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Robert Gibbs Can’t Defend the Indefensible

Some fun from today’s Fox News Sunday on the issue of the Obama meltdown in Libya. After a feeble attempt to insist that a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11 was not a terrorist attack, the Obama team finally did backflips that would shame an Olympic gymnast:

I was among the few early on insisting that this was no simple matter of spontaneous riots. This was a planned terrorist attack and the Obama Administration was negligent.

The implosion of US policy in the Middle East is creating a major security risk for the United States and the rest of the world. No one is even trying to pretend they are in charge or have a strategic vision.

Even the New York Times weighed in today with an important piece outlining the failure of Obama’s policy in Iraq:

Marshaling his best skills at persuasion, Mr. Obama asked Mr. Talabani, a consummate political survivor, to give up his post. It was Nov. 4, 2010, and the plan was for Ayad Allawi to take Mr. Talabani’s place.

With Mr. Allawi, a secular Shiite and the leader of a bloc with broad Sunni support, the Obama administration calculated, Iraq would have a more inclusive government and would check the worrisome drift toward authoritarianism under Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.

But Mr. Obama did not make the sale.

“They were afraid what would happen if the different groups of Iraq did not reach an agreement,” recalled Mr. Talabani, who turned down the request.

The failure of Obama in Iraq is real and significant:

In the case of Iraq, the American goal has been to leave a stable and representative government, avoid a power vacuum that neighboring states and terrorists could exploit and maintain sufficient influence so that Iraq would be a partner or, at a minimum, not an opponent in the Middle East.

But the Obama administration has fallen frustratingly short of some of those objectives.

The attempt by Mr. Obama and his senior aides to fashion an extraordinary power-sharing arrangement between Mr. Maliki and Mr. Allawi never materialized. Neither did an agreement that would have kept a small American force in Iraq to train the Iraqi military and patrol the country’s skies. A plan to use American civilians to train the Iraqi police has been severely cut back. The result is an Iraq that is less stable domestically and less reliable internationally than the United States had envisioned.

Obama has increased the likelihood that a major war will breakout in the region. Quite a success.

  • http://twitter.com/ChocChipsMusic The Chocolate Chips

    Chris Matthews said that if 9/11 happened today the GOP would waste no time pointing fingers and blaming Obama for it (which is the exact opposite of the everybody come together moment we had back in 2001 – Democrats put politics aside and stood with the President) … this pathetic sniping at Obama now proves he was right.

  • iert2

    “I was among the few early on insisting that this was no simple matter of spontaneous riots. This was a planned terrorist attack and the Obama Administration was negligent.”

    That is a complete crock. LJ was busy telling Muslims to go fuck themselves because mobs were dragging the Ambassador through the street in protest of a movie. You don’t even remember what you wrote or you are now changing your own history. You did not at all say this was a terrorist attack. You in fact shot first and then aimed.

    “Obama has increased the likelihood that a major war will breakout in the region. Quite a success.”

    Yeah right. A war between who and who? More crack Larry Johnson Middle East analysis.

  • HObama HObamanana

    These “bumps in the road” won’t stop Obama from campaigning and fundraising. Gosh, what’s he supposed to do, allow himself to be changed by every disruption in the world when he’s trying to do something really important like get reelected? What are a few innocent deaths when in comparison to Obama’s ego? Lucky bastards are martyrs in his cause. That should be enough to pacify their families. They’re just jealous anyway because they aren’t on Letterman and The View. Ungrateful ingrates. Someone should put them in their place.

    Snark off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrienne.d.wilson Adrienne D. Wilson

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/09/obama_campaign_quietly_ditches_desecrated_flag.html Where the logo ended. It was odd to see the faux seal so long ago now, again. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/06/barack-obamas-s.html — the new campaign and the new logo speak to something else. http://assets.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/queen_city_agenda/DNCC%20logo%20315*280.jpg?v=1 What that is doesn’t seem clear. Really. One thing about Romney, I know he wouldn’t pull a stunt like this.

  • MarkFtLaud

    He is such a failure. God. As Moochelle said please vote on November 2nd all you 47 percenters!

    • getfitnow
      • MarkFtLaud

        Yes, I saw that yesterday. Ugly.

      • HObama HObamanana

        Yes, notice how she conveniently leaves out the part about the Democrat party, the party she belongs to, starting the Civil War because it believed in slavery. The Democrat party, the party she belongs to, that fought against the Emancipation Proclamation. Her party, the Democrat party, that fought against Civil Rights. Her party, the Democrat party, that instituted the Jim Crow laws. Why, it’s as if the Democrats had nothing to do with any of this.

        The narrative in Obot World is that the Republicans created and supported slavery, fought on the wrong side during the Civil War, fought every attempt by the Democrats to establish Civil Rights legislation, and instituted Jim Crow laws that those lovely angelic Democrats had to overturn. Not once do they admit to the truth.

  • Hokma

    In the 60 Minutes interview, Obama fully revealed his contempt for Israel and the close relationship with the U.S. they always had.

    Calling Israel “one of our closest allies in the region.” – – – which ally is closer in Obama’s view? That should have been a follow up question. It would have it a GOP had made it.

    Also Obama referred to Netanyahu’s “pleas for a tougher line against Iran and its nuclear program as part of the “noise” he has to ignore when making national security decisions for the United States.”

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/09/24/obama-israel-closest-allies-region/

    You combine a policy of weak appeasement to radical Islamists combined with Israel back-stabbing and the result is what Larry described as on the edge of a major war.

