Obama administration derelict in foreign affairs

October 10, 2013 

Amateurs? Don't we wish it was just that and not lack of accountability and diplomacy, or not incompetence, irresponsibility, and gross dereliction of duty by this administration?

Lack of accountability? The State Department's investigation into the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was not independent. It failed to hold senior State Department officials accountable for the failures that led to the death of four Americans! The secretary and the senior decision maker for diplomatic security were neither interviewed nor blamed. Four lower officials were "blamed" but have already returned to work in the State Department.

Irresponsibility? Dereliction?

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated that "you don't deploy forces into harm's way." But President Obama and the State Department deployed Ambassador Stevens and his staff into harm's way in Benghazi despite previous attacks, previous warnings by the ambassador, and the anniversary of 9/11. Sending them there unprotected is not just incompetence and irresponsibility, it is gross dereliction of duty.

Incompetence? Lack of diplomacy? American influence in the world has declined significantly in the last several years. Diplomacy can't work without influence or national strength to back it up.

The so-called "red line" against use of chemical weapons by the UN obviously isn't effective since America has lost control in the Security Council. Diplomacy doesn't work with bad relations between parties either, so diplomacy with Syria was not tried or at least not effective, and a military strike was threatened instead.

But Russian President Putin stole the diplomatic football from the "Charley Browns": Secretary Kerry and President Obama. Why? Because Russia has influence with Syria (and also with Iran). And now America has no influence with Syria, Iran and others in the Middle East. Does this forebode a nuclear Iran?

Roger Grossel

Lakewood Ranch

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