A group of Republican senators has sent Ambassador Susan Rice a sternly worded letter, apparently outraged that she had the audacity to go on Meet the Press a few days after the embassy attack in Libya, and not scream “terror” non-stop. Here’s a clip from the letter:
“Brains!!! We need to eat BRAINS!!!”
Okay, so that was actually zombies, but the basic tenor was pretty much the same: “Blah, blah, blah, complain, complain, complain, blame Obama for not doing what we want — retroactively not being elected president.”
A few thoughts:
1) So the same cowboy Republicans who cheerleaded us into an unnecessary war in Iraq are now giving us advice on Libya? Thanks, but I’ll pass.
2) This letter is a joke, and an obvious attempt to score political points. They are angry because the administration waited a few days to actually get the full story before screaming “terrorism?” So they would’ve preferred that we start thumping our chests and screaming like gorillas in heat based on partial evidence? Nice suggestion, but I’d prefer a president who actually acts like an adult and waits.
3) Knee-jerk reactions based on partial evidence and “gut feelings” can be disastrous. After 9/11, the Bush adminstration immediately starting beating the drums of war with Iraq, and some of those clowns still blame Saddam Hussein.
I think republicans would do well to remember the words of one of their predecessors, Teddy Roosevelt: “speak softly and carry a big stick.”
This president has been plenty tough and FAR and more effective on terror than George Bush ever was. But also understands diplomacy
Let the GOP rant and rave and pretend to be tough. I’ll place my trust with the guy who spoke softly, carried a big stick, and used that stick to remove bin laden from the face of the earth.
And America agrees – according to a Fox News poll, Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of terrorism by a 56% to 39% margin. The lunatic fringe that thinks he’s a maxist socialist who was born on planet Vulcan is never going to be happy. But most of the voters who actually have brains approve.