Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
The president has disgraced the United States. The closure of embassies sends a graphic message of American cowardice to the world. It says that the enemies of the United States have more will and more determination and that we as a nation are being ground down under the boot of terrorist radicals.
No other president in my lifetime has shown a lack of will in protecting the United States from its enemies, foreign and domestic, except Barack Obama.
My deep concern is that the closures call America’s enemies to action. What a great recruiting tool for gathering in new trainees to the terrorist camp.
Diplomatically, the actions of the administration point the United States in a dangerous and exposed direction. Instead of adequately protecting the Benghazi embassy, the administration de facto ordered a “stand-down” of U.S. forces. On the world stage, we are not seen as an ally to be trusted in times of duress; we are only seen as raising the white flag.
As a moderate Republican, I have been skeptical of the right-wing extremists’ banter that our president is a Muslim sympathizer and that his ideology is counter to the values and country he swore an oath to protect and uphold. Now, my faith in the inherent “goodness” of the presidency is shaken. I am watching a pattern that evidences it is part of an agenda.
Protection of country and family, of traditional right and wrong, is under attack. My fear is that the attack comes from within the White House as much as from offshore.