" -- David Seaman, "Host, 'The David Seaman Hour,'" The Daily Caller; "Leno Wimps Out, Becomes Obama's Willing Accomplice Again" -- Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters; "The Presidency and the Country were Diminished by Obama's Leno Appearance" -- Rush Limbaugh; "Obama's 'Tonight Show' Visit Costly to Taxpayers... The flight time on Air Force One alone was $1.8 million... that does not include two 50-minute flights in California on Marine One..." -- Newsmax, etc. Special credit goes to James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal, who spun Obama's on-air remark, "The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately," into a lawyerly defense of rape theoretician Todd Akin.)
"The United States is closing 21 embassies across the Muslim World this weekend due to a terror threat by Al-Qaeda. Obama went golfing," wrote the ever-reliable Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit.
Obama also had a little trouble with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, what with his harboring of Edward Snowden, and backed off an official visit. His rightblogger critics disapproved for many reasons, which mainly came down to Obama Did a Thing.