By Gary Bauer
The news from the Middle East seems like déjà vu. American embassies under attack; U.S. flags ripped down; mobs chanting "Death to America!" Sadly, it's not a bad mind trick, but the bad reality of Barack Obama's failed foreign policy.
Once again, Obama's constant kowtowing to radical Islam has borne poisonous fruit. A dedicated civil servant, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was brutally murdered last night along with Sean Smith, a foreign service officer, and two U.S. Marines. Photos suggest Stevens was dragged half-naked through the streets.
According to CBS News, Libyan security forces moved Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues from the consulate to a supposedly more secure building. But then members of the Libyan security team reportedly directed the mob to the second building. Obama praised those security forces this morning, although there is no evidence they did their jobs.
In addition to the attack on Ambassador Stevens, the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt, was temporarily overrun yesterday. Radical Islamists scaled the walls, tore down the U.S. flag and raised a black flag that read, "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammad is his messenger." These attacks in Egypt and Libya were quickly blamed on a web video (which virtually no one has seen or heard of) that is critical of Mohammad.
Prior to the attack on the embassy in Cairo, the staff released the following statement:
"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. … Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
But let's not lose sight of the bigger issue here. There is no movie, speech, photograph, painting, picture, essay, etc., that causes these murderous outbursts. Those are merely the excuses for such violence.
What causes these attacks is a radical Islamic infrastructure that keeps thousands of people on the edge of murderous rampages. They are pushed over the edge whenever one of these convenient excuses emerges. Radical Islam is violent! That Obama and Clinton don't understand this is why more dead Americans will come home in body bags in the days ahead.
Government sources now suggest these attacks were likely coordinated, may have involved the use of heavy weapons and were planned for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Yet the Obama Administration played right into the charade of "Muslim outrage" over our alleged insensitivity. Don't fall for the claptrap that a filmmaker is responsible.