- Post 26 September 2012
- By John Hayward
Jaws dropped across America as President Barack Obama described the Americans dead in Libya as mere “bumps in the road” during his 60 Minutesinterview on Sunday night
Asked about his support for “the governments that have come to power since the Arab Spring,” Obama replied, “Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. The question presumes that somehow we could have stopped this wave of change. I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy, universal rights: a notion that people have to be able to participate in their own governance. But I was pretty certain, and continue to be pretty certain, that there are going to be bumps in the road because… you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam… the one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government.”
“There are strains of extremism, and anti-Americanism, and anti-Western sentiment,” the President continued. “And you know can be tapped into by demagogues. There will probably be some times where we bump up against some of these countries and have strong disagreements, but I do think that over the long term, we are more likely to get a Middle East and North Africa that is more peaceful, more prosperous and more aligned with our interests.”
(Emphases mine.) There’s so much wrong with this that it’s difficult to know where to start, but the extremely unfortunate choice of “bumps in the road” to describe the events of September 11, 2012, and the following week is simply amazing. This is supposed to be the greatest orator in history? Mitt Romney’s supposed to be the one dropping “gaffes” all over the place? ...Full Article...