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Letter: President Obama's response to Libyan attacks was disgraceful

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  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Thanks again for telling the truth about Obama, I really wish more would dare to question him.
    I wa afraid that the liberal activists had almost shut down the media (Read Crafting Gay Children" if you want to understand where I'm coming from, and where the comment activists are coming from, and why the big push for Obama).

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    To "Tolstoy" you missed the point. The issue is that before he condemned the violence, he appologized for the the US having freedom of speech where people can say stupid things. You are dismissing the fact that he appoligized for the US being a free nation.

    To "Eric Samuelsen" That is nothing like the Obama appology. Spin it however you want, the fact remains that Obama appologized for the US having free speech.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    Redshirt
    "I hereby condemn the person who dented the bumper on your car in the parking lot yesterday. That was a rotten thing to do, and you were right to be angry about it."

    That sound like an apology to you? Because that's the gist of the embassy statement.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 28, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Here is what is funny about this:

    Obama gets pilloried for his statements about his role in the death of bin Laden - "he's taking too much credit" "he didn't do it" "it had nothing to do with him" - even though he was involved and informed about what was going on, gave the go ahead for the attack, watched the attack happen, etc., etc., etc. How dare he claim he had anything to do with that!

    Then - the US Embassy in Libya sends out a tweet about a movie clip, and it is Obama's fault and he is directly responsible.

    Obama had nothing to do with bin Laden, and everything to do with the Libyan tweet. Really? Talk about a double standard and a total unwillingness to be reasonable.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 12:43 a.m.

    Part of the "Obama is a Muslim, anti-American friend of terrorists" nonsense was to make him essentially unelectable in 2012. The strategy was to help whoever was nominated by the Republicans win the election. In addition to the demonization of Obama came the voter suppression activities to reduce posssible support by people who might generally vote for the president but would have difficulty meeting the requirements for voting this election cycle.

    Republicans thought they had it in the bag. They worked hard and their best minds developed a campaign that was supposed to make people prefer a turnip to Barack Obama. Even his successes were turned against him in a Swiftboating propaganda effort that would make Karl Rove proud. So, Mitt Romney became the candidate and Republicans were counting the number of seats they were going to win in the U.S. Senate. Tax cuts for wealthy donors were on track, and Obama looked like he was going home to Chicago.

    But several things happened. The dog whistles that brought froth to the mouths of the Republican base were not well-received by independents. The extremely partisan noise (exemplified by this letter) appears to have failed.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    @redshirt
    I love the way you cherry pick the partial quote to misrepresent what Obama said. he went on to condemn the violence and stated there is no excuse for the violence we where seeing.

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Many posts discuss truth and/or accuracy in the letter and posts to this letter.

    Rules for letters to the Deseret News and posts do NOT require truth and/or accuracy. Nowhere is this mentioned as a requirement for publishing or posting. The most important quality required for letters and posts is to be civil.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    The disconnect the writer and his apologists have with reality is frightening.

    Their disregard for the facts, the suspension of reasonable discourse and the presumption that this President ,who relentlessly pursued Bin Laden, would think of appeasement first rather than the lives of Americans murdered is astounding.

    Mr. Romney's attempts to capitalize on the tragic deaths of real Americans underscores he lack of compassion for their families and his desperation to win at all costs.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    BigRich
    Since President Obama never said "In the end, it was our fault it happened", or anything like it, I'm not clear why that's what you got from his comments. How about this: it was a confusing episode, and it took a few days for the US intelligence community to put all the data together and figure out exactly what happened. What's clear is that "Obama's apology" had absolutely nothing to do with anything, since it never happened.
    As for his foreign policy, it's been spectacularly effective. We're out of Iraq. We will be out of Afghanistan. The Arab Spring was a tremendous challenge, and he managed that crisis with immense dexterity, at times providing what support we could, at times letting events unfold. He's done exceptionally well.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    I don't think that the libs who have commented here actually noticed Obama's response to Libya.

    Here is part of the official response by the Obama administration issued on September 12, 2012.
    "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions...we firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others." That sure sounds line an appology to me, and probably to most people.

    Next we had Obama saying that we shouldn't jump to conclusions before knowing the facts. But jumping to conclusions is what gave us the "beer summit" because Obama jumped to conclusions before getting the facts.

    Then, the President of Libya stated that the attacks were terrorists, and not angry demonstrators. Afterall, howmany people bring RPGs to demonstrations.

    Now, tell us liberals, seeing the facts presented once again. Why do you accept Obama appologizing to muslims after a group a terrorists attacked and killed an ambassador?

