To Obama, they’re just “bumps in the road.” Just “noise.”

Posted by: Phineas on September 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

**Posted by Phineas

That’s how President Obama, in a 60 Minutes interview yesterday, tried to brush off the assaults on our embassies in the Near East and North Africa that lead to the deaths of our Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. “Bumps in the road.” Here’s the video:

I’m sure the families of the victims, as well as Foreign Service Officers in the field, appreciate the President’s description of their safety as minor traffic hazards on the way to a greater tomorrow. Not to mention the intelligence disaster we suffered. Never mind all that. “FORWARD!”

Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post writes on a second howler from this interview:

But that may not have been Obama’s worst moment in the interview. There was this exchange:

STEVE KROFT: “You don’t feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign to try and get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand? You don’t feel any pressure?”

OBAMA: “When it comes to our national security decisions — any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out — any noise that’s out there.”Calling Netanyahu’s concern about an existential threat “noise” is another in a long string of insults, snubs and gaffes about Israel. This remark immediately raised red flags in the foreign press.The Iranians were happy, though. A reader sends me a report that at least one country is delighted. From the Iranian official TV outlet: “US President Barack Obama says Israel’s call for drawing red line over Iran’s nuclear energy program is just ‘noise’ he tries to ignore.” Well, the Iranians got that one right. And just to rub it in, Obama knocked Israel down a peg, saying it was only “one of our closest allies in the region.” Really? Is Egypt the other? The level of disdain he holds for Israel runneth over.

Get that? To Obama, the legitimate fears of a long-time ally that it may soon be exposed to nuclear genocide is just “noise” to be “blocked out.”

“Feckless” doesn’t begin to describe Obama’s grasp of foreign affairs. “Ignorant,” “naive,” and “dangerously incompetent” start to get us close.

I believe one of the debates scheduled between President Obama and Governor Romney is devoted to foreign affairs. That should be entertaining.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “To Obama, they’re just “bumps in the road.” Just “noise.””


  1. Carlos says:

    Not to be overly critical of the person who has dutifully exercised the power of life and death already, but if this is simply a “bump in the road,” what are street murders in D.C.? Or in Thugland, IL?

    The person just doesn’t have a clue as to the value of any human life other than his own, and there I’m sure he overvalues the pitiful, mean, miserable existence it has become.

    Also, I’m sure glad he could find enough time to fit “The View” into his busy schedule, but wonder about the message that sends to his unconscionable enemies, the Israelis?

  2. When Obhammud says Israel is “one of our closest allies” in the Middle East that is a misstatement; she is “our only ally” there. If anyone has eaten at an IHOP or Olive Garden they more foreign policy experience and aptitude than does Mr. Empty Chair. Ostentatious vacations at taxpayer expense where the head of state in the host country is never even contacted do not count. He has time for a visit to “The Spew” (or “The View” to some) but not to real world leaders where his fragile ego may suffer a blow.

  3. Ron Russell says:

    Just another callous, “end justifies the means” liberal. A total disgrace to the office he holds.

  4. Tango says:

    I can easily picture the Israelis unloading on the Persians. It’s going to happen. Barry will be so blindsided that he’ll bug out (again). Hop aboard his taxpayer funded jet and head to the next gala fundraiser. Seems to me there is ample precedent for him doing exactly that.

  5. Obama still doesn’t get it. He really does think that all these riots ad demonstrations are the result of a silly video. I’d say this was incredible, but we’re dealing with the most arrogant president in modern history, maybe ever.