“The tide of war is receding,” President Barack Obama is fond of saying. Who’s he kidding? It has not been two weeks since the president’s reelection and already foreign policy crises are metastasizing. Israel’s justified retaliation at Hamas rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip may escalate into the second Gaza war in four years. But the Middle East of 2012 is not the Middle East of 2008. Gaza neighbors an Egypt governed not by the secular dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak but by the religious-inspired democracy of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.
Republican members of Congress are demanding to know why the State Department selected a prominent anti-Israel Muslim leader to represent the U.S. at a recent human rights conference in Warsaw, Poland.
Americans have an “irrational fear” of terrorism and are more likely “to be killed by a dog than a jihadi terrorist,” according to a left-leaning national security expert who rejected the notion that al Qaeda is alive and well despite the terror group’s recent murder of a U.S. ambassador in Libya.
As President Barack Obama’s administration has sought to contain the political fallout from a Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, responsibility for the attack, and the failure to properly explain it to the American people, has been assigned to a number of individuals.
A Muslim leader who said that Israel should have been added to the”suspect list” for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was recently selected to represent the United States government at a human rights conference sponsored by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Protesters today stormed the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and shredded and burned an American flag as demonstrations against a film produced by Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church escalated.