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Sept. 27, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    The only thing obvious in all this, is that Obama and his fellow apologists on these boards have a real soft spot in their heart for muslim terrorists, especially when you factor Israel in the equation. Homebrew still can't catch up to the Obama talking points, I guess he is just to busy slobbering over the guy! Most of the Obama team has been admitting all week and now all the team is, that it was a terrorist attack, and not the youtube video. The naive, foolish and inept diplomacy of this administration is scary!

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Sept. 27, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    Brad didn't give a number, but just how many Libyan dead from another Reagan-style US bombing raid or two would it take to even up the score? How many Egyptians?

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    To say that the Libya and Egypt incidents were the result of the video is just wrong and ignores the facts leading up to what happened. When people say Obama apologized, that may be the wrong terminology. What I got from Obama is,
    "In the end, it was our fault it happened." This is such a naive stance. He first refused to call it a terrorist attack when they had word 24 hours prior to the attack that organized plots against our embassies were imminent. Days later, they decided they better backtrack and call it a terrorist attack. This is a man who has no clue because he had no experience in governing coming in, and has fallen woefully short as he goes out. Look beyond the facade and specifically list the elements of his foreign policy. There are none.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    One more pathetic example of successful conservative radio brainwashing.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    @steve v warren

    there you go again, letting the facts get in the way. How is Brad suppose to turn this tragedy into a campaign ad if you go off talking about the facts?

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    How come the furor over "build it by yourself" does not include reading, listening and interpetting?

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    Mr. Merritt's letter has three major flaws: 1. President Obama did not apologize for the attacks. 2. The president does not "naively" blame the attacks on the video. He has blamed terrorists for the attacks. 3. "A meaningful response" is not to bomb Libya, as Reagan did, but to hunt down the perpetrators, as Obama did with Bin Laden.

    Al Forsysth was right. Romney's initial response was disgraceful. He seems inclined to shoot first and aim later.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    The only fact really obvious about the Libyan attack is that a large part of the American population has given up thinking for themselves in favor of lies told to them by politicians.

    The only real truth that we can be reasonable sure of is that an attack did occur and the American Ambassador was killed. All the speculations about the manner and motives of the attackers is simply speculation. And are being used for political purposes.

    The motivation of American business, conservatives, republicans and their main voice, Fox News, is to take this nation to war. Not that they themselves want to fight and die, they expect the sons and daughters of the general public to do their dirty work.

    Secondary to their main goal is the gaining more complete over the American government. Reducing control of their activities and the promotion of world conquest is expected to give them the power to rob the world of it’s wealth.

    If Romney wins and the Tea Party takes over our government, we will go to war.

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    The video is exactly why they attacked. Its whats stirring unrest in the region. Turn off fox news, and quit listening tio Hate radio,, It makes your brain mushy. What do you want. To be able to engage in 2 wars at one time like Mitt Romney states. To Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran,, like mcCain states. The 2 wars we are getting out of, just cost us 3 trillion dollars. Who's tab did that go on Bush's??? No it went on Obama's tab. You conservatives are real funny. You can have your own opinion,, But you cant have your own facts.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    So are you suggesting we launch attacks in Egypt and Libya?

    I thought repubs wanted to cut the deficit? Starting 2 more wars isn't going to cut the deficit. Quite the opposite actually.

    Using your logic, wouldn't it just be easier to declare war on the entire Middle-East?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    disgraceful is people like mitt and brad trying to turn this tragedy into some type of political football with their bold face lies.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Disgraceful? Only if you consider uninformed, conflicting, politically motivated and inadequate to be disgraceful.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    What a petty inaccurate letter.
    "In 1986, President Ronald Reagan bombed Libya for their role in the attack on a Berlin discotheque."
    Reagan did a lot of dumb things, thanks for pointing out another.

    Most of what you sight as fact is nothing but speculation by people with no more information than you passing around lies that entertain the right wing's "the muslims a coming to get you." fear mongering.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 7:00 a.m.

    Sorry, Brad -- the President apologized for NOTHING, and soundly condemned the attacks from the start. What is disgraceful is Romney's bald-faced lies about what the President said and did.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 6:23 a.m.

    Once and for all, Obama did not apologize after the attack. Can't the right wing have any hint of honesty?

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    "Obama's response was to condemn the attack and once again apologize."

    That's an outright, bald-faced lie.

    President Obama did indeed condemn the attack, but he issued no apology.

    Mr. Merritt, and other conservatives who believe this lie, I challenge you to cite the prsident's exact words and the date you think they were spoken.