In the wake of the savagely brutal attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the tragic deaths of four including US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, several in the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party came out swinging against the President placing blame squarely on a “lack of leadership” by the Obama administration.
South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham came out Wednesday offering a harsh criticism of Mr. Obama saying, “This administration has no concept of the Arab Spring. They’re disengaging and the lack of leadership is about to lead to an explosion in the Middle East.”
Graham wasn’t alone. His Senate colleague, Sen. John McCain (R) Arizona also said Obama is “weak in his leadership” while being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN yesterday.
McCain, a man who never met a war he didn’t like, did sneak in this one comment during the interview concerning the late ambassador:
“He would be appalled if this were a reason for the United States to withdraw and not try to help this fledgling democracy achieve what all men and women throughout the world are seeking and deserve. So, Chris Stevens would be the last one to say it’s time to withdraw”.
Former Army officer and Florida Congressman Allen West also took shots at the Obama administration’s policies in Libya and the Middle East.
“Americans need to question whether the deaths of these innocent patriots could have been avoided. The Obama Administration touted the Arab Spring as an awakening of freedom, which we now see is a nightmare of Islamism.”
West goes on, “President Obama has clearly surpassed former President Jimmy Carter and his actions during the Iranian Embassy crisis, as the weakest and most ineffective person to ever occupy the White House.”
And lastly, neoconservative blogger, Jennifer Rubin compared the Obama administration to the Clinton administration of the 1990’s writing:
The reaction of the Obama administration, for those who lived through it, is eerily reminiscent of the Clinton administration when a series of bombings (the 1993 World Trade Center, the Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the U.S.S. Cole) were treated as discrete events without a significant U.S. response. This, the 9-11 Commission and others concluded, was a dangerous misstep and set the ground work for the 9-11 attacks. The repetition of this ominous pattern on the 11th anniversary of 9-11 shouldn’t be overlooked. It is the quickness to excuse Islamic violence and the lack of a forceful response that is deeply troubling to critics of the administration. We may be in the middle of a campaign, but the national security concerns are real and valid.