    • getfitnow

      Same interview–different issue-apparently the interview was “airbrushed.”
      http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/cbs-doesnt-air-obama-admitting-mistakes-campaign-ads_652973.html

    • getfitnow

      BTW, I’m sure the Stevens family doesn’t consider the ambassador’s death “a bump in the road.”

      That’s some compassionate preezy we have. /s

      • Hokma

        Let’s pray that come Nov. 6 that Obama becomes only a bump in the road himself and not a cliff at the end of the road.

        • DianaLC

          I’d say he would be more like the dropping my big dog would make in the road.

          • KenoshaMarge

            Exactly!

            • Hokma

              gross!

            • TeakWoodKite

              Good one

  • Dave L.

    I think,more and more, the incompetence of Obama and his administration is coming to light. They can’t hide it and spin it anymore ! Carney is a complete idiot, it is obivious every time he opens his mouth. Hillary has been shown to be a liar also, she suddenly seems to have lost her way. Obama himself stutters and stammers everytime he is asked a question, if mommy Valerie isn’t there to help, littel boy lost makes an appearance..

  • KenoshaMarge

    Gibbs says, and why we would believe anything he says I don’t know, that we must wait until we get the facts and yet the administration sent Susan Rice our to make the rounds of the Sunday Morning Talk Shows to tell deliberate lies.
    I’m tired of soft pedaling what these people do in the name of politics. They lie! They lie over and over again. Why do we accept this crap?

    • getfitnow

      So who’s going to be on the Sunday
      shows next Sunday to spin the lies
      that Gibbs told yesterday to spin the lies that were told by Rice last
      Sunday. Outrage over the assassination of a U.S. ambassador by terrorists has
      been replaced by a clown show.

      I’m disgusted..

      • KenoshaMarge

        Always a steady supply of liars to earn our disgust and mistrust.

  • getfitnow

    Lying comes so easily to this White House that it is not intentional or
    unintentional any more. It’s just the way they think and do things. Business as usual.

    • DianaLC

      Yep, it’s reminding more and more of living with my ex-husband, a lying narcissist and his lying narcissistic daughters. The lies come so fast and furiously (intentional use of thos adverbs) that soon one’s head is spinning and he or she needs to lie down to regain balance.
      My answer was to fight hard to get a divorce. I think the country needs a divorce from this administration also.

  • MG6

    Obama wants to release 1/3 of those in custody to Libya.

    And this happens over seas:

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/09/america-suffers-worst-airpower-loss-since-vietnam/

  • akaPatience

    Larry, first of all thanks so much for NQ — it’s a lifesaver. Secondly, I’m very worried about the ME tinderbox and always appreciate your insights.

  • beachnan

    It is incomprehensible to think that we would trust anything that comes out of the mouths of the cast of characters connected to this White House. Jay Carney denied that the Libyan attack was anything but a reaction to a film for several days and then all of a sudden one day declares that it was “self-evident” that it was a terrorist attack. No big deal, no mea culpa and no sorry we got it wrong. They will look you in the eye and lie, lie, lie, knowing that this media will not call them out on it. It is breathtaking and a tragedy how our current media, the people we are supposed to count on to report the facts, do not care about the facts. Thank God for the internet and great web sites like this one and truthtellers. Without you, I don’t know where we would be.

    • akaPatience

      I totally agree with you beachnan. That casual “self-evident” remark was absolutely insulting.

    • getfitnow

      But, but did you hear about the bad week Romney has had..? /s

  • HARP2

    Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama: What are the essential qualities of a leader?

    Notice the difference ?

    http://www.therightscoop.com/mitt-romney-vs-barack-obama-what-are-the-essential-qualities-of-a-leader/

  • Theymustbemorons

    Deadly Attack in Libya Was Major Blow to C.I.A. EffortsBy ERIC SCHMITT, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/world/africa/attack-in-libya-was-major-blow-to-cia-efforts.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www

    • TeakWoodKite

      What is interesting about that article is that the “Libyan” goverment official didn’t even know that the CIA/ US had such assets in place.
      Either the comment is for Libyan domestic consumption, ie they don’t to say that we are their friends, and / or, the CIA / USA is smartly not disclosing anything to a goverment we do not trust. The majority of “angles in the room” are all bad and hightlight a disfunctional relationship between the the intel assests on the ground and what makes it back to Motel 1600 as a consumer of said intel.

      I saw today that the POTUS schedule had “daily briefing” at 10:45(PDB) right out on the web…wouldn’t want anyone to think that BO doesn’t get a round of golf in before seeing if there is a country left….
      Am I correct LJ, that historical norm that is the PDB is the first thing on a POTUS’s scheduleand and that theses reports are ready a 4:00am -6:00am?
      What’s up with the mid morning brief?

  • piattq

    Check out the Sunday news clip from Big Dawg on Americans “easily confused” into buying into the RR2 call for lower taxes and spending cuts. Note that Romney speaking to the Clinton Global Initiative. Maybe Bill is up to something slick.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Here’s one American who isn’t a bit confused about what a loathesome POS Bill Clinton is!
      Maybe that’s why Bill’s pal Obama thought we clung to our bibles and guns, cause we were so confused by the sight of someone who didn’t look like us. Us never having seen a person of color before.
      Must be hard to be a rational human being and still be a Democrat today.

  • piattq

    Larry, one small change—O’s backflips would not “shame” an Olympic athlete; those backflip gyrations would probably rate a Gold Medal as amazing feats of bodily gyrations never seen before. That said you are so right on about this guy. I do not understand how he holds on to 47%. Reading some of the msm news/comments I just can not believe my eyes. We see different worlds completely. Thanks for your excellent work for us and knowledge of that world in the shadows of our lives.