- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2012

By now, most Americans know that on Sept. 11, Islamic terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens along with three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Yet there has been no sign of any genuine outrage on the part of the Obama administration.

Instead, President Obama has callously dismissed this atrocious event —along with the recent wave of violent, anti-American Muslim demonstrations — as simply being a “bump in the road.” A U.S. ambassador has been viciously slain, and all our president can say about this heinous act is that it is “a bump in the road”? Indeed, instead of condemning this terrorist attack in the strongest of words, it seems that Mr. Obama has been too busy engaging in damage control in an effort to deflect the fact that these events demonstrate that his foreign policy of accommodation, appeasement and apology toward the Muslim world has been an abject failure.

Perhaps a different U.S. president would have gone on national television to express in no uncertain terms his outrage over the incident. Most likely, he would have demanded the resignation of those State Department officials responsible for the security of our ambassadors in the Middle East and North Africa. He most likely would have pledged to hunt down the murderers of our ambassador and, when found, to execute them on the spot. Only then will justice have been done. Mr. Obama does not seem to be of a mind to treat a terrorist attack on our nation in this fashion.

In the final analysis, what Americans need is a president who is not afraid of standing up for our principles, not one who apologizes for them as Mr. Obama has done.

HARRISON E. MCCANDLISH

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